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Filipino-American journalists send letter of support for Ressa, Santos, and Rappler

Jun 23, 2020 - 3:12 PM

A letter from Filipino-American journalists says the conviction of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr 'poses threats to freedom of the press and democracy'

Fil-Ams on the frontlines: New York healthcare workers look after each other

Jun 23, 2020 - 1:01 PM

In New York and New Jersey alone, 1 in every 4 Filipinos works in healthcare. They create their own resources to take care of their mental health amid the pandemic.

Fil-Am contestant Francisco Martin finishes in 'American Idol' Top 5

May 18, 2020 - 4:13 PM

Just Sam wins the competition

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 teen among those killed in California shooting incident

Nov 09, 2018 - 11:55 AM

The Phiippines' Department of Foreign Affairs expresses its condolences to the family of Alaina Punzalan Housley, a freshman student at Pepperdine University

FIL-AM TEEN. Alaina Punzalan Housley was among those killed in a California bar shooting on November 7, 2018. Photo from the Remembering Alaina Housley Facebook page

FilAm bets make history in San Francisco elections

Nov 08, 2018 - 4:27 PM

Two Filipino Americans are poised to become the new members of the City Council of South San Francisco

MAKING HISTORY. Flor Nicolas (L) and Mark Nagales are set to join  the City Council of South Francisco. Photos from Nagales and Nicolas' campaign websites.

Fil-Am ethnic studies professor seeks Daly City council seat

Oct 26, 2018 - 5:14 PM

'My decision to run for public office stemmed from the 2016 election and how the political climate specifically targeted the communities that I serve,' says Daus-Magbual

Prof. Rod Daus-Magbual aims to lead positive change as elected official.

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

'Trafficked' OFW sues for forced labor and abuse in U.S.

Jan 10, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The Velonzas allegedly confiscated Bergado's passport and forced her to work '14 hours a day and 7 days a week, for virtually no pay, for almost 3 years'

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

Fil Am writers, artists, and academics demand end to red-baiting

Oct 12, 2017 - 5:46 PM

65 Filipino and Filipino American writers, artists, and academics said that we are in a “dark time in both the Philippine homeland and the adopted American home"

Police locate woman 'person of interest' in Las Vegas mass shooting

Oct 02, 2017 - 6:06 PM

(UPDATED) The Las Vegas Metro Police Sheriff earlier identified the person of interest as Marilou Danley, whom they are seeking for questioning about the mass shooting

'PERSON OF INTEREST' A photo of Marilou Danley, provided by the Las Vegas Metro Police Department.

Meet Elizabeth Frances, the Fil-Am actress starring in AMC's 'The Son'

Sep 28, 2017 - 9:56 PM

Born to a Filipina mother and a Caucasian-Cherokee father, Elizabeth says she sometimes feels she has 'one foot in, one foot out' in these different cultures

Elizabeth was born on a military base in Okinawa, Japan to a Filipina mother and a Caucasian-Cherokee father. Photo from AMC website

Asians will be largest U.S. immigrant group by 2055 – Pew

Sep 12, 2017 - 4:15 PM

The US Asian population grew from 11 9 million in 2000 to 20 4 million in 2015

Safe from Harvey, U.S. Pinoys help flood victims

Aug 30, 2017 - 3:50 PM

As monster storm Harvey hit Texas Filipinos in the United States set out to help the storm s victims

BAYANIHAN SPIRIT. Members of the Houston Pinoy Gun Club help deliver supplies to hospitals and hurricane victims. Screenshots from Paul Vizcarra Osorio's video

Filipino among 7 U.S. Navy sailors killed in Japan ship collision

Jun 19, 2017 - 3:46 PM

“There was never a time that Carlos wasn t making people laugh ” said Sibayan s friend Chase Cornils

Photo of Carlos Sibayan courtesy of the US Navy

U.S. Pinoys join celebration as San Mateo County Pride Center opens

Jun 12, 2017 - 8:17 PM

The Pride Center is a space where the diversity of our community can share stories build relationships learn grow create and heal together Program Director Lisa Putkey says

Program Director Lisa Putkey invites the community to come together. Photo from Cherie Querol Moreno

After Resorts World attack, DOT holds New York party, and it was okay

Jun 06, 2017 - 10:30 AM

For Filipino Americans attending the reception in New York what happened at Resorts World did not make them hesitate about visiting the Philippines or promoting trips to the country

PARTY IN NYC. The scene at the Philippine consulate's Kalayaan Hall in the Philippine consulate where the reception promoting tourist spots in the country was held on June 2. Photo by Grace Labaguis

Alex Tizon and Auntie Lola: Rereading ‘Big Little Man’

May 21, 2017 - 11:12 AM

The book goes back and forth like a thrilling ping pong game about the myths and stereotypes not only of Filipino Americans but all Asian Americans and the author s own experience as the observer and the other

Berkeley Fil-Ams defend free speech

May 16, 2017 - 12:20 AM

Fil Ams from the University of California at Berkeley agree that the Free Speech Movement is alive and well

CAL PRIDE. Cal Students Robin Cid Calleja, Justin Lagera and Jacob Sese, and alumna Corin Ramos Lujan differ in their politics but pride in their alma mater.

Aguirre defends Duterte's human rights record before FilAms

Apr 20, 2017 - 9:15 AM

Aguirre also made an appeal to Filipino journalists in the US that they should treat the anti drug campaign of Duterte with respect

JUSTICE CHIEF. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre during a Senate hearing on September 20, 2016. Leanne Jazul/Rappler/File photo

George Conway III: Silent partner of a Trump admin power couple

Mar 30, 2017 - 10:45 AM

Filipino American lawyer George Conway III husband of presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway was recently picked by US President Donald Trump as the head of the US Justice Department s civil division

SILENT PARTNER. George Conway III. Photo from @kellyannepolls/Twitter

Fil-Am is Trump’s pick as next U.S. Solicitor General

Mar 12, 2017 - 4:37 PM

Noel Francisco the son of a Filipino immigrant will hold the position full time pending US Senate approval

A traffic ticket can now get you deported from the U.S.

Feb 23, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Under new rules the obvious fear of undocumented migrants is the crackdown will drive them deeper into the underground

ICE agents during an operation. File image courtesy US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Call to Filipinos: Stay vigilant, protest xenophobia in U.S.

Feb 09, 2017 - 7:10 PM

The Trump administration s actions not only imperil Filipinos and other immigrants in the US but threaten to plunge the Philippines and its neighbors into war

Protesters at Washington Dulles International Airport. File photo by Paterno Esmaquel/Rappler

Trump's America: Fil-Ams raise concerns over their future

Jan 21, 2017 - 11:33 PM

Bleak as it may seem for many Filipinos living in America there is a spirit of defiance among protesters – one fueled by hope

To President Obama, with love

Jan 19, 2017 - 10:01 PM

Obama didn’t teach me how to transcend my race Instead he taught me how to embrace it

A portrait of US President Barack Obama as he listened during a meeting with staff in the Rose Garden, October 2014. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

For 1st time, Pope names Fil-Am to head US diocese

Jan 11, 2017 - 8:12 PM

The diversity of the United States reflects the kind of Church we have in America the Nueva Ecija born Bishop Oscar Solis says

FIL-AM BISHOP. Oscar Solis, a Filipino-American bishop from Nueva Ecija, is set to lead the Diocese of Salt Lake City in Utah. Photo from the Diocese of Salt Lake City's Facebook page

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

Fil-Am shortlisted to become US solicitor general

Jan 01, 2017 - 1:21 AM

George Conway the husband of Trump senior adviser Kelly Conway could be the first Asian American to become the US government s next top litigator

FORMING A GOVERNMENT. The potential appointees of President-elect Donald Trump  are revealed as his inauguration on January 20 nears. AFP File photo

Obama signs law honoring Filipino WWII veterans

Dec 16, 2016 - 4:33 PM

The US is set to award the Congressional Gold Medal to 260 000 Filipino veterans as a fitting tribute to their dedicated service during the last war

VIRAL: ‘Wait, what?’ – American kids try Filipino food

Dec 07, 2016 - 10:30 PM

‘Blood can’t be solid it’s liquid Sorry I don’t believe you ’ says one of the kids after trying dinuguan

American kids try balut for the first time. Screenshot from WatchCut video

Advocates vow to stand vs U.S. anti-immigrant policies

Dec 06, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Fil Ams say they won t be intimidated as they vow to forge onward in their campaign to protect the disenfranchised

For the undocumented Fil-Am: Living in fear

Nov 15, 2016 - 6:15 PM

Trump s election has spawned a tsunami of fear among undocumented migrants in the US

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Nov 15, 2016 - 2:04 PM

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DFA: No 'calamitous impact' on Filipino migrants in US despite Trump win

Nov 15, 2016 - 11:17 AM

UPDATED The Philippines says majority of Filipinos in the US have legal residency or citizenship status pay their taxes and generally obey American laws

UNDOCUMENTED, UNAFRAID. Students, faculty, and supporters gather for a walkout protest against US President-elect Donald Trump at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington on November 14, 2016. Photo by Jason Redmond/AFP

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 students in U.S. wary of Trump presidency

Nov 13, 2016 - 11:45 AM

During the campaign the Republican president elect accused the Philippines of being a terrorist nation threatened to build a wall along its borders with Mexico and made fiery anti Islamic rhetoric

[Balikbayan Voices] Not the America I thought I knew

Nov 09, 2016 - 3:35 PM

On November 28 I will return to the country of my birth for the first time in over two years As a Filipino American who has been living in a country Trump called a terrorist nation and who frequently gets mistaken for an Arab I would be lying if I told you I wasn t nervous

The author (middle) with college friends in the US.

On a clear day in November: Voting in Rahway, New Jersey

Nov 09, 2016 - 6:50 AM

Counting off to myself I have voted for an African American and a woman for president a position that had been previously occupied by 43 white men

TO THE POLLING CENTER. The author heads to a polling center to cast his vote. Photo courtesy Rene Pastor

A race that brought out the ugly underbelly of America

Nov 07, 2016 - 11:02 PM

Looking back some Fil Ams reel from the ugliness of a campaign whose black moments were mostly stoked by Trump

Supporters hold placards during a rally by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump campaign after midnight, early November 7, 2016, at the Loudoun Fairgrounds in Leesburg, Virginia. Mandel Ngan/AFP

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

The hate, the love, the Fil-Am, and the Digong supporter

Oct 30, 2016 - 8:30 PM

It is not solely on foreign policy that American Filipinos and Duterte supporters can find solace in each other

The anguish of the Fil-Am in the age of Digong Duterte

Oct 29, 2016 - 10:30 AM

The Pinoy migrant carries this fidelity to the United States across the Pacific and displays this with pride once the green card becomes a passport

Fil-Am candidates aspire to break racial barriers in US elections

Oct 26, 2016 - 12:22 PM

These Filipino Americans hope to break racial barriers in their respective bids for elected offices on November 8

Filipino Americans and the US elections: What's on their minds?

Oct 19, 2016 - 10:00 PM

From candidate favorability to opinions on key US policies – take a look at what the 2016 National Asian American Survey reveals about Filipino American Fil Am voters

Can a maverick gadfly like Teddy Locsin Jr last in the United Nations?

Oct 09, 2016 - 10:51 AM

The tweets sent out by Locsin have raised misgivings for some members of the Filipino American community

NEWLY APPOINTED. Teodoro Locsin Jr is the new Philippine representative to the United Nations. Photo from Locsin Jr's Twitter account

US show on Filipina mail-order bride cancelled after backlash

Oct 01, 2016 - 2:49 PM

The show ‘Mail Order Family ’ is about a widowed father who orders a Filipina mail order bride to raise his children

FilAms rip Trump for 'hateful' statements

Aug 20, 2016 - 7:51 PM

Trump s recent statement tagging the Philippines as among terrorist nations insults FilAms of various backgrounds across the US

DONALD TRUMP. US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures as he speaks at the Sheraton in West Des Moines, Iowa, USA, 01 February, 2016. File photo by John Taggart/EPA