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The 4Tunes Filipino band were the toast of the ship as far as the largely British passengers were concerned. 
Surprisingly, the band has been together for only 5 months at the time of writing.

Pinoy ‘Fab Four’ a highlight of South American cruise

4Tunes band cranked out classics from Beatles to disco aboard Marella Discovery 2 By Bruce Gates Lounging on the pool deck on the Marella Discovery 2, we hear the familiar voice and the tinkling of the bell, “No Card, No Charge! Spread the Love and the Joy!” It’s Phillip, the effervescent waiter from Jamaica, decked 

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Paypal launches Xoom – fast, secure money remittance service

TORONTO–Today, PayPal launched Xoom, its international money transfer service in Canada. Canadian immigrants can now use Xoom to quickly and securely send money, pay bills and reload phones fast for loved ones living in more than 130 countries globally, including the Philippines. To send money abroad in a few simple steps, download Xoom’s mobile app 

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From left: Jennilee Austria, Eric Tigley (partly hidden), Rachel Chiong, Yves Lamson, Nastasha Alli and Justine Yu. 

Emerging writers on themes of identity and belonging

By Irish Mae Silvestre The Philippine Reporter Self-awareness and identity seemed to be the theme of the evening during the December 7 event, the Filipino-Canadian Writers Book Launch at the Philippine Consulate. Organized in association with Centro Rizal, the consulate general’s cultural hub, it introduced young writers exploring what it means to be caught between 

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Kabalen: ‘We put our heart and soul in the food’

By Irish Mae Silvestre The Philippine Reporter When Jonald Quinto, 37, answered the phone, he was just wrapping up his daily trip to the supermarket. Quinto is the owner of Kabalen, a six-year-old Kapampangan restaurant that’s been a prominent fixture in the Little Manila dining scene. Yet, despite Kabalen’s success, he’s still very much a 

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Photo credits: Jaskaran Gill, CCR Migrants Forum

Migrant workers speak up in Montreal

Reflections on the Canadian Council for Refugees Migrant Forum By Jesson Reyes Last November 25 representatives from the Migrants Resource Centre Canada (MRCC) attended the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) Migrant Forum held in Montreal, Quebec. It was a full-day meeting of several stakeholders working to advance the rights and dignity of migrant workers in 

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In Memory of Arnulfo Loria Lacuesta, January 27, 1947 – September 21, 2018

Arnulfo Loria Lacuesta, 71, passed away on Friday September 21, 2018. Arnulfo, also known as Arnold, Noning and Lolo Dad to his friends, family and grandchildren, was born on January 27, 1947 to Serafin and Felixberta in Lambunao, Iloilo, Philippines. He was the seventh of ten children. Arnulfo studied at the University of San Agustin, 

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Consulate, police address spike in crime rate, violence in community

By Michelle Chermaine Ramos The Philippine Reporter On October 18, 2018, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders called for new recruits from different ethnic communities to serve the city’s diverse population in more languages. Similar concerns were echoed in the Filipino community’s recent discussions. On Tuesday November 27, 2018, the Philippine Consulate General hosted an information 

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Pinoy food for the Holidays

Casa Manila: Home of high quality Filipino cuisine By Irish Mae Silvestre The Philippine Reporter Cheery Christmas carols play over the speakers, while delicate parols (lanterns) light up the windows at CASA Manila. Inside, there’s freshly cooked lumpia and steaming bowls of kare-kare. It’s the perfect antidote to the winter blues. CASA Manila has long 

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Capoeira comes to Markham

Afro-Brazilian Martial art combines dance, music and acrobatics By Lawrence Garcia The Philippine Reporter “Are they fighting or dancing? Are they playing a game?” Typical curiosities of a first-time spectator to a roda—the circle. The roda is created when capoeira practitioners come together and form a makeshift circle to engage in a game of fight 

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Fil-Am Democrat wins 1 of 2 close races for Congress

Fil-Am Gina Ortiz-Jones conceded the Texas Congressional seat on November 19. But Fil-Am TJ Cox has declared victory in his California congressional district, becoming the first Fil-Am to represent California. By Jose Victor ‘Jayvee’ Salamena WASHINGTON, D.C.–In another blow to U.S. President Donald Trump and his agenda, and another historic victory for the Filipino-American community, 

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