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t first glance, I knew I was going to have fun driving this luxury crossover! Just one look at the hard lines of the front chrome grill, large Cadillac emblem, 20” aluminium rims and the aggressive styling of the 2012 Cadillac SRX AWD screamed fun and excitement as I picked up the SRX for my week-long road review. I couldn't wait to hop in the driver’s seat and run through my weekly new car checklist. As with many luxury automobiles, there are features upon features

and the 2012 Cadillac SRX is no different. The list of premium equipment in this crossover is long so let’s start with the panoramic sunroof. The sunroof extends all the way to rear passenger cabin and the view is fantastic. Throw in heated and ventilated 8-way leather power seats in the front and heated seats for the rear passengers. Also included is park assist, variable power liftgate control, rear camera, pop-up navigation system, HID headlights and a lot more! The

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f you love small cars, you'll love the new Scion iQ. It's definitely a head turner and while you enjoy this little road rocket cruising through the streets of Winnipeg but you may feel the pot holes. The 2012 Scion iQ sporty looking compact with a 1.3L 4-banger pumping out 94hp. The iQ comes in one trim level

and starts at $16,760. Over $4,200 in available options including 16" alloy wheels, premium Pioneer audio and XM Satellite radio. One more thing, the iQ comes with 11 air bags. Yes, eleven air bags. Don't worry, the Scion dealership in Winnipeg is opening soon in the Waverley Auto Mall.

Working behind the wheel and running errands in the Exchange. Thanks to Winnipeg Free Press photographer, Mike Deal for having his camera handy as he was walking across the street.

analogy clock is always a nice touch too. Interior styling of the Cadillac SRX offers double-stitched leather and wood accents. The centre stack console is sharp and elegant with the 8” LCD pop-up navigation display. The ventilated seats are great for Manitoba summers while the heated seats are an absolute treat during our long and cold Manitoba winters. Speaking of winter, one other great feature is the heated steering wheel. Perfect for the time you forget your gloves. Seating room in the back is comfortable as I had more than enough leg room. The heated seats in the back are a welcome bonus. Looking for cargo space? The 6040 rear seats drop down to give you a flat cargo floor. Under the hood, the Cadillac SRX is powered by a 3.6L V6 6-speed automatic transmission and cranks out 308hp and 265 lbft of torque.

The Cadillac SRX comes in seven different trim levels and starts at $42,160 and tops out with our tester model, the SRX AWD Premium package at $54,580. Our test vehicle came with the added 20” aluminum rims for an extra

$1,945. Total price of our tester MSRP $56,525. Among the list of cars in the same category as the Cadillac SRX include the Lexus RX350, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK350, Ford Edge and Acura MDX.

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he one week that I had this beast was the one week Manitoba was bone dry. After asking several farmer friends if I could help aerate their fields, I was told there's no mud for miles. I settled for driving 2012 Ford F-150 Raptor SVT to Seddon's Corner by Beaujejour, Manitoba for a little dusty offroad fun. Under the hood is a 6.2L V8 and pumps out 411hp and 434 lb.-ft. of torque and can demolish any gravel road in our fine province, and perfect for the low-speed off-road adventures at Seddon's Corner. The front camera system worked like a charm as I drove up, down and through the gravel pits. The front camera system engages during low-speed and helped navigate

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slush and snow storm. Mud was everywhere. The 2012 Ford F-150 Raptor SVT 4x4 SuperCrew media vehicle, as tested was $64,749.

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Information Technology (IT) Presentation at Fil-Can Cabletow Lodge No. 189 Breakfast meeting

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n Saturday, October 13, 2012 at a monthly breakfast meeting of the Fil-Can Cabletow lodge No. 189 held at Pampanga Restaurant, RW Bro John Baptista made a presentation on Information Technology.Several members and ladies of Masons came out to

listen to the presentation.Monthly breakfast meeting by the lodge is scheduled every second Saturday of the month. Resource Speakers are invited to give their presentations on certain topic assigned to them. Masons and non-Masons are welcome to attend

The participants L-R: ( Behind) Sis Cecille Cruz And Sis Nona Baggao. (Front) RW Bro Reyne Cruz, W Bro Cris Alip - Worshipful Master of Fil-Can Cabletow Lodge no. 189, Bro Arnel Lee, and RW Bro Junn Manalang. Photos by Reyne Cruz

Sis Ofel Ninalga Celebrates Birthday

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he family, relatives, friends and members of the New Hope Fellowship and Mission Ministry came together to celebrate the birthday of Sis Ofel Ninalga during the weekly prayer meeting held at

932 College Avenue, Winnipeg. Everyone enjoyed the sumptuous dinner prepared by the celebrant her daughter Angel and members of the congregation. Ofel thanks everyone for the joyful celebration!

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Playing the Six-String with Twelve Fingers (On Johnny Marr, formerly of The Smiths)

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mong the countless brilliant musicians in the New Wave / Postpunk genre, Johnny Marr remains to be on the list of my favorites. Marr began his career as the guitar player and co-songwriter in the legendary English band The Smiths (1982– '87), which released four full-length studio albums: The Smiths (1984), Meat Is Murder (1985), The Queen Is Dead (1986), and Strangeways, Here We Come (1987). I love Marr's signature guitar style which he developed and had become apparent in his works with The Smiths—jangly and folky, a playing that combined strumming and plucking, creating crisp and melodic multitones of notes—a style that now also defines Postpunk music. After The Smiths, Marr pursued a path of a prolific collaborator, joining bands and leaving in their music his signature sound. Among these collaborations, the following are the most remarkable. The Cribs Marr's contribution to The Cribs is in the English Indie band’s

fourth album, Ignore the Ignorant (2009). Marr’s guitar works are really different from those of the rest of the albums of The Cribs. Marr truly has his own distinctive style, especially to one who is familiar with his body of works. Recommended songs: “We Share the Same Skies,” “Last Year’s Snow,” and “Victim of Mass Production.” Modest Mouse Another must-listen is his contributions to the music of Modest Mouse during his being a member of this US Indie band—in the fifth and currently last album, We Were Dead before the Ship Even Sank (2007). His guitar tracks are always unmistakable. Recommended songs: “Dashboard,” “Missed the Boat,” and “We’ve Got Everything.” The The His works with The The made the music of this classic English Postpunk band more guitaroriented, inevitably—Mind Bomb (1989) and Dusk (1993), The The’s fourth and fifth album, respectively.

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Road to peace in Bangsamoro

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he historic signing of the “Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro” was accomplished on October 15, 2012 at the Malacañang Palace. It was not the final peace accord that the parties wished for but it was a good start considering what everybody involved in the process had gone through. The Framework Agreement would lead to the creation of a “new autonomous political entity” (NPE) called “Bangsamoro.” This would replace the existing Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), which is composed

of the predominantly Muslim provinces of Maguindanao, Sulu, Basilan, Lanao del Sur, and TawiTawi; and the cities of Marawi and Lamitan. In addition, the provinces of Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato, which are not part of ARMM, will be included in the new Bangsamoro. Finally, President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III’s relentless pursuit of peace with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is paying off. With the Framework Agreement in place, all the players can now work together – if they can -- in achieving peace, which has eluded us for decades.

Recommended songs: “The Beat(en) Generation,” “Gravitate to Me,” and ”Slow Emotion Replay.” Electronic His guitar works with Electronic are subtle in the first, selftitled album; however, he seemed to have gone Postpunk mode again in the ensuing albums—Raise the Pressure (1996) and Twisted Tenderness (1999); he also played harmonica on some tracks, like he did in The The. Recommended songs: “Getting Away with It,” “Get the Message,” “Tighten Up, “Forbidden City,” “For You,” and “Vivid.” Johnny Marr & the Healers Ironically, I couldn't feel the Marr I love in the music of Johnny Marr & the Healers—which released its debut and, to date, only album, Boomslang in 2003— maybe because he was exploring a different avenue here—in which he was more into the bluesy side of Rock rather than into the Postpunk. He was also the lead vocalist, so this extra main task may have diminished his focus on the guitar works. Recommended songs: “Down on the Corner,” “Something to Shout About,” and “You Are the Magic.” Talking Heads and Billy Bragg Notable also are his guitar contributions to the single "(Nothing But) Flowers" by Talking Heads, from the album Naked (1988); and to the song "Greetings to the New Brunette" by Billy

Bragg, from the album Talking with the Taxman about Poetry (1986). Marr's Smiths-style really came out in these songs—jangly, melodic combination of strumming and plucking. Lest I forget, here are my recommended songs by The Smiths in which Marr’s guitars are prominent: “This Charming Man,” Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now,” “I Want the One I Can’t Have,” “William, It Was Really Nothing,” “Big Mouth Strikes Again,” “The Boy with the Thorn in His Side,” and “Girlfriend in a Coma.”

Final Note The above are only Marr's more notable contributions to the world of music. In his prolific and enduring music career, he has collaborated and continues to work with numerous fellow artists not limited to his obviously preferred genre of Rock. (He has already worked with the composer and film scorer Hans Zimmerman.) In the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” 2012 Special Collectors’ Edition of the music magazine Rolling Stone, Marr ranked 51st.

Indeed, the circuitous road to peace took many turns and detours that seemed to go nowhere. And each time that peace seemed to be at hand, an armed conflict breaks out between government forces and the 12,000-strong MILF rebels, pushing everybody back to square one. It was like a “line dance” number: one step forward, two steps back, make a turn and repeat the number. Now that the dancing is over and the parties had signed the framework, the challenge is how to achieve a lasting peace in the Bangsamoro. It is interesting to note that the MILF is not the only Muslim rebel group in Mindanao. There are several others: at least two factions of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), and the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). Currently, the government has an existing – albeit shaky -peace agreement with MNLF that

was signed by Nur Misuari and then President Fidel V. Ramos in 1996, which ended the 24year secessionist war that MNLF waged. The 57-member Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) recognizes the Misuari-led MNLF faction. Misuari had made it known that he opposed the creation of Bangsamoro as envisioned in the Framework Agreement because he claimed that it violated the 1996 peace agreement, which MILF opposed at that time. The weekend before the signing of the Framework Agreement, Misuari met with Sulu Gov. Sakur Tan – an ally of P-Noy – in Zamboanga City to allay fears that it could “spark unrest and may lead to war in Mindanao,” as reported by the media. “I was misunderstood. What I said was the ‘framework’ might be a recipe for a crisis which may include war,” he told Tan.

Barring any new conflict, an autonomous Bangsamoro region could usher in the dawn of peace and progress in a region long neglected – and abused – by the Central Government in Manila. Due to take effect upon the completion of a comprehensive agreement by the end of the year, Bangsamoro will be governed by a Basic Law administered by an elected “ministerial form of government,” which I believe would be akin to a parliamentary system. The Bangsamoro Government will have an asymmetric relationship with the Central Government in Manila. Powers As stipulated in the Framework Agreement, “The Central Government will have reserved powers, the Bangsamoro Government shall have its exclusive powers, and there will be concurrent powers shared by the Central Government and the

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Ambassador Gatan Completes Economic and Consular Mission to the Maritimes

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mbassador Leslie B. Gatan led Team Philippines in Canada on an economic and consular mission to the Maritime Provinces of historic Prince Edward island and scenic New Brunswick from 24 to 30 September 2012, thus rounding out his tour of Atlantic Canada -which started in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as in Nova Scotia, in April 2012. In the Cradle of Canadian Confederation Ambassador Gatan visited historic Prince Edward Island – known as the cradle of the Confederation, and held calls on and meetings with the Honorable Lieutenant Governor H. Frank Lewis, the Hon. Premier Robert Ghiz, His Worship Clifford Lee, Mayor of Charlottetown, the Honorable Allen Roach, Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning, the Honorable Janice Sherry, Minister of Environment, Labor and Justice, and Mr. Lee Brammer of Innovation PEI. Ambassador Gatan further held meetings with business leaders and managers and visited manufacturing facilities in the province, including the Mussels King facility at Morell, the Master Packaging Plant at Borden, the Cavendish Farms in New Annan, and the Testori Americas Corporation in Summerside. The Ambassador met such prominent business leaders such as Mary Jean Irving and Ellen Dockendorff.

The Ambassador toured the campus and modern facilities of the Holland College and met with President Brian McCauley and Justin Dunn. The visit of the Ambassador and his delegation was facilitated by the Chief of Protocol Mary Ellen Morieke and Mrs. Leticia Da Rosa, the latter among the pioneering Filipino migrants in the province. The Ambassador saw firsthand how Filipino migrants and workers continue to demonstrate the kind of work ethic and skill sets Filipinos are known for in the world. On the occasion of the visit of the Ambassador, the Philippine Embassy Consular Section conducted a parallel consular service to Filipino nationals at the Jack Blanchard Family Centre. The Ambassador announced that the provision of the consular service would be scheduled on a yearly basis, to service the needs of the growing Filipino community in the province. The Ambassador and his delegation were feted by the community, which, even without any formal representative organization, showcased a deep sense of unity and camaraderie that would evidently be unique and unparalleled in Canada. Joining the Filipino workers during the get-together were the employers as well as His Worship Mayor Lee themselves.

Team Philippines-Canada Consolidates Economic Diplomacy Initiatives 6 October 2012 – Against the backdrop of Canada’s fastest growing provincial economy, members of Team PhilippinesCanada (TPC) convened in Edmonton, Alberta on 6 October 2012 for the annual Economic Diplomacy Workshop of Philippine foreign service posts in Canada. Led by Ambassador Leslie B. Gatan, workshop participants included officers of the Philippine Embassy in Ottawa, the Philippine Consulates General in Toronto and Vancouver and their Labor Attachés, Department of Tourism representatives based in Chicago and San Francisco, and the Agriculture Attaché holding office in Washington, D.C. Honorary Consul General Esmeralda Agbulos extended logistical support to TPC, together with members of the Filipino community in Edmonton. Ambassador Gatan and Minister Neil Ferrer opened the workshop with an overview of Philippine economic interests in Canada. First Secretary Eric Tamayo followed through with

a presentation on the outlook for the Philippine economy. TPC also benefitted from briefings on Philippine agribusiness in Canada by Dr. Josyline Javelosa, Philippine tourism promotion by Director Vernie Verlarde-Morales, Philippine medical tourism by First Secretary Flerida Ann Camille P. Mayo and an overview of Philippine Labor and Migration by Atty. Bernardino Julve. At the end of day, TPC laid guideposts for economic diplomacy thrusts across Canada in 2013. Among areas that will require TPC’s focus

Hope and Luck and the Harvesting of Potatoes The potato continues to be intricately linked to the wealth and livelihood of Atlantic Canada, demonstrating the proverbial luck in harvesting the spud from planting veritable pebbles. At New Brunswick, Ambassador Gatan and his mission explored ways to have the famed luck extend to possible linkages in trade, commerce and investment between Filipino and New Brunswick enterprises. New Brunswick is the new land of hope particularly for the increasing number of Filipino migrants and workers in the province. Ambassador Gatan called on the Honorable Graydon Nicholas, Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, as well as His

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Fredericton at the Willie O'Ree Place in collaboration with the Filipino community leaders in the city. During a dialogue with the community, Ambassador Gatan and Labor Attache Francisco Luna addressed the queries and concerns of Filipino temporary workers. They were joined by provincial immigration officers and consultants. The community members gathered welcomed the announcement from the Ambassador that consular services would be rotated among the major cities in New Brunswick on a yearly basis in recognition of the growing number of Filipino moving to Canada and requiring consular assistance and services.

From Top left clockwise: Ambassador Gatan with New Brunswick Premier David Alward; with PEI Lt. Governor H. Frank Lewis, with Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee, New Brunswick Lt. Governor Graydon Nicolas; with Fredericton Mayor Bard Woodside, and the area supervisor and Filipino crew at a fastfood restaurant in Fredericton.

are employment prospects for Filipino labor and the protection of temporary workers, agribusiness and investments that foster inclusive economic growth and food security, and the promotion of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects. To better market Philippine destinations, seminars and familiarization visits for tour operators as well as a pilot TPC Tour are in the offing. “In all our economic diplomacy initiatives, we derive our mandate from the President’s Social Contract with the Filipino people and the three pillars of Philippine foreign policy. Team Philippines-Canada follows the lead of Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario in reaching beyond our grasp to serve our country’s best interests in Canada,” Ambassador Gatan affirmed.

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Province unveils new sports opportunity fund designed to help keep kids out of crime

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ommunity organizations in Manitoba will get sports equipment and vital facility upgrades as part of a new Strategy to Keep Kids Out of Crime, Children and Youth Opportunities Minister Kevin Chief earlier this month. Minister Chief said the strategy comes out of months of consultation in which he listened to people in communities, large and small, across Manitoba. "Thousands of Manitobans from different backgrounds and all regions of the province came out to share their stories, concerns and ideas," said Chief. "Everywhere I visited I heard about the importance of providing positive options and opportunities to kids no matter where they live. I am working with our community partners to keep focused on those priorities." As part of the five-point Strategy to Keep Kids Out of Crime, the province today launched a $500,000 Sport Opportunities Fund, which will give more young at-risk Manitobans the opportunity to get involved in sports and find healthy and positive after-school and weekend opportunities, Chief said.

The minister said community-based sport and recreation organizations will be able to apply for grants that will increase sporting opportunities for high-needs youth and communities with: *up to $10,000 for permanent equipment such as volleyball standards, goal frames and athletic field line painters; and *up to $2,500 for equipment with a shorter life span such as volleyballs, pucks and uniforms. Manitoba's Strategy to Help Keep Kids Out of Crime has five key points: 1. strengthening the early years and schools; 2. creating youth opportunities; 3. supporting recreation and healthy communities; 4. promoting mental health and preventing substance abuse and 5. safer streets with more beat cops, better correctional facilities and tougher laws. To learn more about Manitoba's efforts on crime prevention and youth opportunities and to apply for to the Sports Opportunities Fund, visit www.gov.mb.ca/cyo. For more information on the fivepoint plan, visit www.gov.mb.ca/ kidsoutofcrime/

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FC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva stood with his back against the cage, hands down, taking punch after punch from “American Psycho” Stephan Bonnar. On Saturday, October 13, 2012, Anderson Silva went up a weight class to take this fight on short notice, in order to save the UFC 153 card from cancellation. The event took place in Silva’s homeland, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and granted, no one gave Bonnar much of a chance, yet to see the distain for Bonnar’s skills, and the ease of disposing him, Anderson Silva has added another story to his legend.

At the age of 37, Silva has said he wants to fight for only five more years. That means he’ll only fight a few more times and only marquee fights will whet the appetite of the Champion. Which is why he has shied away from taking fights against middleweight contenders Chris Weidman or Michael Bisping. There are two fights fans would like to see, and both are Super Fights. Also, like Silva, both fights involve other UFC Champions; welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones. Anderson Silva has requested George St-Pierre to be his next opponent. No doubt, a money

maker for both men as well as the UFC. However, before this fight could happen, St-Pierre has to get past interim champion, Carlos Condit. Which is no small task, especially, after being sidelined with an injury to his ACL. If GSP does get by Condit, expect him to be Silva’s next fight. This fight makes sense in that both are long reigning champions and have cleared out their divisions. The other super fight in question is a match up with Jon “Bones” Jones. Jones recently defended his light heavyweight championship against Vitor Belfort. With the exception of Dan Henderson, there is no other contender in the light heavyweight division that the champion hasn’t defeated. So a fight with Anderson Silva, who just fought at 205 lbs, seems within reach. Unfortunately, neither Jon Jones nor Anderson Silva wants to take this fight. In fact, after defeating Stephan Bonnar, Silva stated that it would be his last fight at light heavyweight. This is a case of fans, Dana White and the UFC brass wanting to see this fight. Both super fights would be “must-see” events, but will we get to see them? I say money talks,

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but the only way we would get both, is if Anderson Silva beats the first match up. I say GSP defeats Condit, then goes on to face Anderson Silva. This fight

will go in Silva’s favor and the overwhelming call from fans will get us Anderson Silva versus Jon Jones.

Annual Bike-B-Q celebrates active transportation

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n it's 4th year, Councillor Mike Pagtakhan hosted his annual Family Bike-B-Q fun ride and fiesta where over 140 participants peddled their way from Northgate Shopping Centre to Kildonan Park last September. This year's theme of "Heros" was inspired by the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and participants came dressed as super heros and even Dr. Jose Rizal in a uniquely built ped-bike just like in the Philippines. The annual family fun event features a parade of bikers (cyclists) of varying age with the youngest at 5 years old to a youthful age of 78. All 140+

cyclists are under the watchful eyes of the Winnipeg Police Service as they are escorted in safety from vehicular traffic. At Kildonan Park, everyone was treated to a good old fashioned BBQ fiesta, with prizes and awards. Just like Chito Sta. Brigida, a 4-year Bike-B-Q veteran, and several cycling enthusiasts will help grow this annual event. In addition, community participation and volunteer support from Filipino groups such as the Filipino Seniors, Ilocano Association and the Bacoor Association have added to the Bike-B-Q success.

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Loan program for skilled immigrants promises a better life!

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new loan program was launched recently to help the immigrants who were dentists, nurses, engineers or other skilled workers in their home countries put their experience to use in Manitoba by offering a micro loan to help meet the Canada's re-accreditation and training requirements. Recognition Counts! MicroLoans for skilled immigrants is a two-year pilot program that will offer loans of up to $10,000 to low-income skilled immigrants and provide them with career and financial counseling. Recognition Counts! was designed by SEED Winnipeg and Assiniboine Credit Union in collaboration with the Manitoba Immigration and Multiculturalism, the Federal's Foreign Credential Recognition Loans Pilot Project of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) fund program. HRSDC is providing SEED Winnipeg with $1.2 million, including $1 million for a loan loss reserve that will guarantee 80% of each loan. SEED plans to grown the loan loss reserve. "We all know dentists, engineers or nurses who are driving cabs or cleaning offices so they can support their families," said Cindy Coker, executive director of Supporting Employment and Economic Development (SEED) Winnipeg. “This program helps ensure that immigrants who want to work in their chosen field can get the certification, upgrading or training they need to have their education

and experience recognized here. This program is built on a broad immigrant support network that will be key to each individual's success." "Our government's top priorities are job creation and economic growth and we need to address the growing skills and labour shortages faced by many regions of the country," said Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skill's Developments. "By partnering with the Government of Manitoba and organizations like SEEDWinnipeg to help internationally trained professionals put their skills to work sooner, we are working together for Canada's long-term prosperity." "Manitoba continues to work on initiatives that help internationally educated immigrants work in their field sooner," said Christine Melnick, Manitoba's Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister. "These loans are another example of Manitoba's commitment to help overcome barriers to qualifications recognition that prevents skilled workers from entering the labour market." Nigel Mohammed, director, ACU's Community Financial Centre stated that these loans will help skilled immigrants to move out of poverty. They will now be able to get better paying jobs to support their families. "At Assiniboine Credit Union (ACU), we know that stable families create stable communities and help build a stable province," he said. According to Mohammed,

offering these loans is another ACU's ongoing commitment to provide financial services for the benefit of people and communities. Highlights of the new microloans for low-income skilled immigrants: 1) loans of up to $10,000, with some payments of as low as $10 a month during the Career Action Plan period; 2) loans can be used to cover costs associated with the Career Action Plan period including registration and exam fees, living allowances during study time or to cover household expenses and child care; 3) recipient will have up to five years to repay the loans and will pay only the interest during the Career Action Plan period; 4) recipient will have 90 days after landing a job in their field or six months after finishing their Career Action Plan- whichever comes first- to begin paying back the principal, making it a uniquely flexible and affordable loan. With this great opportunity, the 1st three loan applicants took advantage of the micro loan. The skilled immigrants include Abelardo Domingo, an engineer who worked in the Philippines and in Saudi Arabi for more than 30 years; Esam Beshay, a dentist, who worked with the Egyptian government and in his own private practice for 7 years; and Xin Hu, a nurse, who worked in China for 4 years. Abelardo had worked from retaining walls to 33-storey buildings from the Philippines to Saudi Arabia. He worked for some of the world's largest construction

companies. He is back at school now to become a certified engineer studying five days a week at the University of Manitoba. He and his wife and sons came to Canada and already worked across Canada's north as a design and construction project manager and construction designer working under an engineer. "Growing up in North America is much better for our children and has greater advantages for them," he says. Beshay had a trip to Winnipeg to visit his wife's family and turned into permanent residency in 2010, and then he faced a different life entirely. Getting certified as a dentist in Canada takes more time and money than his family had. The clinical exam, which is very expensive and also being held once a year, is a great burden for skilled immigrants who had worked as a dentist in the home country. With the family of four to support, Esam turned to Recognition Counts for a loan to cover living expenses. "i have

been blessed," he says adding he hopes to practice in Northern Manitoba when he is certified. Xin, in her early 40's, decided that she needed to come to Canada to give her 12-year old daughter a different education. She was a practicing nurse in China and her career plan is to apply her passion for health care and become a lab technician in Manitoba. However, studying in a full-time program was a heavy load for her, and with her husband still in China, she could no longer hold down his part-time job as a support worker for a disabled couple. The course is very intense and she couldn't keep the job. "If i didn't have this loan my life and my daughter's life would be very difficult," she says. Xin will use the loan to pay for tuition and to cover simple living costs like paying for rent, phone bills and food. For more information about this micro loan, please contact: Shirley Muir, for SEED, ACU and the loan applicants: 204.771.7523

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is impossible if the parties are sincere and objective in making it work. Furthermore, the parties

agreed that “the Central Government shall have the following powers: (a) Defense and external security; (b) Foreign policy; (c) Common market and global trade, provided that the power to enter into economic agreements already allowed under Republic Act No. 9054 shall be transferred to the Bangsamoro; (d) Coinage and monetary policy; (e) Citizenship and naturalization; and (f) Postal service.” And the most important aspect of the Bangsamoro political entity is the following provision: “Consistent with the Bangsamoro Basic Law, the Bangsamoro will have the power to create its own sources of revenues and to levy taxes, fees, and charges, subject to limitations as may be mutually agreed upon by the Parties. This power shall include the power to determine tax bases and tax rates, guided by the principles of devolution of power (italics mine), equalization, equity, accountability, administrative simplicity, harmonization, economic efficiency, and fiscal autonomy.”

Devolution Of particular interest is the inclusion of “principles of devolution of power.” It reminds me of what the United Kingdom did to keep Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland within the kingdom and yet give them autonomy to govern their own people. In my article, “Revolution or Devolution” (July 29, 2005), I wrote: “In 1998, the United Kingdom underwent a dramatic change. Through devolution, certain powers vested in the U.K. parliament were transferred to new legislative bodies in the Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. ‘Devolution’ is defined as the ‘transfer and subsequent sharing of powers between institutions of government within a limited framework set out in legislation.’ Devolution allows the ‘transfer of power’ to be done in phases or step-by-step transfer. “I believe that a step-bystep devolutionary process in a new Philippine parliamentary government would be in the best interest of the country and the Filipino people. Empowering

the provinces, or regions for that matter, by devolution would give the provinces time to mature and develop a political system conducive to the welfare of the people. And the best part of it is that devolution in each province or region would not necessarily be in the same uniformed steps for all provinces or regions. Some provinces or regions could have more power than the others.” Road to peace The question is: would devolution work in Bangsamoro? Absolutely! However, the key to successfully devolve power to Bangsamoro is to give her full economic power while allowing her to exercise the political power granted her under the Framework Agreement. Mindanao is a rich region in natural resources. The potential for Bangsamoro to develop into a wealthy state and progressive people is without bounds. And as a new dawn breaks the darkness that engulfed their ancestral land, let’s give our Muslim brothers and sisters a hand as they travel the road to peace and prosperity in Bangsamoro. They deserve no less.

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“Pangako Sa’yo” to be shown in Cambodian Lorna T rebuffs rumor regarding her transfer to GMA 7 TV network

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is the first time a Filipino series would be remade and not just dubbed for another country. The popular teleserye ended its two-year run in 2002 yet the series has been tapped several times to cater to an international audience. According to an ABSCBNnews.com report, among the most notable ones was the Chinese-dubbed version of “Pangako Sa’yo” which rated second overall among local and foreign programs that aired in the

country at the time. To date a number of ABSCBN shows have already been picked up by several countries like Indonesia, Vietnam, Turkey, Russia, and a few French provinces in the past, and have been dubbed in English, Khmer, Mandarin, Bahasa Melayu, Vietnamese, Turkish, Russian, and French.  They have also been subtitled in Bahasa Melayu and Romanian.

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moves for “You And I,” the solo single of 2NE1 member Park Bom. She has also worked with Sandara Park, who was a popular singer and actress in the Philippines before hitting it big as a pop sensation in her native South Korea. Lucas was also the creative director of the “Gangnam Style” Flash Mob that led to a feature in ABC Channel’s “Nightline.” In the past, songs such as “Macarena” and “Asereje” registered phenomenal sales because of the lively dance steps that accompanied them.

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EXPERIENCE LUCERNE, Switzerland Where is it - North central Swizertland What is there to see - The Chapel Bridge, Lion Monument, KKL, Old Town, Spreuer Bridge Also known as "The City of Lights" Interesting Trivia - It was in Luzern where the legendary William Tell shot an apple off of his son's head Interesting fact - Bucherer, the flagship store of Switzerland's best known watch and high-end jewellery dealer, began in Luzern in 1888. We're charmed by Lucerne's (Luzern in German) sense of historical tradition and modernity existing side-by-side at ease, by its misty lake and by its impressive mountain panorama. Located on the shore of Lake Lucerne within sight of Mt. Pilatus and Mt. Rigi in the Swiss Alps, Lucerne, with a population of 77,491, is divided by the River Reuss into a well-preserved Old Town and a New Town. The two areas which could be leisurely discovered on foot are connected

by the world's oldest covered wooden footbridge, the Chapel Bridge (Kapellbruecke), 670 ft. long, built in 1333 to ward off enemy attacks and which later became the city's most famous landmark and also one of the most photographed tourist attractions in the country. Inside the bridge in its roof are a series of more than 100 17th century paintings depicting events from Lucerne's history. Unfortunately, a 1993 fire allegedly caused by a cigarette destroyed much of the bridge and badly damaged many of the art works. Their charred remains were put back and rehung serving as a reminder of that significant chapter in the bridge history. Adjoining the Chapel Bridge is the octagonal Water Tower (Wasserturm), a fortification from the 13th century which has served as a prison, torture chamber, watchtower, and treasury. Today it is used as the guild of the artillery organization of Luzern. Across the Reuss River is another wooden bridge, the

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the same period in 2011. Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay said that the revenue hike can be partly attributed to the increased transparency and efficiency in the city government’s systems and processes achieved through harnessing information technology. The bulk of the

Spreuer Bridge, built in 1407 with its 17th century roof paintings detailing 67 scenes called "The Dance of Death" (Totentanz) that features the Grim Reaper's invitation to dance with him, i.e, an invitation to death. Lying next to the Reuss riverbank and close to the Chapel Bridge is the Jesuit Church, the first large baroque church built in Switzerland noted for its exquisite roccocco interiors, marble stucco and lovely paintings. In a small park at the "Lowendenkmal" at the east end of the medieval town is the sculpture of the mortallywounded lion curved out of a wall of sandstone rock above a pond to commemorate the more than 600 mercenary soldiers from central Switzerland who lost their lives in 1792 while serving the French King Louis XVI during the French Revolution. Luzern particularly the wellpreserved Old Town is a city of picturesque town squares bordered with historic houses and buildings clad in frescoes. Modernity however has also changed the architectural landscape of the city. Worth a visit is the stunning and futuristic KKL (Culture & Convention Centre) located right next to the train station on the lakefront. Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and built for a period of five years from

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1995-2000, the KKL has a hall called Lucerne Hall which can be converted into different sizes rendering ideal for concerts or for conventions and banquets. Whether you're shopping or just browsing don't miss Bucherer, a successful family enterprise for

elegant timepieces and jewellery designed and handcrafted locally. A trip up to one of Lucerne's mountains, the Pilatus or the Rigi, is a must depending on your stay duration. You can also experience circumnavigating the lake by road or cruising by paddle wheel steamers (passenger boats).

Gem & Lita at the Old Town

The baroque interior of the Jesuit Church

Chapel Bridge, Water Tower & Mt Pilatus

The dying lion of Lucerne

collection came from local Good Housekeeping by the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi Award at sources, led by Business Tax Department of the Interior and the regional level. that increased by 14 percent to Local Government and won the P4.85 billion from P4.25 billion, followed by Real Property Tax with P3.26 billion, or 1 percent lower than P3.30 billion collected as of September 2011. The city has enjoyed a deficit-free status for 26years now. The city recently passed the criteria for Silver Seal of

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Court allows hospital arrest Archdiocese of Winnipeg & Saint Boniface for Arroyo with Sarbit Travel lead by Contessa Benson he Sandiganbayan First supporters be fully controlled by with Archbishop Albert Le Gatt Division has allowed the Philippine National Police.

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the detention of former President Gloria MacapagalArroyo on hospital arrest. According to the resolution, the Pampanga lawmaker will shoulder her hospital expenses while detained at the governmentowned Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC). Arroyo and nine others have arrest warrants for charges of plunder in connection to the alleged misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office intelligence funds. The court also ordered that the visits of Arroyo’s family and

Her use of communication gadgets shall also be under the authority of the Police Security and Protection Group. Interviews by the media will only be allowed if authorized by the Sandiganbayan.

Destination: Dublin, Ireland June, 2012 Celebrated the 50th International Eucharistic Congress which only happens every 4 years. Pope Benedict announced next I.E.C in Cebu Philippines at closing ceremony in Croke Park with over 80,000 pilgrims in attendance.

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etired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz said the country’s Catholic bishops, particularly those in Mindanao, support the creation of a Bangsamoro homeland for Muslim Filipinos and were positive about the “Framework Agreement” signed by the Aquino administration and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Cruz noted however that the Moro homeland should not have been called Bangsamoro as this means the “Nation of Moros.”

At procession with Legion of Mary group from Winnipeg and pilgrims from Winnipeg with Contesssa

He said Moros is a pejorative term in Spanish (in the Philippine context) which means bad people. However supporters of the peace deal say that Muslim Filipinos in Mindanao have overcome these and have used it to describe their regional identity.

At Papal Cross in Dublin with group

At hotel with Archbishop Albert Le Gatt from Diocese of Saint Boniface, Father Gerald Langevin from Blessed John XXIIrd, Sister Bibiana Ikwun from Holy Cross

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Horoscope You will be happy with your ability to take major decisions. Your perspective could shift and bring a new idea to your attention. You’ll want to make sure you’re comfortable with this new way of thinking though before you decide to act upon it. You could expect career success with your efforts.

Today you might pinch yourself to see if what you’re experiencing is real, Cancer. Success and good fortune are coming thick and fast, with only minor setbacks and irritations to complicate matters. There may even be an opportunity to showcase your determination and allow others to see what a valuable asset you are.

Your constant battle to gain balance bodes well for dealing with finances. Work through the situation as you do with any other, by weighing your options and deciphering the risks and benefits. You can look forward to better results at the work front. Communication has to be smooth regarding personal life.

Career success can be achieved with your efforts. You are ready to take on the next challenge of life, especially if it involves travel or new cultural experiences. This has been a time not only of success and good fortune but also of learning more about yourself.

There will be flexibility concerning long-distance travels. You will find success with hard work. You can create some extra excitement in your life by spending time with the more freaky or iconoclastic individuals in your life.

Career front will be successful. Personal life may give you concern. Some change in attitude towards your ideals and spiritual values occurs now. A new attitude toward the religious beliefs that you were taught as a child is very likely to develop now.

Your natural warmth is enhanced by a new sense of selfconfidence, Gemini. Pay close attention to how you’re managing your time and make adjustments where they’re necessary. Maintain a valuable approach towards personal life. This should be a very fortunate and enjoyable day for you. Make the most of it!

Today gives a momentary boost to ego and confidence, a brief reminder of how good you can be when you’re on. What you have been worrying about isn’t something you need to be worrying about -- it’s merely a minor setback. You will find the day better for personal life and finances.

Start a controversial conversation today and watch the drama unfurl. Celebrate your obnoxious side today and get something started! After all, anyone can sit quietly in the corner and take life as it comes. You will be able to overcome obstacles with hard work.

PAHALANG

The universe can make magic when it wants to and lucky for you, Capricorn, it is your time to be the beneficiary of what seems like a miracle. You will make it a great day through social contacts. The day is quiet gainful. It will be a flexible day at work front.

Making decisions or long-range plans is favored now. When you take time to connect with someone you normally would not see, the extra effort is always worth it. Career growth is anticipated and you will implement moral values at work front. Personal life will be promising.

A small change you made weeks ago has created a huge improvement in your life, and you will start noticing the rewards of your efforts today. Following through on promises can determine how others view you and contribute to your success. Your quest for balance has been very successful, and this is one of the few final elements to incorporate into your life.

PABABA

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Snider, Sad Songs and Rowling

(A Review of Three Books)

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fter I have dropped off Inna at the hospital where she is working now, I decided to go to Chapters Bookstore at Polo Park to check out new books to add to my evergrowing collection. In my only about half an hour of browsing through the Music section, I finally got to choose two books. And on my way to the cashier, I noticed the stall promoting the latest work of J.K. Rowling; I ended up going home with three new books. Shut Up and Give Me the Mic! (A Twisted Memoir) by Dee Snider (2012, Gallery Book) The face of Twisted Sister’s vocalist, Dee Snider, was inescapable. His was one of the most recognizable faces in the

genre Pop/Glam Metal. And it was the cover of the book. Being a fan not only of Twisted Sister’s music but also of Snider’s wit and stance against parents who hate rock music, I was naturally drawn to the book. I picked it up, flipped through the pages, and started reading the preface. After reading two chapters, I ended getting a copy. I simply couldn't let go of it. I knew that Snider is different from many of his fellow Metal stars—especially through his interview in the film documentary Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005) and the offshoot TV series Metal Evolution (2011). This is the primary reason I knew that this particular Rockstar autobiography would be different from the great number of similar books in the

by Dr. Eusebio Koh

A Seven-Year Itch

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even is often referred to as the complete number, biblically and colloquially. In the bible, God completed His creation in seven days. There are seven days in a week. There are seven continents and there are the seven seas. There are seven deadly sins and so on and so forth.

Seven years after his election to the papacy in April 2005, the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI began to show his muscle and temper as the former Vatican enforcer Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. On April 18, 2012, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ordered the Leadership Conference

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market. It was indeed a breather from many of the Rockstar memoirs published recently, in which the stories revolve around drugs, vices, drugs, and more drugs. With Snider’s, his sobriety was a big key to the book’s drawing power. Starting from his relatively happy yet challenging childhood life, Snider's stories seem more credible than those of heroinaddicted Rockers whose ability to recall details in their past becomes questionable because of their long and abusive drug use. In Snider's words, he said that he was sober and drug-free enough to remember what really happened in his life even more than 30 years ago; unlike many formerly drugaddicted Rockers who couldn't even remember what happened 30 minutes ago. Shut Up… is truly inspiring, especially for artists who do not smoke, drink, or do drugs and who never believe that Rock music is always "sex, drugs, and rock n' roll." This Will End in Tears (A Miserabilist Guide to Sad Music) by Adam Brent Houghtaling (2012, It Books)

This is simply a compendium of songs in various genres whose lyrics delve on miserablism—sad songs that ironically make the passionate listener happy. The title was what caught my attention (It's obviously a reference to the album It'll End in Tears, released in 1984 by 4AD Records under the moniker This Mortal Coil). I skimmed through the pages and I saw there Joy Division, The Smiths, Radiohead, and The Cure. Good! Bought. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (2012, Little, Brown & Co.) I don't even know yet the plot of this book. As far as I know, this is a novel for adults—apparently very far in concept compared

with Rowling’s internationally massive masterpiece. But as a completist, having in my collection all the Harry Potter books (1997–2007) and the supplements Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2001), Quidditch through the Ages (2001), and The Tales of Beedle the Bard (2008), I just needed to have a copy of this latest offering by Rowling. The Last Leaf Despite my owning already more than a thousand physical books, I just couldn’t stop myself from making my collection grow ever bigger. That’s okay; there’s still much space in our basement and in my brain, anyway.

of Women Religious (LCWR) to shape up and place itself under the authority of three U.S. bishops. LCWR represents about 80% of the 57,000 Catholic sisters in America. These sisters are known to be doing charitable and missionary work among the poor and infirmed. Their average age is 74 with decades and decades of service in their lifetime. What the Vatican is worried about are the growing dissent of LCWR over such issues as ordination of women priests, ordination of married priests, celibacy, homosexuality, and even feminism. Because the sisters are often on the frontline contact with those most in need of the sacraments and assistance, I would

not be surprised if on occasion they have acted as priests. The LCWR was indeed taken aback by this turn of events. At the annual assembly this past August in St. Louis, the LCWR president Franciscan sister Pat Farrell said in her speech, "I think it (the LCWR response) would be humble, but not submissive, rooted in a solid sense of ourselves, but not self-righteous; truthful, but gentle and absolutely fearless. "It would ask probing questions. Are we being invited to some appropriate pruning and are we open to it? Is this doctrinal process an expression of concern or an attempt to control? "Concern is based on love and invites unity. Control through fear and intimidation would be an abuse of power. "Does the institutional legitimacy of canonical recognition empower us to live prophetically? Does it allow us the freedom to question with informed consciences? Does it really welcome feedback in a church that claims to honor the sensus fildeum?" Two weeks before he passed away last August 31, Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini gave an interview on what’s ailing the Church. He said among many things that the Church is 200 years behind the times. He mentioned the shabby way the church has treated extended families, i. e. families resulting from divorce and remarriage. He was bewailing the loss of the future generations’ giving rise to pompous and empty churches and cathedrals, especially in the Western world. I may add that the Church is 200 years behind in treating a good half of our population, the women. Modern women are definitely at par with men intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally despite being physically weaker. There are women in all professions and human endeavors—doctors, teachers, lawyers, caregivers, businesspeople, protestant pastors,

writers, politicians, etc.—except the Catholic priesthood. The old excuse that Jesus selected the twelve disciples to be all male is a red herring. Two thousand years ago, women were treated as chattel, movable property, a shade better than slave, people who take order, and are of no consequence. The women religious, if anything, are doing work and solicitations closer to what Jesus was doing in his ministry. They are closer at heart and in mind to the teachings of Jesus. Perhaps it is best that they do not display the pomp and splendor of the hierarchy in the Vatican. Unfortunately, many of them are approaching retirement and they depend on the Vatican for their wherewithal. If the Vatican is truly concerned with the welfare of the LCWR, then it should come out and guarantee that the sisters are taken care of in comfortable retirement. Better still is to let LCWR have full control over their affairs— governance and finances. Among the old boys’ club, feminism is a bad word. Like the term “civil rights” in the ’60s, feminism is about justice and freedom denied to a huge segment of our population. The Church can use some wisdom and correct centuries of injustice to women. I hope we do not wait 400 years when Pope John Paul II apologized to Galileo for what was done to him by the Church. In case you don’t know, here’s what happened. For promoting the Copernican theory of the planets as we know it today, Galileo was tried in 1633 by the Roman Inquisition, found guilty of heresy and sentenced to indefinite imprisonment. The Church has many skeletons in the closet; foremost is the sexual abuse scandal including pedophile priests. The confrontation with the LCWR is a distraction—just like the introduction of the new Roman Missal. We are so busy learning the new responses at Mass, we ignore the real problems. God help us!

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he Philippine Amateur Golf Association of Manitoba (PAGAM) Officers led by its president Arnold Calambacan Sr. were inducted into office last September 29, 2012 at Player Golf Course restaurant along Inkster Boulevard here in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Other officers inducted include the following: Angel Napoles, Vice president; Rico Villarin, Secretary; Ramon Bautista, Tournament Director; Edwin Gambalan, Treasure; Dominador Fabian, Auditor; and Tem

Chavez, Pepe Perez, Nesty Benizano, Vic Estocapio, Aldrin Ferrer, and Rudy Magnayon, Advisers. The newly inducted officers will serve the association for two years, 2012 to 2013.

The Officers for 2012 to 2013

Omaga sister and brother to grace fashion fundraising event

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hrystalle and Justin Omaga, a sister and brother tandem, will be featured as one of the up and coming models in the gala fashion show and fundraising event, "An Evening With Panache" on October 28, Sunday at Canad Inn, Windsor Park. The fundraising committee requests your donation for young models to attend the "2012 Faces West International Model and Talent Conference in Western Canada. Attendance at the convention will bring them face-to-face with International agents. Casting Directors and Scouts representing leading agencies from around the world and to provide a unique opportunity for them to showcase their talent. "We are all very excited about this amazing opportunity for our models and actors, as it has proven to be highly effective for new talent in this industry. Every participant will benefit tremendously from the experience in their ability to gain knowledge of the model and acting industries both nationally and

internationally, and also to develop their skills and national and global exposure in order to promote their careers," writes E. Jane Campbell, International Director, Panache Management "Oh, I am so excited for this opportunity and hoping this year will give me a chance to travel. This conference will give us a chance to probe our talents and open the door of opportunity," says Chrystalle, 16, a multi-talented model and actor who is in grade 11 at Garden City Collegiate. Chrystalle is also the lead actor in the Garden City Collegiate's March 2013 musical presentation "GREASE". Chrystalle and Justin Omaga , two of the three children of Edwin and Sandra Omaga, are not only into modelling and theatre but also in sports. Chrystalle is an active member of Provincial Basketball Age 16 group; and a member of the Provincial Soccer Team. Justin Omaga, the youngest, 12, and grade 7 at Holy Ghost, is the Number 1 player in the 10-pin Category Age 12; and the 2nd best player in Canada.

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Chrystalle hopes that someday she would be gracing the fashion ramps in the Philippines; and also looking forward to be an actor in the Philippine TV and movies. Teens are invited to attend, 12 year and up, and must be accompanied by a guardian or parents. The cost of tickets are $20 for teens; $30 to $40 for adults. For tickets and donations and more information please call Panache Management: 204.982-6150/ fax: 204.474.2687 or Sandra Omaga204.995.2891.

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Ready, Set, Get Motivated!

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hen you're this big, they call you mister. When you've been called Mr. Universe, you kind of get intimidated. So, what happened when Chuck Williams, former Mr. Universe asks us all if we worked out that day? Not sure of what might happen after we answer, people in the room, raised their hands quickly, others raised their hands cautiously and others, just kept eating the ensaymada appetizers. It was a simple survey with one fact that made everyone think. Mr. Universe said that was just a half hour a day of exercise a week can add 2 years to your life. It was quite the statement and the guy eating the ensaymada now felt guilty. Another 30 minute workout was needed to work off all the calories and gain 2 years in life. By many accounts, a lot of people from that evening have acted on some of the motivating points. He is after all, Mr. Universe. The Manitoba Filipino Business Council is celebrating

its first MFBC Awards Gala to celebrate our second anniversary on November 9th, 2012 at the Gates on Roblin. We will be honoring awardees to celebrate and recognize the very best of Manitoba business owners and leaders. We will, showcase their business successes and contributions to Manitoba’s Filipino community. We would like to personally invite you to our first ever Gala awards night. Tickets are $75.00 for a fantastic dinner, an inspiring awards ceremony, fun evening of networking, entertainment, and dancing amongst the Philippine business community and our supporters! Proceeds from this event will go to support the Kidney Foundation of Manitoba and to the MFBC business development programs and events for members. To purchase tickets please visit our website at mfbc.ca. “Every smart business owner has a business plan. Like business, you should have a plan on having an exercise plan.”

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Motivated by a billionaire knight!

Sir Richard Branson visits Winnipeg for a day

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t's not every day that you get to hang out and listen to a billionaire, let alone a knight. A knight!! Sir Richard Branson spent a day in Winnipeg and was the guest of honour at the joint Virgin Radio and Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Fairmont Hotel. As a business owner, and entrepreneur, I was excited to listen and learn a few things from Sir Richard Branson. The "Screw It, Let's Do It" mentality was humorously highlighted at lunch by Branson's story on how he started Virgin Atlantic Airlines. After being

bumped on an American Airlines flight from Puerto Rico to the Virgin Islands, Branson filled his first chartered plane by selling seats for only $29 for a one-way ticket to the Virgin Islands. All this because he promised to see his wife, then-girlfriend that day and wasn't willing to miss the flight. When my parents started the Filipino Journal over 28 years ago, I grew up knowing that the main reason they started the newspaper was because they wanted share positive stories of Filipinos in Winnipeg. At that time, there were a lot of negative stories

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• In August 25, 2012, Manitoba held its first-ever Filipino Street Festival , at Garden City Shopping Centre’s premises (www.cbc.ca)

• There have been 409 assaults against transit drivers in Winnipeg from 2000–2012 (Winnipeg Free Press, August 13, 2012)

• Sam Katz earns $126,000 a year as the mayor of Winnipeg (Winnipeg Free Press, August 18, 2012)

• There are about 200,000 cigarette smokers in Manitoba and that, on average, each smokes 15 sticks of cigarettes a day (Winnipeg Free Press, August 11, 2012

in mainstream media about new Filipino immigrants, and felt it was important to highlight the positive contributions of Filipinos in Winnipeg. By publishing their own community newspaper, allowed my parents to stay focused on our small and growing community. We featured business owners, students’ achievements in academic, athletic and community initiatives. After 28 years in business, our focus at the Filipino Journal remains committed to all the Filipinos all across Manitoba. How does this all tie into Sir Richard Branson's visit? It was one answer that struck a deep chord in my thinking. Branson said that people start and build businesses in order to make a difference in people's lives. While we may be a small ethnic community newspaper in the grand scheme of things, I truly believe that what we do as a media company makes a difference in our community. Our community is you, our readers, followers, fans, business associates and most importantly, our advertisers who have supported our family business for over 28 years. In Branson's short visit to Winnipeg, fundraising proceeds of over $300,000 was raised for one of Branson's favourite charities,

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Resource Assistance for Youth (RaY). Resource Assistance for Youth (RaY) is a non-profit street-level agency working with street-entrenched and homeless youth up to the age of 29. RaY is non-judgmental and non-partisan, employing a harm reduction approach to all interactions with youth in need. Announced prior to Branson's visit to Winnipeg was "Phones for Change" by the Virgin Group's non-profit foundation, Virgin Unite. The program will provide Virgin Mobile phones to at-risk and homeless youth and financial management education. Sir Richard Branson is the epitome of being an entrepreneur. He's worth over $5.4 billion and

the Virgin Group empire consists of over 200 companies in over 30 countries. The most notable worldwide brands include Virgin Mobile and Virgin Atlantic Airlines. In Winnipeg, the former Hot 103 FM station was recently re-branded as 103.1 Virgin Radio.

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Are you a licensed nurse in the Philippines who want to practice your profession in Manitoba? Do you know a family or friend from way back home who wants to work as Canadian nurse? The Philippine Nurses Association of Manitoba can walk you through the process. “Taking the first step to becoming a Manitoba Nurse: A Symposium on the registration process of the Internationally Educated Nurses” October 18, 2012, 1730H- 2100H CRNM Building, Pembina Highway, Winnipeg Representatives from CRNM, CLPNM, and CRPNM will provide presentations on the licensing processes of nursing. You will also have the chance to ask questions during the symposium’s open forum. This is the best time to know the right information from the best resource. Registration is free. Please contact Joan @ 12049991836 or email at joanduhaylungsod.pnam@gmail.com, and/or Anabelle at 12042296398, as slots are limited for this symposium. See you there! :)

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