Filipino-Americans warm up to Obama’s bid

PINOY Newsmagazine/ News
February 2007

Text and photos by Ted Regencia

SPRINGFIELD, Il — US Senator Barack Obama formally kicked off his bid for president on February 10, preaching his message of hope and transformation to a crowd of 17,000 supporters.

“Let us begin this hard work together. Let us transform this nation,” he told his visibly jubilant audience who braved the near-zero temperature outside the Old State Capitol, just to witness what one observer dubbed “history in the making.”

Obama began his speech by saying, “praise and honor to God,” then he channeled the legacy of former President Abraham Lincoln, who like the senator served in the Illinois state legislature in Springfield before moving on to the White House.

“In the shadow of the Old State Capitol, where Lincoln once called on a divided house to stand together, where common hopes and common dreams still, I stand before you today to announce my candidacy for President of the United States of America,” he declared to the cheering crowd.
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Filipino Americans join massive immigration rally

PINOY Newsmagazine/Philippine News
June 2006

Text and photo by Ted Regencia

CHICAGO — Despite the chilly weather and a threat of rain, about 40 Filipinos marched through the streets of Chicago on May 1 to show solidarity in the call for immigration reform.

The Filipino and Filipino American marchers, representing organizations such as the Committee on Pilipino Issues, Fellowship of Filipino Migrants (FFM) and Gabriela USA waved Philippine and United States flag, while chanting immigration reform slogans.

By police estimates, 400,000 people, predominantly from Chicago’s Latino population, joined the march.
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Obama reaches out to Filipino-American voters

PINOY Newsmagazine
Originally published in September 2004

Text and photo by Ted Regencia

CHICAGO — Discounting not a single vote in his historic bid for a seat in the United States Senate, State Senator Barack Obama reached out to the Filipino-American community in Illinois, and extended to them his “message of hope.”

In an exclusive telephone interview with this reporter, Obama highlighted his progressive immigration policy, which seeks to give a “path to citizenship” to long-time undocumented residents. This, provided that they “obeyed the laws of the United States and paid the proper taxes.”
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