SAN FRANCISCO – Sen. Scott Wiener, Assembly Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin, Assembly member David Chiu, and Assembly member Phil Ting released the following statement prior to Brisbane City Council meeting on the Baylands Development: “The Bay Area and California are in this housing crisis for a long list of reasons but the fundamental issue is that we simply do not have enough housing that our residents can afford. California got here as the result of thousands of decisions...

SAN FRANCISCO – All roads lead to the 2017 Annual Pangasinan Day and Mrs. Pangasinan Coronation Banquet & Ball, Saturday August 12, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City, California. The event which starts at 6:00pm is expected to draw over 300 guests and witness the coronation of Mrs. Pangasinan and her Royal Court, the main highlight of the celebration. Mrs. Kathleen E. Nicanor from the town of Agno will be crowned 2017-19 Mrs. Pangasinan, along with her Royal Cou...

Redwood City – Barely a year into its operation, Project Sentinel’s free Residential Housing Helpline has responded to over 1,500 calls from tenants, landlords, and neighbors throughout San Mateo County eager to learn about their tenant-landlord rights and responsibilities. The free helpline, that can be called at (650) 399 -2149, provides, landlords, tenants, and neighbors, information on tenant-landlord rights and responsibilities, resource referrals, and guidance on ami...

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...

DALY CITY, CA, July 17, 2017 – The youthful executive director of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA), Jason Tengco, visited yesterday the ABS-CBN offices in Quezon City, Philippines with a message for Filipinos to participate more in politics by running for office. Founded in 1997, NaFFAA is the largest national organization focused on leadership development, civic engagement, and advocacy for the 4 million Filipino Americans in the United Stat...

Installation & Dinner was held on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Daly City, CA (Photo L-R): Stephen Bolton – Advocate; George Frates III – Treasurer; Joseph Salaiz – Secretary; Rev. Arturo Albano – Chaplain; Romeo Quevedo – State Deputy; Noel Panlilio – Warden; Sonny Santa Inez – Immediate Past State Deputy. Joined by their respective wives. Mass was celebrated by Rev. Domingo Orimaco, Pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Church in Daly City, CA. The event w...

SAN FRANCISCO -- The US Conference of Mayors (USCM) and Wells Fargo announced that through the 2017 CommunityWINS® Program, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee was recognized for his work on behalf San Francisco, and a local nonprofit, Main Street Launch, will receive $300,000 to fund its Chinatown Initiative for Entrepreneurial Spirit and Innovation project. The Chinatown Initiative for Entrepreneurial Spirit and Innovation is a cooperative effort located in the oldest Chinatow...

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 ...

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...