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ConGen Junever M. Mahilum-West: Upholding rights and welfare of Filipinos abroad

A new Philippine Consul General has been appointed to Toronto. Junever M. Mahilum-West has been assigned to the Consulate General office in Toronto. As of last week, she replaces former ConGen Pedro Chan, who retired from foreign service in April of this year. ConGen Mahilum-West is now in charge of consular services for the sizable 

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The ugly side of Philippine beauty pageants

A leader of Philippine beauty pageants, Rosemer Enverga, held a press conference on April 22 to address what she called “slanderous statements” made against her by another community organizer and the local press. The statements against Enverga, who is the executive vice president of the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation (PCCF), stemmed from a press conference 

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Bruha: 6 Filipina artists showcase works

Cultural identity and empowerment were among the themes explored by six young Filipina artists who showcased their works after a six-month arts-based mentorship program. The arts showcase called “Bruha” held on the evening of April 14 was the culmination of a program at the Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture in Kensington Market. The 

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Stories from a political prisoner

INTERVIEW WITH ANGIE IPONG In a book recently launched in Toronto, a former political prisoner is speaking out about her years in jail under false charges following decades of advocacy for indigenous and farmer rights. Angie Ipong spoke about her book, A Red Rose for Andrea, to over fifty people at the book launch at 

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CORDILLERA DAY IN TORONTO: A Celebration of Indigenous Struggle

The struggles of the indigenous people of northern Philippines for control of their land and resources were commemorated at this year’s Cordillera Day in Toronto. On the evening of April 21, a crowd of approximately 100 people gathered to hear and participate in the traditional Cordilleran dance, music, and singing at the event, which was 

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Filipinos dominate Toronto’s best high school dance competition

High school dancers, predominantly Filipino-Canadians, grooved, flared, whined, popped and locked to show the huge crowd at Ryerson Theatre who has the GTA’s illest moves. On April 21, Toronto’s Best High School Dance Crew 3.0 Finals showcased the divisional leaders from the 28 schools in this year’s competition. The event was organized by Ill Skillz 

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‘My heart really belongs to these communities’

Interview with an illegally jailed doctor, Dr. Merry Mia Clamor: One of the illegally detained health care workers dubbed the “Morong 43,” Dr. Merry Mia Clamor, recently spoke with The Philippine Reporter following the “Our Voices Will Not Be Silenced” event at OISE at the University of Toronto. In February 2010, Clamor was leading a 

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Fil-Can Youths not doing as well as parents

TORONTO — Youth are not doing as well as their parents’ generation when it comes to education and employment levels, says a panel of speakers at the Metropolis Conference on Friday (March 2, 2012). Academics and community leaders from Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg presented their work about Filipino-Canadian youth at the conference. Using Statistics Canada 

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Employers gatekeepers to immigration, scholars say

TORONTO–Employers have growing power as gatekeepers for immigration to Canada because of the increasing use of temporary foreign worker programs, say scholars at the Metropolis Conference on March 3, 2012. Scholars from Canada and the U.S. spoke to a crowd of about 500 people at a plenary session of the conference called “Temporary Residents in 

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Remembering the EDSA Uprising

The massive upheavals and the People Power Revolution that toppled the former President Ferdinand Marcos were commemorated on Feb. 24, 2012 at the event, “The Philippines: EDSA 1986 Memories of a People Rising.” Hundreds of thousands of people filled the EDSA highway in Manila in February 1986 after years of popular uprisings against the violent 

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