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PH Embassy: Fil-Ams advised to exercise ‘utmost caution’ amid hate, attacks vs Asians
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THE Philippine Embassy in Washington is urging Filipinos in the United States to exercise “utmost caution” following the recent string of attacks on Asian Americans. In its statement released on Thursday, February 26, the embassy noted “with concern the rise in attacks on Asian Americans,” particularly elderly individuals, in various parts of the country. “Filipinos…

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Back to school? Parents, educators still hesitant about in-person learning until COVID cases drop, more vaccines
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LAUSD to allow some on-campus activities in March? THE Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is slated to welcome back certain on-campus activities by the first week of March, but some parents and educators have several demands before the nation’s second-largest school district returns to in-person instruction. The district will begin its partial reopening next…

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As LA County vaccine eligibility expands, Filipinos prepare for return to ‘normal life’
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Starting March 1, workers in food service, education and childcare and emergency services will be eligible for vaccine in LA County WHILE the coronavirus vaccine is currently only available to health care workers and residents over 65 years old in Los Angeles County, starting on March 1, vaccine eligibility will expand to include three major…

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‘Yellow Rose,’ ‘Lingua Franca,’ ‘A Thousand Cuts’ among films eligible for Oscars
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THREE Filipina American filmmakers are one step closer to making it to the Oscars. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Thursday, February 25, revealed the 366 films eligible for the best picture Oscar at the 93rd Academy Awards, set to air on April 25 live on ABC. Among the films included in…

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[OPINION] Part II: New development in the US war against COVID-19 brings hope and relief to our Filipino nurses fighting on the frontlines
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THIS week hit a sobering milestone. President Joe Biden marked 500,000 American deaths with a moment of silence at sunset last Monday, February 22, the National Public Radio reported. He also ordered flags on all federal buildings lowered to half-staff for five days. But we have reasons to be optimistic about the United States’ war…

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Vaccinations to open to teachers, law enforcement, food workers on February 27
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THE County of San Diego an-nounced on Wednesday, Febru-ary 24 that COVID-19 vaccina-tions will open Saturday, Feb. 27, to people who work in emergen-cy services, child care and edu-cation, and food and agriculture (including grocery stores).Currently, health care person-nel, long-term care facility staff and residents, and those who are 65 years and older are eligible…

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DOLE clarifies plan to exchange PH nurses for COVID-19 vaccines
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Filipino health care workers are not “commodities” that can be traded in exchange for COVID-19 vaccines, an official from the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) clarified. DOLE public information head Rolly Francia on Wednesday, February 24, said that the agency wanted to ensure that the Filipino health care workers who will be deployed…

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