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Doctors Dentists Nurses and volunteers in Cuartero, Capiz

Gift of Hope

By Lyra Torres Earlier this year, a 10 person medical mission team from non-profit organization Gateway International Fellowship of Toronto (GIFT) travelled to the Philippines to deliver medical and dental aid to the victims devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. The team went to Bingawan and Banate Iloilo, Tapaz and Cuartero, Capiz. The mission was from 

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Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia

How do you solve a problem like Cudia

By Atty. Romulo B. Macalintal Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia’s petition before the Supreme Court and his intention to appeal to the Office of the President that he be included in the March 16 commencement exercises of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) have been rendered moot and academic when the said graduation rites were 

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Children survivors of Yolanda: Mardi, Lexa and Maeve send a thank you card to their cousins in Toronto for helping out.

Yolanda aftermath in Tanauan, Leyte

EXCLUSIVE REPORT: At the grassroots, a deep sense of neglect by government persists TORONTO–Four months after superstorm typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda hit hard Tanauan, Leyte, the remaining scenes of devastation and the heartbreaking living conditions of the survivors attest to the still long road to recovery and normalcy for this once vibrant town of 50,000 people. The 

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Emma Ripalda at the graveyard by the roadside where 9 members of her family are buried.

Visiting the heartland of Haiyan (Yolanda)

I just arrived in Manila from a two-day visit of Tanauan, Leyte (from Friday Feb. 28 to today Sunday, March 2). Tanauan is one of the most devastated towns of Leyte after super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit Eastern Visayas in the Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013. The visit was mainly for my wife and her 

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From left: Vincent Villanis, Thomas Ancheta, Veraida-Lyn Bermejo, Mithi Esguerra, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, Atty. Rafael Fabregas

Understanding the Filipino Canadian identity

By Rachelle Cruz Youth Leadership Summit: Gathering the Young and Old There was former street-kid Vincent Villanis, the “Bamboo Guy”, co-founder and CEO of Ontario Bamboo (Wonder, what does Bamboo beer taste like?). The multi-awarded Rafael “Raffy” Fabregas, a young Bay Street lawyer, strong advocate for women’s rights, his work instrumental in the “Juana Tejada 

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DinDin Villarino

Mapping out newcomers for a better future

By Rachelle Cruz Cebuano poet and fictionist at Skills for Change So where is Northumberland County? Here’s the regional context: It’s located south-eastern Ontario along HWY 401. Social context? So say you’re in Cobourg, smacked in the middle of an agricultural field with not much in sight, and suppose you’re a newcomer to Canada. How 

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Mabini Pablo (Photo: HG)

The Extraordinary Prepians

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES PREPARATORY HIGH SCHOOL By Mabini “EQ” Pablo (Delivered during the UP Prep Grand Alumni and Faculty Reunion Diamond Jubilee at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Metro Manila on 18 February 2014) Good evening fellow Prepians, ladies and gentlemen. Tonight I have been given the privilege of speaking to you on behalf of 

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A rally backing Russia in Sevastopol in Crimea. Photo by Viktor Drachev/
Agence-France-Presse--Getty Images.

America’s duplicity

The current crisis in Ukraine, or more particularly in the Crimean peninsula, has become a conundrum that is both as old and as new as the issue of self-determination. To the United States and Europe, Crimea is but a smokescreen for Russian invasion. Sevastopol in Crimea is home to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet since 1783, 

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Members of Class ’64, Section IV-1 (Morning), Far Eastern University, Boys High School and two of their former teachers. Front row, from left: Freddie Obligacion, Vernon Gamboa, Omar Oteyza, Mrs. Nena Orendain, Mrs. Consolacion Valmonte, Rene Ruivivar, Atty. Edwin Obien, Philip Recto. Back row: Mar Concepcion, Bernardo Montiero, George Cua Chi Lam, Rufo Limon, Ed Deveza, Peter Aventajado, Leopoldo Ong, Dr. Virgilio Gillego, Eddie Dio, Mel Bustamante, Fernando Gan Tiong Kang, Atty. Romy Macalintal and Hermie Garcia. (Photo: John Tan)

FEU Boys High, Class ‘64 Golden Reunion

By Philip Recto February 24, 2014 Dear Classmates, We had a most memorable reunion last Feb. 22 at the Architectural Centre Club in Makati. The weather was cool. It was a Saturday so we had the club all to ourselves, allowing us to make all the noise, laughters and uninhibited singing. Our classmates arrived on 

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RANDY BUCAO

Randy Bucao runs for Toronto City Council

TORONTO–Good tidings and good moves. Two courageous and determined Pinoys have recently “thrown their hats” in the GTA political arena. One is IT professional Randy Bucao, the other is barrister -solicitor, Atty. Rafael Fabregas. Randy “Randolf” Bucao  is running for Councillor of Ward 10-York Centre in the City of Toronto for the upcoming Fall municipal elections. He had just 

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