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Olan Estrella represents Canada in world ‘Talent Olympics’

By Kermin Fortes-Soriano REGINA–Olan Estrella is a restaurant supervisor, an insurance broker, event organizer, a son, a brother, a former teacher, a former Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) official, a former Naga city youth official. On July 1st, the Regina, SK, resident was one of Canada’s seven representatives to the 21st Annual World Championships of Performing Arts 

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Evasco fields questions from Toronto Pinoy media

Philippine Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. In Toronto By Mila Astorga-Garcia and Veronica Silva Cusi (The replies of Evasco without quotations are paraphrased. Those with quotes are tanscriptions. – Ed.) TORONTO–Philippine Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco, Jr. met the press in a media conference hosted by the Boholano Association of Canada last Saturday, July 8, 2017 

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Dr. Raul Sunico and Lilac Caña received a standing ovation from the audience

Internationally acclaimed Filipino pianist Dr. Raul Sunico: ‘You compete against yourself’

By Michelle Chermaine Ramos In celebration of the 119th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence, the Philippine Consulate hosted An Evening with Philippine Classical Artists at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto on June 23, 2017. A VIP cocktail reception was held for members of the diplomatic corps and select media prior to the public 

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oprano Lilac Caña delivers a powerful performance. Dr. Raul Sunico on the piano

Soprano Lilac Caña: Every creature and nature glorify our Creator

By Michelle Chermaine Ramos With a voice that warms the heart with her rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow and stirs the soul with national pride whenever she performs our Filipino kundimans, Toronto-based soprano Lilac Caña never fails to leave her audience spellbound as she did most recently at her concert with acclaimed pianist Dr. 

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Robert Brown

Who benefits from an expanded CPP?

VICTORIA, B.C./Troy Media/ – As recently as June 2016, the federal and provincial finance ministers agreed to expand the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). It’s so recent, in government terms, that many of the details of benefit entitlements, costs and investment criteria still aren’t known. But it’s been long enough for deep thinkers on matters of 

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Eveyen Sobremisana with her plaque (centre) flanked by Fresh Voices Team Members 
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Eveyen Sobremisana: Fresh Voices Award Recipient 2017

By Erie Maestro VANCOUVER–High-spirited energy from a wonderful and diverse group of over 200  young people filled the Theatre at the Vancouver Science World last June 19. The youth, joined by their families, friends and adult allies from the community, gathered for the 2017 Fresh Voices Awards Ceremony. The Fresh Voices Awards recognize and celebrate 

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Rachel Matthews

TRAVEL: Tips for back(packing) through Europe

What to pack, what to leave behind SAN FRANCISCO, CA/ Troy Media–Backpacking through Europe either before or after college is a time-honored tradition and rite of passage for many young people raised in western society, although, occasionally, many wait until they are older and more financially solvent so they can afford to take some real 

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Is there Freedom of Expression in China?

By Eric Baculinao (Read on June 26, 2017, OISE, Toronto, at a public forum organized by the Filipino Canadian Writers and Journalists Network) First of all, I am here purely in my personal capacity and not on behalf of any entity, be it NBC News or any other organization.  Our common interest in understanding China, 

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Cusipag sentenced to 21-day jail term for criminal contempt of court

By Lui Queaño The Philippine Reporter Ontario Superior Court Justice sentenced Balita publisher Tess Cusipag on Monday June 12 with 21 days of imprisonment for “the offence of criminal contempt of court” in relation to her defiance of a court order. A Superior Court had previously ordered Cusipag and Balita “to stop repeating their false 

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Complete Court Sentence on Balita, Cusipag

Complete Court Sentencing: Enverga vs Balita Newspaper CITATION: Enverga v. Balita Newspaper, 2017 ONSC 3500 COURT FILE NO.: CV-14-502946 DATE: 20170612 ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE BETWEEN: Senator Tobias Enverga (Plaintiff); Howard K. Winkler, counsel for the plaintiff -and- Balita Newspaper, Balita Media Inc., Tess Cusipag, Romeo P. Marquez (A.K.A Romy Marquez) and Carllos Padilla 

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