Churches of the Catholic faithful brimmed with devotees of the Our Lady of Fatima as they commemorated and celebrated the 100 years anniversary of the Miraculous Lady’s apparitions before three children shepherd in the idyllic village of Cova de Iria in Fatima, Portugal. Around the world, Our Lady of Fatima devotees and pilgrims recited the Holy Rosary just as Lucia dos Santos, Francisco Marto and his sister Jacinta were asked by Mother Mary to pray the rosary for the conv...

ROHNERT PARK – Graton Resort & Casino, the entertainment and gaming destination in Rohnert Park, CA, recently announced that it has committed $1 million to support those impacted by the devastation caused by the multiple fires throughout Northern California. “We are deeply saddened by the ongoing destruction in our community,” said Greg Sarris, Tribal Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, owners of Graton Resort & Casino. “Not only are hundreds of ou...

Cow Palace, Daly City – The Cow Palace is bringing back the Wild West to the Bay Area with the annual Grand National Rodeo, Livestock Exposition and Horse Show, October 13 -14 and 20-21, at the Cow Palace (2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City, CA). Now in its 71st year, the Grand National Rodeo will celebrate the time-honored tradition of America’s West by presenting the best of the best in the competitive sport of rodeo. Ticket prices are $23 for adults Dress Circle, $44 for Bo...

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...