Items filtered by date: Friday, 29 September 2017

Officials lead fight vs abuse


Consul Gen. Henry S. Bensurto will lead the Pledge to Help End DV.


Colma Mayor Helen Fisicaro will keynote the Oct. 3 event.

Actor and professional acting teacher Giovannie Espiritu will share her story.

By Cherie M. Querol Moreno
Editor at Large

COLMA, Calif. – Consul General Henry S. Bensurto Jr. and Colma Mayor Helen Fisicaro will lead commemoration of October Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) at ALLICE Alliance for Community Empowerment's 13th Annual Free from Violence, a presentation-resource fair free and open to the public from 5:30-7:30 pm, Tuesday, Oct. 3 at the Colma Community Center.

The all-volunteer team known as the Kumares and Kumpares, ALLICE is collaborating with Union Bank, the Philippine Consulate General, Seton Medical Center/Verity Health System and the Town of Colma to stage the event. Fisicaro, a longtime advocates against intimate partner abuse, will deliver the keynote address and a domestic violence survivor will give testimony on her experience. Bensurto Jr. will lead the traditional Pledge to Help End Domestic Violence framed by the organization when it was formed 14 years ago. Actor and founder of SF Actors Workshop Giovannie Espiritu will share her story of being in an abusive relationship and what helped her heal. Commendations will be conferred on outstanding allies and a special award will be go to a lifetime community advocate

Newest Kumares Nan Santiago, a licensed marriage and family therapist at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, and Ofie Albrecht, a senior peer counseling coordinator at Peninsula Family Service, will take a bow at their first DVAM event.

Santiago stepped in after having heard from nurse co-worker and ALLICE stalwart Malou Aclan about the nonprofit’s efforts to empower survivors of intimate partner abuse. (Philippine News Sept. 15, 2017).

Albrecht had been closely eyeing ALLICE as a Democratic Party comrade to Alice Bulos, the community leader after whom the organization named itself.


"Since I joined Peninsula Family Service more than eight years ago I became more aware of abuse among Filipino families especially the older sector," she related her involvement as a resource provider fielding questions from attendees at ALLICE events. In February she attended a meeting to get better acquainted with the team upon the invitation of Lasola Malay, a monthly speaker at “Kapihan,” a support group for seniors Albrecht coordinates at the Lincoln Community Center in Daly City.

Albrecht, a former corporate executive, brings her 8 years’ training and experience to “help older individuals deal with isolation, loneliness, grief, life changes and also connect those in need to the various resources in the San Mateo County.”
“I have learned how to listen attentively,” she emphasized a hallmark of counseling.
In relation to intimate-partner abuse, she noted that she had been friends with couples whom she had never suspected but later learned were in abusive relationships.
“I did not know what to do or say to them, particularly the victims. Their spouses would abuse them by yelling or insulting at them and mistreating them in public or at home.” Now she knows better.
Albrecht stressed that family and intimate partner violence can happen to anyone.
“Understanding that it is a learned behavior and recognizing the patterns can help individuals avoid entering in relationships with people who may be exhibiting abusive behaviors is crucial. Or those in troubled unions can learn healthier interaction by knowing where and to whom to turn. They need to see that there is no shame in being abused, that the victim is not responsible for the perpetrator's behavior,” she said. “Joining ALLICE raised my awareness about domestic violence and the need to promote prevention of elder care and abuse, thereby building safe and healthy relationships. I have also learned not be judgmental.”

The newbies like that their Kumares and Kumpares model the healthy interaction they teach at their elder care and abuse prevention events in the spring and intimate-partner violence prevention presentations in the fall. “ALLICE members are very supportive, collaborative, dedicated, professional, caring and fun group to work with,” praised Santiago.
Albrecht concurred: They are “friendly, talented, professional, compassionate and willing to help not only one another but also the community.”
October is designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in this country, hence the team's 13th commemorative event to date. ALLICE has been showcasing the occasion with yearly presentations to break the silence on the issue, bring together community members and resource providers to end the pervasive problem.
Around May, Older Americans Month, they showcase elder care and elder abuse prevention.

Donor allies Asian American Recovery Services, San Mateo Behavioral Health & Recovery Services, GMA News Online, Positively Filipino,, The Filipino Channel, Philippine News and Philippines Today are generously supporting the community effort.

This year's ALLICE president Jennifer Jimenez Wong, MFT, and vice president Elsa Agasid, FNP, will co-emcee.

Resource providers led by Kaiser Permanente FilAm Association, Philippine Nurses’ Association, Health Plan of San Mateo, Center for the Independence of Individuals with Disabilities, StarVista, Filipino Mental Health Initiative, Always Best Care-Peninsula and HICAP Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program of San Mateo County will offer and consult on their free services and programs.

Free refreshments will be served. Prizes will be given at raffle drawing (Must be present to win).

For more information, call the Philippine Consulate 415-433-6666 or visit


PNews Editor at Large Cherie M. Querol Moreno is a Commissioner with the San Mateo County Commission on Aging. By day she coordinates community outreach for HICAP Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program of San Mateo. ALLICE is her passion project.


Renal calculi, features, prevention, treatment

What are renal calculi?

Renal calculi (kidney stones) are chemical crystals that form into a hard salt solid structure that looks like and feels like a common stone we find on the streets. They vary in size, shape, and consistency, according to their chemical composition. They could be calcium oxalate stone, cystine stone, uric acid stone, infection stone, or even a combination.

Where do these stones come from?

Our two bean-shaped kidneys are important blood filters which eliminate chemical waste from our body and excreted into the urine. Without our kidneys, the build up of chemical waste in our body could reach a poisonous, even deadly, level within a few days. In people who have a high risk of forming stones, these chemical crystals solidify in the kidney calices (cup-shaped areas of the kidney). Some of these stones could travel down the ureter (a small muscular tube the connects each kidney to the bladder), causing severe colicky pains from ureteral irritation and spasm.

How large are these stones?

Renal stones vary in sizes, from the size of a grain of sand to as large as a golf ball. Many small stones (silent stones) are passed naturally. Medium stones are often crushed with ESWL (Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy), popularly known as Lithotripsy for short. Large stones may need Percutaneous Lithotripsy. Very large stones may need surgical removal, especially the staghorn calculus, which “staghorn” shape and large size lodge it in the kidney pelvis (main chamber) and prevent it from entering and passing down the small ureter. Some stones have round, smooth, surface, and could pass down the ureter to the bladder with lesser pains. Others have sharp, jagged edges, causing more pains when they travel down, or get caught, in the ureter.

What increases the risk for stones ?

Not drinking enough fluids, dehydration, eating certain foods, urinary tract infection, living in hot climate, and family history of kidney stones are the more common factors that increase the risk of kidney stone formation. Metabolic or endocrine problems are rarer causes.

How much water should one drink a day?

In a normal average daily situation, it is advisable to drink about 8 glasses of fluids (water, juices, preferably not pop) a day, whether one had kidney stones before or not. Those who had kidney stones in the past are advised against cola drinks, tea, chocolate, spinach, and peanut, which are high in oxalate, and dairy products which are high in calcium. Those with cystine stones are advised against eating foods high in Methionine, like fish.

Is renal colic really more painful than childbirth?

Yes, women who had kidney stone colics and had given birth say so. The pain is most excruciating, and in men, it could radiate down to the lower abdomen and to the scrotum of the affected side where the stone is. One thrashes around to find a more comfortable position, only to find none. Narcotic shots are given for the relief of the severe renal colic. Sometimes, renal colic could mimic, or be confused with, acute appendicitis. In some patients, there could be blood in the urine, from the irritation of the ureter where the stone is lodged.

What are the diagnostic tests for kidney stones?

After a thorough history-taking and physical examination, your physician may order urinalysis, urine culture (for bacteria), blood count, blood chemistry (including calcium, phosphorus, BUN, creatinine, uric acid, and electrolytes) a KUB (plain x-ray of kidney, ureter, bladder), an IVP (intravenous pyelogram, x-ray with dye to see locate the stone), an Ultrasound (a “3-Dimensional” picture of the kidney); and/or a CT Scan (Computed Tomography, an X-ray technique showing cross-sectional images of the abdominal area to locate and identify the stone). Twenty four-hour urine sample may also be taken to find out the levels of stone-related chemicals in the urine. Provocative Tests may also be done to see how the kidneys handle chemicals. Stone analysis is essential to determine the chemical composition of the stone, which will help identify the cause of the stone formation and aid in the preventive treatment in the future.

Are some stones dissolved by medications?

Yes, bicarbonate/potassium citrate may dissolve uric acid stones and cystine stones. This is why it is important strain the urine when one suspects kidney stones, to find out what the chemical composition of the stone is. Medications prescribed to dissolve kidney stones are taken for a lifetime. Unfortunately, not all stones are dissolved by medications. However, many kidney stones are passed naturally. Sometimes alpha blocker drug is used to relax the muscles of the ureter to allow passage of larger stones. Newer extracts to dissolve all types of kidney stones (and gallstones also) are being researched in laboratories around the world.

How does one prevent renal stones?

Uric Acid stones are found among those who overproduce uric acid (gout), and can be worsened by a high-meat diet (high in purines), especially pork and beef. Allupurinol is one drug that reduces uric acid. Cystine stones come from too much cystine (amino acids) in the body, caused by an inherited condition. Penicillamine or Tiopronin reduces cystine. Prevention in this case includes diet low in methionine (a normal chemical found in fish). Infection stones, as the name suggests, is caused by a rinary tract infection. Antibiotics are given before the stones are removed. In all these three conditions, drinking lots of water helps a lot in preventing recurrent kidney stones. Popular old-fashioned lemonade is effective in reducing kidney stone formation.

What is ESWL?

If the stone or stones cannot be dissolved by medications or are too large to pass down the ureter, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy is an option. There are several types of ESWL but the principle is the same for all. The patient lie down or sits up in a water bath, high-energy shock waves from the high-tech machine are precisely aimed at the stone (with pin-point accuracy). The waves, passing through the water cushion, travel at a high speed, pass through the soft tissues of the body without harming them and “shatter” the stone (only) into very fine sand. The procedure is done with mild sedation, and may last about an hour and done as an outpatient or on an overnight stay.

What is the surgical treatment?

If all of the above therapies fail, invasive or surgical approach is the final option. This includes fishing out the stone in the ureter with a Ureteroscope. Percutaneous Lithotripsy is used for stones larger than one inch in diameter and where ESWL did not work. A small skin incision is made in the affected flank and the stone is shattered by painless ultrasound, or removed by Percutaneous nephrolithotomy. With the available modern technology today, open surgery is now reserved only for those with very large or oddly located kidney stones.

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AAAJ reaffirms call for passage of Clean DREAM Act

Washington, D.C.  As hundreds of thousands of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients wait for Congress to pass legislation that will make them citizens of the United States, two Senators introduced a flawed and harsh bill to offer some DACA recipients citizenship. In response to this newly introduced legislation, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, an affiliation of five Asian American civil rights organizations, issues the following statement:
“Twenty days ago, the President created an unnecessary crisis by terminating the DACA program. The only solution now is for Congress to pass a clean DREAM Act, which would provide a reasonable path to citizenship for the immigrant youth who are American in every sense of the word.
Today, Senators Tillis and Lankford introduced a bill that contains unnecessary and poisonous provisions. The bill introduced by the Senators moves away from the Dream Act — a resolution that treats undocumented immigrants with dignity and humanity. The legislation makes the path to citizenship significantly longer, and fewer people would be eligible than under the preferred, bipartisan DREAM Act.
Among the troubling provisions, the bill would require applicants to waive many of their rights to legal proceedings and due process in the future. This provision is repugnant and constitutionally questionable. We oppose this legislation.
There is broad support for providing the DACA-eligible population the citizenship they deserve.  Seventy-eight percent of American voters support giving undocumented youth the chance to stay permanently in America, including 73% of Trump voters. Since its creation in 2012, DACA has transformed the lives of nearly 800,000 young people by providing temporary work authorization and relief from deportation. Among the immigrants affected by the termination are many Asian Americans and Pacific Islander immigrants, including approximately 120,000 who were eligible for DACA.
Congress should not play politics with the lives of these young people. Congress needs to pass a clean DREAM Act now

Torres-Samoranos part of 100 Most Influential Filipina Women

SAN FRANCISCO --  Lily Torres-Samoranos has been selected one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Woman in the World (Global FWN100™) by the Filipina Women's Network. 
The Global FWN100 Award™ recognizes 100 women of Philippine ancestry who are changing the face of leadership in the global workplace, having reached status for outstanding work in their respective fields and are recognized for their achievement and contributions to society, femtorship and legacy. Ms. Torres-Samoranos was selected from an outstanding field of nominees from around the world under the category of “PolicyMaker and Visionary Award:”
This award recognizes Filipina women leaders who have demonstrated exceptional acumen combined with a forward-looking vision in the development or influencing of policies, campaigns or laws that impact business, industry, and society. Leaders who enrich the lives, careers and businesses of others; someone who shares the benefits of their wealth, experience, and knowledge; actions that significantly change how we think and live.
“The Global FWN100™ women are dynamic entrepreneurs, rising stars under age 35, practitioners, behind-the-scene leaders, community, government and corporate managers and executives who have moved through the ranks in large organizations, nonprofits, and government agencies. They are inspiring examples of women doing extraordinary work who will motivate our youth and future leaders,” said Marily Mondejar, Founder and CEO of the Filipina Women’s Network. “They were selected based on the size and scope of their positions, influence in their industries and their communities, board affiliations and other leadership roles.”
The Global FWN100 Award™ is a working recognition award with a meaningful purpose:  FWN’s 2020 Vision: a Filipina woman leader in every sector of the global economy. The awardees are asked to re-invent herself by femtoring (female mentoring) a young Filipina woman and bring her to the Filipina Leadership Global Summit on October 25-29, 2017 in Toronto, Canada at the Intercontinental Toronto Centre.
Ms. Lily Torres-Samoranos is now a valued partner in helping FWN develop the Filipina community's pipeline of qualified leaders to increase the odds that some will rise to the "president" position in all sectors of the global economy, " added Dr. Maria Beebe, FWN’s Board Chair. "We gather all these amazing women at the Filipina Summit to inspire each other and create synergy. We interview each awardee so that their collective stories of how they disrupted their professional and personal lives will be part of the largest recorded diaspora in modern times."
“The summit’s theme this year is Filipina Women: Leading. Advocating. Impacting. Seeing all the Awardees on stage during the gala awards ceremony assures me that the future of our young Filipina sisters is solid,” said Susie Quesada, President of Ramar Foods and FWN President. “Awardees often share this inspiring evening with their mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sons, spouses, partners, young women and men, mentors and bosses from their organizations. They all come on stage to celebrate her.”
“I am very excited and honored to receive this award, which is a validation of my body of work for years.  I am looking forward to meet my fellow awardees from 12 countries and finding more about the partnerships and collaborations we can create.  I thank FWN for giving us the vehicle to meet and gather Filipina women of the world passionate about their work.  I also thank FWN for uniting all of us together to plan the future for our next generation of leaders in business and industry.  Together we can accomplish many ways to strengthen our community and our make our presence known in the world.” says Ms. Torres-Samoranos 
Torres-Samoranos has 28 years of legal experience in trial litigation.  Presently, she works at the Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach as an immigration attorney in the area of removal defense, deportation and both affirmative and defensive asylum. 
Founded in 1975, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (formerly Nihonmachi Legal Outreach) is a community-based, social justice organization serving the Asian and Pacific Islander, and other communities of the Greater Bay Area. With offices in Oakland and San Francisco, our work is focused in the areas of violence against women/family law, immigration and immigrant rights, senior law and elder abuse prevention, the rights of those with disabilities, anti-human trafficking, youth violence prevention, affordable housing preservation and tenants’ rights, and other social justice issues.
Our mission is to provide culturally competent and linguistically appropriate legal representation, social services, and advocacy for the most marginalized segments of the community including low-income women, seniors, recent immigrants, and youth. Our diverse staff provides holistic legal, social, and educational services in more than a dozen languages including Cantonese, Chiu-Chow, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese.

Caregiving, a Thought for our Loved Ones

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In every person's life comes the time where the parent-child roles reverse , where those who have nurtured and loved and helped us selflessly would need our help once their time of physical /mental incapacity sets in , A time where age comes and starts knocking, But many instances that even the best meaning child who in this day and age of high pressure work and instant demanding hours can not cope with being there for their parent 24/7 would feel that the situation is like moving mountains.

Thankfully various homecare services are readily available but are they right for you?

As worrisome as it is , choosing the right caregiver is critical to the happinese and longevity of your parents, a common trend now seems to favor many "in-home" caregiving service where in the chosen caregiver takes care of your folks in your own or their own home environment, many favor this as the elderly are more familiar with their soroundings and makes the process more natural.

Today we speak with one of Hayward's more reputable Inhome care Agencies ; Best Home Health Providers in Hayward headed by Mr. Mike Mejia.

Hi Mike , Please Tell us more about how you started ?

Hi yes , We started back in 1993 as a healthcare staffing agency. We provided RNs, LVNs, and CNAs to various nursing homes in our area. We since expanded to include home care services.

Please tell us more about your business ?

We are a home health care provider. Our services include: Skilled Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Social Services, and private caregivers.

Who do you serve?

We primarily serve the elderly population within the Bay Area.

What sets you apart from your competitors?

Our customer service sets us apart. Clients are happy with our response, organization, and follow up as based on our history and we also can provide references if requested.

What Areas and folks would benefit most from your help?

People who are being discharged to go home from the hospital or rehab center typically benefit from our services.

How do people who need help find you?
We are available by phone 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. We are also accessible by email.

What services do you offer currently?
Services we provide include: Home nursing and therapy services, private caregiver services.

What is the specialty of your business that can make a difference in lives? Where can our readers reach you?

Our specialty is our Skilled Nursing services, Physical and Occupational therapy services which help patients recover in the comfort of their own home, instead of staying in a nursing home. Our private caregivers benefit our clients by helping them with daily living activities that have become difficult due to age or illness.
Yes you may reach us at your convenience by calling #510-782-9080 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you Mike for talking with us?

yes thank you for the opportunity and we look forward in helping you take care of your Loved ones, please don't hesitate to call or email us , Consultation is Free.


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