By Maria Assaf
“Little by little everything is going to be okay,” says Anastacia Espena, as she rolls her wheelchair towards the dining table where she is about to have dinner with her family. Her husband made corned beef with rice. The phrase has become her motto of late. It hides the urgency of her situation behind Anastacia’s optimistic attitude.
Her family is now settling in Canada. With the help of good friends, community members and other charitable souls, they have managed to acquire a dining table, a bed and a couch, as well as kitchen supplies for their new rental apartment. “Now we have lots of plates for a party,” she says laughing.
But they are still missing basics such as curtains, bed sheets and even cellular phones for her husband, Anacito and son Dan.
Anastacia, a former bank manager, fell on her back and injured her spinal cord while working as a nanny for a family in Mississauga in 2010. She has been living in a retirement home ever since. Her husband and son joined her in Canada in Aug. 14 after the three of them were granted permanent residence status. Her family was only allowed to stay at the retirement home until the end of August.
After months of looking, Anastacia finally found an apartment for them in a wheel-chair accessible building, but their situation is still far from ideal. With little time to choose, the Espenas had to rush into an option that was not suitable for their pockets. They moved in on Sept. 1.
Anacito and Dan arrived at the place only with their suitcases. They were sleeping in the living-room on a donated airbed until somebody gave them a bed the day before this interview took place. Anastacia is still living at the retirement home.
“I love [the apartment] because it has automatic doors for me. But I don’t like it because it’s not cheap,” says Anastacia.
When her family first arrived, she tried to move them into a one-bedroom condominium, which was cheaper that the two bedroom apartment where they are now. “I was disapproved by the owner,” she says. The company did not want to rent a one-bedroom apartment to a family of three. “He said I needed a two-bedroom. So I don’t have any choice, but to go back here,” she says.
Luckily, no one had rented the place yet and they were able to get it, but with Anacito being the only one able to work in the family, the CA $1,450 a month in rent represents a big financial burden.
“I loaned the money for the first and last month rent,” says Anastacia. She does not have the money for next month’s rent.
On Sept. 8, Anacito was hired as a probationary employee at a kitchen cabinet manufacturer in Mississauga, where they live. “It’s two bus rides away, but it’s okay,” says Anastacia.
He did the same job while working as a temporary worker in Saudi Arabia. “Maybe with a little bit of training, I can do it,” says Anacito, looking eager to start working.
“Since my husband is going to have a job tomorrow we’re going to be okay,” says Anastacia.
Little by little, Anacito and Dan are getting used to living in a new environment.
Dan started school on Sept. 2. His favorite subject is religion and he already found a group of Filipino friends. “I am still just adjusting and my Filipino friends teach me to adjust to the school,” he says.
Anastacia struggled to find supplies and uniforms for the 16-year-old. “It’s expensive, but a friend of mine bought two sets of uniforms as a gift,” says Anastacia. She was able to buy him the gym uniform.
Dan also has to take two buses to get to school 45 minutes away. He is waiting for the school to enroll him in its bus service. “We are hoping that he is going to get in as soon as possible, to save money for the bus tickets. It’s a lot if you don’t have, you know,” says Anastacia.
Anastacia is looking into applying for a food bank, to help her family with the costs of living.
Still, her biggest concern is to be able to move in with her family as soon as possible. She is waiting to be assessed by WSIB (Workplace Safety and Insurance Board) for the insurance that has been taking care of her since the accident.
The board has to determine if she can move into the new apartment and out of the retirement home where she receives meals as well as 24-hour medical care.
For her to move in with her family, WSIB may have to modify some features of the apartment to allow Anastacia to be more self-sufficient. They may also have to assign a personal support worker to take care of her while her family is at work and in school. All of this will be decided after her assessment.
“I don’t know yet what’s going to happen. That’s our primary concern right now. Because they can manage on their own, but if I am going to be here with them, it’s a different story. So that right now is our worry,” says Anastacia.
(Anastacia Espena can be reached at 416-558-1901 and at firstname.lastname@example.org)
By Rachelle Cruz
There’s Korea town, China town, Greek town, and now there’s Little Manila. You won’t find jeepneys bumper-to-bumper stuck in traffic, or street-kids selling Sampaguitas under the searing heat of the sun but the first ever Filipino street festival at Bathurst and Wilson Avenue is as close to home as it can get. Large crowds flocked north of Toronto- and got a real “Taste of Manila”. North York Centre city marshalls have estimated that the Pinoy fest drew in 25,000 people on its launch date by mid-afternoon and 30,000 people the following day, with crowds spilling out into the streets. The historic event celebrated Filipino food, local artists and bands, folk dances, as well as Pinoy street games. About 65 vendors set up shop across the tiny strip lane, offering their services, clamoring for new customers, and serving up traditional dishes that had people lining up till the day turned night. Let’s not forget special guest Kapamilya star Gerald Anderson, one of the main attractions, who charmed his way through the crowds.
Brought to you by the Philippine Cultural Community Centre (PCCC) in association with the Philippine Consulate General Office of Toronto, “Taste of Manila” presented by Western Union and TFC, kicked off from August 23 to 24. While it unfolded over the weekend, this event was in fact, six years-in-the-making. The Philippine Reporter caught up with the man behind it all, Rolly Magante, who pulled his resources, and honed in his patience, to make it happen,
“Unang una, yung Taste of Manila, matagal na usapin yon. Almost anim na taon yun, bago ngayon lang nabuo. Pagkat yan inumpasin ng aming consul general, para makipag-ugnayan sa mga businesses dito at saka mga community. After nang six years, na isip ko, ano kaya ang pwede gawin dito satin- sa kadamihan ng mga Filipino dito,” he explained.
“Itong January 14 binigyan ako ng signal (from City of Toronto) na pwede ko nang simulan. Bumoo ako ng board of directors, at buti na lang yung municipal dito sumoporta. At dun nangyari ang Taste of Manila, na binuo sa pamamagitan ko nag tiyaga ako para sa lahat ng community , para makinabang tayo at bigyan natin nang kasayahan ang lugar na ito,” he continued.
But it wasn’t until early this year that he was given the green signal from the City of Toronto to make his street festival dream a reality. Joseph Cruz Franco, treasurer and secretary of PCCC said that Magante formed the board in January, and by the following month, decided on the dates August 23 to 24. PCCC board member Philip Beloso further confirmed that there were no other Filipino festivals happening on those dates. By late February, the board met with City of Toronto officials, and were given a temporary permit to hold the festival.
“We got our conditional permit sometime in May. Actually our first application originally was turned down by the city because it was supposed to be at the street of Wilson Avenue from Bathurst going west due to construction. It was with the help of Ward 10 Councillor Pasternak that we had a plan B that is to do it on Bathurst St. instead, from corner of Wilson Avenue going North of Bathurst to Allingham st.,” Franco explained.
It wasn’t until July of this year that their final permit was released. As the City gave them the green signal, they restlessly ploughed away to organize the event for that weekend. As it turned out, long-time running Philippine Independence Day Council’s (PIDC) Mabuhay Festival coincided with Taste of Manila.
“We were so nervous when we found out that it fell on the same dates, because Mabuhay is so big,” Franco admitted.
Still, the overwhelming success of the event was undeniable, and may have come off as a surprise to some. From Sen. Tobias Enverga, to Philippine Consulate General of Toronto Junever Mahilum-West, and among other VIPs, they acknowledged the hard work and sleepless nights of the slew of organizers, volunteers and media team who also acted as trouble shooters and pulled threads to make the gargantuan event possible. Speaking to a few of Magante’s sidekicks Filbert Wong and Warren John, they barely got shut eye.
But it paid off. MP Mark Adler, for the Toronto riding of York Centre, during his remarks, sprinkled some water over the crowd as he “baptized” the corner as “Little Manila”. He further expressed his thoughts on the Filipino community coming together, “I’m so lucky, I grew up in this area and now I’m raising my family here. You know and the Filipino community is so about helping others and that’s what we try to do, we work very closely with them. With so many people today, we baptized this corner here as Little Manila and we got to make that official and everyone is so happy, and I’m so glad to be here,” he exclaimed.
Toronto Mayoral candidates Olivia Chow, John Tory and Rob Ford made their appearances, took their time to mingle with the crowd, and ended their remarks with ‘Mabuhay Canada! Mabuhay Filipinos!’ They echoed.
“I’ve seen whether it’s at a basketball tournament or whether at this Taste of Manila festival, the Mabuhay Festival later on, it’s a great community, it’s contributing in every part of Toronto’s life and we have to celebrate that,” Tory said.
Sure, the trailblazing moment caught like wildfire, and forecast says that it will return again every year, bigger and better. If you didn’t make it there, Mstudio productions managed the live broadcast streaming of events as entertainment unfolded and brought the infectious energy to a new high.
But it’s worthwhile to take a look back at why Taste of Manila found its recipe for success: Strategic location. Bathurst and Wilson has organically grown as the hub for the Filipino community in Toronto. It’s the epicentre of Filipino entrepreneurial activity, the workplace of OFWs, and the tambayan of seniors and students alike. It all started here sometime ago.
Throwback to the 1950s, there were very few Filipinos in Canada. It wasn’t until the late 1970s, where the country saw an influx of Overseas Filipino Workers, commonly termed as OFWs, mostly women who held jobs in the health sector. Filipino immigrants flooded the area as swelling demand and need for personal support workers, nurses, and nannies gave rise. Many of them fell under the Live-In Caregiver Program. Later on, Filipinos joined their relatives under the family reunification program, and naturally gravitated to Toronto where jobs prospered. Bathurst and Wilson is one of the areas where they concentrated and settled. Gradually, Filipinos started their own businesses, to cater to the growing Filipino presence. It became a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity – from remittance stores, to hair salons, restaurants, and carinderia-style shops, services that Filipinos needed started to pop up in the scene. Bong Capitin, owner of Cusina Lounge and one of the Taste of Manila organizers couldn’t agree more.
“Strategically the location is a factor,” he said, on why Taste of Manila was buzzing with entrepreneurial activity.
“It’s also the new features of entertainment like palaro sa kalsada, palosebo, and paluan ng palayok. And of course the Cusina-sponsored boodle fight,” he added.
Of course what’s a fiesta without Pinoy food? From ihaw-ihaw, to chicken adobo, pancit and longanisa, food is always the main attraction as dozens lined up to get fed. Clearly, the turnout surpassed the organizers’ expectations.
Still, one of the sweetest rewards for Magante came straight from his daughter Jacqueline,
“This event is really exciting. It makes me proud especially because it’s our dad who organized it! Everywhere you turn you see people having fun and smiling. Congratulations dad! All the sleepless nights and hard work paid off and now it’s a success and it’s exciting. Love you!” she said.]]>
Present at the meeting, representatives of PINAY, Migrante Quebec, Filipino Association of Montreal and Suburbs (FAMAS), We Care-Givers, Cordillera Peoples Support Group (CPSG), and the Filipino Parents Association of Quebec spoke to the community to announce and express their position on the proposed changes. The atmosphere was one of disbelief and discontent, as community members and representatives discussed the potential impacts to future caregivers, and what kind of message they wanted to send back to the government.
After the overhaul of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) in June of 2014, government officials have stated that the next reforms made would probably be to the LIC program. In fact, the proposed changes, if implemented, essentially rewrite the program altogether. For example, one significant modification is to include caregiving as an eligible profession under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program. Generally, the CEC is for foreign professionals who have the educational or professional background and the economic means to establish themselves in Canada. The addition of caregivers to this immigration category is vexing, as in the Live-in Caregiver program as is, caregivers are paid minimum wage, have an employer specific work permit, and only requires either six months training, or one year of previous experience in the domain. If made part of the CEC program, caregivers would receive a two year work permit, in lieu of the current four year work permit, and also have more rigorous conditions to be eligible, such as passing the Canadian Language Benchmark Level of five in either English of French, and having 72 units (2 years) of education at the university level. Reforms such as this would not only create new obstacles for future caregiver applicants but also make it more difficult for Canadian employers who wish to hire a caregiver.
Despite the fact that there is no retroactive measures for any of the proposed changes, they are still deeply concerning for current and former caregivers, in that they reflect how different the government’s perspective is on the needed revisions of the program.
“Once again, they (Canadian gov’t) are blaming the victim,” says Fiel Salazar, the president of PINAY, a Filipino Women’s Organization in Quebec. “Caregiving is a permanent need and a job that Canadians are not willing to do,” she states. “We need to organize to help future caregivers because things will be much more difficult for them.”
Aside from discussing the proposed changes, the meeting objective was to solidify consensus on the content of a campaign that suggests alternative solutions to problems with the LCP. As the immigration process differs in Quebec for all immigrants, it was crucial to consider these differences, though the campaign content largely matches those of other Filipino groups throughout Canada. The meeting addressed three principal demands. First, that the ‘live-in’ component of the program be optional instead of a requirement. This would mean that both the employer and employee would have an equal say in if the caregiver would live with the employer, making both parties more confortable with the working arrangements. Secondly, that permanent residence status be given upon arrival. This demand is based on the fact that caregiving is a permanent need and that many care-givers face significant problems because of their employer specific work permit and temporary status. Or alternatively, if no permanent residence status was given, it is suggested that caregivers be given an employment specific work permit so that they are able to change and choose employers much more easily. Lastly, families or individuals looking for a caregiver should be part of a centralized registry, making finding credible employment better. Exploitation, abuse, and harassment are unfortunately not uncommon in the domestic workplace, as well as fraudulent employment. Having to register as an employer, but also having a registry to look for new employers, would be a means to reduce problems and equalize the workplace.
The meeting concluded with discussions of how to proceed, highlighting a related and existing incentive by Canadians for an Inclusive Canada, where a petition is circulating. Mobilizing members of all these groups, and networking with other organizations outside of Quebec are part of the strategy to organize a single and strongly unified voice in support of community driven initiatives and against the government’s preliminary proposed changes.
(PRESS RELEASE/By Leah Evangelista Woolner, on behalf of PINAY)]]>
(Reprinted from Bulatlat, Vol 3, No 14, May 11-17, 2003)
May 13, 2003 marks the 100th death anniversary of Apolinario Mabini, known to Filipinos as “The Sublime Paralytic” and “The Brains of the Revolution.” He was a brilliant thinker who used his pen in the service of the Filipino people’s struggle for freedom in the age of new imperialism.
By Alexander Martin Remollino
Apolinario Mabini was born on July 23, 1864 in the village of Talaga in Tanauan, Batangas. He was the second of eight children of Dionisia Maranan, a vendor in the Tanauan market and a daughter of the village schoolteacher, and Inocencio Mabini, an unlettered peasant.
A show of uncommon intelligence while tagging along with an elder brother to his grandfather’s classes brought him to a regular school. While studying at a school owned by Simplicio Avelino, he worked as a houseboy for a tailor in exchange for free board and lodging. He later transferred to the school of Fr. Valerio Malabanan, a famous educator in Tanauan who is mentioned in Jose Rizal’s novel El Filibusterismo.
Mabini then went to the Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila in 1881 as a scholar. It was there where he amazed a professor who thought of picking on him because of his bad clothes – as if poverty gave him any other choice. He was asked a series of very difficult questions, which he all answered excellently.
While studying at Letran, he earned money for his board and lodging by teaching children. Because of a chronic lack of funds, his studies in Manila went on and off.
In 1887, he completed his Bachilles en Artes with highest honors. The next year, he enrolled in law at the University of Santo Tomas. He completed his course in 1894.
Mabini, probably as a result of his wide readings, had begun to develop egalitarian ideas of sorts while a student at Letran. On one of his trips to Tanauan, he met a priest on the road. Following the custom then, the priest extended his hand to Mabini, expecting the young man to kiss it. Mabini shook the priest’s hand instead, explaining to his brother afterwards that only parents’ hands should be kissed.
He began to take an active part in politics while studying law.
It is believed that at the University of Santo Tomas – considered Asia’s oldest university – he came into contact with fellow students who had links with the Reform Movement. He would later be given the task of corresponding regularly with Marcelo del Pilar, who was then agitating for reforms in Madrid through the paper La Solidaridad. His job was to inform del Pilar of the situation on the home front and explain what reforms were needed. He did this task assiduously even while practicing his profession.
When the revolution led by Andres Bonifacio broke out in 1896, Mabini did not immediately support it. He believed that the Reform Movement had not yet been given a full chance.
It was also in that year that he contracted a disease which paralyzed him from the waist down. He had to be confined at the San Juan de Dios Hospital. His involvement in the Reform Movement had made him suspect in the eyes of the Spanish authorities, but his condition saved him from Bagumbayan – where a number of his friends were executed.
The execution of Rizal in December 1896 signified to Mabini the death of the Reform Movement. At this point he transferred his whole support to the Revolution.
He wrote the pamphlets “El Verdadero Decalogo” and “Ordenanzas de la Revolucion,” which were intended to inspire the revolutionaries in the fields and guide them in their conduct of the struggle; and a constitutional program for the Philippine government.
In 1898, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo invited Mabini to work in the Revolutionary Government. He helped in organizing it and wrote laws and decrees. He was appointed President of the Cabinet – a position equivalent to today’s Executive Secretary, which is now manned by Alberto Romulo.
Unlike Aguinaldo, Mabini was suspicious of the Americans – who presented themselves purportedly to help the Filipinos secure liberty from Spain – early on. He was in fact against the declaration of independence on June 12, 1898; he thought it premature, as it revealed to the Americans the real objectives of the Filipinos, while the intentions of the supposed allies were unknown. But other forces within the Revolutionary Government had prevailed at that time.
Later developments would prove Mabini right. In December 1898, unknown to the Filipinos, the United States obtained the Philippines from Spain for $20 million. In February 1899, the United States launched its war of conquest against the Philippines.
Mabini would become a leading luminary of the resistance against the U.S. occupation of the Philippines. He wrote articles and pamphlets urging his compatriots to continue the struggle for freedom and condemning American military atrocities against the Philippine populace. He also disputed U.S. propaganda which described the occupation as intending to train the Filipinos in the art of self-government: he would argue that self-government is learned by experience, as proven by the American people themselves, and that Filipinos would never learn self-government while under foreign control – and this would give the Americans “justification” for staying in the country indefinitely. He also junked the U.S. line that the occupation of the Philippines would serve to make the country prosperous, arguing that any “prosperity” that would be derived from the American occupation would benefit the Americans and not the Filipinos.
Mabini would suffer for his uncompromising stand for independence.
Even in the early days of the Philippine-American war, there were those in the Revolutionary Congress who were open to the idea of autonomy instead of independence, most notably Pedro Paterno (who, just two years before, had negotiated for the Spanish government in the Pact of Biak na Bato, a pact that made peace between the Philippines and Spain – within the framework of continued Spanish sovereignty over the Philippine islands). Mabini would inevitably come into conflict with these elements within the Revolutionary Government. He had no choice except to resign, as General Aguinaldo would show partiality toward the forces of autonomy.
When the American forces began to pursue the leaders of the Philippine resistance movement, Mabini went into hiding in Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija. Soon, he would be arrested by American soldiers, courtesy of a group of Macabebe Scouts who led them to his hiding place. He was imprisoned in Fort Santiago from December 11, 1899 to September 23, 1900.
Mabini would continue his agitation for independence after his release. He flatly rejected offers to serve in the colonial government, and also refused to take the oath of allegiance to the American flag. Because of this, he was exiled to Guam, where he was to stay for two years.
In February 1903, probably weakened by exile and feeling that he would die on foreign soil, Mabini decided – with a heavy heart – to take the oath of allegiance to the United States – a condition for his return to the Philippines.
Upon returning to the Philippines, he resumed his work of agitating for independence even as he had sworn allegiance to the American flag – proving that the oath he took was merely pro forma.
A cholera epidemic struck Manila in May of that year. Mabini, who was then residing in Nagtahan, was hit by the disease, and in the evening of May 13 he passed away. He was 10 days and two months short of his 39th birthday.
Mabini left behind an unpublished book, La Revolucion Filipina, which blamed the failure of the 1896 Philippine Revolution on Aguinaldo and condemned him for instigating the execution of Bonifacio and the murder of Gen. Antonio Luna. (General Luna, like Mabini, stood for independence and rejected autonomy.) His friends published the book for him.
Mabini for today
Mabini was a firm believer in the right of every human being to be free. He fought against the American colonial occupation because he believed that Filipinos, being human beings as much as anyone else, have a right to liberty, and the occupation of the Philippines was a violation of that right.
If Mabini were alive today, he would no doubt be a fierce advocate of genuine independence. He would surely push for a foreign policy anchored on sovereignty.
In line with this, he would definitely be a bitter critic of the Macapagal-Arroyos and the Oples who could not think of Philippine interests as apart from U.S. interests. He would surely oppose the presence of U.S/ troops on Philippine soil, as this violates sovereignty by automatically aligning the Philippines with the United States. No doubt he would have criticized the Macapagal-Arroyo government for supporting the U.S.-led war on Iraq – a violation of the sovereignty of the Iraqi people.
He would certainly also be a vehement critic of the globalist policies pursued dutifully by the Macapagal-Arroyo government.
He would reason that globalization benefits only foreign corporate interests, particularly U.S. corporate interests, and would push for a nationalist economic framework.
And so the partisans of the existing order would call him, by turns, a “terrorist” and a “dreamer” – as advocates of genuine independence have been called by the Macapagal-Arroyo administration.
The 39th annual Toronto International Film Festival kicked off, and this year, three films from the Philippines made the cut: Lav Diaz’s From What is Before (Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon), Carlos Siguion-Reyna’s Where I am King (Hari ng Tondo), and celebrated filmmaker Joel Lamangan’s Jusice (Hustisya).
The Philippine Reporter caught up with Filipino veteran director Lamangan on its international premiere screening for Hustisya on Sept. 9.
“It’s an honour to be invited in such a festival, because it becomes a show window of my film. A show window of the truth that I would like to be said about the country, and it’s always an open opportunity to say so, an opportunity given not to everybody,” Lamangan said.
Aided by top-notch cast and veteran actress Ms. Nora Aunor and Ricky Lee’s script, the socialist-horror flick is a harsh realist commentary on the perpetual corruption, criminality, and injustices that unfold within the nitty-gritty set of Manila.
You can catch the full story and review in the next issue and online (http://philippinereporter.com) soon, but here’s some of the audience reactions:
“I did like the film, it’s a riveting movie and Nora Aunor’s performance as usual is fantastic. You know it makes me sad to know that this kind of thing is still happening in the Philippines.”– Evelyn Pagkalinawan
“Yeah I enjoyed it, but I cannot swallow it, for what is you know, going on in the Philippines. But I know it’s true. I know that’s what’s going on, I know it’s true especially the politicians.”– Percie Inacay
“Bakit ganun? Hindi magagandang lugar ang pinakikita. At saka, it’s too much. You know like, it’s mostly negative things about the Philippines, there’s nothing positive about it but anyway it was really well directed and the actress was really great.”– Susan Llanera]]>
2. It is only the Left which continues to insist that pork is still intact in the budget. There are eight major groups which launched the PI – each has specific proposals on how to eradicate corruption in the country. But they all arrived at the same conclusion that Aquino and his allies have continued to distribute pork through various insidious means. They have conflicting political views, some of them are even against the move to impeach or oust Aquino, but what bonded them together was their collective outrage over pork politics. It’s either the Left is incredibly good at brainwashing the other PI proponents or there is a genuine disgust against pork and its current permutations.
The event will be held on Friday, Sept. 19. 2014, 6:30 p.m. at FV Foods restaurant, 280 Wilson Avenue, North York. The event dinner buffet is $10 per person.
The candidates expected are:
1. Willie Reodica – Candidate for Mayor of Whitmore/Stouffville.
2. Ace Alvarez – Candidate for Trustee, Catholic School Board
3. Manny Yanga -Candidate for Trustee, Catholic School Board
4. Paulina Corpuz - Candidate for Trustee, Catholic School Board
5. Joey Abrenilla - Candidate for Trustee, Catholic School Board
6. Manny Ching – Candidate for Trustee, Catholic School Board
7. Luz del Rosario - Candidate for Trustee, Catholic School Board
8. Gary Tanuan – Trustee for re-election
9. Alex Chiu - Councillor for re-election, City of Markham
10. Randy Bucao – Candidate for Councillor, City of Toronto
Others to be confirmed are:
1. Louroz Mercader – Candidate for Councillor, Mississauga
2. Julius Tiangson – Nominee for Conservative MP (federal)
The event is open to the public. Media and other guests are requested to RSVP to Rose Tijam, 647-400-9738; email@example.com]]>
LBC, the Philippines’ premiere cargo-forwarding and money-remittance provider, has once again teamed up with ANCOP International Canada in enhancing the lives of needy Filipinos. By becoming its main sponsor for three consecutive years now, LBC teamed-up with ANCOP International, a registered Canadian Catholic charity organization dedicated to uplifting the lives of countless people in developing countries, in successfully raising much-needed funds for ANCOP’s 5-km charity walk in downtown Toronto last Sunday, August 24. This charity event was also widely-supported by many other business, socio-civic, youth and religious groups.
For its part, aside from the usual sponsorship donation, LBC handed out souvenir items, giveaways and raffle prizes to the huge throng of ‘walkers’ during the hour-and-a-half ‘charity walk’. LBC’s own philosophy of ‘giving smiles’ to its customers – by way of excellent service and affordable rates – resonates very well with ANCOP’s vision of answering the cry of the poor. LBC’s sponsorship of this annual charity event is anchored mostly through the personal involvement of Country Head Rafael Policarpio and LBC’s employees, friends, supporters, and among others, members and families of Talamak Golf club, LBC’s social arm and counterpart when it comes to sports and civic-oriented undertakings, such as ANCOP’s ‘walk for a cause’ event.]]>