SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.— As cool fall temperatures settle into Northern and Central California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) encourages customers to schedule free gas appliance safety checks with the company, and to make sure carbon monoxide detectors are installed near sleeping areas and are working properly. Every year, there are 400 preventable deaths in the U.S. caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, with about a third of those occurring between December and Fe...

SAN FRANCISCO – FilAm Star columnists Perry Diaz, Elpidio Estioko and Lovel Aniag each bagged awards for excellence in Filipino-American journalism last October 5 at the newly refurbished Kalayaan Hall at the Philippine Consulate. Diaz won Best Commentary and Best International Reporting. Aniag took one of the Best Tourism Features Story awards. Elpidio got a merit award for Best News Story. Diaz joined FilAm Star two years ago. He was a computer analyst when he first arr...

The pioneer in door-to-door delivery service to the Philippines in the Bay Area will celebrate its 31st anniversary. Established in 1986 by Mr. Mon V. Singh, Mon Cargo has always been consistent with his prime objective to reach out to the needs of his fellow Filipino US immigrant with excellent service, MON CARGO sticks to its credo to maintain an outstanding track record of being the most honest, competent and steadfast enterprise of its kind. In line with its goal, t...

LBC’s customers abroad who are now busy filling up Balikbayan boxes to send to their loved ones here in the country will now be able to do so without worrying about the rules and regulations imposed by the Bureau of Customs last August 1, 2017 This is after BOC Commissioner Isidro Lapena issued a memorandum last September 28, 2017 suspending the implementation of the Customs Modernization Tariff Act (CMTA) until March 31, 2018. The CMTA carried with it certain provisions w...

By San Mateo County Supervisor David J. Canepa We all love our smartphones but let’s face it, they can be downright dangerous. Since the year 2000, cellphone use has increased more than eight-fold. That increased use has unfortunately been accompanied by a dramatic increase in pedestrian injuries due to cell phone-related distracted walking. I witnessed for myself at a busy crosswalk in Broadmoor Village so many adults and kids using their cellphones as they walked t...

San Francisco – Supervisor Kim recently joined with Supervisor Norman Yee to launch an initiative to bring affordable childcare for all to San Francisco. Supervisor Kim explained, “Nationwide, 60 percent of households with children do not have a stay at home parent. Center-based child care for an infant in 3/5 of the states in the U.S. costs more than tuition and fees at 4-year public universities. With these stark realities, we know that we must do better. If we truly bel...

WASHINGTON, DC — The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) issued the following statement after the shooting at the Route 91 Music Festival in Las Vegas: “In the strongest terms, NaFFAA condemns the senseless attack that took over 50 lives and injured over 500 more in Las Vegas this weekend,” said Brendan Flores, NaFFAA National Chairman. “My hometown of Clark County is home to over 145,000 Filipino Americans, and is a vibrant and diverse community...

The Fourth Filipino American International Book Festival (FilBookFest4), an event focusing on publications by Filipino writers and artists around the world, takes place on October 6-8 at the Main Branch of the San Francisco Main Public Library. FilBookFest4 will be presented by the Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA), along with the Filipino American Center (SFPL), the San Francisco Public Library, the Philippine Consulate General of San Francisco, and other commun...

By Harvey I. Barkin SAN JOSE – New America Media (NAM) and Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County announced to the press their workshop to help DACA recipients whose permits expire between September 5, 2017 and, or before March 5, 2018 to obtain a new two-year work permit. NAM and Catholic Charities drove home the urgency to renew DACA applications before the October 5 deadline. Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County CEO Gregory Kepferle mentioned that DACA recip...

About 200 Catholic men gathered in joyful prayers, feverish praising, intensive discourse and selfless sharing of spiritual experiences and wisdom at the Mother Teresa Event Center of the St. James the Apostle Catholic Church in Fremont over the weekend. Coming from all over the West Coast of the United States and Canada, the men of God and servants of the Lord congregated for the 3-day 2017 International Catholic Men’s Conference under the auspices of the spiritual commun...