Saturday, July 22, 2017

Story by Elpidio Estioko and photos by May V. Estioko SAN JOSE – After months of practice and sacrifices, the hula group (halau) of Santa Clara, California (Te Mau Tamari’i A Tiare) garnered the second place in costumes during the just concluded Tahiti Fete 2017 held at the Event Center, San Jose State University last July 2. The group was propelled by siblings Rose Anne Joy “Tweety” and Paul Joseph Estioko with cousin Jane Estioko and her daughter Mikayla. Paul was int...

By David Canepa Shopping in the 21st Century is rapidly changing as more and more people discard the malls for the ease of buying on-line – often from complete strangers. These exchanges, however, can be fraught with danger and lead to harm or even death. As buying on-line is becoming the new norm, it will take 21st Century thinking to protect consumers from potential risk. Fortunately, a concept known as an “Internet Safe Exchange Zone” will be implemented in San...

In January of this year, the SF Pride Board of Directors began discussing how to express these growing concerns. After careful consideration, they collectively made the decision to lead off the 47th Annual Parade with a protest contingent. Eschewing the usual floats and music, representatives from about 20 diverse organizations will lead the Parade with an all-on-foot March down Market Street. Highlighting concerns ranging from women’s rights to immigration policies and th...

WASHINGTON -- Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Co-founder of Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), recently issued a statement applauding California Governor Jerry Brown for authorizing funding for the California Violence Intervention Prevention Program (CalVIP), formerly CalGRIP. The 2017-2018 California State Budget includes over $9 million for CalVIP, which is one of the only sources of state-level funding for locally driven violence prevention strategies. ...

By Elpidio Estioko SAN JOSE – The convenors of the Bayanihan Fil-Am Festival 2017 officially adopted District 27 Assemblymember Ash Kalra as “one of us” in a ceremony held last June 17 at Mt. Hamilton Grange Hall. The adoption certificate/plaque was presented by the BFF 2017 convenors led by Evangeline Sangalang and Erlinda Reyes for services rendered to the Filipino community in San Jose, in particular and in Santa Clara, in general and for “having fought hard for the ...

By Elpidio Estioko San Jose, CA – We need to connect and educate the youth about Filipino culture, so they won’t forget our roots and will be proud to say, “Pinoy Ako, Taas Noo”, Deputy Consul General Jaime Ramon Ascalon said in an interview with FilAm Star after his opening remarks during the Bayanihan Fil-Am 2017 Festival Philippine Independence Day celebration held last Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Eastridge Mall, this city. Ascalon said the Philippine Embassy in San F...

SAN FRANCISCO – The 119th Philippine Independence Day Concert and Gala presented multi-awarded Filipino singer-composer and conductor, Ryan Cayabyab with seven of his fabulous singers at the historic Marines’ Memorial Theater on Sutter Street, a stone’s throw away from Union Square in downtown San Francisco. A formal gala reception followed at the adjacent Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel as guests were welcomed by a traditional, Rigodon de Honor, a Filipino-Spanish quadril...

(L-R) State Commissioner Dr Fel Amistad, Vice Mayor Juslyn Manalo, Mayor Glenn Sylvester, Consul General Bensurto, Councilman Ray Buenaventura, & San Mateo County Supervisor David CANEPA at Flag Raising for Philippines Independence Day June 13, 2017 at Daly City Hall

Congratulations! Philippine Association of University Women- USA celebrated recently their 55th Anniversary Celebration held at Rene’s Fine Dining in Colma, California. In Photo : PAUW - USA Officers and members with special guest Leonard Oakes (extreme right standing), Vicar of Holy Child and St Martin

Brother Gerson Roxas,(8th row from left) resident minister INC Burlingame and PAL Sfo Area Manager Dell Merano (5th row from right) and INC officers and members during their Grand Evangelical Mission held last Sunday , June 11,2017 at INC Burlingame.