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GTA Toronto Hoops to hold Summer Palarong Basketbol 2019

By Bob A. San Juan The GTA Hoops will host its “2nd Annual Basketball Invitational” competitions on June 14, 15 & 16, 2019. The 3-day event known as the Palarong Basketbol – 2019 will be conducted at the HoopDome, Downsview Park, 75 Carl Hall Road, North York, Toronto. The Palarong Basketbol is being held in 

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Leonor Abad-Poizner is Mrs./Ms. Philippines PIDC 2019

By Suzy Llanera The Philippine Independence Day Council (PIDC) celebrated a milestone, its 10th year anniversary of Mrs. / Ms. Philippines PIDC. Karen Pascual-Binaday, PIDC’s President, carried out to expand its search to include the title of Mrs. / Ms. Philippines PIDC 2019 bringing back the beauty pageant which is being held every other year. 

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Moment to moment excavation, investigation, remembering

Dogeaters author Jessica Hagedorn: By Marites N. Sison Filipino-Canadian writers should stick to their vision, resist the urge to follow trends and not attempt to reconcile their identities as Filipinos and Canadians, said Jessica Hagedorn, award-winning Filipino-American novelist, poet, playwright and multimedia artist, during her first visit to Toronto Saturday, March 23. “Don’t reconcile a 

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Catriona Gray, Miss Universe 2018

Encounters with Miss Universe and Miss Canada

By Michelle Chermaine Ramos On Sunday March 24, 2019, the Philippine Independence Day Council held a charity gala dinner in collaboration with Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and Miss Universe Canada 2018 Marta Stepien at the Toronto Intercontinental Hotel. The event raised $6,000 to benefit ABS-CBN’s child welfare arm, Bantay Bata, which serves underprivileged and 

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Justice For Mushroom 4 (J4M4)

“We want the government not just here in Canada but in the Philippines, to know that we are being abused and they have to do something about it.” — Lourdes of Mushroom 4 speaking spontaneously at a press conference held April 10 at St George the Martyr Church hall in Toronto. Migrant workers Maila Ceguerra, 

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From left, front: Dr. Bonnie McElhinny, Glyn Narca, Gillian Duterte, Jennifer Thompson, Hilary Naluz. From left, back: Katherine Faith Tan, John Patrick Carlos, Justin Ortiz, Todd Le Blanc.                                                                             (Photo: New College)

FSAT wins outstanding student group award

Filipino Students’ Association of Toronto By Jennilee Austria On March 18th, the Filipino Students’ Association of Toronto (FSAT) became the first recipients of the Outstanding Student Organization Award from New College at the University of Toronto. They were nominated by Co-President Glyn Narca, who wanted to recognize FSAT’s unique initiatives and accomplishments during the 2018-2019 

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7 Ontario Fil-Cans win FCT seniors awards

By  Tony A. San Juan The Filipino Centre Toronto - FCT, through its Outstanding Filipino Canadian Seniors Awards board of judges, selects and names seven active seniors to receive the “Most Outstanding Senior of the Year-2019” award. These seniors who have made invaluable contributions, exemplary service, and magnanimous engagement into the quality of life in their communities, were chosen via 

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Growing racial disparities in Canada

New fact sheets show Colour of Poverty–Colour of Change (COP-COC) is releasing today a new set of fact sheets showing racial disparities in education and learning, employment, food and water security, health and child welfare, housing and homelessness, income and social assistance, immigration and newcomer settlement, justice and policing, and poverty, to mark the International 

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Second photo op after the private meeting.
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More photo ops than concrete answers

Part 2: New Caregiver Pilot Programs By Michelle Chermaine Ramos The Philippine Reporter The caregivers and their supporters were denied the opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A session of the announcement of the new caregiver pilot programs on Saturday February 23, 2019 at The Neighborhood Organization as it was strictly moderated for media questions 

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Organize, Support, Grow the Resistance

Int’l Women’s Day March By Althea Manasan The Philippine Reporter Thousands of people flooded the streets of downtown Toronto last Saturday (March 9), holding signs and waving flags with messages of support for issues affecting women — everything from pay equality to caregiver rights to class sizes in schools. As the buzzing crowd marched down 

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