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Bucao resumes campaign for Toronto City Council

Randy Bucao has resumed his campaign and will now run as a candidate for new Ward 21 – Scarborough Centre in the municipal elections on October 22. Randy Bucao will focus on making Ward 21 a safe community. He will also commit to bringing affordable housing, accessibility to transit and city parks, and for more 

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Taste of Manila is back on

By Irish Mae Silvestre After last month’s surprise announcement that Taste of Manila was cancelled, organizers made yet another surprising announcement: the festival is, in fact, happening this month, with help from Toronto city officials. Slated for its original dates (August 18 and 19), the festival will once again see parts of the Wilson Ave. 

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(Photos:  Althea Manasan)

Do Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly with God

Enrique Olivo, TCDSB Trustee Candidate, Toronto Ward 12 By Althea Manasan Typing on a laptop in a Toronto cafe, dressed casually in a white button down shirt and a blue hoodie, Enrique Olivo looks like your average tech-sector millennial. In some ways, he is. But outside of his work as a data scientist at international 

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Rowena Santos with her son Lennon

‘It’s okay to be underestimated and prove everybody wrong’

Rowena Santos: Candidate for Councillor, Brampton Wards 1 and 5 By Irish Mae Silvestre Rowena Santos has been waiting in the wings for quite some time. Equipped with a business degree and a master’s in economics, she went on to work for world-renowned corporations, then gained experience in the non-profit sector. Feeling restless and on 

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Island Womxn Rise performers. Photo by Nastasha Alli

For Filipina Comedians, the Struggle is Hilariously Real

REVIEW: Island Womxn Rise By Irish Mae Silvestre I don’t want to start off with the cliched ‘Asians are extremely underrepresented in the entertainment industry’ because, well, Asians are extremely underrepresented in the entertainment industry. But something is slowly shifting. There’s Ali Wong and her Netflix stand-up special Baby Cobra and actress/rapper Awkwafina rubbing shoulders 

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Toronto Pinoy indie bands play gig series

By Ysh Cabana TORONTO–Equipped with original compositions, ambitious talent and passion for music, a live indie band scene in the city is thriving. Filipino indie artists find a space to ‘jam’ in OPM Indie Night Toronto. After spending its pilot season in Cusina Lounge in North York, season two premiered on July 19 at Bistro 

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Bata to Batapreneur: Big hit among Filipino youth

The first Filipino children’s business fair, Bata to Batapreneur, was held in Toronto on July 7, showcasing creative products and services of 50 aspiring entrepreneurs from 6 to 18 years old. The novelty of this event attracted participants from various parts of the GTA and surrounding areas and even as far as Waterloo, Ontario and 

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Ex-restaurant owners jailed and fined for owed wages of ex-employees

Ontario Ministry of Labour The Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic welcomes the decision of Justice of Peace Karen Walker to impose a fine of $900,000 on Yuk Yee Ellen Pun and her companies behind the Regal Restaurant Chain for failing to comply with the Ministry of Labour’s Orders to pay their former employees owed 

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The artists and guests pose with the collaborative painting created by nine artists on one canvas which was displayed at the event. 
BACK (from left): Beth Ruivivar, Rose Tijam, Debbie Gatan, Livvy 
Camacho, Frank Tonido, Guy Camacho, Ambassador Leslie Gatan and Michelle Chermaine Ramos. FRONT (from left): Rolly Abarilla, Jhun Diamante, Romi MananQuil and Teody Asuncion

PAG marks 30 years of Filipino Canadian art

By Michelle Chermaine Ramos (Disclosure: Author is a member of PAG.) A mainstay in the Filipino community’s cultural history, the Philippine Artists Group of Canada celebrated its 30th anniversary on June 23, 2018 with their annual summer art show held at Neilson Park Creative Centre. This year’s retrospective exhibition titled “Our Journey: 30 Years and 

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Sir Joe Damasco, KGOR, the new Regional Commander of the Knights of Rizal Canada 
Region together with Sir Ed Prillo, KGOR, the outgoing head of the Rizal Canada region. 
(St. Jamestown News Service)

Joe Damasco, new Regional Commander

Knights of Rizal Canada By Romy Zetazate and Dindo Orbeso TORONTO–Joe Damasco, one of the most senior members of the Knights of Rizal Canada Region was picked by the Supreme Council as the new Regional Commander of the Knights of Rizal Canada Region for the year 2018 – 2019. Damasco, KGOR, who for several years was 

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