Celebrating the 50th and the 30th

By Pat Lazaro The Garcia clan in GTA congratulates Hermie and Mila on their 50th wedding anniversary, and The Philippine Reporter on their 30th year anniversary! Our parents would be so happy and so proud of you, enjoying this evening, if they were here. May they rest in peace! They were with you from Day 

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Art Viola

Working together through thick and thin

By Art T. Viola In behalf of my wife Julie, my bride of 49 years, and my youngest brother Gody, maraming, maraming salamat po! Hermie and Mila love to visit Niagara-on-the-Lake during summer time. NOTL is a beautiful historic place to visit all year round. From our charming country side setting to the world renown 

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Marites Sison

Documenting the hopes, struggles, achievements of Filipinos in Canada

By Marites N. Sison I first met Mila and Hermie during a book launch in Manila back in 2002.  They were so warm and friendly that when we moved to Toronto a year later, they were among the first people I contacted. They were very helpful and offered me a writing platform as I searched 

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Mithi Esguerra and Silay

‘Looking in the same direction’

By Mithi Esguerra I knew Tita Mila and TIto Hermie when I was still in the Philippines and my dad was already here in Canada, but I only knew them as the couple who ran the newspaper my dad wrote for. I would later learn my dad was among the political prisoners in Bicutan who 

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We had a wonderful celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary and the 30th anniversary of The Philippine Reporter last Aug. 25th, 2019 at Rembrandt Banquet Halls, thanks to the help of family and friends who made it possible. First, a big personal thank you to all who came to celebrate the significant milestones in our 

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‘Portrait-cature’ of 
Mila and Hermie by
Melchor Jaluag, a graphic designer of TPR. The artwork is his present for the couple’s 50th Wedding Anniversary and The Philippine Reporter’s 30th Anniversary.

Philippine Reporter marks 30th year; Garcia couple’s Golden Anniversary Pictorial by Rene Sevilla

See related stories: The Golden Garcias: 50 Years of Love and Revolution Celebrating the 50th and the 30th Working together through thick and thin Documenting the hopes, struggles, achievements of Filipinos in Canada ‘Looking in the same direction’ Acknowledgements ñ

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Philippine films at 2019 TIFF

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Verdict Verdict is the only feature film from the Philippines playing at TIFF. Writer-director Raymund Ribay Gutierrez’s unflinching drama is his first full-length feature evaluating on domestic violence in the Philippines, an issue that affects a quarter of all married women in the country, according to government statistics. It tells 

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Max FineDay

Indigenous, non-indigenous youth optimistic about reconciliation

By Ysh Cabana The Philippine Reporter Results of a recent survey showed 73 per cent of Indigenous youth and 68 per cent of non-Indigenous youth felt somewhat or very optimistic about reconciliation. It charted how there is a striking alignment between both populations of youth regarding their aspirations and views, with Indigenous youth more prominently 

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Congresswoman Judy Chu and Southern Californians demand protection from U.S. government for nearly-assassinated American activist and journalist in the Philippines

Protection urged for Brandon Lee, U.S. activist journalist

PASADENA, CA–On Wednesday, September 4, 2019, concerned community members and human rights leaders together with Congresswoman Judy Chu gathered at the California-Pacific Conference Center of the United Methodist Church to hold a press conference on the urgent case of Brandon Lee, a U.S. citizen who was nearly assassinated and put in critical condition after reportedly 

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Ann Paula Bautista, Maricris Rivera, Isabel Kanaan, Alia Rasul, and Belinda Corpuz, call themselves the Tita Collective.

 The Spice Girls of Comedy – with a Filipina twist

January 8 – 19, 2020 at Factory Theatre After a massively successful run at the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival, Tita Collective will present an extended version of their award winning show Tita Jokes, as part of the 2020 Next Stage Theatre Festival January 8 – 19, 2020 at Factory Theatre Mainspace. Tita Collective, an all 

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