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Consulate-FCT Orientation Session for Immigrants By Michelle Chermaine Ramos The Philippine Consulate in collaboration with directors of the Filipino Centre Toronto hosted an orientation day on Saturday February 16, 2019 at the volunteer-run Filipino Centre Toronto located at 4395 Sheppard Ave. East. The full day’s lineup of seminars provided Filipino immigrants with a wealth of 

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford

Why Ontario tuition cuts are a threat to Filipino students on campus

By Ysh Cabana The Philippine Reporter THE government of Ontario under Premier Doug Ford announced major changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) and tuition in January 2019. Among the many changes are the elimination of free tuition and a reduction in the number of grants for post-secondary financial aid compared to loans. These 

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Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez

Pinoy absentee voters in Canada now almost 100K

By Ysh Cabana The Philippine Reporter TORONTO–Out of the 1.7 million Filipino overseas absentee voters (OAVs), there are almost 100,000 registered in Canada for the May 13 midterm polls. In a press conference in January in Manila, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said there is an increase in the number of Filipino OAVs as it reported 

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rom Ed Santos Twitter: “I am Filipino, born in Japan with a Mexican last name. I grew up in Cerritos, California.  The mother of our child is Native American and white. My daughter has autism, OCD amongst many other issues.”

The Legend of Fil-Am Ed ‘RockDaMullet’ Santos

The story of a Filipino-American artist and marketer who leaves a tremendous influence in Southern California, in the history of social media, the world of extreme sports, and in the alternative music scene By José Victor ‘Jayvee’ Salameña On February 13, 2019, it was announced on social media that Filipino-American Ed Santos, known in social 

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Officers of the Filipino-Canadian Dental Hygiensts’ Society, from left: Rosanna Villaluna, Liwayway Javier, Filipina Cortez, Joy Mance, Maryann Halili, Noreen Ocampo, Michelle Baquiran, Mary Jean Cabugao, Marietta Pranada.
(Photos: Ralph R. Photography)

Filipino dental hygienists group launched

By Bruce Gates A new organization aimed at promoting the careers of Filipino dental hygienists launched Feb. 10 in Toronto. The new non-profit organization is composed of registered dental hygienists who volunteered their time to organize continuing education opportunities and provide peer support to members in the Filipino community. “The reason we created the organization 

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Watercolour painting from St. Andrew’s Playground

State of Heritage Report

Identifies value of heritage and need for greater public engagement TORONTO–Heritage Toronto releases its State of Heritage Report today, following a year of research, consultations, and engagement with 58 community organizations and over 500 members of the general public. The Report provides 17 recommendations on how to better promote and protect Toronto’s heritage. Since 2001, Heritage 

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IBMA President and CEO Ricky Manrique pointing at the course material on the blackboard

From passion project to pioneering a new industry

By Michelle Chermaine Ramos Like most immigrants, International Building Maintenance Academy (IBMA) President and CEO Ricky Manrique struggled finding employment. Manrique had practiced as a licensed civil engineer specializing in construction in the Philippines for twenty years before he arrived in Canada in 2003. After mailing about 150 applications to different companies for any job 

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Valentine’s Day in Canada

Valentine’s Day is an opportunity for people in Canada to tell somebody that they love them in a romantic way. It falls on February 14, the name day of two saints, St Valentine of Rome and St Valentine of Terni. In pre-Christian times, the middle of February was a time of pagan fertility festivals in 

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Renato Reyes Jr., BAYAN Philippines 
Secretary General

Solidarity vs Duterte regime’s attacks

BAYAN Canada holds first Congress By Althea Manasan The Philippine Reporter As heavy snow blanketed downtown Toronto over the weekend, one event hall was warmed by fiery political rhetoric and impassioned pleas for solidarity among the Filipino people. It was the official re-launch of Bayan Canada, an overseas chapter of the progressive Bagong Alyansang Makabayan 

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Sweet Therapy: How cakes helped one baker heal

By Irish Mae Silvestre The Philippine Reporter “I bought an entire $100 discounted cake decorating set and realized I had to learn how to use it” – Fely Grace Palmares, owner of Felicity Cakes and More Eggs, flour, butter and sugar. It’s hard to imagine how the simple act of baking can be a source 

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