18th BIRTHDAY.  Melissa Barbour with her Cotillion Entourage on July 28, 2013 at Mississauga Banquet Hall.  PHOTO: ARIEL RAMOS



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Bayan Basketball Club Hosts 26th NABA Tournament in Newmarket, Ontario

By Romy Zetazate and Manny Papa The 26th Annual Inter-City NABA’s Basketball Tournament is slated at the Ray Twinney Recreational Complex in Newmarket, Ontario, and in some other Catholic and High School Gyms around the York Region, specifically in Newmarket, Aurora, King City, and Richmond Hill. The 3-day event will be held commencing Friday, August 

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BEA ALONZO with the family of Dr. Solon 
Guzman; and 
Dr. Zenia Sanchez and Nilo Sanchez; during the Meet and Greet with Bea on July 26, 2013 at Kalayaan

Other Community Round-Up

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Kol Hope Raffle Winner

TORONTO–Canada Philippine Fashion Week and Kol Hope Foundation in partnership with Galleon Travel is proud to announce Hazen Belen as the winner of the Grand Prize Raffle Draw for a Round Trip Ticket to the Philippines Congratulations! The Raffle Draw was held at the Philippine Consulate at 4pm on Thursday August 1st, 2013, and the 

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Bike Fit Basics

By Dr. George I. Traitses Whether you ride on-road or off, pedal casually or competitively, it’s important to pay close attention to how your bicycle fits your body. A properly fitted bike will allow you to ride comfortably and safely, avoid injury, and produce more power, so you go faster with the same or less 

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Eat some plant based protein for a change

By Kalayaan Garcia de Vera I wouldn’t call myself a vegetarian but I barely eat meat. Probably only once a month and sometimes not as often.  I like to see myself as a flexitarian. I eat more plants than animals and I feel that it is healthy for my body, my wallet and the planet.  Having meat 

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EARTHTALK: Green Home Renovation

Dear EarthTalk: I’m planning a major home renovation and want to include as many green-friendly features as possible. Where do I begin to look? –Matthew Glaser, Queens, NY There has never been a better time to renovate green, given the abundance of Earth-friendly building material choices as well as contractors well-versed in energy- and resource-efficiency. 

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Unsafe levels of lead contaminate soil in hundreds of neighborhoods around the U.S. where lead smelting facilities operated between the 1930s and 1960s. Children under the age of six are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can severely affect mental and physical development. Pictured: Rusty remains at an old lead smelting mill.
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EARTHTALK: Ghost Factories

Dear EarthTalk: What are “ghost factories?”– Philip Walker, Hartford, CT In April 2012, USA TODAY published a series entitled “Ghost Factories,” a report on an investigation into lead contaminated soil in hundreds of neighborhoods around the U.S. where lead factories once operated. The investigation addressed the lack of action taken by the U.S. Environmental Protection 

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8th Annual Kultura Filipino Arts Festival

Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture and San Miguel Beer Present TORONTO–The KAPISANAN Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture, Canada’s premiere Filipino-Canadian cultural hub, has set the stage for the Filipino-Canadian renaissance in Toronto. From Top Chef competitions, to musicians on world stages; from the fashion runways to international galleries; from the New York 

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From left: Ricky Cuenca, Chairman of the Couples for Christ (CFC) – Global Mission; Sen. Tobias, Jr. and Mrs. Rosemer Enverga; Eric de Los Reyes, President, CFC ANCOP Foundation; Temi Pangilinan,  President of ANCOP International Canada Inc.; and Greg Parillas, National Director, CFC. During their meeting, Sen. Enverga, Jr. and his wife assured the ANCOP Canada and CFC (founders of ANCOP) officers that they would continue to support vigorously the projects and objectives of  the Canadian-registered charity ANCOP (acronym for Answering the Cry of the Poor), among others the latter’s annual fundraiser ANCOP Walk, held in major cities in the country. According to Pangilinan, the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation (PCCF), which was founded by Sen. Enverga, Jr., has so far deposited with ANCOP Canada a total of $18,500 since last year to fund an undertaking to build 20 houses for the poor in an ANCOP village site in Paranaque City in the Philippines. So far, the amount donated by the PCCF represents a cost for six houses at $3,000 per unit. Sen. Enverga, Jr. said ANCOP continues to be his favorite charity. In the past, Sen. Enverga, Jr. spearheaded several fundraisers for ANCOP homes for the poor, through the community organizations he headed, among others, the Lucena City Association of Ontario and the PIDC. The ANCOP Walk for this year is on Sunday, August  25. Please join this 10th ANCOP Walk. To register, visit www.ancopwalk,ca or call (905) 564-8539. (ANCOP Canada PR)

ANCOP’s Walk for the Poor, August 25, 2013

On Sunday, August 25, 2013, WALK FOR A CAUSE! Join the 5-kilometer ANCOP Walk in the downtown core of Toronto. This will be the 10th year for ANCOP International Canada’s major fundraiser, aimed at helping the poor in the Philippines and other third world countries by providing shelter, housing and child education programs for the 

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