Monthly Archives: August 2019

By Joseph Peter R. Gonzales According to teen actress Maris Racal, she’s not bothered if she had a falling out with perennial screen partner Iñigo Pascual while they are in the promotion stage of their upcoming potboiler titled, “I’m Ellenya L” which is an official entry to the 2019 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. “Actually, of all the changes that happened, I was able to accept the situation with an open mind. It didn’t take long. It’s good that in the movie, we’re not a...

Recently, the Trump Administration’s new rule on the standard of care for migrant children in government custody was published to the Federal Register. If allowed to go into effect, these new rules would allow the government to cage migrant children indefinitely, house them in unlicensed detention centers and terminate the few protections granted to these children by the Flores Agreement. The Flores Agreement mandates that children be housed in safe and sanitary conditions...

DALY CITY - The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) - California Chapter conducted a public forum engagement on Knowing your Rights and Immigration Updates last August 24, 2019 at the Hillside Park Clubhouse. The forum lasted for three hours with moderators and lawyers Cesar Fumar and Jeanne Serrano Kouznetsova, It started with a  prayer led by lawyer Manuel Mallabo followed by the opening remarks of lawyer Flomy Diza, followed by lawyer Pres Ordinario introducing  Dal...

By Ces Noble Pinoys are known to be value-oriented. We actually have a double meaning for the word ‘value,’ and both are considered important. There is the ‘economic value’ or ‘dapat sulit’ and the socio-cultural side where ‘value’ or pagpapahalaga for what is considered essential or valuable in life. How is it applied to travel or trips? Here’s the buzz: Fil-Ams are known to regularly visit the Philippines to reunite or reconnect with family, relatives and friends. The...

By Rev. Fr. Tristan Jasper D. Laforteza TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. There was a boxing legend who boarded a plane to attend to his fight. At the close of the takeoff, the flight attendant noticed that he was not wearing a seatbelt. The flight attendant told him, “Sir, please fasten your seatbelt.” But the boxing legend replied, “Don’t you know that superman doesn’t need a seatbelt?” The flight attendant was annoyed at his answer and said to him, “Well then, Sir,...

Street Talk BY GREG B. MACABENTA “Now that I’m growing older, My pilot light is out; What used to be my sex appeal Is now my water spout…” I was in my mid-20s, at the peak of my virility, when I came upon this verse. I found it extremely funny. I also thought it referred to people who had reached 40, which, at the time, I considered old or, least, “middle age.” This week, 55 years later and turning 80, I no longer think it’s funny. I particularly feel the pain ...

As I See It BY ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO While the country is experiencing some setbacks and issues on immigration reforms, there is likewise an issue on education in California! The issue centers on a proposed bill that would require all California high school students take an ethnic studies course. The draft generated some controversy from among the ranks of diverse groups whose members claim they were misrepresented or excluded, so it’s being held in abeyance this year f...

By William Casis FilAm Star Correspondent When the nation observed National Heroes’ Day last August 26, Sen. Imee Marcos on asked if it is not actually a misnomer since officially, the country has no heroes. “Little do most Filipinos know that ever since the Philippines gained independence, the government has never officially proclaimed who our national heroes really are, even if it has been taught as early as grade school that the likes of Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifa...

By Corina Oliquino FilAm Star Correspondent Market research company GlobalWebIndex’s latest flagship report on social media trends found the Philippines as the leading country where people spend the most time on social media globally for four hours and five minutes during a typical day for seven years now. The report, released mid-August, surveyed 278,359 respondents from across 45 countries from the fourth quarter of 2018 until the first quarter of 2019. The Philip...

By Macon Araneta FilAm Star Correspondent Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go  said President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping might talk about the passing of Chinese warships in Philippine waters without clearance from the Philippine government. Duterte will be in China for a six-day visit from August 28 to September 2. “I cannot speak in behalf of the President but during our talk, perhaps, this could be one of the matters they would talk about,” he said. ...