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AN INNOCENT NAME CHANGE GOT COMPLICATED IN THIS SUNDAY’S CITIZEN PINOY: Yolly (l.) had a different name at birth — Jesusita. But because her parents did not like the sound of the nickname, Chita (which sounded like Tarzan’s Chimpanzee, “Cheetah”), they changed it to Yolanda for her baptism, and she has been known as Yolanda since then. But the name change proved to be a major obstacle in acquiring a green card for Yolly, as she was accused of fraud. See how the battle is won  when “attorney-of-last-hope” Michael J. Gurfinkel (r.) brings a brand-new episode of your most popular immigration program on television — Citizen Pinoy — this Sunday, Nov. 28, at 5:45 p.m. PST. Also, kapamilyas in Houston and surrounding neighborhoods in Texas have the chance to get their immigration questions answered live, when leading immigration attorney Michael J. Gurfinkel brings your most popular immigration program on television — Citizen Pinoy — to Houston, Texas on Sunday, Dec. 12. Audience call times are at 12 noon, 3 p.m. and  5 p.m. As a public service from TFC and the Law Offices of Michael J. Gurfinkel, seats are free, but you need to reserve now at www.citizenpinoy.com or you may call toll free 1-866-487-3465.

 

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Growing up, Yolly and her siblings knew poverty. Their parents did laundry for their neighbors and this is what saw them through the years. 

While they did not have material things, Yolly and her brothers were bonded by a strong affection for each other. Yolly had the chance to come to America as an adult.

Things were looking bright, until she applied for a green card through her employer. She discovered that she was born and registered under the name Jesusita.

Throughout her life, however, she went by the name Yolanda — the name she was baptized under.

Imagine the anxiety and the fear that Yolly had to go through. Her green card was at risk. She had to act fast to prove that Jesusita and Yolanda were one and the same — and more importantly, that there was no intention of fraud whatsoever.

It was an innocent name change that happened shortly after Yolly was born. Her parents did not quite like the sound of the original name they picked as the nickname for Jesusita was “Chita,” which sounded like Tarzan’s chimpanzee, “Cheetah.”

To avoid the child being teased at school, the parents changed her name to Yolanda in time for their child’s baptism. That proved to be a major obstacle in Yolly’s attempt to obtain a green card.

Back in Manila, her brothers helped Yolly acquire the necessary documents to prove her name change. It was a daunting, expensive and time consuming task.

Her case was denied, and she was accused of fraud, all over her name change at birth. Yolly was about to give up but her brothers reminded her to persevere.

And then she found herself at the Law Offices of Michael Gurfinkel. And despite the fact that her case suffered through many years of failure, “attorney-of-last-hope” Michael J. Gurfinkel never gave up.


This Sunday watch another successful immigration story unfold when leading U.S. immigration attorney Michael J. Gurfinkel brings you a brand-new episode of your favorite immigration program — "Citizen Pinoy."

Atty. Gurfinkel will also answer viewers' immigration questions on everyone’s favorite segment: Your Tanong, My Sagot.

Don’t miss this brand-new episode on an all-new "Citizen Pinoy" this Sunday, Nov. 28, at 5:45 p.m. (PST), with a replay the next Sunday, at 12:10 a.m. (PST) on TFC.

And for kapamilya in Houston and neighboring areas, "Citizen Pinoy" will be going there for the first time this December. So save the date on Sunday, Dec. 12 in Houston, Texas.

Audience call times are at 12 noon, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

As a public service from the TFC and the Law Offices of Michael J. Gurfinkel seats are free, but you need to reserve now at www.citizenpinoy.com or you may call toll free 1-866-487-3465.

More updates will also be made available on the website so be sure to click and visit www.citizenpinoy.com.
"Citizen Pinoy" is made possible with the generous support of sponsors who are also dedicated to giving back to the Filipino community: Asian Journal — with circulation in Northern and Southern California, Nevada, and in the East Coast; and Arko Foods, the oldest existing Filipino-owned business in Southern California.

"Citizen Pinoy" is also supported by ABS-CBN Global's key product offerings: Star Kargo, Starry Starry Store, and Sarimanok One.

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