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Twitter Now in Filipino and Malay

By Odette Keeley, Aug 8, 2011 12:12 PM

This week, San-Francisco based social networking giant Twitter announced that its translation center is now available for Filipino/"Tagalog" and Malay languages.

Filipino-American weekly Asian Journal reports that the site tweeted on Monday: “MABUHAY! Mengalu-alukan!”--- part of Twitter’s official confirmation that the service is now available in the two languages.


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Filipino Seniors in U.S. Want Medicare Back Home

By Odette Keeley, Mar 3, 2011 9:44 AM

Corazon Esporlas, 81, of Daly City, has diabetes, rheumatism and heart ailments. Reporter Henni Espinosa of the Filipino Channel’s TV newscast Balitang America, spoke recently with this Filipina U.S. citizen who said she’s thankful she gets health care for free — through Medicare. “That’s a big deal for us because as seniors, we no longer have income,” Esporlas said.

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Daly City Council Member Faces Fraud Trial

By Odette Keeley, Feb 14, 2011 5:30 PM

Daly City Councilmember Maggie Gomez is scheduled to stand trial next month on felony charges for worker’s compensation fraud that stem from claims filed back in 2005, reports Nicholas Von Wettberg for the Fil-Am Star.

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Filipino Culinary Showdown in SF

By Odette Keeley, Dec 10, 2010 3:35 PM

The grand finals of the first-ever Filipino Culinary Showdown or “Kulinarya” in San Francisco on Dec. 4 saw both veterans and newcomers triumph, reports Asian Journal.

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Filipino Postal Workers Protest Cuts

By Odette Keeley, Nov 24, 2010 3:20 PM

Filipinos were among dozens of workers holding a protest in front of the United States Postal Service (USPS) Evans branch in San Francisco last week, reports Henni Espinosa for the newscast Balitang America on The Filipino Channel.

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Friends, Family Remember Murdered Nurse

By Odette Keeley, Nov 16, 2010 12:15 PM

Family, friends and co-workers of slain Filipina nurse Cynthia Palomata gathered last Wednesday night to commemorate her life, reports Henni Espinosa for the Filipino-American TV newscast, Balitang America (News in America) on The Filipino Channel. Meanwhile, a lawmaker discussed legislation to protect nurses from such attacks.

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Candidate Would be Berkeley's First Lesbian Filipina Council Member

By Odette Keeley, Oct 26, 2010 10:30 AM

For the first time, the city of Berkeley may have a Filipina and openly lesbian City Council member, reports weekly Filipino-American newspaper Philippine News.

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Anger Over Mayweather's Racist Pacquiao Rant

By Odette Keeley, Sep 17, 2010 3:30 PM

Bay Area Filipinos are up in arms over boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr.'s recent comments about Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.

The NAACP is joining them, reports Henni Espinosa in the daily newscast Balitang America from San Jose. Balitang America reported that Rev. Jeff Moore, San Jose chapter president of NAACP said that he could not "condone that type of behavior, that type of language from anybody." The behavior in question was in a video message to his fans in which Mayweather says: "We're going to cook that little yellow chump" and calls him a "midget" and says "I'm going to make the [expletive] make me a sushi roll and cook me some rice."

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Sutter Health Denies Bias Claims

By Odette Keeley, Aug 31, 2010 10:00 AM

Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center is denying claims made by the California Nurses Association (CNA) that it discriminates in hiring Filipino and foreign-graduate nurses. Three employees of St. Luke’s Hospital, a Sutter affiliate in San Francisco, have filed complaints charging that between 2007 and 2009 an informal no-hiring policy kept out Filipino nurses.

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Filipino Vets Seek Compensation

By Odette Keeley, Jun 24, 2010 1:20 PM

A few days after Memorial Day, three Filipino World War II veterans who fought side by side with their American allies were “forced to sue the country they defended,” writes Atty. Lourdes Santos Tancinco in a column for Inquirer.net, a news wire based in Daly City. Tancinco, the chair of the San Francisco Veterans Equity Center, filed the suit (De Fernandez vs. VA, et al) against the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) in federal district court in San Francisco

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New America Media Condemns Murders of 31 Filipino Journalists & 27 Civilians in Philippine Political Massacre

By Odette Keeley, Dec 5, 2009 10:04 AM

Editor's note: As Martial Law took effect on Dec. 5 in Maguindanao province in Mindanao, site of a gruesome political massacre where 58 Filipinos, including 27 civilians and 31 media professionals were brutally murdered, some Filipino-American activist groups in the United States and other groups in the Philippines are asking the Philippines’ Supreme Court to revoke President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s presidential order.

A San Francisco-based media group, the Philippine American Press Club USA held a memorial mass on Dec. 2 at St. Patrick Church in San Francisco to honor the lives of the 31 media martyrs and seek justice for their senseless killings. Below is the speech delivered by New America Media’s Chief of Staff & News Anchor/Producer Odette Keeley during the program.

Good evening.

On behalf of our executive director, Sandy Close and all our staff at New America Media, we stand in solidarity with all of you in condemning the brazen murders of these thirty-one media professionals in Maguindanao province in southern Philippines. We also seek justice for the 27 women, lawyers and innocent civilians who put their lives on the line, not knowing that the pursuit of a simple electoral procedure would mean their brutal deaths.

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This Pinay's Pen: The Scars Left By Typhoon "Ondoy"/Ketsana On My Family

By Odette Keeley, Oct 14, 2009 4:58 PM

As Tropical Storm Ketsana’s--“Ondoy”in the Philippines--destruction made headlines all over the world on Monday, Sept. 28th, I could not reach my family in the Philippines. Power and phone lines were down in Metro Manila and the surrounding provinces where my family lives, and cell lines were clogged.

My sister in Los Angeles, “Ate” Reby, had only gotten a text message from my mother the night before: “Reby, pinasukan ng baha yung bahay. Lubog yung kotse. Kami ng daddy na-stranded sa bubong…” [Floods entered the house. Our car is submerged. Your father and I were stranded up on the roof].

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