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Gold Karate champ now a Black Belt

MARIA LYLA Luciano, a 15-year old Filipino-Canadian, was awarded her 1st Dan Black Belt in Karate during ceremonies held in Red Deer, Alberta, where she was the youngest recipient.(Black Belt is the highest belt color denoting a degree of competence and 1st Dan is the first stage of this degree.) Luciano recently won gold in Capital 

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‘The It List’ season 2 on FTV

The It List is back! For Season 2, the pilot episode will air on June 13th, prime time 9 pm every Mondays. Tune in because we’re bringing you what’s up and coming, who’s who, and what’s “It” from fashion, business, travel, sports, lifestyle, beauty, including arts and culture. Ms. Rachelle Cruz comes back as the show host 

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Toronto hosts Canada’s 3rd Annual Coconut Festival

Toronto hosts Canada’s 2nd Annual Coconut Festival and Marketplace on Saturday, August 27, 2016, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at David Pecaut Square (behind CBC bldg and next to Roy Thompson Hall). The Coconut Festival is produced by Coconut Festival Canada which aims to bring the community together to learn about the many health benefits 

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MLA Flor Marcelino joins Friends of Filipino Immigrants in Manitoba at the flag-raising ceremony last Saturday, June 4th. Some 30 Filipino organizations in Winnipeg participated in the opening of a week-long celebration of Philippine heritage.

PH Heritage Week in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG–The Philippine Heritage Council of Manitoba (PHCM) through its volunteers, member organizations and sponsors will  lead  in the celebration of  culture, tradition  and spirit of community  with  various activities lined up  during the Philippine Heritage Week. Commemorating the 118th anniversary of Philippine independence,  the festivities will start with  the flag rasing event  on June 4th, 2016 at 

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Towards a Sociology of the Toronto Filipino public space

(Part 2) By Ysh Cabana In most communities today, the street has become almost exclusively the domain of the private automobile. To some, the street is only a way of going or a means of passage. Even pavements that may be present along major thoroughfares feel inhospitable and out of place. Although Toronto neighbourhood streets 

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Remaking of Culture in Cosmopolis

Filipino Town in Toronto Part 1 of a series By Ysh Cabana A sweetish smell of caramelized sugar and scorched vinegar on grilled pork barbecue welcome commuters getting off at the Wilson Avenue stop of the biarticulated bus 7. In a few short blocks, one will find a new crop of contrapuntal cuisine revealing a 

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CARLA ABOGADO: Jury split on case of teen fatally hit by car driven by police officer.

No jury verdict in case of teen hit by police car, judge declares mistrial

NATASHA CARLA ABOGADO By Pet G. Cleto and Lui Queaño An 11-man jury failed last May 18 to give a unanimous verdict on the case against York Regional Police officer Remo Romano, leading the presiding judge to declare a mistrial. Romano was driving an unmarked police car that hit and killed Natasha Carla Abogado two years ago, on February 

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Dela Cruz to represent Canada at international taekwondo event in Peru

By Mila Astorga-Garcia TORONTO–Maria Alvie Dela Cruz, a multi-awarded Filipino-Canadian athlete, will represent Canada at the 10th World Poomsae Championships in Peru, Sept. 30 – Oct. 03, 2016, as the Canadian champion in poomsae taekwondo in the recently held premier national taekwondo event. Dela Cruz won top medals at the 2016 Canadian National Taekwondo Championships 

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Emmanuel Escueta (right) receives award for teaching excellence from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Photos provided)

Escueta among Canada’s top teachers

By Ted Alcuitas “You don’t have what it takes to learn French”, Emmanuel Escueta, (‘Noel’ to friends), was told as a young 16-year old immigrant in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1981. That remark did not discourage him, Escueta told Philippine Canadian ( in a telephone interview. Instead, it challenged him to pursue his dream to 

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Filipino Voices at York University

By Philip Kelly I have been teaching at York University for sixteen years but I have never seen anything quite like the scene that unfolded in a lecture theatre on the afternoon of May 16th. The York Centre for Asian Research, which I direct, organized an event to mark Asian Heritage Month with the theme 

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