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More Fil-Ams May Seek Medical Care in Philippines

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A photo of General Santos Doctors Hospital

A new bill is being drafted that will allow United States Medicare beneficiaries to travel to the Philippines for medical reasons, according to Eric Lachica, a lobbyist who is working to get the bill introduced. The new bill would allow Medicare to reimburse certain hospitals in the Philippines directly for Guam residents, thus allowing for the full export of Medicare benefits to the Philippines. Lachica said there are about 400,000 Filipino-Americans in the U.S. mainland, and about 200,000 have seriously expressed interest in retiring in their homeland to take advantage of the low cost of living.

Currently, because of proximity, Guam Medicare residents are allowed to travel to the Philippines to seek medical care for procedures not currently offered on Guam. The patient is then directly reimbursed for the medical visit.

Read more at Marianas Variety

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

February 19, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Fil-Am Cuisine at Metro Orlando

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Fil-Am Cuisine along W. Vine Street in Kissimmee, FL

The message reads: “Drop into Fil-Am Cuisine for good times and great food. The restaurant is a neighborhood favorite, and offers a casual, friendly dining atmosphere that you and your friends are sure to enjoy. Fil-Am Cuisine also features a friendly, professional staff of great people, who will make sure your visit is memorable and that Fil-Am Cuisine lives up to its reputation for pleasant dining and superb cuisine. The menu offers an inspired array of selections that is sure to satisfy everyone in your group, every time. Be sure to ask your server about new selections, daily specials, and special chef’s creations. Whether you’re in the mood for casual dining or a special occasion, Fil-Am Cuisine is sure to please.”

Fil-Am Cuisine
3197 W. Vine St.
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Phone: (407) 847-7121
Cuisine: Asian
Price: $

Hours: Mondays through Saturdays, 11:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday: Closed
Amenities: TV
Atmosphere: Family / Children
Attire: Casual
Service: Sit Down, Carry Out

Meals: Dinner, Lunch
Parking: Parking on Site
Reservations: Suggested
Special Features: Booster/High Chairs, Non Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access
Payment Methods: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Cash

Source: Restaurant.com

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

November 15, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Filipino-American Victims to be Remembered at 9-11 Anniversary Memorial Services

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Second plane strike at the World Trade Center on 9/11

Filipino-American organizations are commemorating and remembering the 20 victims of the World Trade Center collapse on September 11, 2001, twenty people who had Filipino origins. Two of those were actually on board the planes that hit the twin towers. Their biographies will be read at the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Vigil for Filipino American Families on Sept. 9, 2011, from 7pm to 9pm at the Asian American Writers Workshop, 110-112 West 27th Street, Sixth Floor, New York, NY. This event is open to the public.

The sponsors of the event are as follows:

  • Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) Metro New York Chapter;
  • Filipino American Human Services, Inc. (FAHSI);
  • Kalusugan Coalition, Inc.;
  • Damayan Migrant Workers Association;
  • Collaborative Opportunities for Raising Empowerment (CORE);
  • Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE);
  • UniPro, BaranGAY, NYU International Filipino Association (IFA);
  • Outstanding Filipino Americans (TOFA) in New York Committee.

There was also one other Filipino-American who died in the plane crash in Pennsylvania.

The name-reading activity was suppose to be part of the upcoming memorial celebrations but Mayor Bloomberg decided to scrap this tradition. A lot of the family members were angered when this announcement was made, saying the reading should remain part of the ceremonies. Still, there are others who agree to discontinue it as a requirement.

Half-way around the world, Marie Rose Abad, a New York-born daughter from an Italian immigrant family and one of the victims of the 9/11 attacks, has her name emblazoned in a village in the Philippines called the Marie Rose Abad Village where her Philippine-born American husband, Rudy Abad, had a community of about 50 one-story houses built in 2004 in her memory. Marie Rose was a senior executive at the 89th-floor office of the investment bank Keefe, Bruyette & Woods when the second plane slammed the building.

The 21 Filipinos and Filipino-Americans who died in the World Trade Center attacks and the Pennsylvania plane crash were the following:

  • Grace Alegre Cua;
  • Cesar A. Alviar;
  • Marlyn C. Bautista;
  • Cecile M. Caguicla;
  • Jayceryll M. de Chavez;
  • Benilda Pascua Domingo;
  • Judy Hazel Fernandez;
  • Ramon Grijalvo;
  • Frederick Kuo Jr.;
  • Arnold A. Lim;
  • Manuel L. Lopez;
  • Carl Allen Peralta;
  • Maria Theresa Santillan;
  • Rufino Conrado (Roy) F. Santos;
  • David Marc Sullins;
  • Hilario (Larry) S. Sumaya;
  • Hector Tamayo;
  • Cynthia Betita Motus Wilson;
  • Ronald Gamboa (plane crash);
  • Ruben Ornedo (plane crash);
  • Manolito Kaur (plane crash).

Both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama are expected to attend the Ground Zero memorial services. The 9/11 attacks claimed the lives of 2,977 people, including 246 victims on the four planes and 411 emergency workers from the FDNY, NYPD, PAPD and EMT.

Sources: Inquirer Global Nation | Filipino Reporter | Huffington Post | Wikipedia

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Candidates Sought for North San Diego County Filipino Beauty Pageant

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The Fil-Am Cultural Association of North San Diego County is looking for girls of Filipino descent ages 13-16 for Miss Teen Fil-Am and ages 17-24 for the Miss Fil-Am Scholarship Pageant to be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 13, 2011 at Camp Pendleton.

Judging includes personality, poise, beauty, Filipina dress, talent and an impromptu question onstage. Each contestant will receive training in poise, walking, confidence, speaking ability, selection of clothing and on-stage questions. Winners will receive cash scholarships and numerous prizes.

The queens and princesses will preside at various functions sponsored by the Fil-Am Cultural Association of North San Diego County. For applications, call 760-434-3397 or 760-207-5358.

Source: North County Times

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

August 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Disney movie UP created by Fil-Ams

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Among the Best Picture awards nominated this year is Disney Pixar’s tenth full-length computer animated film UP. The critically-acclaimed blockbuster movie grossed more than $720 million worldwide and has been hailed as one of Disney’s best-animated movies.

Fil-Am animators Ronnie del Carmen and Ricky Nierva are part of the Academy Award-nominated Pixar team.

Del Carmen served as the Oscar nominated movie UP’s storyboard supervisor and Nierva led the production design team.

Read more at Asian Journal

Written by Raffy Pekson II

February 22, 2010 at 10:06 pm