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From left: Norma Carpio, Congen Rosalita Prospero, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe Canada Paola Nunez Valdez, ABS-CBN TFC’s Rosary Escano and Rachelle Cruz.                                             
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Pia Wurtzbach, refreshing and genuine

EXPERIENCING MISS UNIVERSE 2015 IN TORONTO By Rachelle Cruz There were two things the media weren’t allowed to ask: Don’t ask about the Steve Harvey kerfuffle. And don’t ask about her opinion on Manny Pacquiao’s divisive comments regarding the LGBT community that went viral, stirring controversy and sending shock waves across the globe. Perfect I 

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10-year old girl wins hearts and 3rd place in Dubai Poetry Slam

By Analise Ticzon Na’eema Ticzon Garcia, a 10-year old Filipino-Canadian student, won third place in the Dubai Poetry Slam titled “Intersecting Pens,” held Sunday, Feb. 21, at Intersect by Lexus, Gate Village, Dubai. The event featured the performance of 15 spoken word artists and poets of different cultural and professional backgrounds, and Garcia was the 

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Loida Nicolas Lewis to speak in Toronto, April 9

By Rodel J. Ramos Loida Nicolas Lewis, Chair and CEO of TLC Beatrice LLC, a $2 billion multinational food company, social civic leader, author, motivational speaker, lawyer, industrialist, philanthropist and famous Filipino American business executive will be in a forum in Toronto and Mississauga on April 9, Saturday. The topic of the two forums is: 

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Rizza Umlas in her winning form.
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World Champ Bartender is a Pinay

For the first time ever, a female bartender bagged the top prize at TGIFridays’ 25th World Bartender Competition held in Dallas, Texas on March 4, CNN Philippine reported Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Rizza Umlas of TGIFridays Glorietta bested nine other bartenders hailing from Peru, Norway, UK, and the U.S, the CNN report noted. The Filipina 

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Two Filipina fashion models shine in Paris runways

Two young Filipinas are making waves in the runways of this season’s celebrated Paris Fashion Week, Coconuts Manila reports. Rina Fukushi, 17, walled the PFW runway for Louise Vitton, while Marga Esquivil 20, modeled for Miu Miu. Fukushi has to her advantage her diverse heritage for her stunning lookgs: she has a Spanish grandfather, Japanese 

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Urban Planning: Transit in Toronto

Jarrett Walker, a notable transportation planner, often says you would never ask a carpenter what their favourite tool is: each serves its purpose in building the final product. The same principle applies when planning for transportation. It’s important to use all the tools in our toolbox, including new subways, light rail, and bike lanes where 

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A new Filipino Canadian lawyer

By Rodel J. Ramos Congratulations are in order for Miguel Mangalindan (resident of Toronto, Ontario) on being called to the Ontario Bar and achieving the distinction of Barrister and Solicitor. Miguel was called by the Law Society of Upper Canada in June 2015. Miguel has since joined the law firm, Levine, Sherkin, Boussidan Barristers in 

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CRA Electronic Services: Making your (tax) life a little easier

From your early morning Facebook update to your Instagrammable afternoon hike (#thatviewthough), technology is never far from your reach. It keeps you connected with friends and family, helps you manage your busy schedule, and makes routine tasks like paying bills hassle-free. With the tax-filing deadline approaching, why not take advantage of the Canada Revenue Agency’s 

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Family matters when it comes to taxes

If you have a family, finding the time to file your income tax and benefit return can be a scheduling nightmare. Save yourself the headache (and possibly some money) this filing season by taking advantage of the electronic services the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) offers to easily claim the many credits and benefits available to 

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New OSAP: Making tuition free for tens of thousands of students

Ontario is making college and university more accessible and affordable for low- and middle-income students and their families through the single-largest modernization ever of the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). Premier Kathleen Wynne was at Jarvis Collegiate in Toronto today to present details about the new Ontario Student Grant, which was announced in the 2016 

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