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Canada set to deport Pinoy family living in Canada for 14 years

By Ysh Cabana TORONTO–The Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) has ordered the Concepcions to be sent back to the Philippines despite finding that the family of four is “very well established in Canada.” Gemma Concepcion, 49, tells her story to keep her family together. After accepting a job offer by a recruitment agency, she was 

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Whitney Haynes (left), Director of AWARE (Alberta Workers Association for Research and Education); Cynthia Palmaria (center), Migrante-Alberta Secretary; Gregie Flores ight), member of Migrante-Alberta (rspeak before a group of care workers in Alberta, Canada, Nov. 18. 
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Caregivers in Canada demand better working conditions, residency program

“We need to have an open work permit to protect ourselves from abusive employers. An employer specific work permit encourages inhumane treatment – in our pursuit of 24 months completion to qualify for permanent presidency, we endure disrespect and belittling insults.” By DELFIN DEL ROSARIO ALBERTA, Canada – Worker rights advocates are demanding an 

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Almaata movie poster

Ode to suppressed historical upheavals

FILM REVIEW: Alma-ata (2018) By Ysh Cabana The Philippine Reporter Alma-ata is auteur Arnel Mardoquio’s bravura ode to suppressed historical upheavals that mirror domestic struggle for social equity in his native island of Mindanao. The end credits state Mardoquio’s latest feature is dedicated to the people, who “have graciously died in serving the Filipino revolution.” 

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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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