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‘Dare to Dream,’ a forum on deferred action for childhood arrivals

Consul General Marciano A. Paynor Jr. and IBP California President Melba Cawit surrounded by IBP members exchange MOA regarding their free legal consultation service at the consulate every Friday afternoon. PHOTO/E.M. Chavez

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines, California in cooperation with the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco sponsored a forum titled “Dare to Dream” to further clarify the criteria of who can avail of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Process

Posted: September 5th, 2012 in Americas,Headlines | Read More »

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Battle at War Memorial Veterans building goes room to room


The long drawn out war at the War Memorial Veterans Building on 401 Van Ness that pits the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and other veterans organizations against the War Memorial Board of Trustees and the Arts Commission has come down to a room to room battle with the Veterans fighting for the preservation of their existing offices and historical rooms.

Posted: August 12th, 2012 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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Insensitive treatment of Filipino veterans at US hearing

WWII veterans and community supporters stand infront of City Hall before attending the hearing of the Historic Preservation Commission. Photo by Esther M. Chavez.

Wearing their crisp dark green uniforms and bemedaled military caps, WWII Veterans were early at the steps of City Hall, ready to be witnesses to the third hearing of the matters concerning the War Memorial Veterans Building (VMVB) before the Historic Preservation Commission.

Posted: July 31st, 2012 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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Filipino American journalists acknowledged at NAM’s Ethnic Media Awards

Esther Chavez, Inquirer.net Vice President for US Sales receives Benjamin Pimentel’s trophy on his behalf who could not attend the gala ceremonies. With her from left are Willie Ratcliff, San Francisco BayView recipient of the Chauncey Bailey Community Advocacy Award, and Belva Davis, Gala Emcee, and multi-awarded Host of “This Week in Northern California” – KQED. Photo by Armando Chavez

Two Inquirer.net columnists, TV producers, a blogger and reporter among Filipino American journalists who won awards at the New America Media (NAM), 2011/2012 NAM Ethnic Media Awards for Northern California & Central Valley for their exceptional contributions to journalism.

Posted: July 22nd, 2012 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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Mount Pinatubo eruption photos launched at San Francisco Main Library

San Francisco Main Library marquee announcing Mount Pinatubo photo exhibit at the Filipino Center.  Photo by Vic Valbuena Bareng

Dramatic photos of the eruption of Mount Pinatubo on June 15, 1991 are now on display at the San Francisco Main Library until September 6, 2012.

Posted: July 15th, 2012 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

PG&E updates Fil-Ams on safety and commitment to community


To celebrate Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month and to offer a direct dialogue with the Filipino community, Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) hosted a roundtable with journalists and representatives from the Filipino media based in Northern California on May 18.

Posted: June 12th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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Walking the talk – FWN’s Mondejar runs for seat at DCCC, San Francisco

Janet Reilly, honored in 2012 by the League of Women Voters as ‘A Woman Who Could Be President,’ introduces Marily Mondejar during the launching of her candidacy. Beside Mondejar (next to Reilly) is Hydra Mendoza, followed by Mary Jung and Alice Lee, wife of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.  Photo by EMChavez

SAN FRANCISCO—Surrounded by stalwart friends and supporters, Marily Mondejar, president and founding executive director of Filipina Women’s Network (FWN), recipient of the 2010 Award for Excellence in Civil Rights from the California Asian Pacific Islander Joint Legislative Caucus, formally threw her hat in the ring for a run at a seat in the Democratic County [...]

Posted: May 2nd, 2012 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Gallery | Read More »

Living Abroad

Unprecedented, unrealistic depiction of Filipinos as jihadists in ‘Act of Valor’


SAN FRANCISCO, California—It has been almost two months since the film, “Act of Valor”, showed in movie houses across America, posting top revenues in it’s first few weeks.  The title alone was the perfect come-on for flag waving patriots. In addition, the movie featured bold military maneuvers with real Navy Seals in action, all but [...]

Posted: April 14th, 2012 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

Filipina Women’s Network head honored in San Francisco

Marily Mondejar (center in black) surrounded by family, friends, colleagues and members of the Philippine Consulate General. Photo by E.M. Chavez

Four outstanding women leaders in the greater San Francisco Bay Area were honored by highly respected KQED Public TV 9 and Public Radio 88.5 FM in celebration of Women’s History Month. Among them was Marily Mondejar, president of Filipina Women’s Network, a non-profit organization for women in the United States. FWN’s mission is to advance Filipino women in all sectors of society such as government, corporate or non- profit; contribute to the decisions being made in the political world, and raise awareness of their contribution to the building of America.

Posted: March 28th, 2012 in Americas,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Health guru talks about what ails FilAms

Dr. Francisco Sy flanked by Rudy Asercion and Ester Asercion of WestBay

“Do you know that Filipina women even when “balingkinitan” (slim) can still have Type 2 Diabetes?” Was the shocking statement of Dr. Francisco Sy, Director of the Office of Extramural Research Administration, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. This was just one of the health peculiarities between foreign born and US born minorities as a result of research funded by his office. Dr. Sy was recently in the Bay Area on the invitation of the University of California San Francisco, Asian Health Institute as keynote speaker at their recently held conference on the disparity on Asian health studies.

Posted: February 28th, 2012 in Americas,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »



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