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WASHINGTON D.C. -Hundreds of Filipino and AsianAmericans joined the massivedemonstration in front of CapitolHill April 10 to demand reten-tion of family-based visas andquick passage of an immigrationreform bill.Asian and Filipino Ameri-cans joined the demonstration tourge the retention of the family- based visas in the bill that is now being deliberated in Congress.TV stations estimated thepredominantly Hispanic crowdat more than 70,000. Simultane-ous demonstrations have beenheld in California, New York,Georgia and other cities.
OAVs start mid-term polls
MANILA - The Departmentof Foreign Affairs (DFA) hasurged more than 988,384 regis-tered Filipino voters overseasto exercise their right and par-ticipate in the overseas absenteevoting (OAV) for the mid-termPhilippine elections that startedSaturday April 13 and ends May13, 2013.They will be joining some 20million voters in the Philippineswho will cast their ballots on
Bulosan’s poem theme of Asian Heritage Month
For the 2013 Asian Ameri-can and Paciﬁc Islander (AAPI)Heritage Month in May, theWhite House Initiative on AsianAmericans and Paciﬁc Island-ers announced that the theme of this year’s observance is “I Wantthe Wide American Earth.” TheSmithsonian’s Asian PaciﬁcAmerican Center selected it tohighlight the poem by acclaimedFilipino American writer CarlosBulosan.This year’s AAPI HeritageMonth celebrates the contribu-tions of millions of AAPIs to theAmerican story and remindsus of the unique and emergingchallenges facing AAPIs as theycontinue to embrace the Ameri-can dream. Like Bulosan’s poem,the AAPI community is aspira-tional, unwavering in its belief in the promise of America for all.As Bulosan so eloquently writes:
Before the brave, before the proud builders and workers, I say I want the wide Americanearth For all the free. I want the wide American earth for my people. I want my beautiful land. I want it with my rippling strength and tendernessOf love and light and truth For all the free.
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PH duns US $1.4-M for damages to reefs
MANILA - The Philippineswill ask the United States to payP58 million ($1.4 million) in com-pensation for damage caused bya US minesweeper to the Tub- bataha Reef, the manager of theprotected reef said.The amount is based onstudies by Philippine agen-cies, including the coast guard,that found the USS Guardiandamaged at least 2,345 squaremeters (25,240 square feet) of thereef, said park superintendentAngelique Songco.Two weeks after the salvageof the US ship, a Chinese ﬁsh-ing vessel ran aground also atthe World Heritage Site-listedTubbataha Reef. The 12 Chineseﬁshermen, including what Phil-ippine navy ofﬁcials said wereChinese intelligence ofﬁcers,were arrested. They reportedlyoffered $2500 to the arrestingofﬁcers to release them.Philippine Secretary of For-
Manila hitsChina anew
MANILA - Foreign Secre-tary Albert del Rosario used thelaunching of the 12-day Balika-tan manoeuvres to accuse Chinaof destabilising the region withaggressive and illegal actions inthe South China Sea.He said China’s “excessive
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President Obama gives Filam singer Jessica Sanchez a hug after she sangthe US national anthem opening the White House Easter Egg Roll April.2. Looking on are First Lady Michelle, children and others.FilAms proudly carry the Philippine ﬂag at the rally (Photo by M.C. Branigin).