Monthly Archives: October 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a final rule published in the Federal Register today adjusting the fees required for most immigration applications and petitions. The new fees will be effective Dec. 23. USCIS is almost entirely funded by the fees paid by applicants and petitioners for immigration benefits. The law requires USCIS to conduct fee reviews every two years to determine the funding levels necessary to administer the nation’s ...

OAKLAND – Thousands of people attended Savor Filipino, an event organized by The Filipino Food Movement last October 15 at the beautiful Overlook Lounge. It has been two years since this event was first launched in San Francisco. That year, Savor Filipino was a bit overwhelmed when 30,000 people showed up at their venue in an open plaza in downtown San Francisco. This year, it was held in a controlled environment with limited space and expected a crowd of 1,400 people. From S...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent After due consultations with administration officials, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel and Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg assured that the U.S. remains a “steady and trusted” partner of the Philippines as though acknowledging another flip-flop by President Duterte on the country’s supposed severance of ties with the U.S. Shortly before Russel rushed to Manila, Duterte clarified that he was not cu...

Text and photos by R. Mascardo SANTA CLARA -- Thousands of empty seats at Levi’s Stadium underscored San Francisco’s downturn that continued Sunday when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the 49ers, 43-17. Kaepernick’s season-long kneeling during the national anthem to protest oppression against minorities has become less a statement than a mood. These days fans just want to see their team win again after six consecutive losses. Never the less the quarterback was gree...

By Dr. Fel Amistad Whenever a leading San Mateo County political leader or Filipino-American leader mentions “Alice Pena Bulos” or Tita Alice, an extraordinary reaction occurs. Many people smile and comment that “she was the true McCoy!” She was a leader in her own right and way ahead of her time when female leaders were merely heard but not seen, spoken about but not taken seriously. Tita Alice was “our Grandmother of Filipino-American Politics” who was a long time res...

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced it has been named to the “Climate A List” by the CDP, an international not-for-profit that represents 827 investors with $100 trillion in assets. PG&E was selected from thousands of companies that submitted annual climate disclosures to the CDP for an independent assessment against the organization’s scoring methodology. PG&E was among 9 percent of corporations participating in CDP’s ...

“There is nothing more magIn celebration of the 65th anniversary of the exodus to the United States of Russian refugees from Tubabao Island in Easter Samar, and the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Russia, San Francisco PCG held an exhibit launch of Tiempo Russo Tubabao Island, in partnership with the Consulate of the Russian Federation and the Congress of Russian Americans. In attendance were Russian Consul General ...