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.

In Proverbs 3:27 (TEV) says “Whenever you possibly can, do good to those who need it.” Thus on May 27, 2017 the Iglesia Ni Cristo in the Local Congregation of San Jose opened their doors to the community by providing a Neighborhood Outreach program in cooperation with the Felix Y Manalo Foundation, Inc. and their INCGiving. There were over a thousand people who participated in the event with several families including over a hundred individuals benefited from the affair. F...

COLMA – A group of like-minded small business owners banded together and launched the Fil-Am Community Business Services (FCBS) last May 19 at Rene’s Fine Dining. They want to make a difference within the Filipino-American community and be the trusted primary service provider in the Bay Area and beyond. FCBS Chairman Marcel Balmeo related how his office in Gellert is along the way to get to a Social Security office. Some Pinoys, new in the country, stop by MB Financial ...