Americas

Gab Valenciano back in Los Angeles for good, dad Gary and mom Angeli too?

By Claire Morales True LOS ANGELES – Gab Valenciano is back in the United States, this time for good. On Instagram, Gab, 34, who is Jose Angelo Gabriel Valenciano in real life, shared his flight journey from Manila to Los…

Governor Newsom lauds Biden for bid to expand health care access to DACA recipients

By Claire Morales True SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom has lauded President Joe Biden’s announcement that his administration will be expanding federal health care services to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients. “President Biden is stepping up to ensure greater…

Ex-Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario dies on way to SanFo; Marcos, nation mourn

  By Cherie M. Querol Moreno Executive Editor SAN FRANCISCO – Colma Mayor Joanne del Rosario will escort the remains of her brother Ambassador Albert del Rosario back home to the Philippines from California on Thursday, April 20. Ambassador Del…

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…

California Governor Newsom eases drought restrictions

By Claire Morales True YOLO COUNTY – Governor Gavin Newsom has rolled back some drought emergency provisions that are no longer needed due to current water conditions, while maintaining other measures that support regions and communities still facing water supply…

FilAm photojournalist, wife assaulted in Sacramento

By Jun Nucum SACRAMENTO – A Filipino photojournalist based in Southern California and his wife were assaulted by a man while strolling in Sacramento in a brazen robbery attempt that may constitute as a hate crime at the State Capitol….

President Biden’s new actions to reduce gun violence lauded

By Claire Morales True SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom has applauded President Joe Biden’s visit to Monterey Park and his announcement of federal executive actions to reduce gun violence. “California is grateful for President Biden’s efforts today to strengthen our…

Hate crimes in US hit record high in 2021 — FBI

By Gilda P. Balan, Correspondent LOS ANGELES – The number of hate crimes in the US rose dramatically in 2021, setting an all-time high of almost 11,000 incidents. So says an FBI annual hate crimes report. Worst of all, the…

Even San Francisco’s Chinatown not a safe haven against Asian hate

By Gilda P. Balan, Correspondent SAN FRANCISCO – A recent syndicated  story from ABC News Internet Ventures entitled ‘Anti-Asian racism still haunts San Francisco community’ relates the story of the Jeung family. Back in the late 1800s, the Jeungs were forced…

VP Harris meets, rallies small business, local officials in SF Chinatown

By Jun Nucum SAN FRANCISCO – The second highest official of the land took time out to have roundtable-type conversations with San Francisco small business owners, local official and community leaders at Him Mark Lai Library in Chinatown.to highlight the Biden-Harris Administration’s investments to…