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Filipino Americans Rank High in Health Insurance Coverage

Health, Immigration, Southeast Asian May 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm

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.

Ed Santos is the first Filipino to run for a city council seat in New York. (Photo via The FilAm)

Filipino Teacher Leads Community Foray Into Politics

Politics, Southeast Asian April 22, 2013 at 9:07 pm

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.

Attorney Carlia Magpantay Brady (photo via The Philippine Daily Mirror).

N.J. to Get First Filipino Superior Court Judge

In the News, Metro Area, Politics, Southeast Asian February 28, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Attorney Carlia Magpantay Brady is on track to become the first Philippine-born Superior Court judge in the State of New Jersey, two local Filipino-American outlets reported.

Councilman Rolando Lavarro Jr. (Photo via Asian Journal)

Political Drama for Filipinos in Jersey City

In the News, Politics, Southeast Asian February 19, 2013 at 5:33 pm

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.

Jose Rizal

NY Filipinos Welcome Momentous Premiere of ‘Noli’ Opera

Culture, Southeast Asian February 14, 2013 at 11:58 am

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.

Joe Bataan at a recent reception of the Filipino American National Historic Society-Metro New York. (Photo via The FilAm)

King of Latin Soul Catching Up With Filipino Roots

Culture, Latino, Manhattan, Southeast Asian January 31, 2013 at 4:44 pm

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.

Daedema Ramos at a press conference. (Photo by Damayan Via The FilAm)

Diplomat Settles With Filipina Maid

Immigration, Labor, Southeast Asian September 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm

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.

Jollibee serves purple yam flavored milkshakes. (Photo by Aurora Almendral/Fi2W)

Jollibee Restaurant Gives Fast Food a Filipino Flavor

Food, Southeast Asian August 9, 2012 at 11:40 am

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?

Will Filipino Americans Still Go Blue in November?

Will Filipino Americans Still Go Blue in November?

Opinion, Politics, Southeast Asian February 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm

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.

Terpischoreans perform traditional Filipino dances

Filipino Terpischoreans cheer up NYC seniors

Culture, Featured Posts, New York, Queens, Southeast Asian January 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm

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.

Filipino slams US cash for visas plan

Immigration, In the News, Opinion, Politics, Southeast Asian January 4, 2012 at 9:02 am

Applications for EB-5 visas have quadrupled over the last four years. The visa grants two year green cards to investors who fork over $500,000 to $1M to create or maintain 10 jobs. Although New York area developers have raised more than a Billion dollars from this visa over the pastRead More

Filipino wins Jersey election

Metro Area, Opinion, Politics, Southeast Asian, Uncategorized November 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Rolando Lavarro’s win for city councilmember of Jersey City, NJ was a historic moment for the city’s Filipino American community.

Filipino wins Jersey election

Metro Area, Opinion, Politics, Southeast Asian, Uncategorized November 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Rolando Lavarro’s win for city councilmember of Jersey City, NJ was a historic moment for the city’s Filipino American community.

Advocacy groups team up for DREAM initiative

Asian, Education, In the News, New York, Southeast Asian October 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Advocacy groups gathered in New York to fundraise for a program that helps undocumented students with financial support for college. The DREAM Fellowship Program awards 10 students with internship opportunities and aid for college.

PAL-born baby’s nationality still unknown

PAL-born baby’s nationality still unknown

Immigration, Southeast Asian October 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm

When a baby is born in the US, he or she is automatically given citizenship. But what happens when a Filipino mother gives birth on an airplane on her way to America? A mother found out while on a plane from Manila to San Francisco when she went into labor 30,000 feet above ground.