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Paying it forward with public service

Dr. Eileen de Villa as City of Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health By Veronica C. Silva Not everyone is born and raised in a life of bliss and blessings. Life is simply not fair. But that does not necessarily mean all this abundance can be limited to the one percent. In Toronto, in the midst 

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Mercedes with

Campaign for Mercy, Compassion

Good enough to work, good enough to stay Mercedes Benitez has worked hard in Canada. She cares for elderly Canadians who want to age in place. She has filled a void in our labour market.  By coming to work in Canada, she sacrificed her role as a mother so that she could provide for her 

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Gee-u Guillero with his twin girls Alecka and Alexis.

Help Gee-u take care of his family

Two years ago, Gee-u Guillero was diagnosed with a rare leukemia called Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML). Living in the Philippines at the time, he kept the leukemia at bay with a targeted chemo medication. Last year, Gee-u, his wife Aileen Rose Llagas and 2-month-old twin girls Alecka and Alexis moved to Canada. By the time he 

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Tilapia ice cream on display at the SIAL Canada 2017

PH’s tilapia ice cream showcased at SIAL 2017

The Philippine’s very own “tilapia ice cream” was featured in Salon International de l’Agroalimentaire (SIAL) Canada 2017 on 2-4 May 2017 in Toronto, Canada, drawing keen interest from attendees. Developed by the Central Luzon State University (CLSU) and funded by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR), tilapia ice cream won during the SIAL ASEAN-Manila 

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Alyssa Grace Datu: Fil-Can Teen wows judges on The Voice Teens PH

By Michelle Chermaine Ramos 16-year old Markham-based Alyssa Grace Datu turned all four judges’ chairs with her emotional rendition of “Hanggang” on The Voice Teens Philippines, which won her a standing ovation from Lea Salonga, Sarah Geronimo and Sharon Cuneta. Canadian-born and raised, Alyssa also wowed them with her fluency in Tagalog. She remembers singing 

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Message to big foreign mining companies: Stop plundering ancestral lands

INTERVIEW: Bishop Antonio Ablon By Hermie Garcia (The Philippine Reporter interviewed Bishop Ablon of the Philippine Independent Church, Zamboanga del Sur. See previous issue for full coverage of his group’s visit.) The Philippine Reporter: What were the objectives of your Canada visit? Bishop Antonio Ablon: I quote from the goals and key messages of the 

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Members of different community organizations in Montreal joined FIPOQ in celebrating Cordillera Day 2017. 
(Photos: Joyce Valbuena)

A Cordillera Day in Montreal

Recounting the resistance of indigenous people in Cordillera: By Joyce Valbuena The Filipino Indigenous People Organization in Quebec (FIPOQ) headed the celebration of Cordillera Day in Montreal last April 15. The event was held a week earlier than the actual Cordillera Day (April 24) because some of the members of FIPOQ were bound to go 

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Filipino leaders raise issue of Canadian mining injustice to MPs, groups in 6 cities

PPCO PRESS CONFERENCE: By Mila Astorga-Garcia TORONTO–Philippine Press Club Ontario held a press conference with members of a visiting Philippine delegation of leaders who travelled to a number of Canadian cities, including Ottawa, to bring attention to Canadian legislators and the public about the detrimental impact of mining in the Philippines. The delegation specifically asked 

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Eufemia Cullamat, extreme right with Bishop Antonio Ablon, Dr. Anie Bautista and supporters from KAIROS and solidarity groups.

ATOHAN (Fight! Defend the Ancestral land!)

The opportunity to meet indigenous persons from Mindanao doesn’t come often. To start with, their visit to Canada was a big decision they had to do. Then they had to fly hundreds of miles from their abodes in the mountains and in the hinterlands of Mindanao to relate to us their miseries and struggles. They 

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Marily Mondejar, Founder and CEO of the Filipina Women’s Network

Consulate Hosts Disrupt 2.0 launch and Filipina global summit kickoff

The Philippine Consulate in Toronto hosted the Global Summit Kickoff and book reading of DISRUPT 2.0 on Sunday March 26th 2017 in celebration of Women’s Month. This was in preparation for the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Awards set to take place at the 14th Annual Filipina Leadership Summit on October 25-29 

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