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Ontario Superior Court orders Balita and Tess Cusipag to pay $90,000 for Enverga’s legal costs

For a total of $340,000 payment to Enverga in defamation case TORONTO–Balita Media Inc. and Editor/Publisher Tess Cusipag have been ordered by the Hon. Sidney Lederman, Judge of the Ontario Superior Court, to pay $90,000 towards legal costs incurred by Senator Tobias C. Enverga Jr. related to the civil action for defamation brought by the 

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Migrant groups convened at the Philippine Consulate Office for an Open Community Dialogue on consular services.  Kababayan4Change initiative thru Migrante Ontario presented 6-point demands of the various community groups in Toronto. (PHOTO: LQ)

OWWA welfare officer designated; OFW advocates present 6-point demands in dialogue with Consulate

The Philippine Consulate General’s Office In Toronto’s designation of an Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Welfare Officer could soon put an end to a problematic consular service that has been hounding the consulate office for years. Migrante Ontario, a member organization of Migrante Canada, welcomed the Consulate’s announcement. Various community groups that attended the open 

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Ontario fight for decent work finds strength in numbers

By Ysh Cabana Thousands of Ontarians from the labour movement, alongside community partners, mobilized for the Rally for Decent Work at Queen’s Park early Saturday afternoon of Oct. 1. “What do we want? Fifteen dollars!” “When do we want it? Now!” cheers the crowd carrying banners and protesting the minimum wage despite the legislated increase 

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Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC) showed that they stand with people in Ontario and elected provincial officials in prayer to work together against poverty

Faith leaders pray for Ontario solons to support decent work

By Ysh Cabana Some members of various faith traditions speak out to ensure fair wages and to reduce poverty in Ontario. A rally was led by the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC) in front of the Legislative Assembly at Queens Park on Thursday October 6. Leaders of ISARC said the gathering is to acknowledge 

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Catherine & Max: Magical Wedding

Max Uhlenbeck and Catherine Lacanlale exchanged their wedding vows in ceremonies officiated by Fr. Dante Daylusan in the Nativity Church in the parish of Acquapendente, town of Trevinano, province of Viterbo, in the Tuscan region of Italy last August 28, 2016. The long-time sweethearts who both live and work in New York, planned and worked 

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UP High ‘68 Reunion: Toronno, eh?

By Junie de Veyra Fortunate that we knew/learned about the bed & breakfast houses owned and operated by Rogie and Tess Concepcion of Toronto ( Choosing the right place to set-up base helps quite a bit, for both travel and reunions. So even as we were tourists of Toronto, our being reunionistas was also made that much more 

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Maalaala Mo Kaya 25th Anniversary Celebration in Toronto

By Michelle Chermaine Ramos On Saturday September 17th Charo Santos celebrated the 25th anniversary of her popular TV drama anthology Maalaala Mo Kaya in Toronto with a live show titled Kwentuhang Kapamilya at St. Michael’s College School Centre for the Arts. Ms. Santos was very much the warm charismatic soft-spoken host you see on TV 

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Reimagining Community on Bathurst and Wilson

By Ysh Cabana How do people express that attachment for their imaginings of comradeship, community, compatriots? In a tough and complex world, language and its cultural products give a sense of shared meaning. Poetry and songs are examples given by the late Benedict Anderson in his seminal book “Imagined Communities.” In his unpublished poem “Doon 

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From left: Councillor James Pasternak, Mayor John Tory and Sen. Tobias Enverga, Jr. cutting Mabuhay Garden ribbon, Sept. 11, 2016.                
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Mabuhay Garden inaugurated

BATHURST-WILSON PARKETTE TORONTO–The Honourable Tobias C. Enverga, Jr., senator from Ontario, was delighted to have joined His Worship John Tory, Mayor of the City of Toronto, and Councillor James Pasternak at ribbon cutting ceremonies for the new Mabuhay Garden at the Bathurst – Wilson Parkette. “As the first Canadian senator of Filipino descent, I am 

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Charo Santos’s comeback with revenge in Lav Diaz’s revenge film

TIFF FILM REVIEW: Ang Babaeng Humayo (Lav Diaz): What would you do if you were released after being wrongly imprisoned for thirty years and discovered you were framed by someone you once loved? Ang Babaeng Humayo, loosely inspired by Leo Tolstoy’s short story “God Sees the Truth, But Waits” and directed by Lav Diaz, tells 

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