Monthly Archives: August 2019

Star Access Issue 541! To be featured in our Star Access column, please email community@filamstar.com with pictures of your event and a short caption! Thank you! Filamstar Team

By Joseph Peter R. Gonzales Judy Ann Santos admits that she also became a victim of “ghosting” before. The term “ghosting” became popular due to the controversial break-up of Gerald Anderson and Bea Alonzo and it means a sudden departure from a relationship without any explanation or advice. “Actually, I just learned how to accept the situation and just moved on,” says Juday. “It happened to me not just once but a number of times. Maybe, it didn’t become a big issue sin...

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today issued policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to address its discretion to grant employment authorization to foreign nationals who are paroled into the United States, including those who are otherwise inadmissible. Certain foreign nationals may be paroled into the United States for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit. Parolees are not entitled to employment authorization solely bec...

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Philippine American Press Club USA is proud to announce the eighth Plaridel Awards which will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the newly opened San Francisco Filipino Cultural Center at 814 Mission St., San Francisco. Call for Entries are now in full swing. Entries for this year’s competition must have seen print or had been broadcast through a Filipino American or mainstream media anywhere in the U.S. between June 1, 2018 thru May 31, 2019. Dea...

The Trump Administration’s public charge rule was officially published to the Federal Register recently and is scheduled to take effect on October 15th. This ruling is aimed directly at immigrant communities and threatens all of us. This new rule is an attack on our values as a nation and our collective future. The new public charge definition will redefine the U.S.’s immigration system by privileging the white and wealthy, shifting the demographics of who can immigrate to...

OAKLAND- The Felix Y Manalo Foundation, Inc, the charitable institution of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC or Church of Christ) on Saturday August 17 had 3,000 care packages of nonperishable food, hygiene kits, and FREE school supplies made available to all residents and families in need in East Oakland, surrounding neighborhoods and extended bay area on their Aid to Humanity community outreach. The program aims to help combat the rising cost of living in the area. Local org...

By Beting Laygo Dolor | Contributing Editor The Philippines will likely fail to hit its economic goals this year, owing to yet another quarter of below-target gross domestic product (GDP or the sum total of goods and services produced by a country in a given period, less remittances from overseas-based workers) growth of 5.5 percent for the second quarter of the year. The percentage is a shade less than the 5.6 percent GDP growth experienced in the first quarter of 2019...

By Rev. Fr. Tristan Jasper D. Laforteza TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. There was an elephant who wanted to be a photographer. He enjoyed talking about it with his friends. However, his friends would always make fun of him because, for them, there was no camera that would fit an elephant and there were no good spots for pictures in their place. But the elephant pursued his dream. He gathered old tools and spare parts that could be used to create a camera. When his...

As I See It BY ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO During our Grand American Road trip spanning four adjoining sates two weeks ago, we passed by Baker, the gateway to the Death Valley where the world’s tallest thermometer is located. It’s not a giant tube filled with mercury, but a tower displaying a digital readout. The thermometer is 134 feet (40 m) tall, one foot for each degree of the North American record temperature of 134°F (57C). Easily it can be viewed from the highway and a st...

By Macon Araneta FilAm Star Correspondent Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon urged the Commission on Audit (COA) to conduct a special audit on PhilHealth after he doubted its ability to cover the medical expenses of Filipinos in the next 10 years. He doubted PhilHealth’s ability to do its job following the allegations of corruption in the agency. It had also been reported that PhilHealth had resorted to overpayment or non-payment of hospital claims in connivance...