The Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) of Sonoma County hosted their annual consortium holiday party last January 10 at the Event Center of Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park. In attendance were officers, members, and guests of the organizations’ various Bay Area chapters. Mel Orpilla, FANHS National President; Karen Mejia-Pennrich , FANHS of Sonoma County; Victoria Santos, FANHS East Bay; Jason Agpaoa, FANHS San Francisco and Ron Muriera, FANHS Sa...

SANTA CLARA COUNTY —The County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors recently appointed Arlene Biala to the honorary post of Santa Clara County Poet Laureate. Biala has been appointed for a two-year term ending Dec. 31, 2017. The Poet Laureate’s role is to elevate Santa Clara County residents’ awareness of poetry, and to help celebrate the literary arts. “The Poet Laureate serves as an ambassador to the poetic arts in our community,” said President Dave Cortese, County of Sa...

San Francisco — Mayor Edwin Lee was recently honored at his Mayoral Inauguration Ceremony for his second term in City Hall. “This is a celebration of the people of San Francisco that make our City great,” said Mayor Lee. “With a strong, diverse economy as the foundation for San Francisco’s continuing progress, we will tackle longstanding challenges like affordable housing and homelessness while making historic investments in our schools, transportation system and public...

Las Vegas, Nevada – Miss Philippines’ Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, was crowned the 64th MISS UNIVERSE at Planet Hollywood. The 26-year old stunner captivated the judges and mesmerized people all over the world with her beauty, elegance and intelligence. Miss Philippines was a top favorite in Global Beauty polls around the world early on. Fiipinos all over the world and even non-Filipinos believe that Pia has the “IT” factor and felt strongly about her taking home the crown. At...

At a recent stop in San Francisco in their visit to the U.S., Social Security System (SSS) President, Chief Executive officer Emilio de Quiros Jr., Senior Vice President of Account Management Group, International Operations Division Judy Frances See and other top officials exhorted Filipino members in the U.S. to re-activate their membership to be entitled to pension and other benefits. “This is why we are re-opening our San Francisco office, the 22nd SSS foreign office on...

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...

State Assembly Health Committee Chairman and Assembly member Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) recently reminded everyone to enroll in healthcare coverage, regardless of immigration status and language spoken. He said, “I believe that affordable, accessible, and high quality health care coverage is a right, not a privilege. Having true access to a doctor when you need one can improve, extend, and even save one’s life.” He said that the State’s implementation of the Affordable Care ...

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found that Agape Cottages misclassified its employees as “care partners” or business partners, rather than employees. They were treated as though they had none of the legal rights afforded to them under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other labor laws. They were denied pay and benefits to which they are lawfully entitled. An investigation of six of the company’s residen...

Two organizations bearing almost the same name but with different directions have confused many in the homecare industry. 6 Beds, Inc. (with an on-line presence at www.6BedsProvider.org, www.6Beds.org and www.facebook.com/6Beds ) is a large non-profit advocacy group run voluntarily by some carehome owners that in 2014 launched free educational sessions to get carehome owners to be compliant with the minimum wage and other labor laws. Sixbedpartners.com is a consultancy ...

BASRA-After a Filipino company poured in $130 million to develop Iraq’s largest port, the governor of this oil-rich southern province wants the Philippines to seriously consider sending in more investments. “We want more investments from the Philippines,” Governor Majid Al-Nasrawi said during a recent courtesy call by Chargé d’Affaires Elmer Cato of the Philippine Embassy in Baghdad. “There are numerous investment opportunities here for Filipino companies.” During their m...