Greetings on Reporter’s 25th Anniversary

Community Opinion & Analysis Jun 13, 2014 at 5:15 pm

A Very Important Service



On the occasion of the Philippine Reporter’s 25th Anniversary celebration, I am pleased to extend warmest congratulations and well wishes on behalf of Sing Tao Daily.

For a quarter of a century, the Philippine Reporter has provided a very important service to Canadian Filipino community, not only in providing news information but also helping them integrate into the mainstream community in their second homeland.

To you and your team, I wish you continuous successes.


Yours sincerely,
Andrew Go
Sing Tao Daily




Fine Publication

Dear Brother Hermie and Sister Mila,

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of your publication, please allow me to express my great appreciation and congratulate you for the excellent work yourself and your staff are doing, in your efforts to keep a well-informed community. Especially please allow me to express my respect to you as being one of the best professionals of the sector, keeping a balanced report of the international happenings at home and abroad.

Taking this opportunity I want also to express best wishes of my office on behalf of the members of the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada and our best wishes for many future successful returns. I also commend your enthusiasm and hard work with the NEPMCC, as the responsible Director for Human Rights of the organization for the last fifteen years as well as your dedication and struggles for social justice, equality among all, and the promotion of equal opportunities for all Canadians.

Finally, please allow me to express my personal regards for your fine publication as being one of the best community publications in Canada, and also congratulate the members of the Canadian Filipino communities for their support to such a great publication. Please accept my heartfelt congratulations.

Thank you.

President NEPMCC


Hard-earned success

Dear Mila and Hermie,

I was greatly touched reading the Toronto Star story about your struggles over the years and your hard-earned success and accomplishment.  Congratulations!!!
I know it is not easy to reach today’s milestone.  It requires such dedication and determination and hard work, and your amazing ability to rally friends and volunteers of your community to achieve what appears to be next to impossible.  My hearty congratulations to you and your team.
We wish you all the best for the celebration evening, and a prosperous future for the Philippine Reporter.

Joseph Wong
Founder and Chair, Toronto ALPHA
(Toronto Association for Learning and Preserving the History of World War II in Asia)




Compassion, empathy, integrity

Warmest greetings from the Viola Family and Niagara-on-the-lake!

Although my career as a politician has afforded me much access to many branches of the news media, your publication will always hold a special place in my heart.
Your record for excellence and international recognition speaks for itself. You remain unsurpassed in literary achievement and your unwavering commitment to the plight of the human condition the world over.

Few can match your heartfelt compassion, empathy and integrity in expressing your views.

I feel privileged to have been a long time supporter of you and your dovoted wife and partner, Mila. I hope to continue to do so for as long as the Lord allows me.
On behalf of myself, my family and both the various Filipino and Canadian communities, I extend my heartfelt congratulations and wish you every success and blessing in the years to come.

And of course, Happy Silver Anniversary! Mabuhay – The Philippine Reporter!

Sincerely yours,
Arturo Tapiador Viola
Former Lord Mayor and Councillor
Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake




Exemplary journalism

For 25 years, The Philippine Reporter has made a difference to Filipinos in Canada through exemplary journalism that has chronicled the community’s challenges and celebrated its triumphs. The Reporter is the voice of Filipinos in Canada. It’s the bridge that connects them to each other and to those back home.

Sheila S. Coronel
Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice
Director, Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism
Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University


Comprehensive reporting

On behalf of the Filipino-Canadian Association of Vaughan (FCAV), I would like to congratulate Hermie and Mila Garcia, publishers and dynamic journalists, of Philippine Reporter on the occasion of the newspaper’s 25th Anniversary.

I always admire the reporting style of Philippine Reporter as it focuses on labor movement, migrant workers right advocating change and social justice like the case of Juana Tejada, a caregiver who lobbied for reforms to the federal live-in caregiver program. Juana did not live long to witness the passing of a Bill called Juana Tejada Law named after her which eliminates the requirement for live-in caregivers to undergo a second medical examination.

Philippine Reporter must be commended for its comprehensive reporting, unbiased commentary and in depth coverage of important issues.

Erlinda Insigne
President, Filipino-Canadian Association of Vaughan (FCAV)


You have arrived

Congratulations, Mila and Hermie. You have come a long way and have arrived. We are very proud of what you are doing for our Filipinos in Canada.

Linglingay Fonacier-Lacanlale
Underscretary of Foreign Affairs
Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines


Daunting challenges

Dear Mila and Hermie,

KRuds and I are so unceasingly and unabashedly proud of the two of you and your family. The challenges you faced launching the Philippine Reporter was so daunting that any one else would have quit right at the start and any time in between. The two of you have proven that love can conquer all – love for each other, for your family, your country and your countrymen. Your legacy will live on.

Josephine Sabalvarro-Tan and Rudy Tan
UP Prep 65


Hermie and Mila,

Congratulations on your tremendous work on the Philippine Reporter for the last 25 years. Thank you for all you’ve achieved.

Peggy Nash,
Member of Parliament


So proud of what you and Hermie have done for Filipinos in Canada and Canadians of Filipino ethnicity.

Felice Prudente Sta. Maria
Award winning book author
UP Prep 65