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All systems go for COPAA-organized 120th Philippine Independence Day celebrations By Moses Billacura


t's all systems go for the Congress of the Philippine Associations of Alberta-organized 120th Philippine Independence Day celebrations on June 2 at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, along Argyll Road. COPAA president Jun Angeles met with members of the organizing committee and volunteers, May 1, at the Palabok House to iron out their preparations. Performers from the Saranay Association and Karilagan Dance Society and other groups will provide the cultural entertainment for the guests. June is the month of celebration for the independence of the Philippine Islands after being a colony of Spain for more than 300 years.

Payman Parseyan shares his inputs during a meeting with Congress of the Philippine Associations of Alberta (COPAA) president Jun Angeles (center) and business manager Mark Destacamento at the Palabok House, May 1. COPAA is organizing the 120th Philippine Independence Day celebrations on June 2 at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel.

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Dear Christian friends and people of good will, Prayerful greetings on this special month of our Philippine Independence and of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus! June is the month of our Philippine Independence. This year, we celebrate 120 years of freedom from Spanish occupation, and that occupation ended on a day we should not forget, June 12, 1898. We were under Spanish rule for 333 years. God looked down with mercy upon our nation and bestowed our freedom and independence. What a gift and blessing to celebrate and to guard that gift of freedom and independence! God loves us so dearly and has chosen us to be the first Christian nation in the south east of Asia. We need to look back and be grateful and move forward for a bright tomorrow. Those who donot learn from the history of our past are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past. This is evident in how many EDSA People Power revolutionshave occurredin the midst of political crisis, crisis of leadership and good governance in our country. The dictum "Vox populivox Dei" means "the voice of the people is the voice of God" but that is not always the case. God has chosen thisgroup of islands, little above the equator to be Christianized by the Spanish missionaries first led by the Portuguese circumnavigator of the world: Fernando Magallanes. The archipelago was named after the King of Spain, Philip II. From thenon, the 7,107 islands were called the "Philippines" and the inhabitants came to be known as "Filipinos". The Philippines looks like the "Pearl of the Orient Seas" and thus, Spain wasdelighted to colonize it not only because of its natural beauty and wonders but the richness of itsnatural resources. With the Philippine population at approximately 120 million, hundreds of thousands emigrate to other countries looking for greener pastures. Filipinos are hardworking, dedicated, industrious, loyal and God-fearing people. Today, I salute all our temporary foreign workers who havebeen great contributors tothe economic stability of our beloved country, the Philippines. Surely, they are the modern heroes and heroines who sacrificed themselves as they left their families and home for a dignified and decent living. What a love rooted insacrifice! We should be grateful to God who has given us the faith that leads us to a sense of direction in life and to a bright future. Above all, we are being led to a destiny that God has ushered us through His Only Begotten Son, Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the Life, that no one comes to the Eternal Father, except through Him. Through Him, heaven is our citizenship, our true homeland! All of us are pilgrims but not strangers to the Lord. Filipinos are courageous and

bold infighting for their rights.No wonder the color red on the national flag speaks eloquently of Filipino bravery that concludes in the national anthem: "Ang mamatay ng dahilsa 'yo!" I salute our ancestors, heroes and heroines who fought for our freedom, independence, for peace and order forour land. Without our unsung heroes and brilliant leaders,we would not able to reach this point of history forour land, the 120th Philippine Independence. Above all, let us not forget, the Saviour of the world, Jesus Christ our Lord who is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He is the one who can bring us to true freedom, freedom from the tyranny of Satan, from slavery to sin, from death and eternal damnation. For through His death on the Cross and glorious resurrection He has brought us to true freedom as sons and daughters of God. New life has dawned, and a bright future awaits, brighter than the sun during the day! True freedom was attained through Christ who sacrificed Himself as a ransom for many for the forgiveness of our sins and the sins of the whole world. This month of June we also commemorate the feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, center of all hearts. It was pierced by a lance on that Good Friday, wounded for our sake out of His unconditional love for us. The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus burning for love for us and unceasingly consecrating us to the truth will never deceive Himself nor deceive us. Christ who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life is ushering us to enter into the glory of the Eternal Father. He who Himself is the fullness of truth will fulfill His promises to us. He Himself is the fullness of Divine Revelation: "If you have seen Me you have seen the eternal Father for the Father is in Me and I in the Father." (c/o St John) There are twelve promises of the Most Sacred Heart that we need to focus and meditate on not only onFirst Fridays but daily so that we may have life in abundance as Christ promised us. One of these moving promises of our Lord is that:"I promise you in the excessive mercy of my Heart that my all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays in nine consecutive months the grace of final perseverance; they shall not die in my disgrace, nor without receiving their sacraments. My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment" (Jesus to St. Margaret Mary). Sixteenth century Calvinism and seventeenth century Jansenism preached a distorted Christianity that substituted God's love and sacrifice of His Son for all men and women with the fearful idea that a whole section of humanity was inexorably damned. The Church always countered this view with the infinite love of our Saviour who died on the Cross for all humanity on Good Friday. The institution of the feast of the

Sacred Heart was soon to contribute to the creation among the faithful of a powerful current of devotion which since then has grown steadily stronger. The first Office and Mass of the Sacred Heart were composed by St. John Eudes, but the institution of the feast was a result of the appearances of our Lord to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in 1675. The celebration of the feast was extended to the general calendar of the Church by Pius IX in 1856. In my parish in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, we honor the Most Sacred Heart with fervent devotion not only on first Fridays but every hour prior to every Mass with humble adoration and benediction and twenty-four hours of exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on the first Thursday and Fridayof every month. This is a profound expression of our pious love for our God whose Heart was wounded by a lance and yet it is the great paradox that by his wounded Heart we are healed and by His death we are assured of a sure hope that in Christ we become new creation looking forward to eternal life and happiness. Let us rejoice and celebrate the feast day of the Sacred Heart of Jesus this month of June with fervent devotion to the center of all hearts, the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. He invites us to learn from Him for He is gentle, meek and humble of heart. Happy feast day and may the merciful Heart of our Lord will never stop loving you and your respective families. May His grace and loving mercy abound in our faith communities here in our city of Edmonton, Alberta's capital, and beyond. As a dynamic and vibrant Filipino Community here in Canada, let us always be grateful for the workings of the Holy Spirit and the fire of the love of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Let us continue to open wide the door of our homes, in a personal way, our hearts to Christ in the disguise of the strangers, the poor, the faint hearted, the destitute, the unemployed, the grieving and the needy. For in Christ, with Christ and through Christ nothing is impossible, to Him all honor, glory and praise now and forever. Amen. "Indeed, for God so loved the world that He gave us His Only Begotten Son that whoever believes in Him may not perish but have eternal life." ( John 3:16). Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, gentle, meek and humble of Heart, make our hearts like Yours! In the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Fr. NiloMacapinlac, Pastor



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It Is The Lord That Maketh A Wise Man Psalm 51:6 KJV'

From a Vantage Point TITO S.VENIDA

Tito S. Venida is a product of the University of the Philippines. He used to be a studentleader during his college days. Became one of the founders of the Tau Gamna Phi, one of the world leading Philippine-produced Fraternities. His immensurable love to human race has brought him to the conviction of translating his mission from fraternity into Divinity--from a mere brotherhood into a sainthood. Authored a book entitled Quocunque Jeceris Stabit, which means, wherever you throw, it will stand.

OUR TEXT "Behold, Thoudesirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part Thou shalt make me to know wisdom." Psalm 51:6 KJV INTRODUCTION How many wise people do we know? Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward parts:

Here, we see delight and pleasure, as the words signify, of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. That these words be formed and dwell in the hearts of His people. That the Gospel, the Word of Truth, should have a place there and particularly that branch of it which proclaims pardon to repentant sinners. That is the ground of hope within them: or else a true and hearty confession of sin,

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which David now made; or rather internal holiness and purity of heart, in opposition to the corruption of nature before acknowledged. This is what is agreeable to the nature of God, is required by His Holy Law, and is wrought in the hearts of His people in regeneration. This is "truth", real, and not imaginary, genuine and unfeigned. Where TRUTH is, there is a true sense of sin, a right sight of Christ, unfeigned faith in Him, sincere love to Him, hope in Him without hypocrisy, and a reverential fear of God upon the heart. The inward parts are the seat of all this, and in the exercise of it the Lord takes great delight and pleasure. and in the hidden part thou shall make me to know wisdom; Either Christ, the wisdom of God; or the Gospel, and particularly that part of it which concerns the pardon of sin; or a true knowledge of sin, and of the way of life and salvation by Christ, which is the truest and highest wisdom: and the phrase "hidden" or "secret" may either denote the nature of the wisdom made known, which is hidden wisdom. The wisdom of God is a mystery and the manner in which it is made known is in a hidden way, privately, secretly, and indiscernible like the wind, by the Spirit and grace of God.The seat and subject of it, "the hidden part", as we supply it,in the hidden man of the heart. David begins to rise in the exercise of his faith in the grace of God, with the phrase"thou shalt make me to know wisdom". In his deep agony David has come to a vital question or issue. It is here that "Deep calleth unto deep". Deep suffering calls for a deep solution if the suffering is related to sin. The solution is foundin verse six: "Thou desirest truth in the inward parts". To reach that deepest place and solution, God uses our failures and wrongs. There is a... PROGRESSION IN GOD'S DEALINGS. In the course of our spiritual history, God deals with us in ever-deepening ways. Down, down, down, He goes, until He touches the bottom to reach the truest things at our very depth. He undercuts all our professions, doctrines, assumptions, pretensions, illusions, and customs. There is no mere formalism about this; no mere Jewish ritual in this; no mere outward observance of rites and ceremonies in this! No! This has got to go right into the inmost being, in the inward parts. God works toward that. God is ever working toward the most inward parts. Do we recognize that? Do we understand what He is doing with us? Oh, He will meet us with blessings on a certain level, as we walk before Him, like the man in Psalm 1. He will meet us with His gracious provision when we transgress and trespass and fail.And when we do wrong, He will meet us there in grace. But God is going to pursue this matter to the most inward place of our being and register there His work of grace and redemption. "Thou desirest...". David did not come to that until he reached the profoundest, deepest place of need, of failure, of conscious weakness and worthlessness. Then he cried. It is not enough to just please God in ordinary ways; it is not enough to observe the ritual of the Law, and go to the ceremonies, and carry out all that which is external. God is after truth in the inward parts, right down into the depths of our being. Why? Because truth is a major feature and constituent of the Divine nature. God is called the God of Truth, The Lord Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Godhead, and called Himself the Truth - "I am... the truth". "To this end am I come into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth".TheHoly Spirit is described as the Spirit of Truth - "when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come...". The Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, are characterized by this one feature:TRUTH! And God desires and has set His heart upon having people who are partakers of the Divine nature, and so He is working ever more deeply toward this end: what is true of Himself shall be true of His children - those begotten of Him - that they should be true sons of God in this sense. ALL UNTRUTH IS SATANIC. Satan is described as the liar and the father of lies. For that reason, all untruth is an abomination to God. God has consigned all liars to the lake of fire; He has excluded from the New Jerusalem everything that maketh a lie. God hates everything that is not true, and true right through and through like Himself. He must have truth in the inward parts.

The interference of Satan with God's creation, MAN, resulted in man becoming something false where God is concerned: he is a misrepresentation of God's mind; and he is a deceived creature. "The god of this age", says the apostle Paul, "hath blinded the mind of the unbelieving." Man is a deceived, blinded creature, but God desires "truth in the inward parts." Now, we see how large a matter this is, and one is hard-pressed to know what to say, and what not to say about it. But let us dwell for a moment upon this clause "the inward parts" - the inward parts. We will detect in this Psalm that that is running right through. Here it is: "create in me a clean heart"; "renew a right spirit within me"; "a broken spirit and a contrite heart Thou wilt not despise". We see, it is all this innermost realm of things that has now arisen as the real need. No more deception, no more falsehood, no more mockery, no more make-believe, no more going on as though it is alright when it is not alright; no more using external means to cover over inward unreality; no more going to meetings, and saying prayers, and joining in the whole system, when the inward parts are not right before God. Seeing then that we are what we are by nature now, this represents a re-constituting of us. Anything that does not minister to that is false. Any system of religion that just puts on from the outside and covers over the inner life by mere rite and ritual is false, is not true. The work of God is to reconstitute human nature. And that, of course, involves two things: On the one side, it involves a breaking down. And if we know anything about God's dealings with lives who come into His hands, there is undoubtedly a large place for that - a progressive breaking down; a getting to the root of things and undeceiving us. If we have any illusions about ourselves, they will all be gone when God isdone with us. If we are governed by any kind of falsehood about ourselves, and our position, and our work, when God isdone with us, that will all be gone. He is going to break us down until we see ourselves stark, as an unclean thing, with all our righteousness as filthy rags. So, He will break us down, and he does. Of course,there is the other side all the time, for God is not only always negative.There is the constructing, where we come to the place where anything that is false, anything that is not absolutely transparent and true, straight, clear, is hateful to us. More and more our inner man revolts against our own falsehood. Any exaggerations comeback tous at once with conviction of wrong; any false statement hits us hard, and we know that we have not spoken the truth. It is a tremendous thing to get into the hands of the Holy Spirit, until, like God, the one thing that we hate is anything that is false. "I hate", said David, "every false way". We must getthere. But we must be lovers of the truth. And this is going to pursue us everywhere; it will pursue us into our own life within ourselves, untilwe are not deceiving ourselves at all. Before God we know exactly what God thinks about us, and we know where we stand in the light. THERE IS TRUTH IN THE SOCIAL LIFE Truth will pursue us into our social life, and all our social lies and make-believe will have to come under the hand of God. Oh, what a tremendous amount of falsehood, make-believe, there is in the social realm. What about all the 'make-up'? Isit not to make out that we are something that we are not?! Togive a semblance of something that is not true? The whole of social life is like that.It is a fabric of untruths, and we have many ways of just saying things that really are not true. THERE IS TRUTH IN THE BUSINESS LIFE Truth pursues us into our business; the lie that gets us a good sale or a good buy - the commercial lie. And so, through and through, God will pursue this matter of truth. Forgive me, but it is a very, very important matter with God. If God does hate what is untrue, and desires truth in the inward parts, how can He bless where there is anything that is false? His eyes see all falsehoods. AND THIS IS A WORK OF TIME Indeed, it is a lifelong work. This thing comes more to light, becomes more intense, the further on we go. The Lord lets us off with a lot of things as spiritual infants, as we do our children. We know that they are children, and we do not take too much notice of certain things which we know are

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not quite right. And in that same way, God is very patient and very tender to us. It would not do to come right in with all the fullness and the exactness of His nature too soon - He spreads it over awhole lifetime. And the nearer we come to the Lord, the more meticulous the Holy Spirit is over this matter of truth and the closer His dealings with us are. It is very true. We see, "perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord". The nearer we get to the end, the more stringent the Lord's dealings will be with anything false in our lives. It is a time matter, but God is very faithful. He is very faithful. He does not let things pass. Do we want Him to be faithful? Well, it is not comfortable to say yes, but it is good that He should be faithful with every inconsistency, every contradiction, every falsehood, in the inward parts. That carries the matter deeper than our own natural, moral life. I am not talking about morals now. It is right to be honest.It is right to have integrity It is right to be straight. It is right to be true, naturally, humanly.But I am not talking about that. This thing goes deeper than our natural moral life at its best, for the simple reason that, by nature, we do not have God's conceptions and God's standards. God's thoughts about things are very different from ours. We willoften allow what God would never allow. He has an altogether different point of view about things. We judge in one way about things, and God judges in another. It is necessary for us to come to God's standpoint. Oh, we would say, there is no harm in such-and-such a thing. Oh, there is no wrong in that.Look at so-and-so.Thus, we baseour standards, perhaps, on those ofother people. We have known people to do that, point to the standards or doings of some outstanding figure –so that we take them as a model, to be copied. We believe that there is no harm in it. However,I have known lives and ministries to be ruined bythat very excuse. The question is: What does the Lord say about it? God says, Walk before Me! Not before any human model and certainly not before any human standard.To say that there is no harm in it because someone else does it or because it is a common practice is, I believe, wrong. "Walk before Me", says the Lord. We have got to get this in the spirit, the inward man. It is deeper than our best moral standards. Otherwise there is no point in it being in the Bible at all.If our moral standards can rise to God's satisfaction, why must we be so handled and reconstituted? It is deeper than our intellect and deeper than our reason. We cannot, by reason or intellect, arrive at God's standard at all. Not at all! Oh, do not think that by any method of reasoning, we are ever going to reach God's standard. We never will. Here, it is only by revelation of the Holy Spirit. Christ has got to be revealed in our hearts by the Spirit. There is no point in Jesus saying: "When He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He shall guide you into all the truth", if we could get there by our own intelligence. Not at all. It must come by the revelation of Christ in our hearts, in the inward parts. This is something spiritual. "God is Spirit; they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth" - spirit and truth go together. Only what is spiritual, what is of God, is truth - only that! The apostle Paul had great intellect, as everybody knows, and he had a very high standard of moral life, but he was an utterly deceived man before his conversion. "I verily thought that I ought..." 'It was a matter of conscience with me to do many things contrary...' He was conscientious. He could say as concerning the righteousness which is of the Law -blameless! There is a moral standard, there is an intellectual standard, there is a conscientious standard! But it can be all mistaken, deceived. No, that is not the way. It is only by the work of the Holy Spirit Himself in us, completely changing us. It may be that common honesty, sincerity will be a way along which the Lord can come. I am quite sure, that if we are not going to be honest and straight with God, He is not going to meet us. He may require the gangway across which to pass to us, the gangway of meaning business with Him, and being thoroughly honest with Him. But let us never think that any sincerity of ours will bring us to be partakers of the Divine nature - not at all! "Thou desirest truth in the inward parts", in the deepest realm of our being - in our spirits. If we are in a false position we are in great weakness, and our foundation will collapse, sooner or later. But the Lord's way is to deliver us from such.

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The Importance of Memories Oscar Wilde once said, "Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us." We always have our memory in our pockets and it would leave a smile on our face every time we remember it – but imagine a life without memories to recall? Wouldn't it be very depressing and very boring? Memories are very essential in our lives because they allow us to grow and learn to be a better person. Our recollections can teach us very important life lessons, demonstrate skills and abilities and can make us feel happy and entertained. There are so much more things that our memories can do and how beneficial it is in our lives. First of all, our memories are very essential because it teach us very important life lessons that we can use and apply in the future. By having memories, we will know what is right and what is wrong. We can remember where we did our mistakes and learn from it. Time would pass by, responsibilities would build up – that is why memory is very important in

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our lives. From what we have learned, we can be able to apply it further in life. Famous people and athletes like Michael Jordan will not achieve what he is if he did not learn from his lessons. Michael Jordan was rejected from the basketball varsity team when he was in high school- but look at him now, he is a famous basketball player. We all made mistakes , yet it taught us lessons that are very useful - because of our memories we are able to know

what is fair and right to make us a responsible and a better person. In the same way, while memories teach us very important lessons, it also teach us skills and abilities that we can attain. Abilities like singing, dancing, playing instruments and etc. - we can obtain those talents by practicing. Through our memories, we can also know the things we mostly do everyday, like being able to cook, studying and doing some chores at

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Our government takes very seriously our responsibility to keep Canadians safe. During the 2015 election, we committed to comprehensive criminal justice reform, including bail reform and reduced court delays. That’s why we recently introduced legislation that will help ensure the right balance between holding offenders to account while also respecting and protecting individual freedoms. Bill C-75, introduced by my colleague Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice, represents a significant milestone in fulfilling our promise to make common-sense reform to the criminal justice system. It will help ensure that Canadians can continue to have a high degree of confidence in their justice system, now and into the future. In order for the system to work properly, our courts need the best possible information at their fingertips in a timely and accurate manner. This is particularly important with regard to granting bail to those awaiting trial. Currently, there are rare but unfortunate cases where courts don’t receive all of the relevant information, such as whether the accused has been previously convicted of a criminal offence. We saw the tragic outcome of this in 2015, when Alberta Constable David Wynn was shot and killed in the line of duty by Shawn Rehn, a man



home. For example, learning an instrument for band class is not an easy task. There are so many skills and abilities that we can do. Therefore, these examples shows us that having memories are very crucial and vital in our lives because it will definitely help us do the basic tasks we need in life when we grow up - and we can also share our talents. Furthermore, we can reminisce these recollections when time passes by – to keep us happy and entertained. In the novel, "The Giver", the community are limited from some of their memories. All the forgotten memories have been transferred to the "Giver" and will only stay in him. The people's retention of color, love, war and pain are taken away from them. They did not have "true happiness" because they did not have access to some of their memories. If that situation happened to us, our life would be like black and white. We would not be able to remember the things we have done. Every thing that we do is a memory we are doing but how can we do that if we are limited from our own memories(like the people in the Giver)? Whenever we are in sorrow, our memories are

there to help us remember the good times that would keep us happy and motivated that is why it is very essential in our lives. By the time we get old, our memories would always stay in our brain and in our hearts that it would bring happiness as we remember the things we did. Now that we know how essential our memory is in our lives. According to Paul Reber, Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University, our brain can store up to an store 2.5 Petabytes of data – that’s 2,500,000 Gigabytes, or 300 years worth of TV. Our memories are limitless and because of that, we can know and learn more. It can teach us so much more basics of life lessons. We can develop more skills as time passes by. By thinking back from the things we have done, we are able to keep ourselves entertained and happy - we can "throwback" to so much more things because our memory can store so much data. Therefore, we should treasure and cherish all the things we do while it lasts in our minds – like Dr. Seuss once said, "Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory".

to prove why they should be released, instead of on the Crown to make a case for denying bail. Finally, Bill C-75 also takes aim at the culture of delay that has taken hold in our justice system by enacting measures to unclog the courts and reduce the time it takes to bring a criminal matter to trial. Criminal justice reform remains a top priority for our Government

as we look to the future. Bill C-75 represents a significant step in the right direction after a decade of inaction and failed criminal law policy from the previous government. We will continue to foster a justice system which brings accused people to trial in a timely manner, promotes respect for victims, and which ultimately ensures safe and prosperous communities for all Canadians.

who had recently been released on bail. Rehn had a substantial criminal past that was not brought to the attention of the court. On behalf of our Government, I continue to offer our deepest sympathies to Constable Wynn’s family, friends, colleagues, and community. Following the death of Constable Wynn, a private members bill known as Wynn’s Law was introduced which sought to ensure that courts would be made aware of an accused person’s criminal record at bail. While this bill was well intentioned, the parliamentary committee tasked with studying the bill concluded that it contained a number of flaws that would make it unworkable in practice. I know that many Albertans were angry and disappointed that our government did not support the bill, even though we recognized the importance of what it was trying to accomplish. Bill C-75 aims to accomplish the same purpose as Wynn’s Law, but in a way that doesn’t create the same problems. ShouldC-75 become law, courts would be required to consider such relevant factors as previous criminal convictions when deciding whether to grant bail. This would help to ensure that the necessary, reasonable and relevant conditions are imposed in each case. This legislation will also put

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MAY 2018

Paulo Puzon: Crosstown Motors’ Asset To Push On Born and raised in Santa Rosa, Laguna, the last thing that Paulo Puzon imagined himself becoming was a car product specialist. He was a car enthusiast and loved all things automotive—driving, magazines, Gran Turismo—but selling them was never on the list. An Industrial Engineering graduate from the Mapua Institute of Technology,he looked up to Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Robert Kiyosaki, and dreamt of one day making it into the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) or onto the front page of Forbes Magazine. While all he got was a spot in the Crosstown Basketball Team and a feature in this issue of the Filipino Journal, life nevertheless has an interesting way of leading him to a career at Crosstown Auto Centre. When Paulo was fresh off the boat in Edmonton, Alberta in 2010, Shoppers Drug Mart was the first to take him under its wing. Like most new immigrants, he started at the bottom and penny-pinched his way through the retailing sandbox. Not too long after, he entered a more

technical job and spent the next four years as a machine operator at LogiCan Technologies and at Regent Energy Group. When the opportunity to work in the oil industry knocked on his door in 2015, he answered, and for the next three years he drove to and from work 160km a day to study proposals and produce cost estimates for Shell Scotford. Then, Crosstown happened, and the rest is history. With his wife currently in the Philippines, this half newlywed, half bachelor believes that life’s a beach, and makes it a point to hit the beach

Faith Shared Is Fate Paired Katrina Cereno is a senior high student at St. Francis Xavier who looks forward to becoming an engineer in the future. She enjoys writing and is interested in arts, photography and music. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her family.

St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. On January 6, 1412, Joan of Arc was born to pious parents of the French peasant class in the obscure village of Domremy, near the province of Lorraine. At a very early age, she was said to have heard the voices of St. Michael, St. Catherine, and St. Margaret. At first the messages were personal and general, but when she was 13-yearsold, she was in her father's garden and had visions of Saint Michael, Saint Catherine, and Saint Margaret, each of whom told her to drive the English from French territory. They also asked that she bring the Dauphin to Reims for his coronation. When she was sixteen-yea rs-old, she asked her relative, Durand Lassois, to take her to Vaucouleurs, where she petitioned Robert de Baudricourt, the garrison commander, for permission to visit the French Royal Court in Chinon. D e s p i t e Baudricourt's sarcastic response to her request, Joan returned the following January and left with the support of two of Baudricourt's soldiers: Jean de Metz and Bertrand de Poulengy. Once she had Baudricourt's belief, Joan was granted an escort to Chinon through hostile Burgundian territory. For her safety, she was escorted while dressed as a male soldier, which later led to charges of cross-dressing, but her escorts viewed as a sound precaution

whenever he goes back home to the Philippines. Here in Canada, you would most probably find him at home engrossed in his PC games, at the court playing basketball, or on the road taking his 2018 Jeep Cherokee Trail hawk for a rough ride. Don’t be surprised,however, if one day you see him in a Grand Cherokee or Jeep Wrangler with a cupid bow’s smile on his face. So that’s Paulo Puzon for you guys—the newest addition to Crosstown Auto Centre’s Filipino Connection team.

When she arrived in the Royal Court, she met in a private conference with Charles VII and won his trust. Yolande of Aragon, Charles' mother-in-law, planned a finance relief expedition to Orléans and Joan asked to travel with the army while wearing armor, which the Royal government agreed to. They also provided Joan's armor and she depended on donations for everything she took with her. In April 1429, the commission of inquiry "declared her to be of irreproachable life, a good Christian, possessed of the virtues of humility, honesty and simplicity." Rather than deciding on whether or not Joan was acting on the basis of divine inspiration, theologians at Poitiers told the Dauphin there was a "favorable presumption" on the divine nature of her mission. Charles was satisfied with the report but theologians reminded him Joan must be tested. They claimed, "[t]o doubt or abandon her without suspicion of evil would be to repudiate the Holy Spirit and to become unworthy of God's aid." During the five months prior to Joan's arrival to Orléans, the French had only attempted one offensive assault, which resulted in their defeat, but after her arrival, things began to change. Though Joan claimed the army was always commanded by a nobleman and that she never killed anyone in battle since she preferred only to carry her banner, which she preferred "forty times" better than a sword, several noblemen claimed she greatly effected their decisions since they accepted she gave Divinely inspired advice. After the Orléans victory, Joan was able to persuade Charles VII to allow her to march into other battles to reclaim cities, each of which ended in victory. When the military supplies began to dwindle, they reached Troyes, where Brother Richard, a wandering friar, had warned the city about the end of the world and was able to convince them to plant beans, which yields an early harvest. Just as the beans ripened, Joan and the army arrived and was able to restore their supplies.

When the first public examination opened, Joan pointed out that the partisans were against her and she asked for "ecclesiastics of the French side" to provide balance, but her request was denied. Jean Lemaitre, the Vice-Inquisitor of Northern France, objected to the trial from the beginning and many eyewitnesses later reported he was forced to cooperate after the English threatened to kill him. Other members of the clergy were threatened when they refused as well, so the trial continued. The trial record includes statements from Joan that eyewitnesses later claimed astonished the court since she was an illiterate peasant who was able to escape theological traps. The most well-known exchange was when Joan was "[a]sked if she knew she was in God's grace, she answered: 'If I am not, may God put me there; and if I am, may God so keep me.'" Despite the lack of incriminating evidence, Joan was condemned and sentenced to die in 1431. Reference php?saint_id=295



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ALL ABOUT PERMANENT RESIDENTS: Permanent Resident Travel Document, Permanent Resident Card and Travel Journal PERMANENT RESIDENCE TRAVEL DOCUMENT (PRTD) Canada's entry requirements have changed. Permanent residents of Canada (PR) MUST carry and present their valid PR card or permanent resident travel document (PRTD) when boarding a flight to Canada or travelling to Canada on any other commercial carrier. Travelling without the required PR card OR PRTD may prevent you from boarding your plane, train, bus or boat to Canada. A friend of mine booked his flight to the Philippines and weeks before his scheduled departure lost his PR Card. So, we prepared both his application for a permanent resident travel document and application for a permanent resident card. His friends were worried that he might not allowed entry to Canada. Thus, I explained to him the existence of a permanent resident travel document. He entered Canada using his PRTD with no problem. A travel document or PRTD is normally only valid for one single entry. However, you should apply for a new PR card as soon as you resume residence in Canada. To be eligible to apply for PRTD you must: - be a permanent resident of Canada; - not have a valid PR card showing your PR status; - be outside of Canada; and - will be returning to Canada by airplane, boat, train or bus. PERMANENT RESIDENT CARD (PR) If you are a new immigrant to Canada, you don't need to apply for a permanent resident (PR) card. Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship

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an official document and IRCC does not need to see it. It's just a good document to have to help you remember your trips. There is NO need to include the travel journal in your application. You can download the travel journal from IRCC's website.

MARJORIE For your reference,here is the information that you need to record: CARMONA NEWMAN - The date you left and the date you came back to Canada, even if it's 780-758-2045

Marjorie Carmona Newman is a REGULATED CANADIAN IMMIGRATION CONSULTANT based in Edmonton, Alberta. She currently serves as Prairie Chapter representative for the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) in the Governance and Nomination Committee and Education Director for CAPIC Prairie last year. Marjorie is a three-year recipient of CAPIC's Service Award for three years.

Canada (IRCC) will mail your PR card to you when you get to Canada. You should apply for a PR card if: -you plan to travel outside the country and will return to Canada on a commercial vehicle like an airplane, a bus, a train, or a boat; -you did not get your PR card after giving your Canadian mailing address and it has been more than 180 days since you provided your address;

the same day -Countries you visited -Why you left. Give examples such as vacation, work, family, etc. -Include any day trips (less than 24 hours), including those to the United States -When the journal is full, keep it safe and print a new copy

Example of how to fill out the travel journal

-you need evidence of your PR status; -your card was lost, stolen or destroyed and you want a new one; -your PR card expires in less than nine months; or -you have legally changed your name and need to update the name on your PR card. Your PR Card needs to be valid when you show it. If your card expires, you will have to apply for a new one. You are still a permanent resident if your card expires. TRAVEL JOURNAL FOR PERMANENT RESIDENTS OF CANADA As a permanent resident, it's always a good idea to write down your trips outside Canada by air, land or boat, including day trips to the United States. You'll need this information when you apply for a new Permanent Resident card and when you apply for Canadian citizenship. Have you heard of a travel journal? Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently introduced a travel journal. It is an easy way to record trips outside Canada. You may keep it with your passport or other travel documents. Note however, that this is not

If you have questions regarding the above article you may contact Marjorie at Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)




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Excitement brewing for the Edson Crosstown Auto Centre shuts down Prestige Vision, 96-85 league; Get a chance to play golf with ABP Smith; Micos Liquor Warriors still hungry for a title SPORTS JOURNAL MOSES BILLACURA

Moses Billacura was a sports correspondent for national newspapers in the Philippines since 1992 and served as sports editor and columnist for a community paper before moving to Canada in 2010. He loves photography, manages and cheers for the Edmonton Oilers.


xcitement has been building for the upcoming Edson Invitational Basketball League on June 9

to 10. Organizer Rodel Gravides said the Philippine Sports Association (PSA) headed by its president Gary Perpetua is competing along with Crosstown Auto Centre (a regular competitor in Filipino leagues not only in Alberta but also in Vancouver), Change For Hope, Grande Prairie, Prince Alberta, Edson ATB Financial, St. Albert Ballers Club and Batangas Pride. Rodel, with the help of his friends in Edson, is just happy to organize a basketball league for the Filipino community and hopes that one day it will become a regular league that will last for many, many years. "Masaya kasi ang mga Pilipino kapag naglalaro ng basketball dito sa Edson. At sana, sa pakikipagtulungan ng mga kapwa Pinoy at sponsors, tatagal ang liga namin," he said. *** Organizers of the 2nd Corpus Christi Parish Charity Golf Tournament

has announced golfers will get a chance to play golf with Archbishop Richard Smith for nine holes and the other nine holes with Fr. Jim Corrigan on June 23 at the Leduc Golf and Country Club. They thought of having this to drive more attraction to the event especially for Catholic golfers, although, the event is open to all players from different religions. Tournament chairman Joseph Duenas said that the $200 registration fee, which may sound expensive, is actually just $100 because the other half will have a tax receipt. So, the $100 that you actually paid gives you a round of golf, dinner, prizes and a Corpus Christi Parish t-shirt! Isn't that amazing? And because this is a team event, there will be a Revolving Trophy. Interested golfers can contact Joseph Duenas at (780) 440-0427, Ardie Korte at (780) 983-4431 or Deacon Gem Mella, Ingrid Frigon at (780) 466-7576 for the registration. Join us! ***

Micos Liquor Store-Leduc Warriors defeated Adesa, 91-73 to stay in the No.1 spot of the ongoing PRSAA Basketball League in Leduc. The Alexis Dimaculangan-led Micos Warriors are still hungry for a title after winning their first one last season. "Masarap maging champion talaga. Sana maulit muli," said Dimaculangan. Tournament commissioner Banong Villanueva said that so far their tournament has been going smoothly with the support of committee members Edwin Humarang, Sherwin Robledo and June Estrada and with the semifinal round coming, they have started planning to organize another league. "Gusto namin lumaki din as a league and hopefully, we will have more teams next time," said Villanueva whose event is supported by Reneray Mart, a Filipino store based in Edmonton that provided the trophies and medals.

Crosstown Auto Centre shut down Prestige Vision, 96-85 to advance to the semifinal round of the 2018 Philippine Sports Association Spring/Summer League. Wayne Agbang powered Crosstown Auto with 28 points, May 6, at the Archbishop Romero gym. Advancing also to the next round is Blitz, which defeated the Vikings, 67-56; R.Paluca Mortgage which beat Industrial Athlete, 86-72; Cameron Homes which trounced Batang Pangasinan, 105-101 and the Knights which won by default over PSA.

At the Trinity gym, Spectrum Elite won over Cancom, 76-63; SBP over the Dolphins, 83-72; the Wolverines over Amirax, 91-89; Bolero over Quickly Premium Bubble Tea, 87-66; Genesis over Batangas Pride, 95-77 and the Flying Eagles over X-Men, 98-84. A total of 60 teams are entered in the league which has been going on for more than 20 years. The PSA, which is backed by Crosstown Auto Centre through dealer-principal Joe Medina, is currently headed by Gary Perpetua as president. (Moses Billacura)

We wish you all the best manong Banong! The AFJ Sports Section is encouraging members of the Filipino sports community to keep us posted by sending us by email your photos and news stories. We would love also to feature your sports activities because the AFJ is your newspaper. Please email mocolumnist@ or editor@

Let us unite through sports! Salamat po!

Eugene Segundo (No.23) of the Flying Eagles protects the ball from Jake Angel (No.5) of the X-Men in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Philippine Sports Association Spring/ Summer Basketball League, May 6, at the Trinity High School gym. The Eagles won, 98-84, to move to the semis round. (Photo by Moses Billacura)

Handugan adds another billiards title with the help of his friends Jayson Handugan added another billiards title to his name. This time, with the help of his friends. Handugan, with friends Mike, Mitch, Lucas, Cory and Gills emerged as City Champions of the Wal-mac Billiards Championship, April 1923, at the Shaw Conference Centre. "Year-long league po ito, at swerte naman at nanalo kami," said Handugan, a native of Cavite who now calls Leduc his new home. Handugan's name got noticed

in the billiards community in Edmonton when he ruled the Top Shots Handicapped 9-Ball organized by Top Shots Billiards and Ping Pong in Mill Woods three months ago. "Naging hilig ko ang maglaro, kasi ang tatay Carlos ko, naglalaro din kasi," said Handugan. While working and attending to his family occupy most of his time, he also makes billiards part of his regular activities to hone his skills further. (Moses Billacura)

Jayson Handugan, originally from Cavite (third from left), with friends Mike, Mitch, Lucas, Cory and Gills (kneeling), known as the "Bandits Off" Team that won the Walmac Billiards Championship, April 19-23, at the Shaw Conference Centre. (Contributed photo)


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Taste of Casa Laurel Kitchen

By Christine C. Christine was born in Baguio, Philippines and immigrated to Canada with her family in 1981. She has a degree in Education and taught for 9 years before she became a Team Manager for Individual Sales at Alberta Blue Cross.


alking into Casa Laurel was different from what we expected. Typically, you walk into a filipino restaurant and see the TV screens playing TFC (The Filipino Channel) or words flashing across the screen from the karaoke song that’s currently being sung - most restaurants tend to be a little bit on the darker side, a little older, but definitely places

that are frequently visited. When we walked into Casa Laurel, it was bright, with the sound of more current Filipino music playing in the background. The decor is warm and earthy - wooden floors, real plants on the tables, and green, leafy art on the wall formed in the shape of the map of the Philippines. We were greeted by MJ, our server, with a warm “hello” and a welcoming smile. We were able to get seated right away on a Friday afternoon. She asked if it was our first time there (for two of us, yes, for one of us it was the second time). MJ let us know that if we had any question, we should feel free to ask her. Upon first glance at the menu, we noticed a nice variety of traditional Filipino food like kare-kare and caldereta, alongside more modern takes on our standard fare like sisig tacos and adobo nachos. We decided on the sisig tacos to start, followed by pinakbet, dinuguan and bistek as our main courses. The sisig tacos were served in a soft shell and were covered in a


sweet sauce - it was like a Filipino version of a donair. You could taste the hints of ginger infused into the sisig, with just the right amount of kick after every bite. The pinakbet was very flavorful and the perfect dish if you are a vegetarian, as you could order the dish without the pork. The pork in the dinuguan was lean and tender - it is definitely a dish that even non-Filipinos would enjoy! The bistek has the right amount of lemon taste and was my favorite of the dishes! We finished our meal off with the traditional cakes from the Philippines, bibingka and casava. Both were served warm and reminded me of being back home. Overall, we enjoyed our culinary experience at Casa Laurel and will definitely be back for more!


Dr. Chum Ardaniel of Skin Lueur Celebrates Birthday Dr. Chum had a blast celebrating her special day with awesome friends at Palabok House Restaurant hosted by Lydia Jimenez last Wednesday May 9th, 2017. Dr Chum who operates SkinLueur Laser Centre expressed her appreciation to her guests. " Thank you for treating me as your family, I love you all. I'm so blessed to have you guys for guiding and supporting me." She added on to thank Lydia of Palabok House "for everything."

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Giselle General came from the cold, mountainous region on the Benguet province, and immigrated to Canada as a teenager in 2007. After completing her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, she now dedicates her business training to the nonprofit sector, both in employed and volunteer capacities. She works at the Edmonton Community Legal Centre, which provides free legal help to low-income Edmontonians. She channels her creativity by writing in her personal blog, General Point of View, and has recently published a book of her poems and artwork titled The Humanity of Me.


here has been a drastic shift in how kids play and have fun nowadays compared to how it was in the 90’s. I have started to see posts on Facebook that are nostalgic in nature such as photos of more humblelooking homes and children having fun outdoorsand I remember fondly how things were like ‘back then’. Growing up in a remote mining village, the most common way to play was by engaging in the typical types of outdoor games.Kids would go out

and play all day and only return to their homes when called in for lunch or dinner. Back then, we would play games like patintero, Chinese garter, luksongbaka and luksongtinik, hideand-seek, playing ‘house’ or ‘school’ and would use sticks, plants and stones lying around as props, and many more. We owneda sari-sari store then, and the types of snacks and toys we soldreflected what waspopular at the time. Whether it was pogs, tex cards, paper dolls, and boxes of rubber bands

so that kids can assemble their own jumping rope – these are seemingly simple devices for play, which brings me back to my earlier statement of how during the late 90’s, there was a shift. Video gaming was already visible even then, though at the time, it was only the more affluent families that had access to them. I had one classmate who owned a PlayStation, and I knew that the other boys who lived in his neighborhood would go to his house all the time. When we lived with my grandmother, she forbade my brother from playing outside. When he excitedly listened to the other kids inviting him to play and dashed out the door, my grandma would lock the door to our house. For someone who is parentless, that is quite

a terrorizing punishment. So, he played with the PlayStation that our cousin left in the house when she moved to Canada in 2003. Playing with electronics and entertaining oneselfwith more modern gadgets isdefinitely more commonplace these days. One of the key instances when this hit home for me was when I visited my godmother. Her only son was about three years old at the time and this was in 2013 or so. I saw him approach his father with a tablet and ask, ‘Can you please download this for me?’ When I chat with my colleagues who havekids, I realize that video gaming and electronics havealso changed the dynamic within families, especially when it comes to discipline. Before, a form of punishment would be to ground

MAY 2018 the child, oftentimes forbidding them from going outside toplay with friends for a period of time. That does not work anymore, since many children no longer play outside, instead preferring to play with the different gadgets that are alreadywithin the home, if not, within their bedroom. The recent versions of ‘grounding’ I have been hearing about lately involve parentsturning off their WiFi, taking away the electronic gadgets, taking away the chargers of thosegadgets, or limiting screen time. I listen with curiosity about changes like these and wonder about the shortterm and long-term changes in our community all the time. I think for the most part, if they are managed in a reasonable manner, any negative effects can be mitigated.

`I Am A Girl Movement' organizer thanks QSC, AMS, Medicus for support By Moses Billacura

EDMONTON --- Lead organizer Riana Torrejon thanked Quality Sleep Care, Alberta Medical Supplies and Medicus Family Health Clinic and Pharmacy for supporting the highly-successful "For Girls Dance For A Cause" event, recently at the Sejong Multicultural Centre, here. Torrejon said proceeds will go to the "Because I Am A Girl Movement" of Plan International Canada which is helping empower women around the world. She said that funds will be used to sponsor girls in developing countries in order for them to "take a step closer to reaching their full potential". "Many thanks to QSC, AMS and Medicus for helping us," said the young Torrejon.

Lead organizer Riana Torrejon, who is also a Journal columnist (extreme right), with Mary Ann Licayan (center) and Benjamin Salumbides who represented sister companies Quality Sleep Care, Alberta Medical Supplies and Medicus Family Health Clinic and Pharmacy during the "For Girls Dance For A Cause" event at the Sejong Multicultural Centre.(contributed photo)

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Quality Sleep Care, Alberta Medical Supplies support `models of diversity’ By Moses Billacura

EDMONTON --- Quality Sleep Care (QSC) and Alberta Medical Supplies (AMS) successfully supported “models of diversity” during the 2018 Western Canada Fashion Week, April 30, in West Edmonton Mall. The “models of diversity” received the loudest of cheers as they hit the runway. "We have a bigger crowd this year and it showed that Edmontonians support models, may they be with physical challenges or not and that is really heartwarming," said AMS manager Elaine Tan.

“We would like to thank the Models of Diversity, the volunteers and everyone who supported the event to raise community awareness. Love is the key to diversity,”

The "models of diversity" pose for posterity with Alberta Medical Supplies marketing manager Mia Mulingtapang (3rd from left, standing) and director of operations Jesse Tallon (4th from left) after the 2018 Western Canada Fashion show, April 30, in West Edmonton Mall. AMS and sister company, Quality Sleep Care, are backing the "models of diversity".

A model for Alberta Medical Supplies driving the foldable scooter during the 2018 Western Canada Fashion Week, April 30, in West Edmonton Mall. AMS and sister company, Quality Sleep Care, are backing the "models of diversity".

said marketing manager Mia Mulingtapang of AMS.

Quality Sleep Care and Alberta Medical Supplies, two young companies that started in Edmonton and recently branched out to Calgary, started supporting the WCFC last year and management has continued to support the event to raise awareness that persons with physical challenges are very much part of society and that will never be a hindrance to continue enjoying life.

Staff of Alberta Medical Supplies and Quality Sleep Care and volunteers during the 2018 Western Canada Fashion Week, April 30, at the West Edmonton Mall. AMS and sister company, Quality Sleep Care, are backing the "models of diversity".

Alberta Medical Supplies director of operations Jesse Tallon with the models during the 2018 Western Canada Fashion Week, April 30, in West Edmonton Mall. AMS and sister company, Quality Sleep Care, are backing the "models of diversity". Photos by Moses Billacura | Alberta Filipino Journal

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Overseas Voter Registration Hits The 1.6 Million Mark The Department of Foreign Affairs - Overseas Voting Secretariat (DFA-OVS) announced today 11 May 2018, that the running total of overseas voters for the 2019 national elections has reached an all-time high of 1,600,746, this surpasses the previous record of 1,376,067 for the 2016 Presidential Elections. At the current rate of the OV registration, DFA-OVS is confident that by the end of registration period in 30 September 2018, there will be around 1.9 million overseas voters for the 2019 national elections.

“This is once again evidence of the hard-work and dedication of the men and women of our Foreign Service who are encouraging more overseas Filipinos to exercise their right to suffrage and civic duty in this ongoing electoral exercise. Our media partners, bloggers and other OV stakeholders are also playing an important role in creating awareness among our kababayans abroad,” said Undersecretary Luis G. Montales, who is concurrently Chairman of DFA-OVS. “Election is the only government activity where you can really realize the principle of one person one vote and realize the principle of equality” and as they say “Sa eleksyon lang pareho ang isang magbabalot at isang business tycoon, pareho isa lang boto nila” COMELEC Commissioner-in-Charge Luie Tito F. Guia said in an interview. “Sa mga Kababayan natin abroad, huwag nyo pong kalimutang magparehistro para sa overseas voting. Pantay-pantay ang karapatan natin: lahat tayo ay may isang boto at tayo ang pumipili ng mga namumuno”, said DFA Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter S. Cayetano. For a brief video on overseas voter registration, kindly go to: watch?v=rqKFixPsMCU All Filipino citizens who expect to be abroad from 13 April – 13 May 2019 during the overseas voting period for the 2019 Elections, at least 18 years old on 13 May 2019, and not otherwise disqualified by law, may register as an overseas voter, at the abovementioned locations or at the nearest Philippine Foreign Service Posts abroad including the three (3) Manila Economic and Cultural Offices (MECO) in Taiwan. (for an updated list please go to www. or www.comelec. REGISTER AND VOTE !

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Filipinos Success' Stories:

Kaya Ko, Kaya Mo! If I can, You surely can! By Marjorie Carmona Newman

Owner and Child Care Supervisor of Ellwood Daycare Engineer Aurelio Sumalinog


ar from the bright-eyed engineer he started off as, Aurelio Sumalinog did not expect to end up in the industry that he is in. To him, becoming a childhood educator is simply a response to his current stage of life as a senior citizen, where the pressures and toll of working in the oil industry may be too demanding to handle. Becoming an early childhood educator, though very far from engineering, came as an opportunity to find some correlation for his newwork/life balance once he went into retirement, along with his lovely wife Virginia Sumalinog. Aurelio now sees work as rewarding because he can apply his skills and expertise to touch lives and benefit the next generation. Aurelio is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the University of San Carlos in Cebu City, Philippines. He also completed a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of the Philippines and passed the Professional Mechanical Engineer

Board Examination in 1986. Aurelio is the only Filipino in Canada to be conferred with the title, Power Plant Engineer I. The National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) gave him an award of Best Manager for saving 5.5 million US dollars that would have been spent to repair a power barge. I can appreciate this award being bestowed upon him, having worked at Power Barge in Mindanao myself for 12 years. These days, Aurelio need not worry about calculating partial differential equations. Nowadays, his concerns involve what letters come after A,B and C as well as what comes after 1, 2 and 3. For him, working with very young children has ultimately become his biggest accomplishment because he is working with children who, someday, will remember Aurelio as one of the people who shaped their social and emotional development. He takes pride in his work and is appreciative of the gratitude he receives from the children’s

parents. Their feedback about the care Aurelio and his wife, Virginia, give is being passed from family to family by word of mouth. This gives them the energy and the motivation to improve the quality of service they provide to the children they look after. As a business man on the other hand, Aurelio has learned to adopt a more holistic view, and that is the “customers are always right.” This is a motto he acquired through his 10year experience working part-time at the Canadian Wholesale Club. His advice to any kababayan who wants to start in the rewarding daycare business is "to assess and gather resources, first and foremost. Read the materials and especially the government regulations about starting a business, and the regulations and standards related in particular to early childhood development and care." Aurelio states that it is better to start small while learning each trick of the trade than going big and subsequently facing a bigger risk and a bigger loss. Aurelio and Virginia Sumalinog are large investors in the community through the time and effort they put into community events. They are

both model examples that success isn’t always quantified by dollar signs, but by the rewarding smiles and gratitude that people give them back in turn. Currently, Aurelio is one of the directors of the newly organized Philippine Business Society of Alberta and is actively involved in Couples for Christ.

Aurelio and Virginia are blessed with four children namely, Miguel Aurelio an Aeronautical Engineer, Mabelle Sumalinog Fawcett an International Teacher in Gwanzhou China, Elvira a Petroleum Engineer based in Paris, France and Rafael Aurelio a medical doctor practicing in Canada.

Wetaskiwin Filipino Community Foundation

Wetaskiwin Filipino Community Foundation’s new set of officers headed by Its re-elected President Manolito Calina. They were joined by Fr. Nilo Macapinlac, the Parish Priest of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wetaskiwin.

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The Learning Table with Bamboo


he Philippine Arts Council, in cooperation with Annie Chua-Frith, held another Learning Table event, this time with singer/songwriter and rock icon Bamboo, on May 7, 2018 after a successful and jam-packed concert the night before. The Learning Table is a series of workshops and roundtable discussions involving performing arts students/ artists with established local and visiting performers/artists/creatives. This series provides an opportunity for young learners to gain knowledge from experienced and established artists, paving the way for a more enriching career in their chosen art, and allowing them to connect with veteran artists/creatives and their works on Philippine art and culture, thereby expanding their cultural awareness. This Learning Table with Bamboo is the 3rd of the series, with the previous ones with The Dawn and Ely Buendia. Much of the flow of a Learning Table depends on the artist’s disposition and temperament. Bamboo was the embodiment of the ideal resource person. He was candid, approachable, engaging, humble and generous. Upon his arrival at Max’s

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Restaurant, he immediately sat at the students’ table and engaged them in conversation that one child had to ask, “Are you Bamboo?” And they came loaded with questions, some of them doing their research prior

to participating in The Learning Table. The discussion topics covered a wide range - i.e. how and why he was named Bamboo; his experience in learning Tagalog; his beginnings in music; what “Noypi” meant to

him; what is “214” about; judging in The Voice; favorite basketball player. Nothing was off limits. In return, the young participants were candid and relaxed. Bamboo remembered their names, asked individual questions and exerted extra effort in getting to know them. There was also an exhibition of taekwondo skills, and an impromptu duet. Participants went home inspired and rejuvenated. Bamboo may not

realize it, but for some of them, their time with him was pivotal. What a privilege and blessing for him to be simultaneously the gift and the giver of hope and inspiration to fulfill their dreams. The next Learning Table event is on May 27, 2018, a Sneak Peek of Emma the Musical and Q & A with the production team. For more information and to register, go to

made me that much more interested to mold and shape the story and portray it to its truest potential. Many of Emma’s family and friends will be sitting in the audience reminiscing about her experiences, and we need to give justice to their stories.

Maicah: I’ve created new friendships and amazing memories with the cast. I’m very thankful to experience all of it. In portraying my role, I did find some similarities with my character, like our optimism and fighting for what

Meet the Cast of Emma - the Musical July 7, 2018 marks the world premiere of Emma the Musical, an original Filipino musical in English, at the Myer Horowitz Theatre. Set in the cusp of the Japanese occupation of 1942, it is a story of perseverance, faith and resilience of the Filipino spirit, in peace or in war, and regardless of any sacrifice. Under my artistic direction, with choreography by Jojo Lucila, music by Erica Cawagas and script by Chie Floresca, the musical is headlined by a zealous cast: Cameron Gamez, Carlos Gamo, Cassandra Baltazar, Catherine Lelis, Danielle Yu, Gerald Penaco, Hannah Adamson, Hans Casana, James Velasco, Jeannine Naboye,

Jimmy Buena, Jo-Ann Aguilar, Joshua Zoleta, Julius Ylagan, Lauren Lizada, MaicahMacatangay, Mark Laraya, Marjorie Galido, Raphael Tolentino, Riana Torre, SimonetteBrigola, and Veronica Knodel. When I accepted the artistic directorship of the musical, the production had been in rehearsals for 3 months already. Admittedly, I was reluctant to work with a group that I did not personally select and cast. And so on my first rehearsal day, I drilled down the value of commitment, perseverance and respect for the art. In other words, they were given the hard line talk to prepare them for hard work and being pushed beyond their comfort

zones. And boy, did they deliver and face challenges head on. Now on the homestretch of the production timeline, I can truly say that it is a privilege to know and work with each one of them. The cast is a mixture of seasoned performers, emerging artists and newbies. Some intend to make a career in the performing arts, and some are just testing the waters. One of the young members of the cast was so serious that she handed me her resume on day 1. They have varying reasons why they joined the musical - from the hilarious anecdote of being hard balled by a relative, to the lofty objective of pushing Filipino stories. They live full lives apart from the musical but manage to come together as a family for rehearsals. Let’s hear directly from some of the cast members about their production experience and thoughts: Riana: Sharing some of the history of the Philippines through a musical was very appealing as I love music and history. Emma has helped me better connect to history as there is this dissociation at times when you just read about history in a textbook. The most difficult part in this production is knowing that while I may play this as a part, this was a real experience that countless people underwent. It makes my chest ache and we have cried many times during rehearsal imagining even a taste of the pain that people had to bear during this time. The courage they had to exhibit in the face of death is something that absolutely floors me. I don’t know how one could have survived through these conditions, but they did. Danielle [who plays the title role]: Knowing that it was an original Filipino musical based on true events

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Alberta Filipino Journal Airs Its Vision And Mission Through The Tahanan Ng Opm—101.7 World Fm Jun Angeles, our very own energetic Alberta Filipino Journal publisher, clearly explains to the avid listeners of this radio program how the AFJ hovers around Alberta. He mentions that good purpose always gains the good result. AFJ aims to become a herald for fair journalism and serves as the pulse of the Filipino Community in Alberta. However, Lito Velasco mentions that the main reason why he accepted the editorial position is because it aligns with his personal vision and philosophy. That is, to encourage young minds to think critically, constructively, and creatively. “We did not inherit nature from our ancestors; we just borrow it from our children.” He added. On the other hand, Moses Billacura says that he supports SPORTS!

The inspiration of Jo-ann Aguilar (second from left), while broadcasting and entertaining the public, had penetrated into the minds of these two little kids Arielle Hope Velasco and Aaron Jabez Velasco. Abel Cereno was also amazed by the creative spontaneity being displayed by Jo-Ann During the program. Tahanan ng OPM truly serves our community.

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Emma Musical play, May 7, guests for Dagdag Kaalaman Monday segment of Himig with Erica Cawagas as the Musical Director.

Filipino Designers Introduce A Different Fashion at WCFC


wo internationally known designers from the Philippines participated at the 15th Western Canada Fashion Week held at Mayfield Toyota Ice Palace, West Edmonton Mall last April 27,2018. Cherry Veric and Julius Tarog brought their creations direct from the Philippines to add Asian fashion in Edmonton. The Western Canada Fashion Week is on their 15 years in existence and has developed into a nationally

recognized fashion and design event. The WCFW is considered the second largest Fashion Week in Canada. This is the second time WCFW has invited Filipino designer directly from the Philippines to present in the runaway show. The event promoted the Philippine fashion design talent as well as the culture and tourism to broaden the cultural experience for the audience and media.

This successful event and the promotion of the the two Filipino designers was due to Edge Grabador, the Asian Liaison and Sponsorship officer. Beside being a model, Edge who is a Filipino-Canadian was responsible in bringing international flavors to the show. A meet and greet ensued after the show for retailers to buy and order the designers clothes at Manila Grill Restaurant on Sunday April 19, 2018. ​

Julius Tarog Creations for Men | Women's dresses by Cherry Veric










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When Knee Pain Strikes and peace of mind in wearing a knee brace, especially those who suffer from osteoarthritis or chronic pain from a previous injury. However, there is no medical research that says a knee brace is a cure for knee problems, but most Physicians agree that if it helps the symptoms and provides peace of mind, then it is okay. In general, most people who wear knee braces feel that they help. Remember, the need for a brace should be determined by your doctor. Which brace to choose? This depends on the level of support needed and/or what your doctor recommends. This decision is based on whether or not you’re recovering from surgery, the type of injury you have, and how much movement your knee should be getting. How long can I wear it? The length of time is really personal preference. A general recommendation would be that you wear a brace or support during activity and for an hour or two afterwards. If you feel better wearing it longer, that is fine as well. To work well, a knee brace should be worn during all activities that put you at risk of injury to your knee. How tight should you wear a knee brace? If you feel pain, numbness, or tingling in your leg below your knee, your knee brace may be on too tight. Loosen the straps and repeat the two finger test. How to get a knee brace? Pharmacies or medical supply stores carry different brands of knee braces. Get your doctor's advice if you want to try a knee brace. Being healthy is your priority. Pain is real but so is HOPE! Alberta Medical Supplies wants to help you achieve that. We are here to serve you provide you with high quality medical supplies. We are located at 6570-28 Ave NW Edmonton T6L 6N3. For more inquiries, please call us at 780-7761-1216.







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COMPASS – Safeguarding Global Migrants Migrants' Voices


here’s a new app in town. Compass Ph is a smart phone and web app developed by Filipino brothers Nicki and Mikhail Agcaoili, whose hearts are close to migrant justice. They said that the essence of Compass is to empower Filipino migrants before, during and after their journey. “To bring them the safety and refuge that the migrants needed [sic] and bring them safely back home”. In the last ten years, global migrants have become tech savvy and leading users of smartphones and social media. Thus, a user-friendly migrant application like Compass which is easy to install and ready to


Marco Luciano is the Global Council Representative of Philippine based Migrante International. He is also the current Secretary General of its chapter Migrante Canada.

use is a migrant’s friend, a lifesaver and a home away from home. The new application can be downloaded for free from the App Store and the Google Play Store. It has two main features. The first and most important feature of the app is the “SOS” button.

The other is the “Community Service Feature”. The SOS is an emergency response button. For migrant workers who find themselves in an emergency or precarious situation, they can press this button. It would generate a four-digit code to verify that they need help and did not accidentally press the button. Once the code is verified, the alert will immediately be sent to a partner organization where the migrant is located. According to Nicki Agcaoili, “the alert would go to our CMS or Content Management System. Through that we will be able to track kung nasaan sila. This is the same technology being used by Uber”.“We will contact the partner organizations para makapag-deploy sila ng tulong”, Agcaoili added. What’s exciting though is that all this is happening in real time. The Community Service Feature is for non-emergency situations. Migrants can ask questions through Compass partner organizations. It can become a community chat room. Another special feature is an audio and video option which allows migrants to conduct audio and video calls. They can also send load for cellphones, and direct remittances to families or schools. The Agcaoili brothers thought it important that migrant parents have a close link with their children’s schools and be able to pay their tuition directly.

Compass Ph recognized the necessity to have a “one stop shop” for the needs of migrants, from relevant news and information, to other services and programs. It aims to unify Filipinos and uphold their quality of life wherever they may be. “We can do this by conveniently giving access to services and features that are truly relevant to migrants,

their families, friends and potential employers”. Currently there are approximately ten million Filipinos abroad living and working in 170 countries. That number translates to approximately 6000 Filipinos leaving to work abroad everyday. For some,migration from the Philippines has become a way of Continued on page 23 ►

Historama Visits Edmonton

Vancouver Historama Team made a visit to the Ramada Office of Carl Benito. In the picture from left - Fr. George Gutierrez, Ret. Ambassador Jose Ampeso, Historama General Assistant Ed Tapia, Writer-Producer Carmelita Salonga Tapia, Estrella Benito, Carl Benito, Historama Production Assisant Araceli Gutierrez, and Lito Mendoza Velasco of Alberta Filipino Journal. Visitors met with local community leaders to promote local production of PHILIPPINES HISTORAMA, a 3 hour stage show which depicts the struggle of Philippine heroes and legends to free the country from foreign domination.

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JAN THE MAN’S NOTE JANUEL CEDRICK IBASCO Januel Cedrick Ibasco is a proud Filipino-Canadian. A current student at the University of Alberta studying a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation. Sportsmanship is the big slice of his cake. Highly-spirited when playing golf, volleyball, and basketball. He loves reading, writing, volunteering at church. Looking forward to take up law after his undergraduate degree.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month


he month of May is a special month that comes around once every year. It is also special because it is the month for Mental Health Awareness. Mental heal this an important subject we should all continue to have selfawareness of. There is a fine line between mental health and mental illness. Many people often think they mean the same thing, however this is not the case. Mental health applies to every single individual in the world as we take on each day with our thoughts, feelings, and mental reactions. We often forget that how we feel on the inside is part of our mental health. Mental illness entails one having health conditions involving changes in one’s emotional and thought mannerisms. There are various types of mental illness including depression, ADD, ADHD, and schizophrenia. The important thing to know about mental illness is that it can affect anyone no matter what their age and gender.

This is an important subject that must continually be acknowledged by everyone as it is serious. So, this month, I want each and everyone of you to take care of yourself, and by this, I mean to take time off if you are stressed, treat yourself if you feel that is what you need, and spend time with your family and friends. Do anything that can help you improve your mental health as it is one of the most important aspects of an individual. Lastly, we should all try to help others no matter how big or small the gesture is. This month is about uniting together and if someone you know is going through a rough patch, this is the best time to reach out and help. We are all going through something, and it is our responsibility to take ownership of our mental health and become stronger as individuals. Always remember that there are people always willing to help one another, but it is also our responsibility to ask for it.

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COMPASS – Safeguarding Global Migrants... life, in order to find a better life and be able to survive. For the Philippine government, it is a source of income. Globally, Filipinos send approximately US$25 billion annually. For Filipinos in Canada, part of that would be US$1.2 Billion yearly. The Philippine government on the other hand, fell short in providing timely and quality services. Thus, the development of Compass is much needed. It would hopefully fill in the service provision gaps. “We have the ability to be funded by the government, but our team decided to veer away from that. Dahil ayaw naming ma-tie up at alam naman natin ang burukra sya sa gobyerno,” Agcaoili said. “We want to stay true to our vision and we can only do that

through advertising, partnerships and transactional commissions kasi madami pa kaming features nalalabas,” he added. Migrante International, a global alliance of migrant organizations around the world is one of the many partners of Compass Ph. The organization acted in the capacity of a consultant in the formative stages of the app. Sol Pajadura, the Chairperson of Migrante Canada said “This is truly beneficial for all migrants. It would allow all Filipino migrants in all parts of the world to connect and also be mindful of one another”. The Compass Ph app might just make its mark on how global Filipinos communicate on the Internet.

DRAMATURGICAL: Duplication and Replication of the Old Version? The month of May is known as the festival season almost everywhere in the world, especially in the Philippines. People are so engrossed in taking holidays in order to be prepared for the socio-civic and religious observances. To name a few, there has long been a traditional Reyna Elena or Santakrusan, the May Flower of Flores de Mayo. The commemoration of A particular patron Saint’s contributions to the church or society has also been conspicuously observed. Some are even producing stage plays and films to entertain. Yes, it is inherent in man to entertain and be entertained. The love to reminisce is one of the factors that brings us all back to historical joy or pain. The passion to dramatize one’s prominent figure became the focus of interest of most authors as well as film makers. The Soap Opera Mania has also been prevalent among us. That what makes a person cries not because he has the actual problems, but instead, he just has revisited the past. He dwells on the old life. Unfortunately, he cries on other people’s malevolent lives. More probably, that might have hindered him to frame the future.



EDITOR’S CORNER Lito Mendoza Velasco

LIFE ITSELF IS A PERFECT DRAMA: Obscured Identity Life’s Drama: It is where almost everyone, even without audition or proper screening, can become one of the main casts in the film. One can even choose to become a director or producer of the stage play. Some play the role of promoters. The majority has just aimed to become audience or viewers so that they can deliberately criticize either constructively or destructively. A good number still aspires to serve as the Regulatory or Censorship Board so they can cut the impertinent scenes or totally reject the entire film. Paralleled to this is the real life situation wherein majority of our fellowmen or friends are overdirecting. They may always have the tendency to direct our lives and on the other hand, we are overacting. Maybe, because it’s called a perfect drama. The problem with the

regulatory commission, most of the time, is its cultural orientation. When the person in authority is culturally conditioned, he might have thought that whatever does not jibe with his previous orientations may be considered elicit or taboo. As a result, your own script will certainly be rejected. They will cut some vital scenes yet devoid of alternative in return. The Censorship representative loves CUTTING without RECONNECTING. Merely telling whatever is bad, but not telling what is good. If you give someone the right to rule over your life; he will precisely be swallowing you alive. He will become your authority and greatest influence. Coming to the point that your own decisions would be relying on his decisions. Your identity will be at risk. His drama will become your perfect drama!

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ANCOP International Canada, Inc. is a duly registered Canadian charity dedicated to uplift the lives of poor families in developing countries through shelter, child education, and humanitarian relief. ANCOP aims to restore the poor’s hope and dignity, organizing them into sustainable and self-reliant communities through livelihood assistance, values formation, and community empowerment. Currently, ANCOP International Canada Inc. operates in the Philippines, India, Indonesia and several countries in Africa including Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Uganda. We are primarily supported by donation from individuals, groups, and corporate partners. ANCOP, an acronym for “Answering the Cry of the Poor”, is a non-profit founded by Couples for Christ (CFC). CFC is a global lay organization recognized by the Vatican for its work on the renewal and strengthening of Christian family life and values. It is present in over 100 countries around the world.


Make a Difference in the Lives of Others! In Edmonton and neighboring areas, the 2018 ANCOP Walk will be held at the following locations: TIME DATE/DAY August 11, 2018, Saturday 1 pm to 4 pm August 18, 2018, Saturday 8 am to 12 noon August 25, 2018, Saturday 8 am to 12 noon How We Work We work alongside ANCOP in the Philippines as the top supporter and financial contributor to the mission. Our offices span across Canada from Toronto (our Canadian headquarters) to Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Ft. McMurray, and Vancouver. We are greatly supported by Couples for Christ and its family ministries, and our partners, in all of our fundraising efforts. And of course, none of this would be possible without the grace of God, and the generosity of all our donors and supporters. 2018 ANCOP Walk ANCOP Walk is the annual major event of ANCOP Canada that raises funds for Child Sponsorship, Community Development, and Humanitarian Relief programs. ANCOP Walk is conducted simultaneously in various locations around the country.

PHILOSOPHER’S CORNER Karl Marx, in full Karl Heinrich Marx, (born May 5, 1818, Trier, Rhine province, Prussia [Germany]— died March 14, 1883, London, England), revolutionary, sociologist, historian, and economist. He published (with Friedrich Engels) Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei (1848), commonly known as The Communist Manifesto, the most celebrated pamphlet in the history of the socialist movement. He also was the author of the movement’s most important book, Das Kapital. These writings and others by Marx and Engels form the basis of the body of thought and belief known as Marxism.


erman philosopher and revolutionary socialist Karl Marx published The Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital, anticapitalist works that form the basis of Marxism. Synopsis Born in Prussia on May 5, 1818, Karl Marx began exploring sociopolitical theories at university among the Young Hegelians. He became a journalist, and his socialist writings would get him

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expelled from Germany and France. In 1848, he published The Communist Manifesto with Friedrich Engels and was exiled to London, where he wrote the first volume of Das Kapital and lived the remainder of his life. Early Life Karl Heinrich Marx was one of nine children born to Heinrich and Henrietta Marx in Trier, Prussia. His

father was a successful lawyer who revered Kant and Voltaire, and was a passionate activist for Prussian reform. Although both parents were Jewish with rabbinical ancestry, Karl’s father converted to Christianity in 1816 at the age of 35. This was likely a professional concession in response to an 1815 law banning Jews from high society. He was baptized a Lutheran, rather than a Catholic, which was the predominant faith in Trier, because he “equated Protestantism with intellectual freedom.” When he was 6, Karl was baptized along with the other children, but his mother waited until 1825, after her father died. Marx was an average student. He was educated at home until he was 12 and spent five years, from 1830 to 1835, at the Jesuit high school in Trier, at that time known as the Friedrich-Wilhelm Gymnasium. The school’s principal, a friend of Marx’s father, was a liberal and a Kantian and was respected by the people of Rhineland but suspect to authorities. The school was under

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The 2018 ANCOP Walk is open to everyone who wants to support the programs of ANCOP. To register for the walk, please visit the ANCOP fundraising website at: Manual registration is also available. Avail of the Early Bird Registration Fee of $20 per walker from April 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018. Starting July 1, 2018, the regular fee of $25 per walker will apply. The registration fee will entitle the walker to a free ANCOP Walk T-shirt, bottled water and Timbits. For further information, please call Greg Parillas, ANCOP Edmonton Coordinator, at (780) 982-9152. Join us as we walk for the poor and rally the public to support the cause and be a part of the 15 years ANCOP Walk celebration in Edmonton, Lloydminster and Camrose, Alberta!

surveillance and was raided in 1832. Education In October of 1835, Marx began studying at the University of Bonn. It had a lively and rebellious culture, and Marx enthusiastically took part in student life. In his two semesters there, he was imprisoned for drunkenness and disturbing the peace, incurred debts and participated in a duel. At the end of the year, Marx’s father insisted he enroll in the more serious University of Berlin. In Berlin, he studied law and philosophy and was introduced to the philosophy of G.W.F. Hegel, who had been a professor at Berlin until his death in 1831. Marx was not initially enamored with Hegel, but he soon became involved with the Young Hegelians, a radical group of students including Bruno Bauer and Ludwig Feuerbach, who criticized the political and religious establishments of the day. In 1836, as he was becoming more politically zealous, Marx was secretly engaged to Jenny von Westphalen, a

sought-after woman from a respected family in Trier who was four years his senior. This, along with his increasing radicalism, caused his father angst. In a series of letters, Marx’s father expressed concerns about what he saw as his son’s “demons,” and admonished him for not taking the responsibilities of marriage seriously enough, particularly when his wife-to-be came from a higher class. Marx did not settle down. He received his doctorate from the University of Jena in 1841, but his radical politics prevented him from procuring a teaching position. He began to work as a journalist, and in 1842, he became the editor of Rheinische Zeitung, a liberal newspaper in Cologne. Just one year later, the government ordered the newspaper’s suppression, effective April 1, 1843. Marx resigned on March 18th. Three months later, in June, he finally married Jenny von Westphalen, and in October, they moved to Paris. Paris Paris was the political heart of Europe in 1843. There, along with Arnold Ruge, Marx founded a political journal titled Deutsch-Französische Jahrbücher (German-French Annals). Only a single issue was published before philosophical differences between Marx and Ruge resulted in its demise, but in August of 1844, the journal brought Marx together with a contributor, Friedrich Engels, who would become his collaborator and lifelong friend. Together, the two began writing a criticism of the philosophy of Bruno Bauer, a Young Hegelian and former friend of Marx’s. The result of Marx and Engels’s first collaboration was published in 1845 as The Holy Family. Later that year, Marx moved to Belgium after being expelled from France while writing for another radical newspaper, Vorwärts!, which had strong ties to an organization that would later become the Communist League. Brussels In Brussels, Marx was introduced to socialism by Moses Hess, and finally broke off from the philosophy of the Young Hegelians completely. While there, he wrote The German Ideology, in which he first developed his theory on historical materialism. Marx couldn’t find a willing publisher, however, and The German Ideology -- along with Theses on Feuerbach, which was also written during this time -- were not published until after his death. At the beginning of 1846, Marx Continued on page 30 ►

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Resources for Seniors By Giselle General


here can be challenges that seniors face while maintaining their home or when going about day-to-day tasks. Depending on familial, financial, and medical circumstances, sometimes it can be challenging to perform certain tasks at home, or finding new activities to take part in. This is a range of resources that can serve as a starting point when faced with these situations. 1. Call 211: Calling 211 and directly speaking to a person

over the phone can help determine what resources are available based on one’s location and need. 2. Transportation: Sometimes, going to different places can be a challenge. Below are some resources that can help. a. Edmonton Transit Service: Seniors 65 years of age and older qualify for a reduced rate for day fares and bus passes. There is additional support for seniors such as the DATS Program, which is the ETS’s door-to-door transportation

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service for those who cannot take regular transit. And when taking regular transit, a senior can ask a driver to stop at a place along the route other than a bus stop. b. Drive Happiness Volunteer Program: Seniors Assisted Transportation is a registered, not for profit organization providing door-to-door, assisted transportation services to seniors with reduced mobility and who experience barriers in using public transportation. is the website and the phone number is 780-424-5438 Directory of Services: There are several directories, both available in print form or digital that provide a comprehensive list of activities, events, and programs. Many are categorized by location and by activity:

Seniors’Centres: There are several seniors centres throughout the city. Below is a quick list: a) Central: Central Lions Seniors Centre, Edmonton Seniors Centre, Jewish Seniors Citizen’s Centre, Operation Friendship Seniors Socie ty, Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton b) North Side: Ital Canadian Seniors Centre, Northgate Lions Seniors Recreation Centre, Northwest Edmonton Seniors Society, Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre c) South Side: Mill Woods Senior and Multicultural Centre, Southeast Edmonton Seniors Association, Southwest Seniors Outreach Society, Southwest Edmonton Seniors Association, Strathcona Place Society, Senior Citizens Opportunity Neighbourhood Association d) West Side: Westend Seniors Activity Centre

a. The Recreation and Wellness Directory for Older Adults can be accessed online at http://www. ESCCRecWellnessDirectory2017.pdf b) The Directory of Seniors Services


e.). Help at Home: The Edmonton Seniors Home Supports Program is a referral service that gives seniors referrals to vetted service providers who offer snow removal, yard help, housekeeping and minor home repair services. The website to find more information is http://www. and the brochure is https://www.edmonton. ca/programs_services/documents/ SeniorsHomeSupportsProgram. pdf. One agency from the seniors centre listed above coordinates the service and they are listed below: a. West -Westend Seniors Activity Centre - 780-483-1209 b. North West- North West Edmonton Seniors Society-780-482-1958 c. North East - North Edmonton Seniors Association - 780-944-7470 d. South East - South East Edmonton Seniors Association - 780-468-1985 e. Mill Woods - Mill Woods Seniors Association - 780-496-2997 f. South West - Southwest Edmonton Seniors Association - 780-860-2931

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WES-ICAP Course by Course Evaluation


Apply online and pay the associated fee. Your member ID number from APEGA is required. The document after evaluation will be forwarded directly to APEGA. If you already have the WES document you obtained as immigration requirement, you need to upgrade it to WES-ICAP Course by Course, and it will cost you additional CAD$35.00



Original Copy of Transcript of Record (TOR), Photocopy of Diploma with School Stamp as Certified True Copy, Course Subject Description

(Your School)

This must be send directly from your school to WES. Please take note of the WES address that will have to evaluate your credentials. It is advisable to send it in either UPS or FEDEX to guarantee timely delivery. Make arrangement from your school to seal the envelope, sign it on the flaps and send it.




Fedex or UPS

Take note of the WES address and your tracking number so that you will know when it was received by the WES.



Documents to Obtained


Member ID Number from APEGA



Mervin Cereno is a Filipino Engineer, Academician and Entrepreneur who choose to migrate in Canada. He got his Provisional License* as Professional Engineer from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientist of Alberta (APEGA) only after 8 months from the time he landed to Canada in March 2016. Presently, he is pursuing Master’s Degree at the University of Alberta. For pieces of advice and queries on licensing procedure in Alberta you can contact him through email at *Provisional License are granted after satisfying all the requirements of the APEGA Board of Directors except the One Year Canadian Experience in the field of engineering.

Applying for your Engineering License in Alberta if you are Internationally Educated has associated cost. Below is the flowchart of the entire application process. This was published before in the previous issue of the Alberta Filipino Journal. In every step, there is always financial cost that you need to pay for different agencies and the process of obtaining and sending such documents.

The amount of registration and evaluation for your documents are obtained directly from the website of the organization. Other miscellaneous cost for you to complete the process are also estimated so that you have an accurate figure of the total amount. I presented the process in chronological orderin tabulated form so that it will be clearer for those who are interested of following the flowchart as presented above.


After completing Item 1 to 4, wait for several months to have the APEGA evaluate your submittals including the other steps presented in the flow chart above. The APEGA ( Fundamentals of Engineering BOE will advise you if you have to take the FE Exam. All your instructions will be & NCEES Exam (FE) emailed to you or you can log-in to your member self service portal in your apega ( account to check further instructions. You have to pay CAD$75.00 to APEGA and US$200.00 to NCEES.



Technical Exams


Wait for the assessment from APEGA if you need to take the Technical Exam/s. The technical exams usually a per subject basis and evaluated from the missing requirements in your educational evaluation. The amount associated is depends on how many subject are you going to take. Each subject cost CAD$250.00



National Professional Practice Exams (NPPE)


This has to be taken only as per advise by APEGA. This can be found in your APEGA membership portal.



Review Materials for FE and NPPE


Review materials for FE and NPPE can be bought online. If you are on a budget, you can watch youtube channels that offer FREE FE review. NPPE Review materials usually comprise of 2 books and need to be really understand since it is based on Canadian Set-up and never been taught in other country.


The amount presented above are accurate as of writing of this article. Take note that this is not a one-time payment thatpresented you needabove to pay. mustasunderstand can plan alsopayment your finances. The amount areYou accurate of writing ofthe thisentire article.procedure Take note so thatthat thisyou is not a one-time that Again, you must take the first step and bite the bullet. Look not on the cost but on the result that will benefitted you you need to pay. You must understand the entire procedure so that you can plan also your finances. Again, you must take for a lifetime. Act now and be part the Canadian Engineering Work Force and Help Building this Country a best place the first step and bite the bullet. Look not on the cost but on the result that will benefitted you for a lifetime. Act now and for our Children’s children generation. be part the Canadian Engineering Work Force and Help Building this Country a best place for our Children’s children generation.

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Meet the Cast of Emma... we believe in. After this production, I plan to start composing and writing songs again. Jimmy: I joined Emma because I would like to share my talent that God bestowed upon me. The people involved in the musical are my second family. It has been my desire to be part of a

musical may it be local or international, and I will continue my passion in singing may it be off or on stage. And why should people watch Emma? In Riana’s words, the show moves you on a roller coaster ride and has all the elements of a great story with love, action, loss, and bravery all wrapped in one beautiful musical. And Julius states it succinctly: I would say that this story could be any of us,

obviously not exactly the same, but listening to our grandparents on their bed telling us how they survived a war, how they found love, how they went through pain, and how in the end all of that made them even stronger as human beings. When people watch Emma, they are going to learn so many different things about Filipino culture that they may or may not already know, but if there’s one thing I really want

people to take away and learn from this musical, it’s this: it’s to fight for what you love. When you watch Emma, you will not only see a snippet in time from Philippine history, but you will witness the performers’ own stories of overcoming challenges, extending personal boundaries in the commitment to bring to life someone else’s dreams, and in the process, fulfilling their own.

Don’t miss this opportunity of youthful enthusiasm and artistic energy! Emma the Musical is presented by the Filipino Canadian Saranay Association. Tickets are available through Ticketfly or message the Emma the Musical FB page, or any of the production team. To comment on this article, go to http://




Filipinavigation RIANA TORREJON Riana Torrejon is a twelfth-grade student who is a passionate advocate for human rights. In her spare time, she loves to write and sing. She also runs her school’s Student Council, chairs for ECSD’s Student Senate, and is an actress for Emma the Musical. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of her greatest inspirations.

Spaces Safe spaces, new places, little space, no space.


s a person of small stature who takes up little space, it becomes quite glaring when one isn’t welcome. There are many spaces which I love to take up such as my reading corner or inside the arms of a loved one’s hug, but there are also many spaces that I would avoid at all costs. Feeling like you belong in a space compared to feeling like you’re taking up space were the two battling emotions for me as a young immigrant. Although there might be room, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are welcome to occupy that space. During my first two years in Canada, I was bullied at school. Kids pointed at my long black hair and proclaimed that I was a witch. In addition, Filipino dishes which my mother cooked often called for ingredients like onions, garlic, and fish, the scent of which clung to my clothes like a hug as the aroma reminded me of my grandmother’s home in the Philippines. However, it was considered a stench amongst my classmates. I distinctly remember entering the classroom one morning to be met by the crinkling of noses followed by the backs of chairs at each table forming impenetrable walls. It was only when the bell rang, and the teacher appeared that eventually, I was able to take advantage of their distracted states and force myself through a crack that revealed itself in one of the walls. I’ve had to fight for my space—

like many of my classmates who immigrated from the Philippines. We found ourselves having to work twice as hard to be heard and seen half as much as our Caucasian counterparts. There is the sense of having to prove your worthiness to find space made for you at the tables where your voice makes a difference. This was first made clear to me when I played softball in my 5th grade P.E. class and raised my hand to volunteer to be captain for one of the teams. I was quickly dismissed by the girl sitting next to me who scoffed and said, “Can you even speak English well enough? You’re too tiny for this. Go back to the math books.” Although I believe she meant it as a joke, her words have remained seared in my mind. This battle carries over to America as well where the term “bamboo ceiling” is repeatedly used by Asian Americans to refer to the numerous factors, such as organizational and cultural, which impede the progress of one’s career. Even now, as the co-president of my school’s student council and chair of ECSD’s student senate, I have observed the differences between those in power.

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Elected officials such as our board of trustees have no Asian women, and in fact, the board has no Asians at all. However, most of my classmates have been Asian—many of whom were Filipinos who emigrated to Canada during these last few years. They are voices that are slowly being heard more as they are now represented by members of the student senate and have opportunities to speak up through the school surveys, but the final decision lies in the hands of those elected who sit in the big meeting rooms, the trustees. Today, I walked around my school’s food fair. As the aromas and exciting colours encircled me, I especially appreciated the sounds of different languages spoken at each booth. It was beautiful to watch everyone come together because of a human need that’s also a shared pleasure to indulge in: food. It shows me that we can make space for one another. Being different does not mean wrongness. This can be observed through simpler things like cuisine as many dishes have evolved to provide us with even more to enjoy because of their differences. From creamy, to spicy to sour, when given the room to grow, we are able to discover new and exciting things. Although this battle is ongoing, let us continue to work to ensure that it is not one that is still fought by future generations. While sharing space for one another’s food is a great accomplishment, it is not yet the finish line. We all deserve to feel welcome, heard, and recognized in this space. While our country has enough room, it is not yet room readily available for all. Let’s change that.

Premier Citizenship Congratulations Congratulations to our columnist, Riana Torrejon, for being chosen as recipient of the Premier Citizenship Award. Riana will receive a letter of commendation for her outstanding work in having dedicated almost 400 hours in community service this school year alone. Riana truly gave her heart; from holding a fundraiser which raised about $5000 dollars to help girls in impoverished countries to chairing for ECSD’s student senate. She was chosen based on her displays of outstanding characteristics in citizenship, leadership, community service and engagement in volunteer work. In addition, she was identified as having shown initiative and having a positive impact in her school and the community. Cheers, Riana Torrejon! -From the AFJ Family

Making Gospel Reading Trending FR. JHACK DIAZ Rev. Fr. Raldy "jhack" Diaz is the first Filipino priest ordained in the Diocese of St. Paul Alberta. Currently, the Pastor of St. Jean de Brebeuf Parish, Mallaig, Alberta.

“How often should I forgive?” Matthew 18:21-35 There are three things I would like to share: First, forgiveness is never easy. It is difficult, but it is not impossible to make peace with another. That is why today’s gospel is challenging us to be men and women of forgiveness. Forgiveness is the virtue of the brave. Brethren, forgive and go on forgiving. Jesus in the gospel talks not only about

Peter but about how we should all forgive without limit. Why? Because one’s ability to forgive is limitless. Forgiving is an endless and infinite Christian virtue. Keep this in mind, to not forgive is like drinking poison and expecting others to die. Second, be quick to forgive. Don’t postpone it. Never delay in apologizing either. If you hurt someone in the

morning, don’t wait for the night to reconcile. When you forgive, you heal. When you let go, you grow. Forgive and forget. Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got. Brethren, forgive not because your enemies deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace. Finally, we need to forgive because we are 0% perfect and 100% forgiven. God’s math is like this: 3 nails plus 1 cross equals 4given. When you are tempted to lose patience with someone, remember how patient God has been with you. Forgive because FORGIVING IS THE HIGHEST FORM OF LOVING. There is no love without forgiveness and there is no forgiveness without love. Friends, stop remembering what God has already forgiven and forgotten. To heal a wound, you need to stop touching it. Blessings, Fr. Jhack

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For Girls' Successful Night Riana Torrejon, the organizer and host of “For Girls-Dance for a Cause,” was very touched by the overwhelming support of the community. “Raising money and awareness were my objectives to help the cause continue the important work they do for girls around the world, including the Philippines,” said Riana. Her objectives, she said, were achieved with the help of many. It was a successful night filled with danceable beats by the Skyfall Code Band, great company, lots of laughter, and delicious food from Coco’s Nest Café. With over three hundred people in attendance, the cause was able to raise about five thousand dollars in net proceeds for Plan International’s Because I am a Girl movement. This money will fund work being done for girls in impoverished countries like the Philippines to help them overcome unique challenges brought on by their gender such as child marriage, which almost always forces girls to drop out of school.

Riana Singing Opening Song

Photo potpourri by the Journal

Photos by Moses Billacura

► PRSAA Tournament Commissioner Banong Villanueva reads the Alberta Filipino Journal during the tournament in Leduc.

Mama Nita's Restaurant has resumed its operations and now serving customers in Edmonton. (Contributed photo) Journal publisher Jun Angeles, during an interview at World 101.7 FM Himig Pinoy, announced that the Alberta Filipino Journal will be turning 10 years old on June 1. Beside him is editor Lito Velasco.

Student volunteers serve as table officials in the ongoing 2018 Philippine Sports Association-Crosstown Auto Centre Spring/Summer Basketball League in Edmonton. ► Golf shirts are now ready at the Corpus Christi Parish office for players in the upcoming 2nd Corpus Christi Charity Golf Tournament on June 23 at the Leduc Golf Club.

Quickly Premium Bubble Tea, managed by Chester and May Tiongson, at the Callingwood Square has become a hit with the rising temperatures in Edmonton.

Tournament committee member Manny Ibasco (3rd from left) shares his points of view during the 2nd Corpus Christi Charity Golf Tournament meeting at the Corpus Christi Parish. The charity golf is on June 23 at the Leduc Golf Club

Quality Sleep Care and Alberta Medical Supplies managers Quality Sleep Care and Alberta Medical Supplies marketing director with two of the prize winners during a Spring Blowout Event, Kris Salumbides (extreme right) with friends of Benjie Lindo during May 12, at the QSC/AMS Branch in Mill Woods. a Spring Blowout Event, May 12, at the QSC/AMS Branch in Mill Woods.

ASTROLOGER, PSYCHIC & SPIRITUALIST Food To Go by Marsha along 66 Street formally opened after a blessing rites by Deacon Tony recently in Edmonton.

AJ Ensaymada, a new Filipino vendor has started their business serving Pinoy favorite desserts in Edmonton. For orders, call (587) 938-7300.

Sixth Decade But Still Doesn’t Fade

Jojo Lucila (on strife shirt), born in the 1st of May, a known choreographer in Edmonton, fruitfully holds his 60th birthday last May 5, 2018. He was squeezed by his friends and family members during the celebration.



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Letty Tria Hits A Birthday Milestone Retired But Not Tired Letty Tria clueless that the dinner she was going to attend with friends turned out to be her 70th Birthday party. Her family, relatives and friends waited anxiously at the entrance of the Good Buddy restaurant in

Letty with her family

Letty’s Friends and Family

Gerry Sulit: You’ve Made It!

Sherwood Park, Alberta to greet and sing for her birthday. Needless to say, the party was a enjoyable celebration last Saturday, May 12, 2018. A dedicated and loving mother to Michelle and Gerry and a doting

After long and tedious years of working in the Clinical Engineering Department at Grey Nuns Hospital, Edmonton, Gerry Sulit’s wife has thrown him a festive meal. Almost all Gerry’s co-workers and friends were present to give him a hug and express their happiness for him. Be more productive Gerry! Enjoy your retirement years!

grandma to her grandchildren. She is an active member of Filipino Retirees Association in Alberta (FRAA) as Vice President and Auditor of the Congress of the Philippine Associations of Alberta (COPAA) . She served as the President of Filipino Nurses Association in Alberta(FNAA) for so many years. Letty is still connected as a registered nurse at the University of Alberta. Cardiology Department. The AFJ wishes Letty continued good health and success in all her endeavours.

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Philosopher’s Corner founded a Communist Correspondence Committee in an attempt to link socialists from around Europe. Inspired by his ideas, socialists in England held a conference and formed the Communist League, and in 1847 at a Central Committee meeting in London, the organization asked Marx and Engels to write Manifest

der Kommunistischen Partei (Manifesto of the Communist Party). The Communist Manifesto, as this work is commonly known, was published in 1848, and shortly after, in 1849, Marx was expelled from Belgium. He went to France, anticipating a socialist revolution, but was deported from there as well. Prussia refused to renaturalize him, so Marx moved to London. Although Britain denied him

PHILOSOPHY | PROMOTION citizenship, he remained in London 1862, but he never earned a living wage until his death. and was largely supported by Engels. Marx became increasingly focused London on capitalism and economic theory, and In London, Marx helped found the in 1867, he published the first volume German Workers’ Educational Society, of Das Kapital. The rest of his life was as well as a new headquarters for the spent writing and revising manuscripts Communist League. He continued to for additional volumes, which he did work as a journalist, including a 10- not complete. The remaining two year stint as a correspondent for the volumes were assembled and published New York Daily Tribune from 1852 to posthumously by Engels.

MAY 2018 Death Marx died of pleurisy in London on March 14, 1883. While his original grave had only a nondescript stone, the Communist Party of Great Britain erected a large tombstone, including a bust of Marx, in 1954. The stone is etched with the last line of The Communist Manifesto (“Workers of all lands unite”), as well as a quote from the Theses on Feuerbach.


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Alberta Filipino Journal - May 2018 Issue  

The pulse of the Filipino Community in Alberta, Canada

Alberta Filipino Journal - May 2018 Issue  

The pulse of the Filipino Community in Alberta, Canada