Monthly Archives: July 2017

Hunter Padilla, graduated last week from the San Francisco Police Cadet Academy. He is the son of respected Fil Am community leaders, Alvin and Marita Padilla of San Francisco.

The Rotary Club of Daly City/Colma Evening meets every other Thursday for dinner at the McArthur Room of Fort McKinley Restaurant. Rotary International is a service organization of men & women currently in more than 250 countries with more than 1.2 Million members.

hosted by Yolanda Siracusa (standing middle)@ Fort McKinley Restaurant along with the invited guests.

SAN FRANCISCO – The Philippine Center recently hosted the Bicol Tourism and Investment meeting discussion and invited a number of travel agents, members of the press and friends. Former Department of Tourism Region 5 Director Maria Ong-Ravanilla, assisted by her friend Tourism Attaché Pura Suanding-Molintas, presented an Overview of Bicol Tourism, exhorting Bicolanos and others “to visit relatives, re-connect with kins and bring the second gens, especially those who don’t ...

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H‑1B petitions effective immediately. The H-1B visa has an annual cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year. Additionally, there is an annual “master’s cap” of 20,000 petitions filed for beneficiaries with a U.S. master’s degree or higher. Premium processing will resume for petitions that may be exempt from the cap if the H-1B petitioner is: An institution of higher e...

By Elpidio Estioko FREMONT – A self-made man who began as a janitor and ultimately became a successful trial lawyer celebrated his 103rd birthday last July 22 at World Gourmet Buffet. Rufino Ortiz, Sr. struggled against all odds to be a public servant and an educator in the city of Urdaneta in Pangasinan. Before his lucrative bar practice, he was appointed as the Associate Justice of the Peace in Urdaneta Regional Trial Court. He accepted clients who can’t afford expens...

SACRAMENTO - Today marks the 65th anniversary of the 1952 magnitude-7.5 Kern County earthquake—the largest earthquake to strike Southern California since the 1870s.* Although the quake’s epicenter was on the White Wolf fault in the southern San Joaquin Valley—a fault that had not been considered such a threat—people in far reaches of the state and as far away as Las Vegas felt its shaking. Multiple strong aftershocks occurred as well, including a particularly destructive m...

Story and photos by Lovel Aniag Bato in English means stone or rock. In colloquial slang, it can also mean boring – which, at first, what the town would seem like. But of course, the country being blessed by 7,000 beautiful islands, I’ve always believed every place in the country has a little secret just waiting to be discovered. And the small municipality of Bato, Leyte has once again proven me correct. 1. The Baywalk Bato is a coastal community in Leyte with its own ...

Growing up comes with a lot of responsibilities: getting a job, paying bills, buying or renting a house – the list can seem endless. Yet, being an adult also means you have more freedom to do the things you love, like travel. Taking your first trip can be fun and exciting, but there are aspects of the planning process that require adult-like responsibilities. If you’re planning your first solo trip, there’s a good chance you’re a Millennial and studies show you’re willing ...

By Macon Araneta FilAm Star Correspondent Voting 261-18, Congress overwhelmingly approved President Rodrigo Duterte’s request for an extension of martial law and the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus until December 31 in Mindanao during July 22’s joint session in the House of Representatives. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez announced that “the results of the voting showed that 262 congressmen voted affirmative and 18 negative.” “As per the Constitution and the...