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Filipina New Orleanian shines in food-centric San Francisco

Brenda Buenviaje, chef and co-owner of Brenda's French Soul Food in San Francisco.  PHOTOS BY MILA DE GUZMAN

I’m a Filipina Yat,” proudly declares Brenda Buenviaje, chef and co-owner of Brenda’s French Soul Food Restaurant in San Francisco. The term Yat is derived from a common New Orleans greeting, “Where y’at? (“Where are you at?” or “How are you?”), and refers to New Orleanians who speak a local English dialect.

Posted: June 25th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Well-placed Fil-Ams steer support for ‘Yolanda’ relief


Well-placed Fil-Ams have helped move resources toward relief for Supertyphoon “Yolanda” survivors from advantageous perches in local government and other institutions.

Posted: November 21st, 2013 in Americas,Features,Headlines,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Rick Rocamora: Award-winning lensman with activist lens

Filipinos rejoicing at the downfall of Marcos on February 25, 1986 in Union Square in San Francisco. PHOTO BY RICK ROCAMORA

In a recent slide show presentation called “Dateline: Philippines,” award-winning documentary photographer Rick Rocamora introduced his homeland to the high-tech community at the main Apple store in downtown San Francisco.

Posted: September 11th, 2013 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

LGBT Fil-Ams hail same-sex marriage triumphs

Shirley and Jay Mercado (2nd and 3rd from left) and their twin sons Jashley and Joriene joined over a million people at the San Francisco Pride Parade on June 30, 2013, to celebrate the Supreme Court decisions on same sex marriage.

Darwin Dayan and his husband, Deo Patrimonio-Martin, who have been together for 18 years and wed five years ago, screamed with delight when they heard that DOMA had been struck down. Their union in 2008 remains valid because they luckily wed during the brief period when same-sex marriage was legal in California.

Posted: July 9th, 2013 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

SF’s big Asian American bash honors Filipina dance artist

Honoree Malu Rivera-Peoples

Dance artist and performing arts school founder Malu Rivera-Peoples won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on Monday, May 6 at the brand-new Jazz Center in San Francisco.

Posted: May 14th, 2013 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »