Tell Tale Signs Archive

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    Telltale Signs: Maid in Hong Kong, Made for Discrimination

        Hong Kong’s Constitution is called the Basic Law and its Article 24 grants permanent residence to qualified “Foreigners (persons not of Chinese nationality) who have lived in Hong Kong lawfully for 7 years and have taken Hong Kong as their permanent place of […]

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    Telltale Signs: The 10th Anniversary of My Walgreens Arrest

        At a City College ballroom class last month, I introduced myself to a retired sergeant of the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD). He said my name sounded familiar and I assumed it was because I had served for 18 years as an elected […]

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  • President Obama in tears.

    Telltale Signs: The Enabler of Death

        If the Mayan calendar prediction is right and the world ends on December 21, 2012 (5125 in the Mayan calendar), then this will be my farewell article. Of course, if the Mayan Doomsday turns out to be slightly exaggerated, then people will have to […]

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  • Alex Esclamado

    Telltale Signs: The Life and Times of Alex Esclamado

      SAN FRANCISCO – The last time I saw Alex Esclamado was in August of 2011 just before he left for the Philippines. I had given him a US Pinoys for Good Governance t-shirt (“Our Soil, Our Oil!“) which he proudly wore. Just before I snapped […]

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  • Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.

    Telltale Signs: FILAM VOTERS LEANING TOWARDS Romney?

    According to the recently released poll conducted by the National Asian American Survey (NAAS), “among likely voters, 43% of Asian Americans support Barack Obama while 24% support Mitt Romney.” The same poll disclosed that “in a significant shift from prior surveys, Filipinos who identify as […]

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    Telltale Signs: Faith as a defense against China

    Philippine Pres. Benigno Aquino III heads for Vladivostok, Russia this week to attend the 20th summit of leaders of the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to discuss “regional economic integration and cooperation to foster innovative growth.” While at the summit, China’s President Hu Jintao has asked […]

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  • Eric Spoelstra


    SAN FRANCISCO – I brought my daughter, Angela, last weekend to the Anita Sanchez History Museum in the South of Market (SOMA) section of my city to view the centennial retrospective on Filipinos in the year 2012. SOMA was where my great grandparents lived more […]

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    Telltale Signs: The Retirement of Anita Sanchez

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Ella Hill Hutch Community Center in the Western Addition features an outdoor mural filled with portraits of past African American community leaders considered as role models for future generations of African-Americans. Five San Francisco public schools have been renamed to honor […]

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  • Emilio Aguinaldo

    Telltale Signs: The Historical Irony of Philippine Independence Day

    The “theoretician” of the Philippine Revolution and author of the 1898 Constitution of the Malolos Republic, Apolinario Mabini, objected to a phrase in the Declaration of Philippine Independence that Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista drafted at the direction of the Republic’s first president, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. When […]

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  • Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario

    Telltale Signs: Scarborough will not be Mischief Reef redux

    If Filipinos could only unite to save the Scarborough Shoal from being invaded by China as Filipinos did to save Jessica Sanchez from being eliminated in American Idol, perhaps the Philippines can still manage to retain its ownership of the disputed shoal in the future. […]

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