Grade 8 Valedictorian

Elisse Aislene Reyes Aban (14 years old), just graduated grade 8 and is the Valedictorian of her class 2014. She garnered the overall highest academic achievement in her class. She started studying in the year 2010 at St. Victor Catholic School, 20 Bernadine Street, Scarborough, Ontario. My family and I immigrated to Canada just four 

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Bayanihan Non-Profit Homes marks 20th Anniversary

Bayanihan Co-op housing, a 12 storey, 138-unit Apartment building built by Filipinos in Brampton celebrated its 20th year last Saturday, July 12. It is in a three-acre lot. It was the first co-operative housing initiated by Filipinos from planning to the building and co-op development stage; it is also the first co-op with an all-Filipino 

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Getting Down to the Wire-- H2O Board Members giving the finishing touches to the August 19 Halo Halo Festival at the Artscape Wychwood Barns  (from left) Maria Guiao, Ann Nacorda, Volt de Leon, Marcie Bernal, Ronnie de Leon and Rose Tijam.

First-ever Halo-Halo Festival to happen in Toronto

Toronto-based non-profit Halo-Halo Organization (h2o) will inaugurate the very first Halo-Halo Festival in Canada, which will be held on August 17, 2014, from 8am to 10pm, at Artscape Wychwood Barns in Toronto. According to one of the organizers, Hernani de Leon, the cultural event aims “to communicate with the younger Filipino generation who were born 

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Mabuhay Festival set on Aug. 23-24

PIDC’s signature event, the 16th annual Mabuhay Philippines Festival, is set to deliver another extraordinary addition to Toronto’s summer festival line-up with the theme for this year being “Pagdiriwang” or Celebration. The event will be on August 23 and 24 2014. Activities will start at 12:00pm to 10:00 pm on Saturday and 12:00pm to 6:00pm 

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Markham youth group performs all around T.O.

Markham Federation of Filipino Canadians All over Toronto, the enthusiasm was electric! The overall tone of the crowd was excitement – the venue, food, smells, event, performances. You can sense that everyone is anticipating what’s to come as they all venture into different stalls, see different things, smell the wonderful food around them and the 

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Ati-Atihan in Caribana

TORONTO–For the first time in it’s 47-year history in Toronto, the Caribana, billed as “an explosion of Caribbean cuisine, music, revelry, as well as, visual and performing arts”, had an Ati-Atihan group from the Philippines dancing behind the Panmasters Steel Orchestra as they played Caribbean music during the Caribana Grand Parade held August 2, 2014. 

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Moms-to-be on The Patch linked to higher ADHD rates in kids

By Dr. George Traitses Smoking during pregnancy presents well documented dangers to the health of a mother’s unborn child, and when it comes to ADHD, nicotine replacement therapy isn’t much better, a news study shows. Analyzing more than 80,000 children born between 1996 and 2002, their mothers were interviewed during pregnancy to note their smoking 

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Will You Live to be 85?

Researchers say their new tool can tell you By Dr. George I. Traitses Swiss researchers have developed a calculator that claims to predict the likelihood of a 75-year-old living an extra decade. The main factors considered: alcohol and fruit consumption, exercise, and smoking habits. According to its predictions, a 75-year-old man whose health habits scored 

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Cleaner air = Fewer deaths

Dr. George I. Traitses Duke University researchers recently looked at changes in air quality and deaths from respiratory diseases between 1993 to 2010, and found a strong correlation between better air and fewer deaths. Using population data from North Carolina, where the researchers are based, the study showed that when sulfur dioxide, particulate matter, nitrogen 

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The Toronto City Planning Division Wants You to Get Involved!

Do you love Toronto? We want to hear from you and help you get involved in the city planning process. Growing Conversations is a year-long initiative that will examine the strengths and weaknesses of the engagement process and build stronger bonds between the City and its residents. The process will result in a new Engagement 

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