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The 2016 Philippine elections: Democratic? Hope for change?

The Philippine presidential and local elections are set for May 9, less than three weeks from now. Already the race for the top executive position of a country of more than 100 million people has heated way up beyond those reached in previous similar elections. With the supposed survey lead of the unbelievably trash-and-tough-talking Rodrigo 

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Ikaw Na: What is to be done

Last Sept. 26, dozens of young and not-so-young members of the Filipino community gathered at the YWCA in Toronto in a meeting tagged “#Ikaw Na, Empowerment in Action”. Its stated mission was “to empower our youth and encourage them to create networks uniting Filipino communities as a visible minority in Canada.” The vision, as stated 

Posted 7 months ago by

By Hermie Garcia

Blog #16: Insecure, temporary status

There is permanent instability in the status of temporary foreign workers and undocumented immigrants in North America. I recently read a news report about an undocumented Filipino who worked as a graphic artist in New York but when her work visa expired, she decided to stay and live in the shadows just like an estimated 

Posted 10 months ago by

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Blog #7: Philippine poverty, economy — is it any better now?

In my Blog #5, I wrote about Canadian household debt, the worsening debt-income ratio (debt divided by income) and the rising consumer debt. It wasn’t a treatise or an exhaustive essay. I merely provided some links to news reports from the mainstream media about those topics. It was like a quick online research, the current 

Posted 10 months ago by

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Blog #19: Wealth inequality worse globally than in the U.S.

We’ve seen in the previous blog how serious the income gap and wealth inequality is in the U.S. If you click this link and watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWSxzjyMNpU, you’ll find out that global wealth inequality is far worse than in the U.S. Following are the main findings in research cited in the video: 80% of 

Posted 11 months ago by

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Blog #13: More Brain Wonders

By Hermie Garcia Let’s continue the fun learning about the brain from yesterday. Here are some images from the same source, www.unbelievablefactsblog.com. For sources of these information, go to: www.unbelievable-facts.tumblr.com The comments underneath the images are mine. (Read story…)  

Posted 12 months ago by

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Blog #18: The poor, the rich and riots in the streets

“Oh, people don’t even know. If poor people knew how rich rich people are, there would be riots in the streets.” This is from the very first sentence of an article in Scientific American online publication. It’s a quote from comedian Chris Rock. As I read the article, it turns out that the statement was 

Posted 12 months ago by

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Blog #14: Some interesting facts about money

By Hermie Garcia April 1, 2015 “Money is the root of all evil.” Some say this is a misquote. They say the right quote is “The love of money is the root of all evil.” The second quotation makes more sense. For if you love money or worship money, that makes you materialistic and devoid 

Posted 1 year ago by

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Blog #15: Random thoughts on a Good Friday

By Hermie Garcia April 3, 2015 Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe What can be a more dreary holiday than a Good Friday? Unless you are a religious person who attends religious rituals on a 

Posted 1 year ago by

Pacquiao picture, on the frontpage of a Manila daily, in his third fight vs Marquez, Nov. 14, 2011. See Pacquiao signature, with name of the blog author. Courtesy of Atty. Romy Macalintal.

Blog #6: Pacquiao, the legend, the mystery; if you can’t be a boxer, be a blogger

I missed writing yesterday’s blog. (I promise to blog twice today to make up for it.) I was in a farewell (despedida) party of more than 250 people for the outgoing Philippine Consul General to Toronto, Junever Mahilum-West, late into the night. I met old friends, acquaintances, colleagues in the community media, community association members, 

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