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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.
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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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Are you standing on the edge of the cliff with your business?

By David Fuller Contributor, Troy Media It’s time to take the plunge: to take a good idea and turn it into a profitable venture, you need to take a risk Christopher O’Byrne stood on the edge of the cliff, looked down, considered jumping and then stepped back. He repeated the process over and over. He 

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Newcomers-Guide

Landing your first job in Canada

We’ve all felt the emotional highs and lows that come with job hunting. If you are new to the city or country, those emotions of excitement and angst may intensify as you search for a job in an unfamiliar market. “Deciding to leave the familiar and move to a new country is a major decision,” 

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MFFC Youth Performing Arts Group busy with 5 shows since June

By Victoria Torres The Markham Federation of Filipino Canadians Youth Performing Arts Group has been quite busy this summer. While continuing rehearsal for their October show, A Taste of Broadway: Remastered at the Flato Markham Theatre, they have also been busy with promotional performances in and around the Greater Toronto Area such as Taste of 

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‘We are the Backlog’ coalition presses for permanent residency now

By Petronila G. Cleto Caregivers are asking the government to fix the structures and mechanisms in the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigrations, causing the backlog that goes against the policy of family reunification, breaking their families as a result of prolonged separation. They also demanded landed status upon arrival, and open permits, instead of one-employer 

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Pinoy of the Year Patrick Alcedo (Ontario) and Lifetime Achievement Awardee Tomas Avendano Sr. (Vancouver)

First Balangay Awards: A Night to Celebrate and Remember

Achievers, movers and shakers gather for the first-ever nationwide search for outstanding Filipino Canadians As the sun set on September 9, 2017, Filipino Canadians from all over Canada started arriving at the doorstep of the BMO Institute for Learning for the premiere awards night of the Golden Balangay Awards. It is the first ever nationwide 

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Jennilee Austria

Writer’s story wins Ontario Book Publishers award

JENNILEE Austria received a writing award from the Ontario Book Publishers Organization for her short story, “Belonging at Bathurst and Wilson.” The story is an excerpt from her forthcoming book and it will also be published as part of an anthology. Austria’s winning work will be presented with other award winners at an event hosted 

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