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Till their last breath, Fil-Am health care workers give all vs COVID-19

May 12, 2020 - 9:05 AM

At least 60 Filipino health care workers have died from the novel coronavirus disease, as the United States continues to grapple with the pandemic

Frontliners, too: Meet some young Fil-Ams braving the coronavirus pandemic

May 05, 2020 - 3:35 PM

Outside of the health care profession, these young Filipino-Americans work silently day in and out, putting their lives on the line to serve others

Fil-Am family figures in U.S. car crash; only mom survives

Jul 08, 2018 - 12:47 PM

Mary Rose Ballocanag Trinidad, 53, is the sole survivor in her family after a car crash killed her husband and 4 daughters in Delaware

KILLED IN CRASH. Only the family's mother, Mary Rose Ballocanag Trinidad, survives a Delaware car crash. Photo from GoFundMe

Daly City gets first Fil-Am mayor

Dec 20, 2017 - 4:24 PM

Juslyn Manalo is chosen by the Daly City Council Board unopposed

New Daly City Mayor Juslyn Manalo and Vice Mayor Ray Buenaventura – both Filipino Americans – thank immediate past Mayor Glenn Sylvester at the recent swearing-in ceremony. Photo courtesy of Farida Fajardo/Balitang America

Studying in the US alone and at 15

Jan 07, 2017 - 6:16 PM

It was my vulnerability which forced me to be braver and more independent than I was

Why I speak only Filipino to my American baby

Nov 19, 2016 - 7:00 PM

What I hope my daughter will get someday: an understanding of where I am from of where she too is from

Love in the time of Trump

Nov 13, 2016 - 10:00 PM

The reasons I fought to stay in this country – its diversity its reproductive health rights its marriage equality its opening its doors to the poor huddled masses – all are put at risk

Filipino in Trump's America

Nov 10, 2016 - 1:26 PM

The sad truth is that this is just another symptom of what has been going on in the rest of the world

U.S. Pinoys for Trump

Nov 07, 2016 - 8:20 AM

It s myopic for Pinoy Republicans to believe there is a place for them in a Trump White House

US elections: Fil-Ams cross party lines, make hard choices

Nov 06, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Why this race to the finish matters to Filipinos in America

Fil-Am Phillipe Nover loses at UFC Fight Night 95

Sep 25, 2016 - 3:45 PM

Nover suffers a unanimous decision loss to former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao in their 3 round featherweight encounter

TWO IN A ROW. Phillipe Nover drops his second straight UFC fight. File Photo by Josh Albelda

Fil-Am TJ Perkins wins WWE Cruiserweight Classic, becomes division’s new champ

Sep 15, 2016 - 12:34 PM

Fil Am wrestler TJ Perkins outlasted 31 other men and made history as the winner of the first ever WWE Cruiserweight Classic

Duterte Fil-Am supporters see change for better

Jul 25, 2016 - 1:56 PM

Duterte will guide the Philippines to a new era say his supporters in the United States

President Rodrigo Duterte has won the support of Fil-Am groups. File photo by Jay Rommel Labra/EPA

Fil-Am activist in New York eyes Democratic seat

Jun 22, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Steven Raga talks about his bid for Committeeman in Queens County in New York City

IN PHOTOS: Jordan Clarkson visits tenement, snaps photo of Rizal statue

Jun 01, 2016 - 5:14 AM

Check out how Jordan Clarkson spent his last day in Manila over the weekend

MEETING RIZAL. Jordan Clarkson snaps a photo of Philippine national hero Jose Rizal. Photo from press release

Fil-Am John Dodson battles Manny Gamburyan at UFC on FOX 19

Feb 25, 2016 - 12:25 PM

Dodson returns to the 135 pound weight class following his second decision loss to UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson

Masterminding Fil-Am political empowerment

Jan 16, 2016 - 10:14 PM

I was angered when I saw the 2010 Census and that San Mateo County s population was composed of 52 racial minorities and the members of the SMC Board of Supervisors were 100 white says Guy Guerrero

Fil-Am political history: A Metro Manila in California

Jan 09, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Political visibility has long eluded Filipino Americans But that may change in San Mateo County California

Fil-Ams pursue political history in San Mateo, California

Jan 04, 2016 - 12:04 AM

No Filipino invests in a costly run for a seat on the 5 member post which no American of Asian descent and only one known Latino has occupied in the past two decades

ONE FC fighter Mark Striegl promises to bounce back from submission loss

Dec 13, 2015 - 1:19 PM

In a post on Instagram Mark Striegl promises he will bounce back strong from his loss to Reece McLaren at ONE Championship s Spirit of Champions

BOUNCE BACK. Fil-Am Mark Striegl (right) vows to be back 'stronger, faster and more enduring' after upset loss to Reece McLaren at ONE FC's Manila event. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

#PinoyPride: Fil-Am wins five medals in world karate

Nov 19, 2015 - 8:25 AM

A Filipino American karate teacher from California won four gold medals and one silver medal in the WTKA WKA World Unified Championships in Spain

Chris Crisostomo's five medals from the World Championships

Seizing the moment: Preparing for Obama’s trip to Manila

Nov 01, 2015 - 11:00 AM

For Aquino the remaining months of his administration offer a legacy opportunity to institutionalize defense and national security mechanisms to protect the sovereignty of the Philippines

TREATY ALLIES. President Aquino and US President Barack Obama during his state visit to Manila in April 2014. Malacañang Photo

Thirteen years a Fil-Am

Oct 29, 2015 - 11:19 AM

It hasn t been easy and there have been times where it seemed that the only feasible option was to give up But I didn t

Fil-Am John Dodson moves back to bantamweight

Oct 09, 2015 - 4:40 PM

Dodson s announcement came during the broadcast of UFC Tonight

Mayor De Blasio: TOFA-NY honorees showcase city’s ‘diversity, strength’

Oct 01, 2015 - 9:25 AM

Every year we share their stories because they reveal the many facets of the Filipino American experience and what holds our community together

Fil-Ams mount event to promote education vs domestic abuse

Sep 30, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Children who witness domestic violence are twice likely to become abusive or abused in adulthood

Victorious Fil-Am plaintiffs seek new win in coming election

Sep 09, 2015 - 5:12 PM

Other people will always divide and rule Filipinos for their own agenda Do we want to progress politically or do we want to be puppets?

Filipino who enters Disneyland with loaded gun arrested

Aug 21, 2015 - 4:48 PM

Agoncillo 44 from San Francisco says he heard voices inside his head telling him to kill as many people as possible

Student Canteen's Leila Benitez: Where is she now?

Aug 19, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Leila for the Millennials who glimpse her from their parents’ stories was the Philippine Oprah

From Laoag to Fairbanks: A Fil-Am finds roots in Alaska

Aug 17, 2015 - 6:00 PM

What I love about living in Alaska is that being different is OK

Child molestation charges reduced vs Fil-Am teacher

Aug 16, 2015 - 5:13 PM

29 of 32 charges of molestation are dropped The plea agreement recommends that Mazo serve between 15 and 60 years in jail

US elections 2016: Meet Fil-Am Republican Ninio Fetalvo

Aug 16, 2015 - 4:00 PM

As a publicist for the GOP Ninio makes sure the conservative message gets across – and is understood – by the Asian community

REPUBLICAN PARTY. With Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock, for whom Ninio interned when he was a GWU student. Photo by The FilAm

Fil-Am leader tapped for Los Angeles public works board

Aug 15, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Joel Jacinto a non profit director and historic Filipinotown leader is named public works commissioner by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti


Fil-Am NYC human rights chief on fighting discrimination

Aug 12, 2015 - 11:43 AM

I want to have impact and impact means being effective in anti discrimination education and enforcement areas It also means pushing the law further into other avenues says Carmelyn Malalis

The Filipino School of San Diego to offer online classes

Aug 11, 2015 - 9:30 PM

The move online will not only make TFS more accessible but will also help the school tap into a greater audience – the Filipino diaspora

Donald Trump exposes fans' bigotry

Jul 25, 2015 - 8:16 PM

They are people dear to me for their loyalty and sincerity What I don t love is their bigotry

epa04803127 US businessman Donald Trump gestures after announcing that he is running to be president of the United States during an event at Trump Tower in New York, New York, USA, 16 June 2015. Real estate mogul and reality television star Donald Trump said he is running for US president. Trump, who has toyed with seeking the nation's highest elected office for years, dismissed the 11 other Republican candidates seeking the centre-right party's nomination for the 2016 presidential elections by declaring that politicians cannot solve the US' economic problems. Trump is the 12th candidate for the Republican nomination and despite his widespread name recognition is not considered a serious contender by political observers. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Fil-Am judge accused of hiding fugitive boyfriend pleads 'not guilty'

Jul 18, 2015 - 10:01 PM

She is accused of allegedly harboring her then live in boyfriend in her home for approximately an hour and ‘never making any attempt to contact law enforcement’

Fil-Am runs for SF board of supervisors

Jul 14, 2015 - 7:49 PM

Marjan Philhour seeks a seat in the legislative body that helps govern the Californian city with a 6 billion annual budget

Maryland Fil-Am teacher accused of sex abuse out on bail

Jul 08, 2015 - 9:21 PM

The Fil Am community and friends of Magnaye say he is ‘kindhearted selfless’

Same-sex marriage: #LoveWins when intolerance loses

Jul 06, 2015 - 7:00 PM

The SCOTUS ruling doesn’t take away from our marriage; it strengthens it

The LGBT Pride MArch in California, USA on June 28, 2015. Photo by Ben Molina/Rappler

Fourth of July: Red, white, blue and brown

Jul 04, 2015 - 3:30 PM

Beyond the barbecue and after the fireworks he will cherish belonging to a nation bound not by race or religion but of shared values of freedom liberty and equality

Q&A with 'In the Country' author Mia Alvar

Jul 03, 2015 - 8:35 PM

Rappler speaks with Filipino American author Mia Alvar about her new book In the Country

Ex-US lawmaker in PH gun smuggling pleads guilty

Jul 02, 2015 - 6:44 PM

Leland Yee faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison with a fine of 250 000 and the possibility of supervised release after 3 years

SUSPECT. California State senator and candidate Leland Yee waits outside polling station with his wife Maxine Yee inside San Francisco City Hall in 2011 when he was mayoral candidate. The senator pleads guilty to federal charges of corruption and racketeering, among other crimes. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

How this Fil-Am appointee champions small businesses in NYC

Jul 01, 2015 - 4:13 PM

Maria Torres Springer is appointed as head of the city s main agency for economic development

Enduring, legal love: A Filipino lesbian wedding

Jun 28, 2015 - 10:08 AM

Award winning photographer Rick Rocamora captures a Fil Am lesbian couple s wedding in California

#MayForever: Wedding bells ring for Filipino HONY couple

Jun 25, 2015 - 11:03 PM

Here s proof that long distance relationships can work

Kat Evasco: The woman who will make you laugh – and cry

Jun 17, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Meet Kat Evasco at NextDayBetter San Francisco Saturday June 20th 2015

Friends shocked over arrest of NYC Fil-Am CEO

Jun 17, 2015 - 9:49 AM

In 2009 federal authorities arrested 10 Con Edison supervisors in connection with contractor kickback schemes

KICKBACK SCHEME. Engineer and CEO Rudy Quiambao is arrested over his involvement in a kickback scheme in New York. Photo by Elton Lugay

Why driving feels like freedom

Jun 13, 2015 - 11:44 PM

Despite the chaos I still feel the most clear alert and alive behind the wheel

Elderly Pinoys arraigned over black market sale of painkillers

Jun 11, 2015 - 2:14 PM

Dr Lucas is charged with being one of the city s most prolific illegal prescribers of the black market s favorite pill – 30 mg oxycodone says special prosecutor for narcotics Bridget Brennan