Winter Escapade 6 set Jan. 28 to Feb. 4

By Pia Lee-Brago MANILA–The Philippine embassy in Ottawa officially launched Winter Escapade, now on its sixth season after bringing more than 1,200 visitors to the Philippines since 2014. The embassy launched the premier tour to a crowd of almost 100 Filipinos and Canadians from Ottawa, Kingston, Montreal and Gatineau. The tour is led by the 

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Monastery and mountain: the handiworks of man and God.

Montserrat monastery — closer to God

Text and photos by Bruce Gates MONTSERRAT, Spain–The five-minute cable car ride up to the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey atop the mountain is not for nervous types. The car is fully enclosed, but it does sway, so those who suffer from a fear of heights may want to try the train instead. But the 

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What does it mean to be a Canadian citizen?

Canada’s controversial new bill claims it’s a privilege  and not  a right By Gemma Rains What does it mean to be Canadian? It’s a question which has been debated by poets, politicians, and people for decades, striving for an identity which truly distinguishes ourselves from other places around the globe. We don’t possess the same 

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Remembering Ghandi’s struggle

By Rathika Sitsabaiesan On October 2nd we celebrate the birth of one of the world’s greatest human rights champions and most well-known individuals, Mahatma Ghandi. Ghandi is most widely recognized as the leader of non-violent protest against the oppressive English rule in India, and, the individual who lead the way for India to gain its 

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Pinoy MTB riders raise funds for flood victims

By Jonathan B. Canchela Toronto–When Metro Manila and nearby provinces suffered flooding following the torrential monsoon rains early in August, Deks Macapagal had one thought in mind: helping those thousands of people affected in any possible way. An avid bike and outdoor enthusiast, Macapagal posted a message in Facebook groups of Ontario Pinoy MTB Riders 

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Bicol Canada summer event: A success

By Tony A. San Juan, OCT The “Bicol Kaogmahan sa Earl Bales Park” held on July 22nd, 2012, is another annual  summer event successfully notched in the “history book” of  Luzon Island.   Organized by Bicol Canada Community Association (BCCA), a 6- province organization of Bikolano residents in Ontario, the yearly potluck picnic activity was a collegial celebration and collective showcase of Bikolandia’s 

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YEARENDER: Measuring the presidency

By BENJIE OLIVEROS If the first six months of the presidency should give the people an idea of its policy directions, the following year should define the shape of the administration. In his recent New Year’s message, President Benigno Aquino III claimed that his administration has successfully created change in the government and the 

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A question of poverty and vulnerability

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Learning from the impact of typhoon Ondoy, which hit the country hard two years ago, President Benigno Aquino III, upon assuming the presidency, sacked the chief of Pagasa, the country’s weather bureau, and declared a “zero casualty policy” in the government’s response to natural calamities. When relatively mild storms hit the 

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Crisis leadership

By BENJIE OLIVEROS President Benigno Aquino III finally visited affected provinces in Central Luzon more than a week after typhoon Pedring devastated Luzon and inundated the region, with the help, of course, of private corporations managing dams in the region. His visit did not even come as an afterthought; worse, it was done after 

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Batangueños social event

The Batangas Provincial Association of Canada or known as ‘BPAC’ will hold a Dinner and Dance Event on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at the Maple Community Centre, 10190 Keele Street, Maple, Ontario. During the previous three years, the association concentrated on successful golf tournaments as the main source of funding to meet its yearly charitable 

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