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Powerful play tackles martial law and EJK

‘Pagsambang Bayan,’ The Musical By Mila Astorga-Garcia TORONTO – One of the gems of theatre art which powerfully tackles the issues of extra judicial killings both during the Marcos dictatorship and under President Duterte’s administration is Pagsambang Bayan, the Musical. Written by Bonifacio Ilagan and directed by Joel Lamangan, both award winning luminaries in the 

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Canadian groups: Ottawa should suspend military aid to PH over human rights violations

By Ysh Cabana TORONTO — Civil society groups and advocacy networks in Canada urged the Government of Canada to cease all military aid and sale of military equipment to the Philippines and expressed “deep concern” to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to act on the “severe deterioration” of human rights situation in the Philippines. The Asia 

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Hon. Christina Gray

New Alberta nominee program will get rid of ‘low skilled’ migrants — Migrante Alberta

EDMONTON– On Friday, October 20, 2017 the Minister of Labour Hon. Christina Gray announced the changes to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). The changes will take effect on January 2018.  The changes include the consolidation of all categories in a single stream with one set of standardized eligibility criteria. According to Hon. Gray, the 

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Jagmeet Singh and media’s race problem

By Paul Adams New Canadian Media Jagmeet Singh does not yet have a seat in the House of Commons. So when the new NDP leader comes to visit, he’ll have to sit up in the Leader of the Opposition’s Gallery and gaze down on the body he wishes someday to join. If all the MPs 

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New York: Victory rally against gentrification and displacement

Woodside vs Megachurch WOODSIDE, New York–On Thursday evening, community organizations and residents gathered on 69th Street and Roosevelt Avenue underneath the 7 train in a rally to announce their victory against the Megachurch. Speakers from Anakbayan New York, Queens Anti-Gentrification Project (QAGP), the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), and Coalition to Defend Corona expressed 

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CanCham leads the PH delegation to Canada

MANILA–The Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (CanCham) is bringing a contingent of Philippine businesses to Canada on 22 to 28 October 2017 to explore trade and investment opportunities, and establish strategic tie-up with the mainstream Canadian business community. This important initiative of CanCham is the 5th in the series of outbound missions to 

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Three-time Tony and Grammy award winner Broadway producer Jhett Tolentino brought his Grammy and Tony trophies for guests to take pictures with during a meet and greet after his talk on Oct. 8 at World Financial Group.

Jhett Tolentino: Hailing from the slums of Iloilo, he conquers Broadway to win a Grammy and 3 Tony awards

By Michelle Chermaine Ramos Grammy and Tony award-winning Broadway producer, Jhett Tolentino visited Toronto for a private screening of “Life is What You Make It”, an autobiographical short film he wrote, directed and produced. The film documents his triumphant return to the Philippines in 2015 after being away for 13 years. It is a story 

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The De Veyra clan at the Centennial Celebration for Bimbiyam or Lola Posing

Pomposa ‘Lola Posing’ de Veyra Musca: Celebrating 100 years of family bliss

Our eldest son Norman and I had the good fortune of attending the centennial birthday celebration of my dear aunt, Pomposa de Veyra Musca, who turned exactly 100 years old last September 19, 2017, at our hometown in Tanauan, Leyte. It was a memorable affair like no other I had experienced, not only because of 

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Hilda Koronel in Insiang

The Possibilities of Pleasure

(The TIFF Cinematheque retrospective People Have the Power: Resistance in Filipino Cinema runs from October 5 to November 4.) In Notes of the New Society of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos provides an uncannily emphatic defense of his decision to sign Proclamation Number 1081, the executive order that placed the entire Philippines under martial law, on 

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Fil-Am youth launch U.S.-wide alliance Against Trump’s anti-immigrant policies and Duterte’s drug war

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–“Kabataan, unite! Fight for people’s rights,” chanted the more than 300 Filipino youth and  students gathered from all over the U.S. on September 30, 2017 for a national conference entitled, “Kabataan Magkaisa (Youth Unite) 2: Kumilos Na (Act Now)! History Is in Our Hands.” The following day, 24 organizations put this chant to 

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