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Decade on, separate lives for once-conjoined Filipino twins

Clarence Aguirre, left, embraces his twin brother Carl while relaxing at the family's home with their mother Arlene in Scarsdale, N.Y.,Thursday, July 31, 2014. On Monday, Aug. 4, the the formerly-conjoined twins, now 12, are celebrating the ten year anniversary of the risky surgery that separated them. The surgery was performed in four stages at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. AP

One twin uses an iPad, plays video games and dances to Michael Jackson tunes. The other has significant, possibly permanent, problems walking and talking.

Posted: August 4th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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OFWs struggle to see their dying parents


His dying father’s wish was to see his son one last time.

Posted: June 29th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Global Pinoy | Read More »

Thousands languishing in Japan children’s homes, says HRW


Almost nine out of 10 children taken from their families in Japan end up in institutions rather than foster care, a rights group said Thursday, a rate it said was the highest among developed nations.

Posted: May 1st, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

One mistake that could result in permanent family separation


One of the more promising provisions of the proposed immigration reform law in the United States is its attempt to improve family-sponsored petitions by eliminating current visa backlogs. Filipino nationals, who happen to be adult children of US citizens currently wait almost 20 years before they are called for their visa interviews. There are also cases where the children being petitioned patiently wait for their visa’s priority date only to receive a denial from the consular officer.

Posted: March 16th, 2014 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

Body of foreign journalist still in PH after kin waive right to claim


More than a month after he died, the body of veteran correspondent for Manila-based Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK) Barry Riddell has yet to be buried.

Posted: January 16th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »