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Pacquiao should box on


After the last few Pacquiao fights I was usually the first one to say, “Please stop, now.”

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

Emil Amok!

‘Asian-American Hustle’? CA State Sen. Yee’s shocking arrest


The Oscar-nominated film “American Hustle” was based on the ABSCAM scandal of the 1970s, where a fake sheikh lures politicians big and small with loads of cash in exchange for influence.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

Emil Amok!

What’s in a Filipino name? Plenty


All you global Filipinos probably were watching the Academy Awards and lamenting why the Oscars don’t have a Best Bomba category, right? Don’t lie. From an Asian perspective, Cambodia had its first film nominated. But it was a documentary on the Killing Fields of Pol Pot and had to compete with the eventual winner, “La [...]

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

Don’t call them Manongs


I’ve had it with the term “manong.”

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

‘12 Years a Slave?’ California Filipinos know some of that pain


When American Filipinos celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his special day (Jan. 20th) that commemorates his dream, they may want to also remember Fermin Tobera.

Posted: January 19th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

The Filipino slur heard round the world and how producers can make amends


Some movies never make it out of the states.

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

‘Like a calling’– An American Filipino eager to help shows up in Tacloban


As I write, Kayak tells me you can go to Cebu from SFO for about $1900-$2400 roundtrip, depending on the number of stops and whether you want to patronize PAL.

Posted: December 17th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns | Read More »

‘Yolanda’ aftermath from afar


Water, water, everywhere? The poet would just see bodies. And debris. In the Philippines, the images from Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan, internationally) have been so devastatingly apocalyptic, 3.4 million Filipino Americans in the US remain on edge. The death toll crosses 4,000. But no one believes it. “Get international help to come here now, not tomorrow, [...]

Posted: December 5th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

A Filipino in the fields: Larry Itliong on his 100th birthday


As an American Filipino, I look at Larry Itliong and see my father, a fellow immigrant who came to America in the 20s.

Posted: October 26th, 2013 in Blogs,Viewpoints | Read More »

Independence anyone? Remembering the father of Filipino freedom, Aguinaldo and his war


Most of us will celebrate Filipino Independence day throughout the weekend since June 12 coming mid-week was inconvenient for most of us who generally are not free from our wage slave bosses and modern colonial obligations (irony of ironies).

Posted: June 13th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »



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