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Christmas at Remely’s Filipino Restaurant

Walking into Remely’s Filipino Restaurant, it is evident that they are ready and excited for Christmas; the walls are decorated with wreaths and bows, and the sounds of Justin Bieber’s Under the Mistletoe album can be heard through the speakers. In addition to the warm, holiday aura, there is a certain bustle in the restaurant, 

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Leche Puto and Yema Cake: New Christmas Traditions at FV Foods

At FV Foods, Christmas is a time to get innovative. This year, there are two new desserts to try. Leche Puto is soft puto cakes topped with a layer of creamy leche flan. “This process is hard to make, very time-consuming, but it’s worth it,” says owner Melchor Galeon. “It’s two of our all-time favourite 

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Kabalen’s Ube Maja de Fruta

Capampangan- Style Christmas at Kabalen

The Pampanga region is known for its culinary talents, and their dishes have often defined Filipino cuisine. And at Bathurst and Wilson, one restaurant is intent on making Capampangan food famous in Toronto: Kabalen. In Tagalog, Kabalen means “Kababayan,” which is the perfect name for the bustling turo-turo restaurant. Owner Jonald Quinto says, “It’s heartwarming 

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Liberals side with predatory payday loan industry

QUEEN’S PARK–Today, the Liberal government refused to support an NDP motion, introduced by NDP Government and Consumer Services critic Jagmeet Singh, that would immediately prevent predatory practices by payday loan companies. The motion calls for banning gift card exchanges at exorbitant rates and reducing the fee charged on a payday loan to a rate lower 

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CUPE calls on federal gov’t to Reunite workers with families

OTTAWA–Recent moves by the federal Conservative government will cause hundreds of women to remain separated from their children, often for years and in some cases permanently. Changes to the Live-in Caregivers Program (LCP) are creating unfair barriers to citizenship for migrant workers, leaving thousands of vulnerable to prolong separation from their families in order to 

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‘The medium is now at your fingertips’

Veteran journalist, 2014 Marshall McLuhan Fellow Cheche Lazaro By Rachelle Cruz The Philippines is the social media capital of the world. Between WeChat, Facebook Messenger, and Skype, these platforms have become a way to easily connect Filipinos and their families living overseas, just right at their fingertips. In a global study called Wave7, Filipinos use 

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Cheche Lazaro spoke at the PPCO event on Nov. 26, 2014 at Casa Manila. Photo: HG

Ampatuan massacre victims honoured

By Rachelle Cruz The Philippine Press Club of Ontario (PPCO) commemorated the 5th Anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre, where a total of 58 people were killed- the country’s worst election-related violence. 32 of them were journalists. Members of the PPCO honoured the victims as they read out the names, and laid flowers for them. The 

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CBC’s Marivel Taruc inducts new PPCO members (from Left) Jeff Rustia, Rachelle Cruz, Veronica Silva, Michelle Ramos, Gian Carlo Bobilla, Bong Molano, Ramon Lansangan, Anjo Pallasigui, Sheila Calica, and Jaime Padiernos. (PHOTO: ARIEL RAMOS)

Biggest batch of PPCO new members inducted

TORONTO–Ten practitioners from print and broadcast media formalized their membership to the Philippine Press Club Ontario (PPCO) by taking their oath during the organization’s triple-event celebration — 13th Anniversary, Induction of New Members, and Christmas Party — held Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 at Qssis Banquet Hall in Toronto. Another seven members who were unable to 

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Caregivers and allies rally in front of CIC, Toronto (Photo courtesy of Ethel Tungohan).

Changes to Caregiver Program harm workers

By Ethel Tungohan On November 22, 2014, caregivers and their allies gathered in front of Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s offices in downtown Toronto to protest the provision of caps to the numbers of caregiver entries to Canada and new language and licensing requirements for caregivers. Brandishing placards stating “Conservatives’ New Laws Hurt Caregivers” and “Stop 

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Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander

CIC: Getting ready to launch Express Entry

OTTAWA–Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today (Dec. 2) confirmed it’s one month and counting until Express Entry launches a new phase of active immigration recruitment to meet economic and labour market needs. Potential candidates can create their profile on January 1, 2015, with the first Invitations to Apply issued within weeks. Express Entry 

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