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California dreamin’: Fil-Am Mark Pulido is mayor of Cerritos City in Los Angeles

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Filipino-American Mark Pulido is mayor of Cerritos City in Los Angeles County, California. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Cerritos, an ethnically diverse, affluent city in Los Angeles County, California, has a new mayor—Filipino-American Mark Pulido.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

No fear, no walls for armless Fil-Am

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“DESIRE, persistence and fearlessness will help anyone accomplish anything,” says Jessica Cox, shown here after tying her shoelaces using her feet during her talk in Pasig City. ALEXIS CORPUZ

She decided to take off her prosthetic arms at age 14 and had since been “celebrating” life.   And that continuing celebration can now be divided into several chapters: She finished college, learned to play the piano and drive a car, earned a black belt in taekwondo, got into scuba diving, became a licensed pilot—and [...]

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

NYC mayor appoints Fil-Am to key post

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (right) with appointee Maria Torres-Springer. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Asian Journal

Maria Torres-Springer is a Filipino-American woman on a mission. Mayor Bill de Blasio a few weeks ago named her the new head of the Department of Small Business Services, pledging to deepen each agency’s connections to neighborhoods across the five boroughs.

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Remembering Uncle Fred, Fil-Am historian

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FRED CORDOVA; 1931-2013

He was a humble man with a commanding presence. I can only imagine what that looked like 50-plus years ago, when he was a young university student, an aspiring journalist, a community activist, or just a mischievous boy pursuing his college sweetheart.

Posted: January 18th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Global Pinoy,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Lawyer with Filipino roots is Utah attorney general

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Utah’s new attorney general, the first member of an ethnic minority to hold a state position, is of Filipino heritage.

Posted: January 11th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Global Pinoy,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Praises keep coming for honest Filipino cabbie

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Accolades continue to pour in for Gerardo Gamboa, the Filipino-American cab driver who found and returned $300,000 in cash left behind by a passenger in his taxi.

Posted: January 11th, 2014 in Americas,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Aquino mum on TPS, leaves immigrants in the dark

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While Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Filipinos has gained a strong U.S. bipartisan congressional support, the Philippine government has yet to lodge a formal request with the Obama administration, leaving in the dark many Filipinos who may benefit from it.

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

My 30-minute encounter with Obama

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JU HONG, third from top left, interrupts President Barack Obama’s speech about immigration reform on Monday, Nov. 25, at the Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center in San Francisco. AP

On the Friday before Thanksgiving week, I received a call from a woman community leader in San Francisco asking me if I was interested in being in a panel to discuss various immigration issues of the Filipino-American community. I readily said “absolutely!” When I was told it was to be on Nov. 25, the day of American president Barack Obama’s San Francisco visit, I became doubly excited.

Posted: December 7th, 2013 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

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

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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 »

‘Coming out’ for immigration reform

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The author at immigration rally. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

October has always been a special month in my household, since it’s when my twin brother and I celebrate our birthday surrounded by family. But October is also Filipino-American History Month and LGBT History Month, both of which I’m uniquely situated to appreciate: As a Filipino American, I am part of a legacy that includes generations of Fil-Am activists like Larry Itliong, who started the farm worker movement that was joined by Latino and labor pioneer Cesar Chavez.

Posted: October 12th, 2013 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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