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FilAm Miss Universe R’Bonney Gabriel to join Miss U PHL coronation at MOA on May 13

By Claire Morales True NEW YORK  — Another popular Filipino American celebrity is visiting the Philippines. After award-winning actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens did a documentary film in Palawan and Manila, the first FilAm Miss Universe and Miss USA R’Bonney Gabriel…

Pres Marcos, VP Duterte maintain high approval, trust ratings

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and Vice President Sara Duterte received high approval and trust ratings in March, according to a Pulse Asia survey. Based on the “Ulat ng Bayan” survey conducted from March 15 to 19, Marcos got…

OFFLINE: An ambassador speaks an unspoken truth

Almost all ambassadors for all countries are forced to serve as public relations consultants of their respective homelands. They can never speak ill of their country, unless they abandon their posts and seek asylum in their host countries. This is…

87-year-old bear sprayed in Vancouver

By Gilda P. Balan, Correspondent   VANCOUVER — Examples of Asian-hate attacks are becoming more and more cruel, with the latest one taking place north of the border. Vancouver media reported late last month that a frail and elderly man…

AS I SEE IT: Asian Hate Crime: A Look on Asian in Hawaii vs the Mainland

Let’s have a look at being Asian in Hawaii vs the Mainland. From an old topic that someone has posted a year ago, I get the sense that Asians in Hawaii are more secure about their identity compared to Asians on the…

Marcos thanks GMA for advice, guidance on her birthday

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.  extended birthday greetings to former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, thanking the incumbent House of Representatives Deputy Speaker for her “advice” and “guidance” on the presidency. “I would like to extend a very grateful and very…

Manny Villar wealthiest Filipino for 5th straight year – Forbes

By Jennifer T. Santos MAKATI CITY – For the fifth straight year, former Senate President and Speaker Manuel “Manny” Villar Jr. remains the country’s richest Filipino based on the Forbes Billionaires List for 2023. Villar, who is a real estate…

Philippine gov’t debt soars to P13.8 trillion

By Jeanne Michael Penaranda MANILA – The national government’s total outstanding debt has reached P13.75 trillion as of end-February 2023, according to the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr). In a statement, the treasury  bureau said that for the month, the…

FilAm star Vanessa Hudgens now global tourism ambassador for Philippines

By CLAIRE MORALES TRUE LOS ANGELES/MANILA/PALAWAN – Yes, Virginia. Filipino American Hollywood actress Vanessa Hudgens is now the Global Tourism Ambassador of the Philippines. No less than President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. presented the document making Vanessa as such during a call…

Quo Vadis Filipino Americans 3 years into the pandemic?

By Jun Nucum SAN FRANCISCO – It has been three years since the pandemic began but about 24% of Filipino Americans (FilAms) in California, according to the 2021 tracking data, are still not fully vaccinated and boosted despite having a…