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Fil-Am Debbie Winkfield has been quilting for 40 years now. For her, quilting is a connection of memories. Photo ©  Lyn Lirio

Quilt artist’s work in display in Saipan’s Joeten-Kiyu Public Library

DEBBIE Winkfield’s Quilt “Coral Kingdom” is an artwork made out of reused and recycled materials. Her under-the-sea themed quilt is now on display at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library. In an interview, Winkfield said it was her first time to quilt for public display. “I do quilt for my kids and grandkids but I never did this one before.” She said […]

Luz Balbin-Spanks and some of her works. Photo © Vics Magsaysay

Luz Balbin Spanks: Singing her way to art*

“NO plan, no shape, not forced, and just like confetti, they just fall into place after they drop. They have to go with the wind – or even without the wind’s interaction. Yes, the result turns out to be very natural.” Thus said Luz Balbin-Spanks, an artist and the president of the La Habra Art Association in La Habra, California, […]

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In the US? Take precaution for it is now flu season

MURRIETA, California – The 2018 flu season is shaping up to be bad and potentially more severe than the one that affected America in 2014-2015, which, according to the United States Center for Disease Control in its latest flu outbreak update, was already “the most severe season in recent years.” The US. is mostly being affected by the A(H3N2) strain of […]

by Daniella Flanagan· · 0 comments · Feature Story, Health
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Enjoy your “Ispageti”

MURRIETA, California – The National Spaghetti Day on January 4 recognized the worldwide favorite for ages and loved by millions – the long, thin cylindrical pasta of Italian and Sicilian origin – spaghetti! There are a variety of different pasta dishes that are based on spaghetti (the Italian plural of the diminutive spago) from spaghetti ala Carbonara or garlic and […]

by Daniella Flanagan· · 0 comments · Feature Story
From left, Mariano Fajardo, Victoria Dela Cruz, Matthew Berline, Katherine Mersai, Danahlei Rodriguz, and Brad Ruszala. Image © Lori Lyn Lirio

Saipan based Fil Ams won top and 2nd prize in Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen contests

VETERANS of Foreign Wars Post 3457 on Tuesday recognized six students for winning the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen contests for its Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands chapter. This year’s theme is “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” Established in the 1947, the VFW formed up women auxiliary, composed of wives and espouses of the veterans. They came […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 1 comment · Diaspora, Feature Story, News
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January is US’ National Soup Month

MURRIETA, CA – January is National Soup Month in the United States. It is celebrated during the whole month annually. Although this is an American holiday, it celebrates all types of soups from around the world. Eight Fun Soup Facts: The pop culture catchphrase “No soup for you!;” used as a response to someone’s request or demand that will not […]

by Daniella Flanagan· · 0 comments · Feature Story
Daila Farms: Where Roots and Visions Coexist

Daila Farms: Where Roots and Visions Coexist

WHAT happens when you combine environmental awareness, revival of cultural heritage and volunteer tourism or “voluntourism” into one? Well, it’s but natural that our roots are deepened and this wonderful blue planet is provided with its well-needed attention. For Maria Aleli Pansacola, this was but a pipe dream when she started producing her signature brand of herbal soap in the […]

by Vics Magsaysay, Ph.D.· · 0 comments · Feature Story
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Calamities and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

MURRIETA, California – The last 100 days in my journey called life included preparations for a Category 4 Hurricane, failure to prepare for two Earthquakes and a hurried readiness for a wildfire, of which the last two events occurred within 48 hours of each other. Traumatized? I watched in disbelief this week as firefighting planes fly over and fire engines […]

by Daniella Flanagan· · 1 comment · Feature Story, Health
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Pasko sa Pilipinas

HALOS dalawang linggo na lamang at sasapit na ang Pasko. Ang Pasko ang pinakamahalagang okasyon na inaabangan ng karamihan sa ating mga Pilipino. Marahil dahil na sa malalim na paniniwalang sa araw na ito, Disyembre 25, ay isinilang si Hesukristo sa Jerusalem. Bagama’t may pagtatalo sa petsa ng tunay na kapanganakan ni Hesukristo, ang mga Pilipino, na mayorya ay Katoliko, […]

by Nida Mendoza-Abu· · 0 comments · Feature Story
Kartilya ng Katipunan

Kartilya ng Katipunan

ALANG-alang sa gunita ng ika-154 na taon na kapanganakan ng Ama ng Himagsikang Pilipino, Supremo ng Kagalanggalangang Kataastaasang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan at ang tunay na Unang Pangulo nating mga Filipino na si Andres Bonifacio ay ibinabahagi ng Beyond Deadlines ang Kartilya ng Katipunan na isinulat ni Emilio Jacinto. Nakatitiyak ang patnugot ng Beyond Deadlines na ang Kartilya ng […]

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Simbang Gabi, A Filipino tradition

LOS Angeles, California—Simbang Gabi is a beloved Christmas tradition for Filipino Catholics that features a devotional novena of nine Masses leading to Christmas Day in expectancy of the Nativity and in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the Philippines, the Eucharistic Celebrations of Simbang Gabi are usually held in the early hours of the morning but in Houston, Texas; […]

by Daniella Flanagan· · 0 comments · Feature Story
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All Saints’/ Souls’ Day Celebrations in the Philippines

TODAY is November 2 and All Souls’ Day is being observed in the Philippines. For Filipinos, especially for the Roman Catholics, this is the day where they would flock to the cemeteries to offer prayers, candles, food and flowers for their departed loved ones. There would surely be a  “fiesta” in the cemeteries, with so many people busy walking to […]

by Nida Mendoza-Abu· · 1 comment · Feature Story, News
Jae Jung Jang as he receives the Korean National Orders of Merit from South Korean President Jae In Moon

Korean businessman calls for a Philippines without forgotten neighbors

A KOREAN businessman who is actively engaged in serving the poor and the leprosy afflicted in the Philippines for more than two decades was awarded the Korea National Orders of Merits by no less than the president of South Korea itself, Mr. Jae In Moon. Jae Jung Jang, a former ship captain and businessman who rose from humble beginnings, came […]

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Filipina doctor writes about the “miracles” in her life

Filipina doctor writes about the “miracles” in her life

“I WAS born in a cowl, which to the superstitious, foretold good luck.” “Well, it must have been true. Otherwise, how else to explain how I survived leaving my mother’s uterus with the umbilical cord twice wrapped around my neck.” So goes the first two paragraphs of Dr. Erlinda Eustaquio Grey’s autobiography entitled “Miracles through prayers.” Dr. Grey, during her […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Feature Story
Ang Babaeng Pinagpala (The Blessed Woman)

Ang Babaeng Pinagpala (The Blessed Woman)

ANG BABAENG PINAGPALA (The Blessed Woman) A Post Mother’s Day Recollection in Honor of Working Women Outside their Home Country IN a café and I was about to sip my tea but almost spilt it… Woman 1: You’re back! How are you? You look great like you were never pregnant at all! How’s the baby? Woman 2: I’m okay, baby’s […]

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How Russia, China Brought Washington’s Plan to Destabilize Eurasia to a Halt

By Sputnik News ALTHOUGH Moscow and Beijing have managed to upset the US plan to disrupt Eurasian economic integration, the US political elite is not going to give up, Ukrainian political observer Rostislav Ishchenko writes for RIA Novosti. He described how Washington might try to ruin the One Belt One Road comprehensive strategy. The Russo-Chinese rapprochement has upset Washington’s plan […]

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Archery o Pamamana sa El Dorado Park

Archery o Pamamana sa El Dorado Park

ARAW ng Linggo noong kami ay pumunta sa El Dorado Park sa Long Beach, California dala ang aming mga busog at balang palaso para makapagpraktis. Pero bago kami pumunta sa lugar ng panaan, pumunta muna kami sa katabing Nature Center upang makapag-exercise dahil mayroon silang magandang tugaygayan o trail para sa mahilig mag-hiking. Ang tugaygayang ito ay hindi gaanong kainitan […]

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Surviving” a hail storm on the freeway (by someone who hasn’t been in one)

  I HAVE seen tons of pictures and videos of people delighting over hail dumped on yards, houses, cars and roads. And so I have this warped notion of hailstorms — which I primarily associate with thrill and fun. Well, now I know better. At about 3:20 p.m. while driving along the 110 freeway near Vernon in south Los Angeles, […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, Feature Story
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Tall Stories: Skyscrapers Ruled ‘Undemocratic’ in Norwegian Study

By Sputnik News FOR decades, skyscrapers have evoked pride across the globe, being hailed as symbols of progress, growth and wealth. A surprising report by Norwegian researchers, however, showed that super tall buildings indicate a lack of democracy and may in fact warn of “authoritarian” tendencies. The report “Autocrats and Skyscrapers: Modern White Elephants in Dictatorships” compiled by researchers at the University of Oslo […]

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Ang Diaspora Ng Pinoy:  Serbisyo Sa Amerika, Serbisyo Sa Mundo

Ang Diaspora Ng Pinoy:  Serbisyo Sa Amerika, Serbisyo Sa Mundo

“One person caring about another represents life’s greatest value.” — Jim Rohn ”‘Sir, ito na po iyong pampunas sa katawan ninyo, at robe na pampalit naman sa damit ninyo,’ sabi ni Chris, isang Pinoy na CNA or certified nursing assistant sa isang malaking ospital sa Los Angeles, California, bago ako operahan. Kasunod naman nuon ay isa ulit na Pinoy, si […]

“Elijan, Aaron and Jason – Choosers of Religions”

“Elijan, Aaron and Jason – Choosers of Religions”

I STARED at the tiled wall in front of me briefly, shook my gloves off my hands, and carefully placed them at the edge of the sink on the marble counter. Deeply inhaled, turned around and announced, “The dishes can wait.” I sat my 14 year old son, Aaron down, holding his hands, I told him, “What do you want […]

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Mga dating adik nagbabagong buhay na

ISANG daan na mga dating lulong sa ipinagbabawal na gamot mula sa iba’t ibang barangay ng Quezon City ang maluwalhating dumaan at nagtapos nitong Martes sa 12 linggong Community Based Counseling Program ng pamahalaang panglungsod na naglalayong bigyan sila ng bagong buhay. Ayon sa Quezon City Anti Illegal Drugs and Abuse Advisory Council (QCADAAC), naganap ang graduation ceremony para sa […]

by Santiago Celario· · 1 comment · Feature Story, News
“Liquido Maestro” (Liquid Master) Kalel Demetrio mixes alcoholic drinks before members of media. Demetrio is “alcohol mixer to the gods” or “bartender to the deities” Photo © Ibarra C. Mateo

Kalel Demetrio: ‘Alcohol mixer to the gods’

 IT IS common to meet food chefs who can whip instantly the famous dessert “food for the gods,” but devoured by ‘mortals’. However, spending an early afternoon till almost midnight with the charming, brawny Kalel Demetrio, hopping from one bar to another, in a ‘pilgrimage’ to sample his alcohol creations, was an extra-ordinary experience not afforded every individual roaming the […]

by Ibarra C. Mateo· · 0 comments · Feature Story
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Filipino fisherman rescued after nearly two months in the high seas

A 21-year-old Filipino fisherman who was stranded in the high seas for nearly two months and was given up for death was flown to the Philippines Wednesday night after he was rescued off the coast of Papua New Guinea by a Japanese fishing vessel. Rolando Omongos was met by social workers shortly after Air Niugini Flight PX10, which brought him […]

by Benjie Vergara· · 1 comment · Feature Story, News
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South China Sea Dispute: Why US Carriers Unable to Put Pressure on China

By Sputnik News AS the temperature is rising in the South China Sea over the recent freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) launched by the US and further reports that China “has nearly finished” buildings “that could house missiles”, a RIA Novosti correspondent explains why the US is unable to put any pressure on Beijing. On Saturday, the US navy strike […]

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