Monthly Archives: July 2019

By Joseph Peter R. Gonzales Enzo Pineda is glad that he has an entry to the forthcoming Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival titled, “Malamaya (The Color of Gray)” in which he shares stellar billing with Sunshine Cruz. “Actually, it’s a dream-come-true for me,” he avers. “Joining Cinemalaya has always been in my vision board. In 2013, I also had an entry in her---Sundalong Kanin.’ I was still very young then but I’m happy because many still remember my portra...

WASHINGTON, DC — From August 15-17, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) will convene its thirteenth National Empowerment Conference (NEC) in Carson, California. The theme of this year’s NEC is “Make It Count: Transforming Mindsets for 2020 and Beyond,” which reflects NaFFAA’s commitment to raising awareness around key issues affecting the community, laying out a clear plan of action around the 2020 Census and Presidential election, and buildi...

Where to go in this hot summertime? Come to the leisure and entertainment paradise - Graton Resort & Casino to cool down the heat! Graton Casino invites you to participate lots of fun activities, allowing you to experience exciting casino games, gourmet food and entertainment shows. Waiting for you to be the winner and share your luck! Graton Casino will hold the Mustang Madness on the last Friday of July to September. A Ford Mustang will be guaranteed given away as we...

By Rev. Fr. Tristan Jasper D. Laforteza Is it more important to be feared than respected? By now, you have probably finished watching the last season of Game of Thrones 1. It is quite easy to see why this popular TV show has managed to capture the hearts of audiences. It has a little bit of everything; drama, love story, action, fantasy, mystery, and intrigue. One of the most beloved characters in the series is Daenerys Stormborn Targayen. Fans have watched her characte...

Street Talk BY GREG B. MACABENTA The sinking of a Filipino-owned fishing boat in Philippine waters by a Chinese vessel and the way the government of President Rodrigo Duterte has handled the incident have delivered a clear message to the Filipino people. This government would rather not ruffle relations with China, whatever the provocation might be, because it has resigned itself to being bullied and it is still hoping to extract economic benefits and loans from the ...

As I See It BY ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO Have you ever heard of July as watermelon month? Well, Wikipedia says it is! Aside from the holidays we celebrate during the month of July, one of the most unusual celebrations we may not know is the watermelon month! While July reminds us of important historical dates such as the 4th of July which is US Independence Day and 1st of July which is Canada Day, it also calls for the wackiest holidays we ever had! The Apollo launching ...

By Macon Araneta                                                                                                   FilAm Star Correspondent The fate of Charter change (Cha-cha) will be significantly affected by the 2022 presidential election, said Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon. Drilon said this after President Duterte renewed his call to amend the 1987 Constitution, adding that in past hearings, the Senate learned the public does not want the Constitution chang...

By Corina Oliquino                                                                                                  FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA - In a speech in Quezon City last July 12 for the Araw ng Pasasalamat for OFWs event in Camp Aguinaldo, President Rodrigo Duterte said he is considering the direct and exclusive control of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) recruitment through the government, calling out private agencies over unfair practices and abuse. “Buong...

By Beting Laygo Dolor                                                                                   Contributing Editor The Philippines may soon lose its distinction as one of the last few countries where divorce is not legal. But a hold-out and former Senate president said, just don’t call it “divorce.” Bills that would legalize divorce have been filed in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, although President Rodrigo Duterte indicated in the past that...

By William Casis                                                                                                      FilAm Star Correspondent To avert robberies in over 500 banks and pawnshops in Manila, Mayor Francisco Domogoso a.k.a Isko Moreno will ask the Manila City Council to pass an ordinance seeking to ban the wearing of ball caps, helmets, sunglasses and face masks while entering said establishments. He said anything that covers the face or hides  the identity...