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Taste of Manila is back on

By Irish Mae Silvestre After last month’s surprise announcement that Taste of Manila was cancelled, organizers made yet another surprising announcement: the festival is, in fact, happening this month, with help from Toronto city officials. Slated for its original dates (August 18 and 19), the festival will once again see parts of the Wilson Ave. 

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Do Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly with God

Enrique Olivo, TCDSB Trustee Candidate, Toronto Ward 12 By Althea Manasan Typing on a laptop in a Toronto cafe, dressed casually in a white button down shirt and a blue hoodie, Enrique Olivo looks like your average tech-sector millennial. In some ways, he is. But outside of his work as a data scientist at international 

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Rowena Santos with her son Lennon

‘It’s okay to be underestimated and prove everybody wrong’

Rowena Santos: Candidate for Councillor, Brampton Wards 1 and 5 By Irish Mae Silvestre Rowena Santos has been waiting in the wings for quite some time. Equipped with a business degree and a master’s in economics, she went on to work for world-renowned corporations, then gained experience in the non-profit sector. Feeling restless and on 

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Island Womxn Rise performers. Photo by Nastasha Alli

For Filipina Comedians, the Struggle is Hilariously Real

REVIEW: Island Womxn Rise By Irish Mae Silvestre I don’t want to start off with the cliched ‘Asians are extremely underrepresented in the entertainment industry’ because, well, Asians are extremely underrepresented in the entertainment industry. But something is slowly shifting. There’s Ali Wong and her Netflix stand-up special Baby Cobra and actress/rapper Awkwafina rubbing shoulders 

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What you need to know about #BoycottNutriAsia

By Ysh Cabana Ticked-off consumers, irked by NutriAsia management’s bloody dispersal amid labour disputes, are calling for boycott of favorite Pinoy brands. What is NutriAsia? Owned by Filipino-Chinese businessman Joselito Campos, NutriAsia, Inc. is the largest producer and distributor of Philipippine condiments and cooking oil. After leaving the flourishing family business in drug manufacturing, Butch 

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We were praying when the goons attacked’ — priest at NutriAsia strike

“We, the striking workers, are fighting for our wages, jobs and rights.” By Tyra Aquino Bulatlat.com NutriAsia workers on strike and their supporters belied the claims of the company, police and Labor Sec. Silvestre Bello III that they instigated the July 28 violent dispersal in front of the food giant’s Marilao plant. In a press 

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Franklin D. Roosevelt (center front) and Manuel Quezon (right)

Duterte and the Perils of the Modern Imperial Presidency

By Jose Victor ‘Jayvee’ Salameña In Duterte’s push for a shift towards a federal republic, a dialogue has begun on whether elements of Westminster-style Parliamentary governance should be included in the proposed charter change. Often, proponents of a Parliamentary system use the term the “imperial presidency” to criticize the vast powers that are bestowed upon 

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Toronto Pinoy indie bands play gig series

By Ysh Cabana TORONTO–Equipped with original compositions, ambitious talent and passion for music, a live indie band scene in the city is thriving. Filipino indie artists find a space to ‘jam’ in OPM Indie Night Toronto. After spending its pilot season in Cusina Lounge in North York, season two premiered on July 19 at Bistro 

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Bata to Batapreneur: Big hit among Filipino youth

The first Filipino children’s business fair, Bata to Batapreneur, was held in Toronto on July 7, showcasing creative products and services of 50 aspiring entrepreneurs from 6 to 18 years old. The novelty of this event attracted participants from various parts of the GTA and surrounding areas and even as far as Waterloo, Ontario and 

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Ex-restaurant owners jailed and fined for owed wages of ex-employees

Ontario Ministry of Labour The Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic welcomes the decision of Justice of Peace Karen Walker to impose a fine of $900,000 on Yuk Yee Ellen Pun and her companies behind the Regal Restaurant Chain for failing to comply with the Ministry of Labour’s Orders to pay their former employees owed 

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