SAN FRANCISCO — As the school year begins for students throughout Northern and Central California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reminds parents, students and teachers to keep electric and natural gas safety top of mind. Elementary school students are encouraged to visit PG&E’s Smart Kids website, which features fast-paced games, cool experiments, and classroom and at-home challenges, along with other activities that will entertain while offering important ...

Founded in 1976, FASAE (Filipino American Society of Architects and Engineers) celebrates its 41st Anniversary on July 15. This year marks the very first time in its history that FASAE’s president was re-elected to a second consecutive term. This well-deserved honor goes to Nomer Gutierrez, a CalTrans civil engineering manager of Design Group in Stockton. During his first year as president Nomer launched, as part of FASAE’S Professional Development Program, a series of ...

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...

By Harvey I. Barkin SAN JOSE – By all appearances, Marcelo Quevedo Taganas has led a charmed life. He was a participant in one of history’s most tumultuous moments and lived to tell the tale. He served with the 15th Infantry United States Armed Forces in the Philippines – Northern Luzon (USAFIP--NL) and survived World War II. And unlike many other Filipino World War II veterans, Taganas was lucky to get into the U.S. and collect his benefits. Nowadays, he battles the...

By Harvey I. Barkin CUPERTINO – An alliance of four community/activist groups focused on addressing Filipino issues hosted a Forum on President Rodrigo Duterte last July 15 at De Anza College. The alliance extolled Duterte who “promotes pro-people policies, genuine development and just and lasting peace.” So said the Brotherhood for Duterte U.S.A., Digong Duterte Supporters (Northern California), National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) and Migrante Northern Cal...

The reception of the newly established Filipino Veterans Education Center (FVEC) located within the San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center could not have been more overdue. Highlighting the service of over 200,000 Filipinos fighting in defense of the United States, over 100,000 of who gave their lives heroically in service, the establishment of the FVEC commands attention toward the factionalized Filipino Veteran community. Many WWII Filipino Veterans grac...

united we stand The news came in as loud as thunder and was practically heard all across the country. President Trump ordered to rescind the DACA immigration program which protects almost 800,00 young individuals who came to the country illegally as minors or overstayed with their parents. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the announcement on the morning of September 5 as people were just getting back to their normal routine after celebrating the three-day Labor Day w...

In a homecoming of sorts after 19 months, a moving welcome was given the former representative of the 3rd district of Camarines Sur and now the 14th Vice President of the Philippines Leonor Leni Robredo who brushed aside any thought of even being a candidate for the position she occupies now although as early as March 2015 she was already one of the top ten vice presidential prospects in nationwide surveys, a time when she was still not even sure of running for reelection as ...

San Leandro, CA - It was a great night of comedy, short films, and football at the premiere of the movie “The Karma” held at the Englander Pub. Current and former Raiders graced the event to show their support to former Oakland Raiders wide receiver, Kenny Shedd, who is the writer and director of “The Karma”. The night featured the Battle of Sexes Comedy Show; featuring Cole S. Sexton, Trishana Saigal, and hosted by Rudy “O”. Alex Acosta, from Premium Blend Radio, who a...

SAN FRANCISCO -- Immigration advocates among the Asian Pacific Islanders and other ethnic groups were not fazed by the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans. The fifth Circuit had ruled that President Obama’s immigration initiative on extended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) did not follow proper administrative procedures and went beyond Congress’ authority.   Thi...