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Beach parade in Grand Memories, Varadero, Cuba

Impressions of Cuba: More than just a beautiful summer get-away

By Mila Astorga-Garcia Cuba had always been on our list, so when the opportunity came to travel this summer, we jumped at it. We had heard of its beautiful beaches, the affordable all-inclusive accommodations in resort hotels, the historical sites, the old world architecture, vintage cars, the culture, music, dance, the famous rum, the cigars, 

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PANEL, from left: Layer Faye Faraday, moderator Kristina Torres, caregiver Josarie Danieles and GABRIELA Ontario’s Mithi Esguerra

‘Medical inadmissibility’ used to discriminate vs caregivers, TFWs

Caregivers and advocates reiterate call for Permanent Residency Upon Arrival for TFWs By Pet G. Cleto In a press conference held last September 11, organizations presented cases of “medical inadmissibility” stressing that the cases were one more issue in the already precarious situation of caregivers. Caregivers and organizations once more made their main call that 

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Charo Santos in Ang Babaeng Humayo

Movie veteran Charo Santos-Concio in Toronto for TIFF

By Rachelle Cruz ABS-CBN’s Chief Content Officer and screen veteran, Charo Santos-Concio, the lead star in Lav Diaz’s film “Ang Babaeng Humayo” (The Woman Who Left), landed in Toronto, on Sunday (Sept. 11) fresh from the film’s big win in an international film fest in Venice. This is her remarkable return to film after almost 

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350,000 throng to Taste of Manila 2016

By Althea Manasan Justin Trudeau wowed the crowds at this year’s Taste of Manila festival, where he talked about the strengths of multiculturalism, took selfies with excited fans, and even donned an apron to barbecue some Filipino meat skewers. Now in its third year, the two-day street festival, billed as the largest Filipino festival in 

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Sr. Flora 
Secuya (right) 
of Rural 
Missionaries of the Philippines. Left, Mithi 
Esguerra Edades

Lumad Struggles in Mindanao And the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines

By Joyce Valbuena Remember, in your cultural presentations, whenever you perform the dances of indigenous people, you have to consider that each dance step has a meaning. Dance is a common element of every indigenous people’s culture. It is an expression of their struggles and victories. Each dance step is guided by spirits. You don’t 

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Too little, too late, Premier Clark. 
Photo: BC Gov’t Flickr.

Liberals’ housing moves way too little, too late to improve affordability

Years of inaction mean only the rich can hope to own a home in Vancouver. By Bill Tieleman 9 Aug 2016 “It is literally too late to close the door after the horse has left the barn.” – Old English saying. The BC Liberal government is left with a distinctly unpleasant barnyard smell after it 

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From left: Costa Rica Open podium Bronze medalist Atendido; Gold medalist Reymoore Santos, USA; Silver medalist Anas Sghir, Canada

Fil-Can taekwondo athlete wins silver and bronze in international competition

By Mila Astorga-Garcia Filipino-Canadian taekwondo athlete Lean Atendido garnered an impressive podium finish in his first international competition, winning Silver medal in the Junior Division (-55kg) and Bronze in the Senior Division (-54kg) at the recent Costa Rica Open, one of the prestigious open tournaments sanctioned by the World Taekwondo Federation. This feat came close 

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Filipinos build a global movement For peace and justice

Filipinos now have good cause to hope for change in the Philippines. Not yet a million in Canada, but well-known as a stalwart and and important labour force in Canadian society, their hope resounds in the hearts of their compatriots all over the world. In their hearts, hope for this change still burns, for like 

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PHOTO: Beth Dollaga

Unearthing Resistance: Struggles of Subanen in the wake of extractive capitalism

By Yshmael Cabana FOR AS LONG AS ANYONE who came to Guinoman can recall, the hills of Balabag on the northern edge of the sleepy town of Bayog, Western Mindanao has been a peaceful forest of maple-leafed trees and bamboo. Certainly if one goes on foot, by bike, in a truck on the brow, the 

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Durham Crossover basketball team wins tourney

Durham Crossover Basketball team won  the U11/U12 Last One Standing Tournament  held last Aug. 20-21, 2016 at Bill Crothers Secondary School in Unionville, Ontario. The said basketball team  finished the elimination round with a 3-0 record  defeating basketball teams from Marhkam Gators, NBA Collectives and DCBA Bulldogs. During the final game, the Durham Crossover Basketball 

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