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Envoy Reminds PHL: 43% of OFW Remittances Come From US

Outgoing US ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg expressed confusion over the recent pronouncements of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's push for an "economic separation" from the United States. Citing that a big chunk of dollar remittances come from Filipinos in the US, Goldberg said on Friday, Oct. 21 that the economies of the Philippines and the United States remain "very much linked." "43% of the remittances from abroad from OFWs go through the United States, or originate in the United States,"…

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Filipino Buffet Restaurant in Vegas Shut Down Amid Health Hazard

Glenmel Cuisine, a Filipino buffet restaurant located at 1436 E. Charleston Blvd. on the east side of Las Vegas, was ordered to immediately close down by the Southern Nevada Health District after inspectors discovered an imminent health hazard. SNHD inspectors conducted a visit on Wednesday, April 20 found an interruption of electrical service, which called for the immediate closure of the restaurant. The inspection also discovered spoiled food, substandard pest control measures, unposted grade signs, food unprotected…

Seafood City Opens in South SF

Seafood City, the first Filipino-owned supermarket chain in the United States has opened its newest and largest complex in the Bay Area. Located at 3537 Callan Boulevard, South San Francisco, it is the chain's 23rd store and seventh in Northen California. Within its premises, renowned Filipino brands such as Jollibee, Red Ribbon, Chowking, TFC and Mercury Drug can be found. ABS-CBN Global COO Raffy Lopez, a major supporter of Seafood City, said, “It makes good sense to partner with another Filipino establishment like…

Filipino Top Chef Arrested for Domestic Violence

A Filipino Top Chef winner has been arrested last Saturday for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend. Paul Qui, winner of the show's ninth season and now based in Austin, TX, was charged after police was called to his apartment after a 911 call. Authorities found his girlfriend in tears while clutching her son on the couch as blood was found all over his arms, face and clothing. The apartment was also messed up with pieces of furniture reportedly all over the plice. Qui, 31, claims that his girlfriend, Stephanie Rodriguez,…

Why Immigrants to United States Gain Weight

A new study suggests that fitting in may be a part of the reason why United States immigrants gain weight. The study will be published in the June issue of the journal Psychological Science. Immigrants, their family and their children are shown to put on pounds after moving to the United States, making them susceptible and even approaching the beginning levels of obesity in as soon as 15 years. United States is also known for the prevalence of junk food in the American diet. This may also serve as a factor in the weight…

Philippine Airlines Announces Los Angeles-Cebu Route in March 15

As it celebrates its 75th year of service, Philippine Airlines, Asia's first airline, has announced it will fly non-stop route between Mactan-Cebu and Los Angeles. Flight PR123 LAX to Cebu and PR122 Cebu to LAX will begin operating on March 15th. It will operate 3 times a week, with flights slightly longer than LAX-MNL sector but convenient to travelers who wish to directly travel to Cebu or other southern provinces without making a stop over in Manila. "Now that people don't really have to go through Manila anymore they…

Son of Filipina Nurse in California Gets Perfect Scores in Advanced Calculus Exams

Cedrick Argueta, a song of a Salvadoran maintenance worker and a Filipina nurse scored perfect marks on his Advanced Placement Calculus exam, making him one of only 12 -- out of 302,531 worldwide -- to do so. Argueta, 17, a high school senior who describes himself as a quiet and humble guy, has suddenly become popular at Abraham Lincoln High School in the Latino neighborhood of Lincoln Heights in Los Angeles, Calif. "It just sort of blew up," Argueta told the Los Angeles Times, "It feels kind of good to be in the spotlight…

More Filipino Rice Bowls in Los Angeles

Aside from Rice Bar and Belly & Snout, another good surprise is in for Filipino food lovers. Oi Asian Fusion, a new Filipino rice bowl restaurant opens in Los Angeles. By the way, Oi is an expression in Tagalog that is meant to get your attention similar to yo! Oi Asian Fusion is a fast-casual restaurant offering rice bowls as a large part of its menu. The two best sellers on its menu is the adobo bowl, which consists of braised pork belly over rice, and the chicken longganisa over rice, both very distinguished…

United States Biggest Source of Remittance to Philippines in 2014

Filipinos based in the world's largest economy accounted for 43% of the total amount of remittances sent to the Philippines in 2014, according to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Top 10 sources by country Country Remittances, 2014 (in thousands US $) Percentage United States 10,374,084 43% Saudi Arabia 2,525,882 10% United Arab Emirates 1,714,446 7% United Kingdom 1,394,706 6% Singapore 1,178,262 5% Japan 981,882 4% Hong Kong 694,095 3% Canada 650,910 3% Germany 490,971 2% Australia 472,081 2%