FILIPINO heartthrob Sam Milby topbills Fiesta ng Kalayaan in Mississauga
CAREGIVER TO BE DEPORTED ON AUG. 22
July 30, 2014
I’m Lilia Ordinario Joaquin, a caregiver under the Live-In Caregiver Program. I came to Canada in 2007 in hope of providing a better future for my family in the Philippines. I am the sole breadwinner for my family since my husband has no permanent job. It’s been a long struggle for me to be away from my family but I endured the hardships in hope of becoming a Permanent Resident someday.
Since I came to Canada, I worked hard in taking care of my employer’s four children and did my best to become a productive member of the community. I became a volunteer at Jesus Is Lord Church Canada East and iCare Foundation International – a non-profit organization.
I’m also a volunteer at Christie Community for cleanliness, assisting in feeding the homeless, retirement home visitation, senior ministering and participating in various fund raising programs.
I regret the mistakes I did in the past and I am thankful that the Government of Canada had this Live-In Caregiver Program which serves as a pathway for family reunification.
I love Canada because of its diversity and multiculturalism. I consider myself blessed to be part of the Canadian Community in general.
I am hoping that my petition to stay in Canada would be granted under the humanitarian and compassionate ground. I have a good intention in staying here in Canada which is to serve my family, community and Canada as a whole.
I thank the Lord God for giving me strength and courage thru His Word. I also want to thank my good lawyer who put a lot of effort in my case and who supports me along the way.
To the community where I belong especially the JIL Church and iCare Foundation International, who continuously pray for the success of my case.
To all the community leaders, all those who signed the online petition and also the people from Toronto Star who first published my story.
And to everyone for their help and support in regards to my petition to stay here in Canada.
I am gaining my strength because of the love, understanding and support that I received from all of you.
Thank you for giving me hope at the very moment that I needed.
I don’t know how I would be able to give back the favor that I’ve received but I pray that the Lord would bless everybody who blessed me during the times of need.
I speak not only of blessings to you but to your family as well.
Lilia Ordinario Joaquin
(To sign the petition, go to www.change.org and search for Lilia Joaquin)
The Palestinian death toll has surpassed 1,250, including 300 children. Some 215,000 people have left their homes to seek shelter in United Nations facilities, two of which have been bombed. Israeli bombings have damaged 22 medical facilities and disabled Gaza’s lone power plant, which supplied electricity to run the water and sewerage systems.
At this point, there is no sign that the fighting could abate anytime soon, much less stop.
Bayanihan Co-op housing, a 12 storey, 138-unit Apartment building built by Filipinos in Brampton celebrated its 20th year last Saturday, July 12. It is in a three-acre lot. It was the first co-operative housing initiated by Filipinos from planning to the building and co-op development stage; it is also the first co-op with an all-Filipino staff. Roger Bonifacio remained the Manager of the Co-op since the beginning and is training someone to take over for his retirement.
Nilda Exmundo, president then of the Co-op explained to Mila Astorga-Garcia who wrote a whole page article about the building said that the concept is reviving the tradition of bayanihan among Filipinos in helping each other. The Ministry acted as a guarantor for the $17-million loan granted to the Bayanihan Co-op board used in developing the co-op.
Around half of the residents are Filipinos while the rest come from various cultures including Eastern European, Western European, Caribbean and other Asian background.
The first Board was composed of Nilda Exmundo, Solomon Exmundo, Remedios Malanyaon, Delfin Palileo and Tim Warner. Carl Mahilom, Paul de la Cruz and Rudy Zalameda were also involved at one time. Dean Garcia is one of Staff.
The Bayanihan Co-op is one of the major achievements of the Filipino community and was not affected by intrigues and the crab mentality either because the leaders were transparent and accountable or must have some godfathers in the community media to protect them. Others were ruined by infighting.
(Rodel J. Ramos)]]>
Toronto-based non-profit Halo-Halo Organization (h2o) will inaugurate the very first Halo-Halo Festival in Canada, which will be held on August 17, 2014, from 8am to 10pm, at Artscape Wychwood Barns in Toronto.
According to one of the organizers, Hernani de Leon, the cultural event aims “to communicate with the younger Filipino generation who were born and raised in Canada, and instill Philippine history and tradition through arts and entertainment.”
“We also invite other nationalities to experience the world-renowned Filipino hospitality through a fun-filled day of culinary, traditions, and recreation,” De Leon added.
Halo-Halo means ‘mix-mix’ and is a popular Filipino dessert. In recent years, Halo-Halo has garnered popularity in mainstream media, with the proliferation of non-Filipino restaurants serving the dessert as a summer treat.
Senator Tobias Enverga, Jr., Consul General of the Philippines Honourable Junever Mahilum-West and Ward 21 Councillor Joe Mihevc are guests to the event.
The Philippine Consulate will be on-site to provide Overseas Voting Registration to Filipinos. All that is needed of registrants is a photocopy of their Filipino passport . They will also conduct Q & A sessions on Dual Citizenship and Passport Renewal.
For more info, check the h2o Facebook page: www.facebook.com/halohalofilipinofestival.
Expect to see some of the best local Filipino-Canadian talents with segments such as “Return of the Champions” with Jasmine Ragual, Candace Santos, Roy Tugbong and Glen Montero. Join in the fun with students from the JDL School of Performing Arts in their show called “Halo-Halo”. Relive your favorite daytime Philippine soap operas with Chyrell Samson and friends in “Mga Mahal Kong Teleserye.”
Former and current PIDC pageant contestants are renowned for being beautiful and talented; catch them perform in a segment called “PIDC Pageant All Stars”. Follow in the hilarious story of one man’s path to discovery that leads him to Filtown.
Don’t miss the comic book illustrator group “Spent Pencils” in the veranda of Metro Hall as they highlight Filipino super heroes. Other featured performers include Belinda Copuz, Martina Ortiz, Victoria Marie, Ryan Flores, The Fiesta Filipina Dance Troupe, Folklorico Filipino Canada and more.
The highlight of this year’s Mabuhay Philippines Festival is something people will not want to miss. PIDC is bringing some of the most famous Philippine Festivals to life. Moriones, Sinulog, Maskara, Panagbenga, Dinagyang, Kaamulan and Flores de Mayo are just a few of the celebrations that will be seen at this year’s event. Experience the sights and sounds of authentic Philippine street parades right here in Canada. Transport yourself to different regions like Marinduque, Cebu, Baguio, Bacolod and more to partake in their annual celebrations. To make the parade even more spectacular, costumes for these featured fiestas are being flown in from the Philippines and created by world-renowned designers Renee Salud and Shannon Pamaong. In addition, Randy Guevara will be choreographing the march to make the presentation magnificent. Groups and associations are invited and encouraged to join in the fanfare. If you would like more information on how your group can be a part of this unique event, please contact Parade Chair, Gene Elamparo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mabuhay Philippines Festival has something for every member of the family including vendors with various products and 6 of the top Filipino restaurants serving their best dishes. No need to buy tickets because the entire Festival is FREE! Sponsorship and a limited number of vendor opportunities are still available. For more information about becoming a festival vendor, please contact Minda Neri at email@example.com or call her at 416 621-4985. Alternatively, you can also contact Evelyn Pagkalinawan at firstname.lastname@example.org. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tom Tan at email@example.com or call him at 416 846-4272.
All over Toronto, the enthusiasm was electric! The overall tone of the crowd was excitement – the venue, food, smells, event, performances. You can sense that everyone is anticipating what’s to come as they all venture into different stalls, see different things, smell the wonderful food around them and the big stage right in the middle of the street at the intersection of Kennedy Road and Steeles Avenue.
As the crowd found seats under the blazing sun, the parents of the MFFC Youth Performing Arts Group gathered under the trees to prepare for a sizzling array of performances. Welcome to Taste of Asia (weekend of June 28 and 29, 2014). With a great big stage to match the crowd who were starting to gather, the MFFC group started their performance of Beatles medley. To the delight of the audience, the kids danced and sang their way into their hearts. The group also showcased the Singkil dance led by Sabrina Delas Alas, Joanna Torres and Joshua Hernandez. The audience especially loved the Tinikling with the colourful costumes and quick feet choreography.
A few days later, the MFFC YPAG was at another performance during the Canada Day celebrations at Milne Dam Conservation Park. This annual event was so well attended and the audience went wild as the MFFC YPAG performed popular hits of the Beatles. People sang, danced and cheered the Youth Group for their energy and talent. It was a great day enjoyed by the MFFC families and friends with the barbecues and ever flowing food brought by everyone. The evening was capped with fireworks over the park.
Members of the MFFC Youth Performing Arts Group were also invited to sing at the Filipino Fiesta in Brampton for their Philippine Independence Day celebrations. Singing and dancing contemporary hits, this group comprised of the senior members of the group.
Kudos to each of the Youth Performing Arts Group members for a great job during one of our busiest times of the year. Their ceaseless energy and outstanding performance are the trademarks of great artists. The parents of these children are the proudest during each performance and their endless support drives this organization to succeed all these years. The mentors of the program have sacrificed many things, to make sure this youth group always come out on top of their game and considered one of the best choral and performing groups in the local community.
The summer break is on for the group and a string of performances are being lined for the Fall and Winter performances. For those interested in joining the MFFC Youth Performing Arts Group, you may contact Karen Tan by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about audition dates.