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Bill giving incentive for PH relief donations passes US House

Rep. Eric Swalwell. US CONGRESS PHOTO

A bill to spur contributions to Typhoon “Haiyan” relief in the Philippines passed the House of Representatives, U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (Calif.-15) today announced today, Mar. 24.

Posted: March 25th, 2014 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

How to get free money from the US taxman


Get as much as $6,000 tax-free money from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). That is, if you earn less than $51,000 from wages, self-employment or farming and provided that you file a tax return, even if you do not owe any tax or are not required to file.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Non-English proficient entrepreneurs to benefit from California Senate bill

California Senator Leland Yee

A bill that would shift the responsibility of providing accounting record information to wholesale fish distributors that sell to small-business owners passed a key committee on Jan. 15.

Posted: January 15th, 2014 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Fil-Am gay couple engaged, sets New Year wedding

The Mercado-Tans (left to right) Jashley, Jay, Shirley Tan, Joriene. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/VIVIAN ZALVIDEA ARAULLO

Jay Mercado opens the door, picks up packages on the doorstep and cheerily calls out to her partner Shirley Tan, “Look, hon, we have presents!”

Posted: December 26th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

California senator launches bill idea contest for ’14


Entries are being accepted for state Senator Jerry Hill’s sixth annual “Oughta Be A Law…Or Not” contest for bill ideas from constituents.

Posted: November 29th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Nevada Fil-Ams begin signing up for Obamacare

Rozita Lee and Emma Williams, both fluent in Filipino, staff table to sign up Fil-Ams for Obamacare.  PHOTO BY BERT ELJERA

Since quitting her job as a nurse in San Francisco five years ago, Christine Gregorio has been without healthcare insurance. She does not have health issues, but at 56 years of age, she worries that ailments that come with growing old would set in sooner or later.

Posted: November 26th, 2013 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Leaders ask Fil-Ams to press lawmakers for immigration reform

Community leader Rex Velasquez. AJPRESS PHOTO

Leaders of the Filipino-American community urged its members to support immigration reform by calling their representatives in Congress.

Posted: November 10th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Fil-Am labor leader arrested in immigration rally

Gregory Cendana being arrested.  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

“No, I wasn’t surprised. I was expecting to be arrested,” said Gregory Cendana, as he reflected on being arrested during the immigration reform rally dubbed “March for Dignity and Respect” held last Oct. 8.

Posted: October 30th, 2013 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Coming out’ for immigration reform

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 »

US Senator Hill to honor man who inspired ‘Vote-By-Mail’ ballot confirm law


State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo County/Santa Clara County), will honor a longtime Menlo Park resident as the winner of Hill’s annual “Oughta Be a Law…Or Not” contest and the inspiration behind Hill’s legislation, Senate Bill 589, which enables voters who cast their ballots by mail to confirm that their votes were counted.

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



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