Bishop Melzar Labuntog

Top PH Church officials on the Mindanao Crisis and Extrajudicial Killings

By Dyan Ruiz As the nearly three-week gun battles in Mindanao grabbed international headlines and extrajudicial killings and disappearances rage on in the Philippines, Bishop Melzar Labuntog  and Pastor Noriel Capulong are in the epicenters of these calamities. These top church leaders came to Toronto and talked about these crises. Labuntog, from the United Church 

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Director and writer Auraeus Solito           PHOTO: JOSEPH SMOOKE

Ancient Palawan traditions come to Toronto through Solito film

By Dyan Ruiz The struggles and traditions of the Palawan tribe of the Philippines was brought to a Toronto audience through the international premiere of the film, Baybayin (The Script) by acclaimed indigenous writer and director, Auraeus Solito, at the imagineNATIVE Film Festival. Solito, who also goes by his tribal name, Kanakan Balintagos – a 

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Joseph Smooke and Dyan Ruiz speaking before PPCO members and guests on Oct. 12, 2013.   PHOTO: HG

Reporting from the frontlines: The Philippines in Crisis

A PHILIPPINE PRESS CLUB ONTARIO EVEN By Joseph Smooke Legs dangling from a wooden platform strapped to a motorcycle maneuvering through otherwise impassable dirt roads in the jungles of Mindanao. Reporting from the frontlines of a tense confrontation between protesters and police with only our camera, bandanas and microphone to protect us while local reporters 

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The Malampaya Natural Gas Platform on the Palawan shore

Depoliticizing Malampaya

By Joe Rivera So much of the controversy about the Malampaya Fund focuses on whether the President has the authority to use the Fund for purposes other than to finance energy resource development and exploitation programs as originally intended. While the Malampaya gas field off the shores of Palawan would be discovered 18 years later, 

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Rev. Noriel C. Capulong

On the Death of a Brother

The year 2006 was a most dreadful year for human rights activists and even for our family.  It was the year when the series of extra judicial killings of activists and advocates for human and environmental rights had been most intense, so systematic and so brutal and unforgiving. It was a year also when my 

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Photo shows the largest group of oath takers so far, presented by UPAAT president Fred Gamboa to Ambassador Leslie Gatan. The Canadian and Philippine governments agreed to allow Canadian citizens of Filipino descent to re-claim their homeland’s citizenship and birthright, making them dual citizens of both countries. PHOTO: RENE SEVILLA

UPAAT leads Filipino Citizenship oath taking

TORONTO–With one long serious sentence , and the raising of the right hand, 36 Filipino Canadians reclaimed their Philippine citizenship in what Ambassador Leslie Gatan named  the largest group he has sworn in at the solemn ceremony that made them dual citizens of the Philippine homeland and Canada. The event, sponsored by the University of 

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Dr. Philip Kelly (back, left), 
organizer, with Aurora Javate 
de Dios (5th from right) of Miriam College, Philippines; Dr. Nora Angeles (center) of UBC; and Toronto-based researchers.

Making Ends Meet: Migrant Economic Transnationalism Between Canada and PH

At Asian Research Centre York U, Oct. 15,16

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Toronto writers turn to social media for anthology of Fil-Can literature

TORONTO—Last September, a call for submissions for a collection of Filipino-Canadian literary was launched online. Akdaan claims to be the first anthology of a group of established and emerging writers that will be published in Toronto. Conceptually, Akdaan Anthology responds to the puzzling invisibility of Filipino-Canadians particularly in the textual form. Its crowdfunding campaign at 

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Medal Harvest for Team Migrante BC at the Fun Run 2013!

VANCOUVER, BC–Team Migrante BC was the overall medal champion at the Fun Run 2013, a sports event organized by the Multicultural Helping House Society (MHHS) in Killarney Park.. Team Migrante BC played their personal best and run off with the highest number of medals from nine out of the ten sports events at the Fun 

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Agnes Miranda of World Financial Group (WFG) celebrated her birthday with colleagues at WFG Canada Headquarters on October 8, 2013.

Other Community Round-Up

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