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Faithful In Little Things

Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much—Luke 16:10

Jesus tells the parable of the dishonest manager. His master demanded a complete audit of the company due to a report that he was stealing the money. He was about to be fired for mismanagement of funds. What did the manager do? He was forced to make fast friends. One by one, he called in the people who owed his master huge unpaid debts and drastically reduced it by eliminating the dishonest interest. Jesus said we should imitate this man who thought about his future and used what little he had left to make provision for himself. Are we just as shrewd in using what God has entrusted us with to make friends in these last days?

Then Jesus said, “Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.” Managing the little God has entrusted to us is a big thing for God. It’s a test to see whether we’ll be faithful with far greater things. Do you want God to entrust you with true spiritual riches? Prove yourself faithful by managing the little or big things he has entrusted to you.

The key word to managing what the Lord has placed in our care is faithfulness. In whatever material form this takes, it should not become a personal possession but a managerial assignment. How you are handling the resources God has entrusted to you? We must always be aware that the proper use of our God-given time, talent and treasure is an integral part of our spiritual journey toward our eternal home.
Gicky Soriano
First FilAm UCC
461 Linden Avenue
San Bruno CA 94066
(650) 952-7130
Website Gicky+Soriano


TFCU Talks Heads to San Jose State University

San Jose, CA – After the successful TFCU Talks at the CSU Dominguez Hills last October 21, TFCU Talks is now coming to San Jose, California on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 3:00-5:30 P.M. Doors open at 2:30 P.M.

An affiliate of ABS-CBN International, TFCU Talks San Jose will feature a lineup of top industry leaders to connect, inspire, and empower college students and young professionals to help them realize their full potential.

The event takes place at the Student Union Ballroom at San Jose State University. TFCU Talks San Jose is an exclusive free event with limited seating - first come, first served. For all ticketing information, and to reserve your spot today, please visit

TFCU curated an exciting and fitting line-up of speakers and performers for “Breakthrough to Greatness”:

P.LO (Musician) - P. Lo is a rapper & music producer based in the Bay Area. He’s become a force in the music industry as a recording artist, producer, and songwriter. A BMI award winner, multi-platinum songwriter, and touring act, P-Lo has been reaching new audiences with his music since he co-founded the HBK Gang, a collective of musicians and creatives that revitalized the Bay Area’s music scene. P-Lo is cultivating the sound of the Bay Area on a national level and expanding his reach always pushing the boundaries of the West Coast sound as a rapper and a producer.

JOHN CORPUS (CEO of Photobucket) - John Corpus took over as chief executive for in 2015. Corpus also co-founded and was CEO of Milyoni Inc. (social media video tech startup) until it was acquired by Photobucket. He has specialized in the development of e-business strategies including business plan development, content structure, publishing strategy, technical implementation, corporate communication, and workflow process. (via Bloomberg)

Dr. ALLYSON TINTIANGCO-CUBALES (Professor/Community Leader) - Dr. Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales was recently promoted to Full Professor of Asian American Studies in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. In addition to her responsibilities as a faculty member at SFSU, Tintiangco-Cubales is extremely dedicated to the Filipina/o American community. To respond to the social, academic, and emotional challenges that Filipina/o American youth face, she founded Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP), an ethnic studies educational pipeline that creates partnerships and projects that work toward social justice.

DJ QBERT (Hip Hop Pioneer) - DJ QBert, born Richard Quitevis, is widely regarded as the most highly skilled skratching DJ that has walked this planet. His long-standing career of innovating the DJ culture has set off a worldwide generation of DJs who are now regarded as musicians and not just DJs that play records, from A-Trak to Craze to C2C to Z-Trip; they would testify to DJ QBert’s influence in their sound and successful careers.

STR8JACKET (DANCE CREW) - As World of Dance 1st place winners, Str8jacket strives to challenge the standards of hip hop dance while still preserving its culture and roots. Their doors are open to everyone to create a safe space where people can feel comfortable being who they are and pursue their passions for dance. They help their members improve as dancers, but more importantly they help them improve as people by building consciousness and awareness on a personal and societal level.

FULL POTENTIAL (DANCE COMPANY) - Established in 2016 and directed by Duncan Padilla, Full Potential is a dance company based in Fremont, CA that aims to foster others – near and far – by teaching wisdom, knowledge and life values through the art of dance. As a dance company, they strive to create leaders, teachers and role models. Full Potential is a family of individuals who aspire to reach their full potential as not only dancers, but as members of the community.


Modifying Your Child Support

I have a client that resides in Illinois while mom and children (only 1 remaining minor) presently all live in Israel. Mother requested the Los Angeles County Department of Child Support (DCSS) to enforce a private divorce order. The issues are a request for a modification of child support and determination of arrearages brought forth by the mother.

I will narrow down the issue of modifying child support as to childcare expenses only in this article and will follow-up up concealment of minors and its impact on arrears, if any at a subsequent article.

In re Marriage of Tavares, the father appeals the trial court’s order determining his child support arrears for his son, C., who was 16. The father contends that the trial court should have modified his arrears to account for period that the mother allegedly concealed the boy and/or incurred no childcare expenses. The appeals court held that his arguments failed as a matter of law.

The Court held that the alleged concealment, even if true, is not an obstacle to collection of arrears because the overdue child support payments will still benefit the child during his minority. Thus, entitling him to his father’s support. The Court further found that there are ample authority that establishes a parent who has failed to modify a support order may not undermine accrued arrears by later contesting expenses.

My case is similar in that there were periods of “concealment” by the mother of the two children. The Tavares case is also on point as to the factual similarity that my client failed to modify the childcare add-on support. Thus, DCSS continues to calculate child support arrears with the childcare expenses and both are accruing at the legal interest rate of 10%.

The Legislature has established a bright-line rule that accrued child support vests and may not be adjusted up or down. If a parent feels the amount ordered is too high or too low, he/she must seek prospective modification immediately. While the family court is a court of equity and it might seem unfair that a parent continues to be responsible for childcare expenses is no longer incurring childcare expenses.
The remedy as the Tavares case and statutes clearly point out--do not “sleep on your rights.”

The appropriate remedy is to immediately file a modification of the current child support order and seek the assistance of the court to ascertain if the childcare expenses should still be add-on child support. Failure to do so could be very costly and the only remedy left would be to hire an experienced attorney and negotiate with the custodial parent for a waiver of non-welfare arrears.

Moreover, any discrepancy in payments should be litigated. But without proper documentation (i.e. cancelled checks) it becomes a he said/she said scenario and the law is clear, the obligor has the burden of proof to show payments.

If you have outstanding arrears and want to talk to me about what you can do about this debt, call my office at 310-601-7144 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Memories of Philippine Christmas: Pasko Na Naman2

Los Angeles, CA – As Advent season approaches, the Federation of Filipino Rosary Groups will bring ‘Christmas in the Philippines’ through a music and dance presentation of “Pasko Na Naman 2/Salo-salo at Pagdiriwang!” on Saturday, 4 p.m.December 3, at Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 N. Verdugo Rd., Glendale, CA 91208.  The show will start with “Panunuluyan” which will show the journey of the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph searching for an inn to stay prior to the Birth of Our Lord. 
Main performers include:  Monique Magpayo, Kurt Winterhalter, Malaya Filipino American Dance Arts, Rondalla Club of Los Angeles and St Lorenzo Ruiz Parish Choir. A surprise number will be presented as well.  Ticket price:  $45 per person which includes a show, a merienda and raffle.  The show promises to be fun and is family-oriented.   Come and join us!  Part of the proceeds will go to Channel of Charity, feeding programs in Bataan and Manila, St. John Seminary Immersion Program and FFRG projects.
The Philippine Christmas season is the longest in the world. In mid-October, Christmas carols, both religious and contemporary, fill the air-waves. Shops in big cities announce pre-Christmas sale of items that will bring joy to each and every member of the family.  Christmas is a time for gifting friends. Thus, much thought is given so that the receiver of a gift may find that there is a bigger message behind the gift. That message connects them to our Lord Jesus Christ as the best gift ever.
In the Philippines, Christmas is the most celebrated time of the year. People set aside their differences and focus on the goodness of every person. In the midst of challenges and sufferings, people try to make peace with themselves, they become other-centered. By the first week of December, paroles (Christmas paper lanterns) make their grand appearance. Soon, they are seen in every widow, in cars and jeepneys. Lantern contests are held everywhere, adding to the light and color of a city decorated for a joyful Christmas.
“As we come closer to Christmas, I would like to reflect on how my family will celebrate this year,” says Justine Bugarin, an international business student. “I often think that challenges come to make us strong in the midst of a world that is filled with sorrow.  Every time I turn on the television and listen to commentators, I feel exhausted emotionally at the end of a segment for there is always news of doom and gloom,” she laments. “The only way we can face negativity is to simply choose what is joyful and life-giving and what better way to fight negativity than to focus on the goodness of God,” she said.
“Our goal is to reach out to as many faith communities as possible for this show is about our customs and tradition that enrich our lives, that define us as a people,” says Carol Evangelista, acting president of the Federation of Filipino Rosary Groups. “We truly appreciate the generosity of Filipinos who care about others and take time to be a support for one another.  Each one of us is a piece that completes a beautiful puzzle,” Carol added. “A better expression of such beauty is by making our cultural tradition visible and experienced. We have a mission to evangelize by using our God-given gifts, and we are accommodated by many talented artists.”
For ticket and souvenir program information:   Tess Domingo  and Carol Evangelista . Your souvenir ad contribution is tax-deductible.  Please call the soonest.  
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