Ambassador Leslie Gatan cuts the ribbon while Marissa Corpus and Consul General Junever Mahilum-West look on. Behind them are Fr. Ben Ebcas and Mercy Maliglig (partly hidden)

Megaworld opens regional office in Toronto


March 21, 2014, a most auspicious day as it’s the first day of spring. Megaworld Corporation, the leading property developer in the Philippines known for its townships or “Live-Play-Learn-Shop” concept officially opened its doors in downtown Toronto. Philippine Ambassador Leslie Gatan and Consul General Junever Mahilum-West formally cut the ceremonial ribbon of the Megaworld contemporary 

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S.A.M.E. empowers thousands of activists for Migrant Worker Awareness month

TORONTO–March is Migrant Worker Awareness Month. Students Against Migrant Exploitation (S.A.M.E.) and UFCW Canada have taken the message on the road — engaging, educating and empowering thousands of students since the tour began in March. By the end of the tour’s first week, S.A.M.E. had already hosted dynamic workshops at university campuses across Ontario, reaching 

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Doctors Dentists Nurses and volunteers in Cuartero, Capiz

Gift of Hope

By Lyra Torres Earlier this year, a 10 person medical mission team from non-profit organization Gateway International Fellowship of Toronto (GIFT) travelled to the Philippines to deliver medical and dental aid to the victims devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. The team went to Bingawan and Banate Iloilo, Tapaz and Cuartero, Capiz. The mission was from 

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Children survivors of Yolanda: Mardi, Lexa and Maeve send a thank you card to their cousins in Toronto for helping out.

Yolanda aftermath in Tanauan, Leyte

EXCLUSIVE REPORT: At the grassroots, a deep sense of neglect by government persists TORONTO–Four months after superstorm typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda hit hard Tanauan, Leyte, the remaining scenes of devastation and the heartbreaking living conditions of the survivors attest to the still long road to recovery and normalcy for this once vibrant town of 50,000 people. The 

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From left: Vincent Villanis, Thomas Ancheta, Veraida-Lyn Bermejo, Mithi Esguerra, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, Atty. Rafael Fabregas

Understanding the Filipino Canadian identity

By Rachelle Cruz Youth Leadership Summit: Gathering the Young and Old There was former street-kid Vincent Villanis, the “Bamboo Guy”, co-founder and CEO of Ontario Bamboo (Wonder, what does Bamboo beer taste like?). The multi-awarded Rafael “Raffy” Fabregas, a young Bay Street lawyer, strong advocate for women’s rights, his work instrumental in the “Juana Tejada 

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Mapping out newcomers for a better future

By Rachelle Cruz Cebuano poet and fictionist at Skills for Change So where is Northumberland County? Here’s the regional context: It’s located south-eastern Ontario along HWY 401. Social context? So say you’re in Cobourg, smacked in the middle of an agricultural field with not much in sight, and suppose you’re a newcomer to Canada. How 

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Randy Bucao runs for Toronto City Council

TORONTO–Good tidings and good moves. Two courageous and determined Pinoys have recently “thrown their hats” in the GTA political arena. One is IT professional Randy Bucao, the other is barrister -solicitor, Atty. Rafael Fabregas. Randy “Randolf” Bucao  is running for Councillor of Ward 10-York Centre in the City of Toronto for the upcoming Fall municipal elections. He had just 

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By Ysh Cabana

Of Puto and Poutine

A rejoinder on the Young Filipino-Canadian Leaders Summit There was a time when community members came and left. Certain structures however were far more enduring than others, with some individuals who are more participative, to enablers who animate a model, to activists who push for change, may it be revision or radical reform. A community 

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In photo are officers and members of PPCO, guests, Mangubat and Consul General Junever Mahilum-West.

2013 McLuhan Fellow Eileen Mangubat at PPCO lunch reception

The Philippine Press Club of Ontario (PPCO) hosted the lunch-meeting with Eileen Mangubat, 2013 Marshall McLuhan Fellow for Investigative Journalism, at Casa Manila on Feb. 28, 2014.

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Anakbayan-Toronto demands justice for Ligiw Family

Freddie “Fermin” Ligiw, a fellow youth and an Anakbayan member in Tingguian, province of Abra, was killed along  with his brother and father on March 2. The Ligiws were members of Binongan Tribe, and were also members of  Lenneng, Kileng, Tingguian Farmers’ Association. According to local villagers’ accounts, the farmers were brutally tortured first before 

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