Permanent residence pilot scheme for agri-food workers

By Ysh Cabana The Philippine Reporter Canada launched a new three-year program that will give some migrant farm workers the opportunity to become permanent residents. The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot is intended to help fill labour shortage in the agri-food sector starting in 2020. Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said the pilot aims to bring experienced, non-seasonal 

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Scores of protests mark Philippine President’s midterm speech

SONA 2019 Rallies By Ysh Cabana The Philippine Reporter Calling for unity to register their discontent with the current administration, groups converged in different cities around the world ahead of the fourth annual State of the Nation Address (SONA) of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday July 22, 2019. Led by multisectoral alliance of BAYAN-Canada 

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‘Protest art’ shines in this year’s #UnitedPeopleSONA

“Visual progressive art is important in protest actions like these. It expresses more clearly our calls.” By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA — From jellyfish to fishing boats to a real-life Ursula, protesters squeezed their creative juices at an entirely new level at this year’s United People’s SONA as they came up with props 

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STATEMENT: Freedom of expression in the time of Duterte

OVER three years ago, the nation has been promised: change is coming. And change did come, but things took a turn for the worse. As the nation marks President Rodrigo Duterte’s third year in power, we look back in sheer dismay over the unprecedented attacks perpetrated primarily by the state, with the apparent goal of 

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From left: Bolet Arevalo, Judith Gonzales, Kassandra Adajar, Anthonette Gonzales, Sam Herrera, Rod Santibanez, Bart Santos, John Alix and Damien Gulde at the screening

Film tackles OFWs’ complex world

Temptations of a Hero: Film Review & Interviews with director, screenwriter By Michelle Chermaine Ramos The Philippine Reporter Enlightening, poignant and cathartic. This is not your typical Pinoy OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) drama. After viewing many other usual unmemorable movies depicting the lives of OFWs, I can say that Temptations of a Hero stands out 

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When is historical fiction acceptable?

Film Review: Quezon’s Game (2018) By Ysh Cabana The Philippine Reporter When Quezon’s Game won top prize at the Cinema World Festival (Autumn Selection) in Ottawa in 2018, it became an instant historical blockbuster in the Philippines this year. It has won 23 awards in various film festivals around the world. But in rewriting the 

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Young authors, writers read own works

PLUMA Collective It was just as the event was promised to be. An intimate night of storytelling as young Filipino-Canadian authors, members of Pluma Collective, read from their works in front of a full-house audience at Toronto’s Another Story Bookshop, Saturday, July 20. Pluma is a collective of Filipino-Canadian established and emerging writers in the 

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Artists group launches comics about killings of Negros farmers

By JOHN  AARON MARK MACARAEG Bulatlat.com MANILA — Artists group Sama-samang Artista para sa Kilusang Agraryo (SAKA) launched Sauron, a comics anthology on the killings of Negros farmers, July 19 at the Pineapple Lab, Poblacion, Makati City. Sauron is filled with stories and illustrations of state forces’ killings, arrests, searches, and torture that took place 

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Meet the 7 Filipinos invited to the U.S. film academy

The 7 are among those invited to be part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as its new members By Alexa Villano Rappler.com MANILA, Philippines — The Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences released the list of names of people they’ve invited to be part of the organization. Among those invited are 

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DOJ to start sending subpoenas to Robredo, 35 others

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra dismisses Bikoy’s link to the Office of the Solicitor General By Lian Buan Rappler.com MANILA–The Department of Justice (DOJ) will soon start sending out subpoenas to Vice President Leni Robredo and 35 others, including sitting lawmakers of the Liberal Party, as the panel of prosecutors start hearing an inciting to sedition 

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