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November 12, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
As millions of Filipinos desperately search for sustenance and shelter in the devastation left by Typhoon Haiyan, many may be comforted by the knowledge that help is surely on the way from family members working abroad. The Philippines' biggest export has long been its workers, with at least 10% of the country's approximately 100 million people living and working in other nations. They staff cruise ships in the Caribbean, clean homes in the affluent Persian Gulf, work as nannies in Europe and crew merchant marine vessels the world over.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2013 | By Anh Do
Joy Ocampo's family lost everything in the devastating typhoon that ravaged the Philippines. Even the 20 pigs that Ocampo's brother, his wife and their children were raising to sell at market were swept away. Now the family depends on Ocampo, who each week sends them $150 from her paycheck as a caregiver to the elderly.   But Ocampo lives a world away in Los Angeles, an undocumented worker who said her days are filled with worry that her immigration status will be detected and that she could be deported.
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NATIONAL
February 4, 2009 | Richard Simon
After a decades-long struggle, Filipino veterans of World War II finally may be granted U.S. military benefits thanks to, of all things, the economic stimulus legislation. A $198-million provision of the proposed Senate stimulus bill would authorize one-time payments of $15,000 to Filipino veterans who are U.S. citizens -- many of whom live in California -- and $9,000 for noncitizens, including those in the Philippines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
The ladies of the Filipino ministry of Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church discuss Typhoon Haiyan over a table strewn with grilled fish, ribs, sliced pork belly, chicken wings, chili and a massive platter of mixed rice and flour noodles called pancit . "The typhoon hit here," says Pinky Santos, pointing to the map in gold thread on her blue polo shirt. "My family is here," she adds, moving her finger north. For many Filipinos, it's been a somber month of sharing links to donation websites on social media and organizing aid trips to affected areas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
After a Sunday sermon tailored for the occasion, members of the congregation at Filipino Christian Church in Westlake gave each other hugs and whispered the question they weren't sure they wanted the answer to: "Have you heard from your family yet?" Then congregant Ely Obillo made a plea for her homeland. "Don't forget to send some emails," she said, encouraging everyone to contact their friends to help collect donations for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. "Do some begging. Begging is OK right now. " The church held a rummage sale Saturday and an emergency meeting Sunday to discuss other fundraising options.
NEWS
April 18, 1992 | Associated Press
Religious devotees were nailed to crosses, and flagellants marched through streets beating their backs bloody in Good Friday rituals marking the crucifixion of Christ. The Roman Catholic Church, which claims the allegiance of 85% of the 62 million Filipinos, frowns on crucifixions and flagellations. But the rituals remain popular in this area about 30 miles north of Manila. About a dozen zealots endured crucifixions in several communities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1989
In response to your article "Filipinos--A Search for Community," Part I, May 24: I take issue with this headline if you meant that the Filipinos have not yet found their community. We have a dynamic community that will be a major player in the socioeconomic and political future of this country. This community collectively clamored for my judicial appointment. When you discussed the absence of a Filipino town, you did not mention that we are not a nation of shopkeepers. Since we have a special kinship with our fellow Asians we patronize their businesses.
NEWS
March 31, 1988 | United Press International
Dozens of people lugged heavy crosses through dusty streets and whipped their backs into a bloody pulp today in a reenactment of the torture Christians believe Jesus suffered before his Crucifixion. The annual rituals, highly criticized by the nation's Roman Catholic leaders, will climax Good Friday as some devotees are nailed to crosses on the day Christians mark the Crucifixion of Jesus.
WORLD
July 8, 2004 | From Associated Press
Al Jazeera television broadcast a videotape Wednesday of armed men holding a Filipino hostage and threatening to kill him if the Philippines did not withdraw its small force from Iraq within three days. The group claimed to have already killed an Iraqi security guard who was accompanying the Filipino, the satellite channel's newscaster said. The statement gave no details of the two men's abduction. In the video, three armed and masked men stood behind the seated hostage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1997 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Filipino veteran hospitalized after a two-week hunger strike to protest the failure of the U.S. government to honor benefits promises made during World War II vowed Sunday to continue his protest, but perhaps in another form. Angel de la Cruz, 72, was being treated for dehydration and exhaustion at Good Samaritan Hospital after being taken there from the protest site at MacArthur Park on Saturday night.
WORLD
November 18, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
TACLOBAN, Philippines - Rising from a sea of debris, the small, rickety shell of a new house already was beginning to take shape. Rolito Solayao worked swiftly Monday, using pieces of wood and nails scavenged from the wreckage of this coastal city. His wife swept dirt from the concrete floor, the only part of their home that survived when Typhoon Haiyan tore through the central Philippines on Nov. 8. Asked her name, she let out a weary laugh: Yolanda, the name Filipinos gave to the storm.
WORLD
November 12, 2013 | By Sunshine de Leon and Barbara Demick
MANILA - Drenched by rain and increasingly desperate, typhoon-stricken Filipinos rushed fences and pleaded with guards Tuesday at the battered airport serving as a tenuous lifeline to an international aid effort confronted at every turn by transport and logistics bottlenecks. The United Nations launched an appeal for $301 million to help victims. The chief of its humanitarian operations, Valerie Amos, arrived in Manila, the capital, to coordinate the relief effort and quickly acknowledged the difficulties it faced.
WORLD
November 12, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
As millions of Filipinos desperately search for sustenance and shelter in the devastation left by Typhoon Haiyan, many may be comforted by the knowledge that help is surely on the way from family members working abroad. The Philippines' biggest export has long been its workers, with at least 10% of the country's approximately 100 million people living and working in other nations. They staff cruise ships in the Caribbean, clean homes in the affluent Persian Gulf, work as nannies in Europe and crew merchant marine vessels the world over.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 2013 | By Meg James
U.S. cable television operators -- including Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications -- are allowing more customers access to the Filipino Channel in the wake of last week's devastating Typhoon Haiyan. The channel has been providing special coverage from the Philippines. News organizations are reporting that food and water is becoming scarce, and that rescue workers are scrambling to reach thousands of victims of the powerful storm. "To help Filipinos better connect to news and information about recovery efforts, Time Warner Cable and the Filipino Channel have agreed to make their network available at no additional cost to digital customers through Nov. 15," Time Warner Cable said Monday in a statement.  PHOTOS: Cable versus broadcast ratings   International Media Distribution, which distributes the channel, said at least 12 pay TV operators would offer their digital customers access to the Filipino Channel through Nov. 15. The list of providers also includes AT&T U-Verse, Bright House Networks, Comcast's Xfinity TV, Frontier Communications, Hawaiian Telcom, Verizon FiOS TV and Wave Broadband.
WORLD
November 10, 2013 | By Sunshine de Leon
MANILA -- When Danny Larsen arrived in the Philippines city of Tacloban less than a week ago, he found it to be “a lovely town -- very local, not many foreigners. We went to an area for BBQ with lots of tables.” Larsen, a 35-year-old Dane, had just moved to the Philippines, and he visited the hometown of his girlfriend to explore the idea of living there. “We had a lovely evening,” he recalled Sunday, “and then hell started.” Two days after typhoon Haiyan ravaged the coastal town on the island of Leyte and shortly after he escaped to Manila, Larsen described Tacloban as “World War III.” PHOTOS: Typhoon Haiyan slams Philippines He and his girlfriend spent eight hours standing in line at the airport, scared for their safety and waiting for space on a military airplane that had been transporting relief supplies between Tacloban and the capital.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
After a Sunday sermon tailored for the occasion, members of the congregation at Filipino Christian Church in Westlake gave each other hugs and whispered the question they weren't sure they wanted the answer to: "Have you heard from your family yet?" Then congregant Ely Obillo made a plea for her homeland. "Don't forget to send some emails," she said, encouraging everyone to contact their friends to help collect donations for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. "Do some begging. Begging is OK right now. " The church held a rummage sale Saturday and an emergency meeting Sunday to discuss other fundraising options.
NEWS
February 27, 1992 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Navy will stop recruiting Filipino nationals at the end of the year, officials said Wednesday, ending a unique program under which tens of thousands of Filipinos have served in the Navy since the end of the Spanish-American War, when the Philippines became a U.S. colony. Navy spokeswoman Lt. Deborah Carson said the recruitment of Filipino sailors was formalized in 1947, when the United States and the Philippines signed an agreement on military bases.
WORLD
August 21, 2004 | From Associated Press
About 3,000 Filipinos seeking jobs in U.S. military camps in Iraq marched near the presidential palace Friday to pressure the government into lifting a ban on sending workers to the Middle Eastern country. The ban was imposed last month after a Filipino truck driver was abducted by Iraqi insurgents. He was released after Manila met the kidnappers' demands and pulled out its troops ahead of schedule. About 4,000 Filipinos already work in U.S. military camps throughout Iraq.
WORLD
November 10, 2013 | By Sunshine de Leon and Barbara Demick
MANILA, Philippines - The death toll from a powerful typhoon that swept away coastal villages in the Philippines with a tsunami-like force is likely in the thousands, and could top 10,000, officials said Sunday as grim reports filtered in from the provinces. The typhoon Haiyan - also called Yolanda by Filipinos - blew through 36 provinces early Friday with gusts of up to 235 miles per hour. More than 48 hours later, confusion reigned over the extent of the casualties and damage with many of the most desperate trapped in remote, mud-choked coastal towns without power, transportation or telephones.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2013 | By Amina Khan
As the death toll continues to rise in the aftermath of the powerful typhoon that swept through the Philippines last week, Southern California's local Filipino community has been mobilizing to assist in relief efforts. A 5K Charity Walk was held in Van Nuys early Sunday to help raise funds for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, officials said. The walk was originally planned to help victims of a 7.1 earthquake that rocked the region last month, said Jovena “Bing” De La Vega, a chief organizer of the event.
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