Opinion & Analysis

By Gerry Villareal

FCMA to send medical and relief mission to PH

Barely a month on its fundraising campaign, Dr. Chelly Silva, president of Filipino Canadian Medical Association (FCMA), convened its Board of Directors and its support group to introduce the first contingent of medical personnel who will perform the medical and relief mission. Seven (7) medical doctors volunteered for the mission. Dr. Richard Sims, Dr. Richard 

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Julie Viola, a registered nurse, has left for the Philippines, having shipped cartons of medicine, medical supplies and baby formula before she left.  She is also taking supplies with her.

Letter to the editor

First, I am grateful for the opportunity to express my concern in light of the fact that I am personally involved in the latest calamity to hit the Philippines. Our family lives in Roxas City, Capiz, one of the hardest hit areas of this horrific storm. But my conscience compels me to personally thank all 

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Appeal for increase in Canada’s assistance for typhoon Haiyan relief and rehabilitation

November 12, 2013 Prime Minister Stephen Harper Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington St. Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A2 Dear Prime Minister Harper, Re: Appeal  to the Canadian Government to increase the federal financial aid for typhoon Haiyan relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction As the Canada Coordinating Committee of the International Coalition on Human Rights in 

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RENOWNED film director Peque Gallaga

Rage vs PNoy, politicians, slow relief goods

An Open Letter From Peque Gallaga Not since Marcos have we as a people been so polarized. As far as our hearts and minds are concerned it’s like we’re in the edge of a civil war. We are forced to take a hard look at ourselves and what we value. Because of this, we are 

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What Matters
By Mila Astorga-Garcia

The survivors’ voices or the prettified “truth”

When an ABS-CBN’s TV crew finally made its way to Tanauan Leyte, our family’s hometown, it found a place so badly damaged and its townspeople in great despair. The TV footage showed wrecked houses, people crying for water, food and medicine, corpses lying in the plaza, an estimated over 1000 for the whole town. The 

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My Challenges and Triumphs

CBC’s Marivel Taruc speaks on her 20 years in Journalism (Text of the speech delivered on Nov. 16, 2013 in the second of the series”Filipinos in Canadian Mainstream Media” by Philippine Press Club of Ontario) This is why journalists become journalists…to tell stories…good and bad…to bring attention to hopeless situations…this is what journalists have been 

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Rev. Noriel C. Capulong

On the Death of a Brother

The year 2006 was a most dreadful year for human rights activists and even for our family.  It was the year when the series of extra judicial killings of activists and advocates for human and environmental rights had been most intense, so systematic and so brutal and unforgiving. It was a year also when my 

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BEHN CERVANTES: Actor, director, professor, freedom fighter

Tribute to Behn Cervantes, Revolutionary Artist

By Prof. Jose Maria Sison Julie and I convey our most heartfelt condolences to the family of our beloved Behn Cervantes, long time friend and revolutionary comrade. We feel a deep sense of loss because of his personal warmth, his strivings and accomplishments. At the same time, we find comfort in the fact that he 

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Veronica Liu, of the Word Up Community Bookshop, at the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights, where Word Up’s books are 
being stored. 
Photo courtesy: Karsten Moran for The New York Times

Vern Liu, FarTooCanadian in New York

Now, for something more inspiring. A feature of this column will be interviews with the  ‘nugen’ (New Generation)  of ‘hyfies’ (for Hyphenated Filipino as my daughter once called herself instead of the cumbersome Filipino-Canadian) . Let’s roll. She could be the reason so many New Yorkers, like Stephen Colbert, became such a Canadaphile  and  why 

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∞ By Voltaire de Leon

Ode to the Tarsier

∞ By Voltaire de Leon Tarsier vs. Pusit. Yeah, that’s me up there. A  tarsier.  After that infestigative  journalist – or as my Latino friend pronounces it ‘whorenalist’ — called my friends tarsiers in his pathetic attempt to ridicule them, I decided I’m a tarsier, too.  He – wasisname –, stupidly, gives us the greatest 

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