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American Heart Association recognizes Union Bank as the 2013 Top National Heart Walk Team

RIVERSIDE – The American Heart Association’s (AHA) longtime supporter, Union Bank, N.A, has been named the 2013 Top National Heart Walk Team, making it the third time the bank has earned this distinction. Union Bank was also the Top National Heart Walk Team in 2012 and 2010. Bank...
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Working student’s story helps others get cars from Victory Autos

It’s been two weeks, yet the story of Krissel Anne Dichoso, a working student who was able to buy a brand-new Toyota Camry through Victory Autos, seems to having a huge effect on so many others that are looking for a vehicle to purchase but are reluctant because they think they...
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California Food Banks Have Crucial Need for More Milk

The Great American Milk Drive Launches to Provide Local Food Banks with Gallons of Milk San Clemente, Calif. – That gallon of milk you consider a staple in your refrigerator is missing in many of California’s food banks.  According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest...
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US VegWeek kicks off April 21

By Elena Johnson There are 52 weeks in a year – why not make at least one of them meat-free? US VegWeek kicks off on April 21! I hope you’ll join me in taking the 7-day VegPledge – for the planet, our health, and animals. When you sign up at USVegWeek.com, you’ll receive a free...
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‘Laban: The Legend of Urduja’ at Cal’s State Long Beach’s Pilipino Cultural Night April 25

A Filipino student association based in Cal State Long Beach is going to hold a Filipino cultural night and will stage a play entitled “Laban: The Legend of Urduja” as its 28th annual cultural presentation on April 25 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach....
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Easter Brunch Made Easy

With Delicious Make-Ahead Egg Casserole (Family Features) Plan an Easter gathering everyone can enjoy with a make-ahead menu that includes crowd-pleasing brunch casseroles packed with everyone’s favorite flavors – and leaves you plenty of time to spend with the family. “Combine...
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Infuse Spring Celebrations with Grilled Lamb

(Family Features) Roasted leg of lamb traditionally takes center stage for spring celebrations around the family dinner table. This flavorful recipe from Boston Chef Michael Scelfo for Grilled American Lamb Sirloin is a fresh spin on whole leg roasts, and simplifies spring...
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Valid US passport needed for cruise line booking

A couple of weeks ago, one of this writer’s sons surprised us with an invitation for a four-day cruise, just so we can all be together in one place and bond. Out of sheer excitement just for the thought of having a chance to bond, I immediately responded. Last week, upon...
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Biggest Ferris wheel in the world opens in Sin City

(Relaxnews) – The world’s largest observation wheel has opened in Las Vegas, at 550 feet or 168 meters high. The Las Vegas High Roller began boarding its first passengers this week for 30-minute spins that include a video and music presentation before fading out to let the...
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The Scarborough Shoal controversy: a personal connection

PART I My grandmother was born is Candelaria, Zambales (a town north of Masinloc where the disputed Bajo de Masinloc is located). Though my grandmother and her family (her husband was from Fookien, China) settled in the capital town of Iba, as I recall, we used to go up north and...