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Nietes and Palicte exchange blows during their fight last week at the The Forum in Inglewood, California.  Photo by Jhay Otamias

Pinoy vs Pinoy fights fail to excite fans

By Abner Galino BOXING fans are probably the most uninhibited of all sports fans. And when fights were boring, they certainly knew the things to shout away to unshackle themselves from the humdrum. That’s just what exactly happened last September 8 at “The Forum” in Inglewood, California. That Saturday had been touted for its historic significance for Philippine boxing fans […]

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TIYANG TOTANG (Maliit na Anggulo ng Buhay Pilipino)

TIYANG TOTANG (Maliit na Anggulo ng Buhay Pilipino)

By Kleo Hernandez Kannangara SIYA ang aking si Tiyang Rosa, pinsan ng aking nanay; malas mo na lang kung bago ka sa komunidad (o sa iba pang malapit na barangay) at walang nakapagbigay alam sa ‘yo kung sino siya. Kilalang-kilala siya, hindi dahil famous ika nga, kundi “notorious”. Libot nya ang buong siyudad ng Pasay dahil kubrador siya ng huweteng […]

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There is a gap between healthcare and ordinary folks in Saipan

There is a gap between healthcare and ordinary folks in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio THERE is an existing gap between ordinary folks and healthcare in Saipan, according a Fil-Am intern of the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. Abigail Dimaano made this observation during her internship at the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC). She said her observation confirmed her desire to want to pursue either medicine or take physician assistance program in […]

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Pinakamalaking Pinoy Fiesta Ko Sa Texas

Pinakamalaking Pinoy Fiesta Ko Sa Texas

By Daniella Flanagan HOUSTON, TX – “Fiesta Ko Sa Texas, ang Pinakamalaki at Pinakamasayang Fiesta Sa America” came and went before the downpour of a Tropical Depression hit the fourth largest city in the United States. As usual, the fiesta was full of Pinoys and friends and the merriment and food that go along with partying with Filipinos filled the […]

Blesilda Brucelas at Little Blessings shop. Photo by Abner Galino

When a business is not all about money

By Abner Galino BEING your own boss and hustling your way to make bigger money through a business idea is normally how it works. But couple Giovanni and Blesilda Mejia-Brucelas of San Jacinto, California – who are threading separate careers in health care – were not exactly driven by these motives when they recently opened up a new business. Also, […]

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Campaign against porn sites intensified in PH

Campaign against porn sites intensified in PH

By Daniella Flanagan HOUSTON, TX – the Philippine government has intensified its campaign against web based pornographic sites in a bid to end child pornography and limit the Filipino’s option to explore carnality on-line without interruption. This was learned from the National Telecommunications Commission after it recently confirmed that it blocked more pornography sites. The Commission said all internet service […]

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NO YOU DUM DUM by Galasteno

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, I suppose coined new words […]

Patty McCarthy Metcalf

Twenty three million Americans are recovering from alcohol and drug addition

By Lori Lyn Lirio ABOUT 23 million Americans are in long term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. According to Faces and Voices of Recovery executive director Patty McCarthy Metcalf, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Island should be part of this community as there are also recovering alcohol and drug dependents in the islands. “You have people here in CNMI […]

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Crystal Lallego. Photo © facebook.com

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 the Dark Bucket Performance by […]

GES Science teacher Peter Loken to receive Presidential award

GES Science teacher Peter Loken to receive Presidential award

By Lori Lyn Lirio DUE to his outstanding contributions in teaching or mentoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM, a science teacher from the Garapan Elementary School in Saipan will received the highest award the government could bestow a science and math teacher. Science teacher Peter Loken is among the 140 teachers and mentors who will receive the […]

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NMTI Agnes McPhetres. Image © postguam.com

Northern Marianas Trades Institute Chief Executive Officer Agnes McPhetres is Rotary’s 2018 Citizen of the Year.

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE Rotary Club of Saipan named Northern Marianas Trades Institute Chief Executive Officer Agnes McPhetres as 2018 Citizen of the Year. In a phone interview with Rotary’s Double Past President Curtis Danco, he said McPhetres was awarded during the club’s induction of officers and directors at Aqua Resort on June 30. “She has established herself as […]

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Dr. Mildred Oliveros. Photo by Vics Magsaysay

Dr. Mildred Balbin Oliveros: Sa Pagtuklas ng Gamot at Humanitarianism

MARAMI sa atin ang “nagsusunog ng kilay” para sa sariling layunin – ang kumita at ng sa gayon ay umigi ang kalagayan sa buhay. Pero, para naman kay Audrey Hepburn, isang British actress at humanitarian, ang sabi niya: “Habang tayo ay tumatanda, matutuklasan natin na ang isa sa ating dalawang kamay ay para tulungan ang ating sarili, at ang isa […]

NBC’s “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” in 2017. (Craig Blankenhorn/NBC)

The Fourth of July

By Nelson Flores THE Fourth of July is a very important holiday in the United States, probably more important than Christmas and definitely much more observed than Holy Week, as it is when its independence from the British crown came into being. The 4th of July  became a federal holiday in 1941 although it has been celebrated since the 18th […]

Gary Paglinawan (Before - After)

A testimony on health

By Abner Galino THIS definitely qualifies as a success story. Well, no one becomes incredibly rich or becomes instantly famous. But someone triumphed against his own frailty and came out a happy camper. Gary Paglinawan is 5’4 ½” tall. Some years back, he weighed 210 lbs. Today, Gary weighs 158 lbs. I wouldn’t have known this, if not for a […]

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CNMI Governor Ralph D.L.G. Torres pleads guilty to “not taking care of his health.”

By Lori Lyn Lirio COMMONWEALTH of Northern Mariana Islands Governor Ralph D.L.G. Torres recently pleaded guilty “of not taking care of his health,” it was only learned yesterday. According to reports, Torres made his plea last as June 15 when he signed a proclamation designating June 17-23, 2018 as Men’s Health Week. His admission of guilt and proclamation signing was […]

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The Gonzales family --From left to right: Emmanuel, Frances, Czarina and George. Photo © Czarina Gonzales facebook.

“To be a ‘magna cum laude’ is an OBE for me”

By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK “THE last five months have been such an out of body experience that I did not think about the achievement,” thus replied Marie Frances Gorostiza Gonzales when asked how she felt graduating from college “magna cum laude.” “I just thank God I’d made it,” she added. Frances, the elder in a brood of two born […]

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The Philippine Terminal, a sort of reprise of the movie “The Terminal”

By Benjie Lim Vergara A JAPANESE traveler was stranded at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport just like the character Victor Navorski, played by Tom Hanks, in the comedy-drama movie “The Terminal,” who was marooned at the John F. Kennedy International Airport for nine months. Except for the stranded part, however, the similarity ends there as unlike Navorski, who was stuck […]

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Interim Commissioner of Education Glenn Muña with student awardees Bethany Toni Limes Taitano, No'elani Kioko Manibusan Romolor, Princess Rikki Dela Cruz Lacson, Kaiana Darlene Fitial Piteg and Ely Joseph De Guzman Taitano. Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

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: “Plant the seeds of your dreams, […]

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"Ivy Grace", 11" x 14", Prismacolor pencil, Strathmore Tone Gray. Image © Vics Magsaysay

Bernadette Manahan Sta. Maria: When Love, Passion and Art Touch Lives

“PAINTING is the love of my life; it’s my passion. And not only that, it enables me to touch the lives of people, especially my subject,” says Bernadette Manahan Sta. Maria, in justifying the many years that she has been zealously engrossed in doing just that. One thing I noticed with this painter is the fact that when her subject’s […]

Spikes and spices of volleys and planes

Spikes and spices of volleys and planes

JUST when you start thinking how to report a rude trike driver to the authorities, in walks an olive-skinned gal with her dad in front of her and suddenly you’re struck By stars and lightning. “I am Janah Kristine Platon Zaplan but please call me Janah,” she smilingly introduces herself in a very faintly sweet husky voice that is so […]

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HMS Valedictorian Mary Joyce Espinosa with the Board of Education Academic Excellence Award. Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

Filipino Americans continue their quest for academic honors in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio FILIPINO Americans continue to grab the top academic honors in Saipan, this time at the Hopwood Middle School. This was learned after HMS promoted 303 middle schoolers (8th grade) to high school (9th grade) next grade last June 1. Principal Rizalina Liwag said these students have succeeded and completed their educational journey in the middle school […]

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Francisco M. Sablan Middle School salutarorian Camia Janae Aguon Sablan and valedictorian Mariechrist Castro. Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

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 honor and accomplishment to the […]

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Memorial Day is not just to honor fallen soldiers but their families as well

By Lori Lyn Lirio “MEMORIAL Day is not just to honor the fallen soldiers, but also recognizing their families who are also on the “frontline of sacrifice.” Thus said Veterans Affairs acting Executive Officer Bernie B. Dela Cruz during last month’s commemoration of Memorial Day. “To the families of the veterans, we salute you all. You deserved our recognition as […]

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Jason Masaganda and Lester Budy at the Marikina city Hall. Image   © https://twitter.com/ABSCBNNews

PH gay couple longs for recognition, wishes to get married

DESPITE the recent rejection of their application for a marriage license by the Civil Registry Office of Marikina City, gay couple Jason Masaganda and Lester Budy still remain hopeful that the day will come that Philippine state will finally recognize them and allow them to enjoy the civil rights presently accorded to heterosexual couples only. “We had no illusion that […]

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Respect the slipper: Crimean safari park director uses footwear to keep lions in line

By RT THE director of a Crimean safari park has developed a powerful weapon for maintaining order among the park’s pride of lions – his slipper. A viral video shows Oleg Zubkov using his footwear to break up a (big) cat fight. Zubkov, who runs the Taigan Safari Park in Crimea, has apparently perfected the art of slipper-throwing. In a […]

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