Supreme Commander Sir Reghis M. Romero II (center), of the Order of the Knights of Rizal together with Sir Joaquin (Jojo) T. Taduran, Jr., KCR,  Trustee of the Rizal Canada Region, and Lady Fe Bustillos Paca Taduran, in Montreal City, Quebec on Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, 2013. Sir Reghis M. Romero II, KGCR, Supreme Commander of the Order of the Knights of Rizal, confers a distinguished Silver Medal Award to Sir Jojo Taduran,  KCR, Canada Region Trustee, during the 4th Canada Regional Assembly in Montreal. (Dindo Orbeso, St. Jamestown News Service)

The Knights of Rizal is 107 years old

By Manuel Papa and Dindo Orbeso The Order of the Knights of Rizal ,  headed by Sir Reghis M. Romero II, KGCR as the Supreme Commander, will celebrate its 107 years of existence on November 16, 2013 as it was promulgated by Congress (the Senate and the House of Representatives) and signed into law by 

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PCCF donates $9,000 for houses for the poor

TORONTO–True to its Vision and Passion to advocate for charity, the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation (PCCF) Officers, led by president Romy Rafael, presented a cheque in the amount of $9,000 to ANCOP President, Temi Pangilinan. To date, PCCF has donated to ANCOP $27,500. The donation will fund the building of houses for the poor in 

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A briefing and exchange of information session was held at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office on Aug. 26, 2013. Representatives from Caregiver Resource Centre, Community Alliance for Social Justice (CASJ), and caregivers and volunteers gathered to meet with Labor Attache Atty. Nida Romulo for a discussion of caregiver needs and concerns. From left: Danielle and Nicole Reubenfeldt, Atty. Deanna Santos, Ellie Gunida, Terry Olayta (CRC), Linda Baquiran of Canadian Caregivers Initiatives (CCI) (a caregiver on open permit and cancer patient), Charles Mohos, Mila Astorga-Garcia (CASJ), Labor Attache Nida Romulo and Otchie Caviaso of Assistance to Nationals (ATN), Toronto Philippine Consulate General Office. Also discussed was a research being conducted by Ryerson University, York University, GABRIELA, Migrante Canada and  CASJ called GATES (Gabriela Transitions Experiences Survey).

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KCCC walk, fitness party

KCCC 5K walkaton The Kalayaan Cultural Community Centre is holding its 8th annual walkathon on September 21, 2013. Registration begins at 7:45 am and the walk starts at 8:30 am sharp. Participants can walk or run the 5 kilometer course starting at the Kalayaan Centre at 5225 Orbitor Drive through Mattheson Drive going west and 

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Nieves Mangante celebrated her 50th Birthday at Peter and Paul Banquet Hall on September 8, 2013; with her 
loving husband 
Rolly; and children Raymond, Jackie, and Rolloves. Nieves’s only sister, Kristine, came all the way from 


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The jury is still out as to whether human overpopulation will become a footnote in history or the dominant ill that stands in the way of all other efforts to achieve sustainability and a kinder, gentler world. Pictured: A crowded street in Kathmandu, Nepal  PHOTO: Pavel Novak

EARTHTALK: Human overpopulation: Still an issue of concern?

Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that human overpopulation isn’t such a big issue any more as numbers are expected to– Melinda Mason, Boone, IA Ever since Thomas Malthus published “An Essay on the Principle of Population” in 1798, positing incorrectly that humans’ proclivity for procreation would exhaust the global food supply within a matter of 

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UPig Fight! – UP Intensifies the Struggle Against Corruption and the Abolition of the Pork Barrel System

The UP Scrap the Pork Alliance, drawing forces from the ranks of its faculty, students, staff, workers, administrators, and communities, in their stanch, just, and ultimately necessary call for the abolition of the pork barrel system, enjoins the people to intensify the struggle against corruption and participate in the September 11 UPig Fight! UP Parade 

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Parallels: Pork barrel, insurance, pre-need scams

By Satur Ocampo This column’s August 17 piece (“Insurance Commission remiss in regulating pre-need firms”) has elicited more reader reactions. Let me cite just two: • Leah Valientes rails against the Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Co., owned by the family of the late “businessman-philanthropist” Daniel L. Mercado Sr., run by his son, Daniel Jr. (chairman) 

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Protesters during the August 26th one million people  pork barrel march at Rizal
Park demanding the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF),
Congress' pork barrel and the president's pork barrel. Photo courtesy of Demotix.

Boulevard of broken dreams

By Joe Rivera A million or so Filipinos marched Monday, August 26, to Rizal Park, formerly known as Luneta, to collectively show their outrage against the system of pork barrel that has been at the front and centre of Philippine politics for quite sometime. Janet Napoles, the pork-barrel queen, made sure this issue won’t die 

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ATTY. Nida Romulo: The New Labour Attache

By Beatrice Paez A labour attache for 8 years in Hong Kong, a labour officer in Manila for 18 years, a mediator and conciliator Two months into her stint as the new labour attaché, the real work for Atty. Nida Romulo has barely begun. She takes the reins from Atty. Francisco Luna, and will oversee 

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