Nearly 13 percent of Asian Americans in New York State lack health insurance but the Filipino community ranks high in terms of coverage, reports Cristina DC Pastor in a story published in The FilAm.
The FilAm speaks to the Philippine Consulate's Deputy Consul General, who laments the lack of political engagement among the community. One Filipino, however, hopes to change that as he becomes the first of his community to aspire for a City Council seat.
Was it community betrayal or pure politics that caused Jersey City's first Filipino council member to reject the nomination of the city's first Filipino chief judge, thereby turning "nay" into the majority vote? Local Filipino publications point towards politics, but for some in the community, the missed opportunity remains disappointing.
New Yorkers will get a taste of Philippine history this fall with the premiere of “Noli Me Tángere: The Opera," the first full-length Filipino grand opera, reports The FilAm. The opera is based on a novel by the Philippines' national hero Dr. José Rizal.
East Harlem musician Joe Bataan, known as the King of Latin Soul, embraced his Filipino roots at a recent event of the Filipino American National Historic Society-Metro New York, the FilAm reports.
A Filipina maid, who was brought to the U.S. by a diplomat who made her work 20-hour days for a few dollars pay, has reached a settlement with her former employer, reports The FilAm. The story points to a growing problem of domestic workers being exploited by diplomats.
The recently opened Filipino chain Jollibee in Jersey City serves more than just American-influenced fast food, it takes patrons back home to the Philippines with ube-flavored milkshakes and banana-made ketchup. But has the United States stepped too far into Filipino food culture?
Filipino Americans voted 59 percent to 39 percent in favor of Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential elections. Still, this time around it remains to be seen which party they'll support, according to a piece in the print edition of Filipino Reporter.
The Terpsichoreans of Queens are signing and dancing their way into the hearts of seniors in New York City. The group of active seniors did their routine of songs and dances from the Philippines at the Bayside Senior Center in Queens over the holidays, to rave reviews.