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Joyce Paulina Corpuz’s family marked her birthday on a rainy weekend in June in their Scarborough home. Dozens of friends and family members and relatives dropped by to greet her and share a sumptuous dinner. From left: Husband Ben, Paulina, children Belinda, Benson and Isabella.

Joyce Paulina Corpuz’s 50th Birthday Celebration

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From left: TCDSB Trustee Garry Tanuan, HR Superintendent Gary Poole, HR Senior Manager Bessie Gruppuso and PTAC President Tony A. San Juan, posed after the TCDSB Hiring Consultation Forum at the Catholic Education Centre, North York on June 25, 2013.

Internationally-trained educators hold hiring consultation session with TCDSB

In purposeful pursuit of placement and assignment as a Catholic teacher within a school board, 45 internationally-trained teachers have had a productive consultation meeting with senior officers of the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) on June 25, 2013. The 2 and 1/2 hour event, conducted at the Board’s Catholic Education Centre on Sheppard Avenue, 

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Amber Papa, second child of Arnold and Mercy Papa celebrated her first birthday last June 22 at the Friends of Jesus Christ church at 181 Nugget.  In the photo, Pastor Teck Uy and his wife Myra with their granddaughter Ava Jonayon, Amber and her parents, Arnold and Mercy Papa, Amber’s brother Bruce and Aunt Gayle and Uncle Ogie Papa with their son Gary.

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Contrary to 
popular myth that most ocean 
pollution is oil spilled from ships, most of it is 
land-based litter. Pictured: Plastic litter on a beach, before clean-up.
PHOTO: Bo Eide, 
courtesy Flickr

EARTHTALK: The All One Ocean campaign

EarthTalk® Dear EarthTalk: What is the “All One Ocean” campaign?–Bill O’Neill, Los Angeles, CA All One Ocean is a non-profit campaign launched in 2010 by long-time author, activist and organizer Hallie Austen Iglehart with the goal of reducing the amount of plastic and other trash that ends up in the ocean where it compromises the 

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According to Maria Diuk-Wasser at the Yale School of 
Public Health, 
the onset of human-induced global warming is likely to increase the infection rates of mosquito-borne diseases like 
malaria, dengue fever and West Nile virus by creating more mosquito-friendly habitats.
PHOTO: U.S. Department of Agriculture

EARTHTALK: Mosquito-borne diseases on the uptick — thanks to global warming

EarthTalk® Dear EarthTalk: Is there a link between the recent spread of mosquito-borne diseases around the world and environmental pollution?–Meg Ross, Lantana, FL If by pollution you mean greenhouse gas emissions, then definitely yes. According to Maria Diuk-Wasser at the Yale School of Public Health, the onset of human-induced global warming is likely to increase 

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Mandela on armed struggle

By Satur C. Ocampo In homage to his physical resilience versus the logic of the inevitable, one wishes that Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, will hold on at least until his 95th birthday on July 18. It is a certainty that he’ll live forever – as an exemplar of moral and political leadership, 

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Imelda Fernandez Domingo (middle) with her husband and son

Growing frustration over family separation

Caregivers’ long wait for permanent residence By Dyan Ruiz A huge number of caregivers, 45,000 across Canada, are waiting for their permanent residence applications to be processed. Most are suffering from the angst of family separation as they wait longer and longer to be reunited with their children and spouse. Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and 

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Awe, glowing Filipino pride

By Rachelle Cruz A pivot to Asia seems to be the fashionable trend nowadays.   Big industry leaders in the world of fashion are looking to the East to fuel inspiration and innovation found in the authenticity, artistry and craftsmanship of local artists and emerging designers.    With the Philippines’s rich heritage and culture, it is no 

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Cooper and Angie Aranda from the Neighbourhood Arts Network and artists Jo SiMalaya Alcampo and Althea Balmes accepting their prize for the “Neighbourhood Arts Network BMO Seeds Fund” contest.   
PHOTO: Dyan Ruiz

Caregiver comic book wins contest

By Dyan Ruiz Two Filipino-Canadian artists have won a contest to help fund their project producing a comic book about caregivers. Jo SiMalaya Alcampo and Althea Balmes placed within the top vote getters in the “Neighbourhood Arts Network BMO Seeds Fund” contest. According to the contest’s website, it supports “artists in the development, creation and/or 

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STANDING, from left: John West, Former Ambasador Clemencio F. Montesa, Rolly Abarilla, Marissa Buyco Corpus Gaa, Cobie Cruz, Consul General Junever Mahilum-West, Debbie Gatan, Ambassador Leslie B. Gatan, PAG’s President Frank Cruzet, Michelle Chermaine Ramos, Nelia Tonido, Former President Omel Masalunga, new member Maridi Nivera. Seated, from left: Joyce Cristino Bondoc, Charlie Hermoso, Mark Edison Salinas, Jhun Ciolo Diamante, Antonio Jun Afable, Teody Asuncion, Romi C MananQuil, Calixto Quiachon, Frank Tonido.

Philippine Artists Group marks 25th year

By Michelle Chermaine Ramos The downpour on the morning of Saturday June 22nd did nothing to dampen high spirits as a throng of art lovers flocked to the Cedar Ridge Creative Centre in Scarborough to view the works of art exhibited at the Philippine Artists Group of Canada’s silver anniversary show. The exhibition titled, The 

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