Monthly Archives: June 2016

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA – With only a week left in his term, President Benigno Aquino III signed into law a bill granting Filipino centenarians cash incentives and other benefits and incentives, a bill he first vetoed in 2013. Albay Representative Edcel Lagman, also the principal author of the measure, announced on June 23 Republic Act 10868 was approved by the President. “Just in the nick of time! I must say it was really a long wait bu...

The 10 richest members of the Cabinet of former President Simeon Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III have listed in their Statement of Assets and Liabilities (SALN) for 2015: speedboats, jet skis, expensive European cars and golf club shares as among their wealth. The wealthiest with their corresponding total assets are: Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, PHP 301.3 million; Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, PHP 289 million; Health Secretary Janette Garin, PHP 141.5 million in asse...

ATTY. CRISPIN CADAY LOZANO Only a small fraction of businesses get audited. When an audit takes place, there is a letter from the IRS asking for more documentation to clear up any discrepancy. The taxpayers should be prepared for this eventuality and here are some tips on how to avoid an audit and how to deal with one if it does happen. - Check your numbers. If you receive a 1099 for income received from third parties, they also report the information to the IRS. I...

Sacramento -- Last May, Eskwela Natin began its fourth summer program. More than 40 students, ages five to 12, registered for the eight-session cultural class that covers various aspects of the Filipino culture. In addition, fifteen high school students were recognized and awarded with scholarship monies. The program began on May 15, 2016 with an opening ceremony that featured Consul Carlyn Monastrial of the Philippine Consulate as the guest speaker. The Consul delivere...

San Francisco, CA – AARP California today announced it is bringing CAREversations – an interactive, engaging family caregiving event to San Francisco on July 10th, 14th and 16th. CAREversations, a free event that mixes fun with purpose, will be held at different times and days in July at different at three different and easy to access locations in San Francisco. A total of six events will take place from July 10th, 14th and 16th during the evening hours. You’ll connect wi...

San Francisco, CA— Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the opening of the second Navigation Center located at the Civic Center Hotel at 20 12th Street. The Navigation Center is part of Mayor Lee’s pioneering approach to help homeless people move off the streets and into stable housing or residential programs where they have access to the services they need to stabilize their lives. “Living on our City’s streets is not healthy or safe,” said Mayor Lee. “Although we have hou...

Advocating selfless service and fostering the Filipino value of bayanihan, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations and GMA Pinoy TV embark on the search for outstanding community organizations in the United States with the 2nd Alex Esclamado Memorial Award for Community Service. Established in 2014 to honor the late Alex Esclamado, NaFFAA Founding Chairman and an ardent advocate of Filipino-American unity and empowerment, the awards recognize the passion...

OAKLAND, Calif. – California’s Prop. 47 allows many individuals to change certain felonies into misdemeanors on their criminal records – but less than a quarter of those eligible have submitted their requests, and the window of opportunity could expire next year. Eighteen months into Prop. 47’s enactment, the state has received some 211,000 petitions seeking resentencing or a record change. The ballot measure, which passed in November 2014 despite heavy opposition fro...

Health@Heart By Philip S. Chua, MD, FACS, FPCS The glutathione craze seems to have spread to various countries, including the Philippines, inspired mostly by women’s desire for a fairer complexion and people’s quest for the fountain of health and youth. Knowing that any substance or drug we use, including “simple” aspirin, is associated with possible adverse side-effects, the concern about the safety of long term use of glutathione comes into question. What is gluta...

Legal Matters By ATTY. CRISPIN CADAY LOZANO If you were petitioned by your spouse and you received a decision from USCIS stating a finding of marriage fraud you should immediately consult an experienced immigration attorney. The Immigration and Nationality Act Sec. 204 (c) prohibits the approval of a subsequent petition if the alien committed marriage fraud in a prior petition. It also prohibits the approval of the first petition if the Attorney General determined that th...