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Documenting Duterte’s brutal drug war

At Toronto’s Hot Docs Film Festival: On The President’s Orders By Althea Manasan On a street in the city of Caloocan, a driver sits atop his tricycle, waiting for customers. It’s a busy day, as people go about their daily business, doing their shopping, pushing their children in strollers. The driver’s young son fidgets in 

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Canada-Philippines: Working together to protect voices at risk

Human rights defenders from the Philippines will be coming to Ottawa May 11-12 to participate in the founding of a coalition of HR groups from across Canada. The conference and the founding are taking place in the context of spiraling human rights violations, killings, massive displacement of populations, arrest and detention of journalists, lawyers and 

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Seasonal Farmers at Work
Oil on canvas, 24 x 36

Joe Rivera exhibits Migrant Series

TORONTO–Filipino-Canadian artist Joe Rivera is exhibiting his paintings from April 21 to 25, at the Toronto City Hall, and from May 13 to 19 at Toronto Metro Hall. His four paintings feature migrant workers, and are part of his bigger work of ten paintings focusing on caregivers and seasonal farmers, some of which were exhibited 

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Shirley Camia

Mercy, the timelessness of loss

Book release with Toronto reading WINNIPEG–May is Asian Heritage Month and Turnstone Press is proud to announce the timely release of Shirley Camia’s newest collection of poetry, Mercy. Shirley Camia is a Filipina-Canadian poet. She is the author of the award-winning Children Shouldn’t Use Knives (At Bay Press, 2017), The Significance of Moths (Turnstone Press, 

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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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