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Moment to moment excavation, investigation, remembering

Dogeaters author Jessica Hagedorn: By Marites N. Sison Filipino-Canadian writers should stick to their vision, resist the urge to follow trends and not attempt to reconcile their identities as Filipinos and Canadians, said Jessica Hagedorn, award-winning Filipino-American novelist, poet, playwright and multimedia artist, during her first visit to Toronto Saturday, March 23. “Don’t reconcile a 

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Encounters with Miss Universe and Miss Canada

By Michelle Chermaine Ramos On Sunday March 24, 2019, the Philippine Independence Day Council held a charity gala dinner in collaboration with Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and Miss Universe Canada 2018 Marta Stepien at the Toronto Intercontinental Hotel. The event raised $6,000 to benefit ABS-CBN’s child welfare arm, Bantay Bata, which serves underprivileged and 

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Justice For Mushroom 4 (J4M4)

“We want the government not just here in Canada but in the Philippines, to know that we are being abused and they have to do something about it.” — Lourdes of Mushroom 4 speaking spontaneously at a press conference held April 10 at St George the Martyr Church hall in Toronto. Migrant workers Maila Ceguerra, 

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Journalist who touched many lives

JOAQUIN ‘Jojo’ T. TADURAN, Jr. (September 26, 1941 – March 30, 2019) By Regine Andrea Taduran Kunszt Thank you all for being here today. Let me start off by telling you some things about the man we are here to pay our respects to. Joaquin (Jojo) Teoxon Taduran, Jr. was born on September 26, 1941, 

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From left, front: Dr. Bonnie McElhinny, Glyn Narca, Gillian Duterte, Jennifer Thompson, Hilary Naluz. From left, back: Katherine Faith Tan, John Patrick Carlos, Justin Ortiz, Todd Le Blanc.                                                                             (Photo: New College)

FSAT wins outstanding student group award

Filipino Students’ Association of Toronto By Jennilee Austria On March 18th, the Filipino Students’ Association of Toronto (FSAT) became the first recipients of the Outstanding Student Organization Award from New College at the University of Toronto. They were nominated by Co-President Glyn Narca, who wanted to recognize FSAT’s unique initiatives and accomplishments during the 2018-2019 

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7 Ontario Fil-Cans win FCT seniors awards

By  Tony A. San Juan The Filipino Centre Toronto - FCT, through its Outstanding Filipino Canadian Seniors Awards board of judges, selects and names seven active seniors to receive the “Most Outstanding Senior of the Year-2019” award. These seniors who have made invaluable contributions, exemplary service, and magnanimous engagement into the quality of life in their communities, were chosen via 

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Rally at the Philippine Consulate office in Toronto

Open Letter to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte on the massacre of 14 agricultural workers in Negros Oriental

March 30, 2019 Dear Mr. President, The International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines – Canada (ICHRP – Canada) condemns the heinous murder of fourteen agricultural workers by the Philippine National Police (PNP) yesterday in Negros Oriental. The 14 people killed in an alleged anti-criminality campaign in Negros Oriental were farmers who were massacred 

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Rage against state terror

Fourteen farmers were dead after police conducted “legitimate operations” in different towns in Negros Oriental last March 30. Eight were killed in Canlaon City, four in Manjuyod and two in Santa Catalina. Initial investigation by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Central Visayas found common patterns — most of the victims were separated from their 

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Arrested women leaders, Corazon Javier of Gabriela (left, in brown) and Azucena Garubat, treasurer of Nagahuisang Mag-uuma sa Panubigan.           (Photo courtesy of Karapatan Negros)

Witnesses, kin relate ‘tokhang’ style executions in Negros Oriental killings

By Inday Espina-Varona Police in Negros Oriental province executed their victims “tokhang” style during the Saturday pre-dawn raids that killed 14 persons in Canlaon City and Manjuyod and Sta. Catalina towns, according to families and witnesses. Provincial police director, Sr. Supt. Raul Tacaca described the slain as suspected communist rebels, including partisans or urban fighters, 

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To put An End to the Attacks

An Open Letter to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte Dear President Duterte: We, bishops in Mindanao, have gathered together in Cagayan de Oro City on March 25-26, 2019 for a conferential meeting with the Obispo Maximo. It is with a heavy heart that we write this open letter to you Mr. President. In the last six 

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