Alvin Alba and Joshua Hernandez in “Lion King”

Taste of Broadway redux a resounding success

TORONTO–The audience gave them a standing ovation. And rightly so.  All those who made Taste of Broadway Curtain Call a success deserve it. It was after all an immensely entertaining show for all ages, aside from the fact that this encore presentation was for a worthy cause: the benefit of the Philippine Disaster Relief.  Presented 

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Toronto Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly

The Politics of a New Era

INTERVIEW WITH NORM KELLY, TORONTO DEPUTY MAYOR An exclusive interview by Thomas S. Saras Thank you for your time. I know that it is busy time for you and I thank you very much for taking time to speck with me. I consider this as a special honour for the members of my organization Q: 

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Award-winning Christmas tree in Tanauan, Leyte

The Christmas Tree Story

(Exclusive to The Philippine Reporter) THIS CHRITMAS TREE has gone viral. It has been called many names: the Tree of Life; the Tree of Hope; The Most Beautiful Tree in the World; and even won an award as The Best Christmas Tree in Leyte. This fallen acacia tree, a victim of Typhoon Haiyan, was transformed 

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PM Stephen Harper with Sen Jun Enverga and Mrs. Rosemer Enverga at OLA.

AFCM – Filipino Mission raises $230K for Yolanda survivors

TORONTO-Ever since Our Lady of the Assumption (OLA) Church was named as the home of the Archdiocesan Filipino Catholic Mission (AFCM) under the leadership of Reverend Father Ben Ebcas, OLA became the center of Filipino activities in the Greater Toronto Area.  OLA became the Oasis for Filipino Caregivers and Filipino Faithful hoping for spiritual enrichment and to meet 

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YCDSB presented a cheque of over $118k to Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick of the Archdiocese of Toronto for typhoon Haiyan disaster relief in the Philippines. From left: Trustees Joe McLeod, Carol Cotton, Cathy Ferlisi, Maria Carnovale, Dino Giuliani, Marlene Mogado, Teresa McNicol, Director of Education Patricia Preston, Bishop Kirkpatrick, Chair Elizabeth Crowe, Trustees Dominic Mazzotta, Teresa Ciaravella, Ann Stong and Michael Palloto.

York Catholic District School Board raises over $122K for typhoon Haiyan relief

A week long campaign by the York Catholic District School Board for typhoon Haiyan disaster relief in the Philippines has raised $122,413.53, as of this writing. Earlier, the Board had presented a cheque of over $118k, representing the amount collected at the time, for the Archdiocese of Toronto to Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick. More contributions have been received since. 

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Josephine Paul,  one of PIDC Ambassadors of Goodwill, performs at Paskong Handog 2013

PATAC Paskuhan concert for Haiyan survivors

PHILIPPINE Advancement Through Arts and Culture (PATAC) presented a concert Paskong Handog 2013: Paglingap at Pagbangon to benefit the communities devastated in the Philippines by the recent typhoon and quake. The event was held Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 at the Cummer Avenue United Church. The show highlighted a variety of art forms – piano performances, 

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BOAT LOADING ORE. This ship is at the base of the Shenzhou Nickel Mine, a Chinese owned mining company, and they are shipping the ore to China for processing.

Activists, farmers in Mindanao resist global mining, agribusiness and military intrusions

By Joseph Smooke “It is better to die from bullets than from hunger,” said Jucy Salado, spokesperson for a small scale mining community outside Surigao City, Mindanao. In the jungles and coastal communities of the Caraga Region in northeast Mindanao, indigenous people are risking their lives by organizing against corporations that are often protected by 

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Sharing my life story

Being a baby boomer, I have always felt life is forever; that life just goes on; that the excitement of the life you became accustomed to, from the earth-shaking events of the Sixties when boomers like you were in high school, to the tumultuous Seventies when revolutions caught you in university campus, would never stop. 

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According to her former aide, Janet Napoles stored cash in a bath tub. Shown above is allegedly her daughter Jeane. Huffington Post published a correction saying it wasn’t Jeane and that it was a stock photo.

‘Wrecking Ball’ and other objects that made news in 2013

By Mong Palatino Bulatlat.com 1. Martilyo. Robbers belonging to the ‘Martilyo Gang’ used a hammer and crowbar to rob jewelry shops in SM North Edsa, the grandmother of all supermalls in the country. Because of this incident which happened during the Christmas shopping rush, hammers cannot be sold anymore in malls and police has banned 

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‘We Should Legalize Everything’ and other shocking sound bites of 2013

By Mong Palatino Bulatlat.com 2013 was a calamitous year for the Philippines – earthquakes, strong typhoons, bus crashes, corruption scandals. The reactions of various newsmakers to these disasters have revealed a lot of things about the fundamental flaws in governance, and in particular the inability of President BS Aquino to govern properly and decisively. Let 

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