Robert Canton, a Cebuano, now residing in Stockton, was recently invited to speak during the Golden Jubilee Celebrations to be held in the Vatican from May 31- June 4, 2017. The celebrations will culminate with the Pentecost Mass with Pope Francis on Pentecost Sunday, June 4 in St. Peter’s Square. The letter to Canton jointly signed by Oreste Pesare of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS) and Angela Fatima de Monteiro of the Catholic Fraternities...

Darrenatics USA presents the “Total Performer”, Darren Espanto Live in San Francisco concert at the Hilton Hotel SF Union Square . Tickets are now available. Darren Espanto catapulted to fame after joining The Voide Kids of the Philippines in 2014, and has been branded as “The Total Performer” for his dancing, as well as his singing prowess. He is the youngest artist in the world who had a sold out first and repeat major solo concerts at the of 13 (Music Museum, Manila)/ H...

By Harvey I. Barkin SAN JOSE – Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Company recently announced the two student winners from Independence High School of an all-expenses 12-day trip to Kenya in February next year. Amy Hua and Kyle Mondina were chosen by their school as delegates to bring a portable solar suitcase to the African nation. Independence was among 19 schools to participate in PG&E’s Solar Suitcase program under its Better Together Giving classroom grants. ...

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, AUGUST 13 – The search for Miss Pangasinan 2016-2018, sponsored by the United Pangasinanes of America, Inc. headed by Executive Committee Chairwoman Emma F. Torres, Co-Executive Chair Marita N. Padilla with President Mario C. Panoringan as ex-officio member, has recently ended with the final selection of a winner. A few minutes before the clock heralded midnight, the United Pangasinanes of America, Inc. proclaimed and crowned the young lady from the th...

Inspirational life journey motivates readers and audiences to overcome and dream big Redwood City, Calif. (February 12, 2016) – Host of The On Your Marc Show, Marc Anthony Nicolas, is no stranger to Hollywood. In fact, his life story resonates with messages that inspired some of its greatest screenplays and scripts - struggle, heartbreak, providential opportunities, and a Hollywood dream come true. Inspirationally destined, Nicolas’ story made it to the pages of author Sar...

By Anna Ven Sobrevinas | FilAm Star Correspondent SAN DIEGO – Speaking to an intimate crowd of teenagers and the young at heart, musician Rachel Lastimosa presented her firsthand experience on living with Lumads – a collective of indigenous people in the southern region of the Philippines in desperate need of attention and protection from merciless injustice and lethal persecution. Held in the PASACAT Center in National City, the performing arts company welcomed its doo...

This year 14 students and a resident of Colma received scholarship grants during the Colma town council meeting last May 11 at Colma Community Center. This is the 16th Colma Citizens awarding ceremony. It was started in 2000 by Lucky Chances Casino and is fully funded by the company, as well. Previously directed by Rene Medina and now his son Rommel, Lucky Chances has been very supportive to the Colma community. Between 2000-2015 Lucky Chances distributed $274,193.00. This ye...

By Katrina Soledad | FilAm Star Correspondent San Francisco, CA - “Hearts in SF” auctioned 19 hearts designed by local artists from February 8th-18th to help raise funds for the community. Award winning artist, Marconi Calindas, is the first Filipino artist to be invited to participate in the project. His large heart “SF Sunflowers” was the first heart sculpture to be sold. The heart art and events are a benefit for the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, which rais...

By Sharon Rummery At least 45 people gathered when subject matter experts from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services visited the Philippine Consulate General on July 15 to talk about the new program that helps family members of Filipino veterans of World War II. Everyone wanted to know how the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program, also called the FWVP Program, works to benefit those who have been petitioned to immigrate by a World War II veteran or a veteran’...

Story and photo by: Lovel Aniag Bontoc is like the Cubao of Cordillera. It is the entry point to famous Norte destinations such as Banaue, Sagada and Buscalan. Bontoc was just a stopover, a waiting-area for a greater adventure - at least for me. That was until Mt. Kufafey. Having experienced the overcrowding from Mt. Kiltepan and Mt. Pulag, I was hoping to find a less-touristy climb for my next Norte adventure. I came across Mt. Kufafey from a blog that listed alternat...