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50th Anniversary poster 
by Lawrence Garcia

The Golden Garcias: 50 Years of Love and Revolution

By Jennilee Austria The Philippine Reporter You may know the Garcias as the founders of The Philippine Reporter, or as the driving force behind the Filipino-Canadian Writers and Journalists Network, the Community Alliance for Social Justice, the Justice for Jeffrey campaign, and more. But on a  gorgeous summer night at Rembrandt Banquet Hall, they celebrated 

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Celebrating the 50th and the 30th

By Pat Lazaro The Garcia clan in GTA congratulates Hermie and Mila on their 50th wedding anniversary, and The Philippine Reporter on their 30th year anniversary! Our parents would be so happy and so proud of you, enjoying this evening, if they were here. May they rest in peace! They were with you from Day 

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Art Viola

Working together through thick and thin

By Art T. Viola In behalf of my wife Julie, my bride of 49 years, and my youngest brother Gody, maraming, maraming salamat po! Hermie and Mila love to visit Niagara-on-the-Lake during summer time. NOTL is a beautiful historic place to visit all year round. From our charming country side setting to the world renown 

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Marites Sison

Documenting the hopes, struggles, achievements of Filipinos in Canada

By Marites N. Sison I first met Mila and Hermie during a book launch in Manila back in 2002.  They were so warm and friendly that when we moved to Toronto a year later, they were among the first people I contacted. They were very helpful and offered me a writing platform as I searched 

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Mithi Esguerra and Silay

‘Looking in the same direction’

By Mithi Esguerra I knew Tita Mila and TIto Hermie when I was still in the Philippines and my dad was already here in Canada, but I only knew them as the couple who ran the newspaper my dad wrote for. I would later learn my dad was among the political prisoners in Bicutan who 

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We had a wonderful celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary and the 30th anniversary of The Philippine Reporter last Aug. 25th, 2019 at Rembrandt Banquet Halls, thanks to the help of family and friends who made it possible. First, a big personal thank you to all who came to celebrate the significant milestones in our 

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Philippine films at 2019 TIFF

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Verdict Verdict is the only feature film from the Philippines playing at TIFF. Writer-director Raymund Ribay Gutierrez’s unflinching drama is his first full-length feature evaluating on domestic violence in the Philippines, an issue that affects a quarter of all married women in the country, according to government statistics. It tells 

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Max FineDay

Indigenous, non-indigenous youth optimistic about reconciliation

By Ysh Cabana The Philippine Reporter Results of a recent survey showed 73 per cent of Indigenous youth and 68 per cent of non-Indigenous youth felt somewhat or very optimistic about reconciliation. It charted how there is a striking alignment between both populations of youth regarding their aspirations and views, with Indigenous youth more prominently 

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Congresswoman Judy Chu and Southern Californians demand protection from U.S. government for nearly-assassinated American activist and journalist in the Philippines

Protection urged for Brandon Lee, U.S. activist journalist

PASADENA, CA–On Wednesday, September 4, 2019, concerned community members and human rights leaders together with Congresswoman Judy Chu gathered at the California-Pacific Conference Center of the United Methodist Church to hold a press conference on the urgent case of Brandon Lee, a U.S. citizen who was nearly assassinated and put in critical condition after reportedly 

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Lizzacriz Mae Portodo, Grade 12 Honour Student of St. Joseph’s Morrow Park Catholic Secondary School, TCDSB.

FilCan wins Ontario poster design tilt

A Filipino Canadian secondary school graduate in Ontario received an Ontario Business Educators’ Association award  for winning the “OBEA 2019 Poster Design Contest” in all publicly-funded Catholic and public high schools in the province. The annual competition is conducted to create an excellent image in promoting the Ontario Business Educators’ Association and its mission and 

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