At a recent stop in San Francisco in their visit to the U.S., Social Security System (SSS) President, Chief Executive officer Emilio de Quiros Jr., Senior Vice President of Account Management Group, International Operations Division Judy Frances See and other top officials exhorted Filipino members in the U.S. to re-activate their membership to be entitled to pension and other benefits. “This is why we are re-opening our San Francisco office, the 22nd SSS foreign office on...

Story by Federico A. Espiritu / Photos by Federico A. Espiritu, Jho Bule and Gary De Guzman Amid autumn nocturnal chill, the San Francisco City Hall radiated in Philippine colors as fervor of Filipinism simmered within the hearts of around 500 souls who converged at its grand rotunda for the culminating program of the Filipino-American History Month celebration last October 30, 2017. The night crested with sentimental pride as nine Filipino veterans of World War II from...

SACRAMENTO - The Eskwela Natin is proud to announce its Summer Program for 2016, from May 15 to July 17, 2016 to be held at the Community Room of the Human Resources Building, 2450 Florin Road, Sacramento, California. The new format of camp-like sessions will be held every Sunday afternoon. On opening day, May 15, 2016, there will be a reception at noon before the first class session. The program will include a welcome from the Philippine Consulate who have attended in the...

• Changes to the insurance products mean consumers will save when they access care. • New shopping tools and 300 new storefronts make it easier for consumers to shop for coverage. • More choices in 2017 in Orange, San Francisco and Santa Cruz counties. • Enrollees will get a primary care doctor when they enroll to ease access to care. SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Californians who need health insurance will find new ways to shop for coverage and new ways to save in 2017 when ope...

San Francisco, CA—Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that #SFWiFi, the City’s free municipal wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi) service, will receive technology upgrades along Market Street, the City’s busiest and most economically diverse corridor and home to some of the City’s largest, free public celebrations, including free events for Super Bowl 50, in time for Super Bowl week. Service expansions will also include #SFWiFi availability in five San Francisco Municipal Transpo...

“There is nothing more magIn celebration of the 65th anniversary of the exodus to the United States of Russian refugees from Tubabao Island in Easter Samar, and the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Russia, San Francisco PCG held an exhibit launch of Tiempo Russo Tubabao Island, in partnership with the Consulate of the Russian Federation and the Congress of Russian Americans. In attendance were Russian Consul General ...

Calling all student leaders, scholars, academic or sports scholars, school organizations or clubs, school officials and parents! Submit your outstanding students’ name, resume and achievements to be considered in our new achievers profile. Send their resumes, as well as their current photos, scanned images of certificates, newspaper clips or other proofs of achievements to admin@filamstar.com. Be sure to include the name of a contact person, phone number and e-mail a...

By Anna Ven Sobrevinas SAN DIEGO -- It’s presidential election season again for Filipino-Americans both back home and in the United States. Whether it’s Miriam Santiago or Hillary Clinton; Rodrigo Duterte or Donald Trump, the voting power of each respective country’s citizens are once again the sole positive catalyst towards change. “It is generally known that Asian Americans are the fastest growing voters in the United States today,” according to JT Mallonga, chai...

Long-time supporter for the Filipino-American community and the first Asian-American to be appointed Speaker pro Tempore (in 2014), former California State Sen. Leland Yee was sentenced to five years in prison last month. He pleaded guilty in July last year to, among others, bribery and trafficking in illegal weapons after he was implicated in an FBI sting operation in March, 2014 in San Francisco’s Chinatown. US Northern California District Judge Charles Breyer sentenc...

By Anna Ven Sobrevinas C.S. Lewis once said “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” Carol Cabrera aims to do the same for Filipino-Americans, both children and kids at heart. An NYU graduate student, Cabrera’s storybook project started as a thesis that became a yearning for cultural change. None of the bookstores she went to for research carried a Filipino children’s storybook. One even suggested if s...