Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and PH President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Blame games

Here in the city of Toronto, the mayor appears unbreakable. In other cities, notably Montreal, allegations of misbehaviour in office, whether corruption-related or simply fundamental flaws of character are enough to induce a sitting public official to resign. But Toronto Mayor Rob Ford seems impervious to criticism and public clamour for him to step down 

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Rizal’s 117th death anniversary on Dec. 30

KNIGHTS OF RIZAL The celebration of the  117th death anniversary and martyrdom of Dr. Jose P. Rizal,  the Philippines’ national hero will be celebrated worldwide by the Order of the Knights of Rizal on December 30, 2013. Knights of Rizal Supreme Commander Sir  Reghis M. Romero II, KGCR, will lead the worldwide celebration. Sir Reghis 

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Help the Haiyan Victims Fundraiser Dinner

Dec. 15, North York Civic Centre  

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The Leyteños Association of Ontario, in cooperation with the Filipino Canadian Charitable Association of Vaughan held a fundraising dinner last  Dec. 6 at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Scarborough.

Other Community Round-Up

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Twins Alces Silverio and Alta Santos mark their birthday with a big cake and family at a Japanese restaurant in Markham.


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RBC refunding remittance fees

RBC is refunding the $13.50 money transfer online remittance fee for its RBC International Remittance service from November 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014 inclusive, for money being sent from Canada to personal recipients in the Philippines. By refunding these fees, RBC hopes to make it easier for RBC clients to send money to those 

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Holiday Survival

By Dr. George I. Traitses December marks the beginning of what can be a hectic holiday season, and until we flip the calendar over to a new year, the chaos just doesn’t let up. Since the added demands of this season can stress our bodies to capacity, we need to do everything we can to 

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Perfect positioning for healthy sleep

By Dr. George I. Traitses There is no one right way to sleep, say experts, but certain positions may be better for people with certain types of pains and conditions. The important thing is to avoid strain to the joints, and keep in mind that sometimes simply taking the same form every night can aggravate 

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Holidays are festive and fun, they can take a toll on the environment. One way to be greener is to get a real tree, especially a potted (living) tree, which you can keep for years after the holidays pass.  PHOTO: Leonora Enking, courtesy Flickr

EARTHTALK: Greener Holidays

EarthTalk® Dear EarthTalk: What are some ideas for being greener this holiday season?– Beth Livingston, Camden, NJ While the holidays are festive and fun, they can take a toll on the environment. All that shopping, decoration, food preparation and travel adds up to more carbon emissions and more waste. But there are ways to minimize 

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Rev. Rafael Vallejo

Filipino Canadian Presbyterian Pastor calls Ontario Churches to Support Minimum Wage Increase

I am writing this today, mindful of Madiba Nelson Mandela’s prophetic words: “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice.” I support the call of Archbishop Colin Johnson of the Diocese of Toronto of the Anglican Church of Canada in regard to raising the minimum wage. I think that 

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