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Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the government department which oversees immigration and refugee affairs in Canada, has introduced a temporary public policy concerning certain foreign nationals who are affected by an Executive Order signed by U.S. President Trump on January 27, 2017. Under the temporary public policy, the government of Canada may allow foreign nationals affected the by the U.S. Executive Order to apply for temporary status in Canada, or to extend their stay. IRCC states that under the U.S. Executive Order, citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen are barred from entering the U.S. for a 90-day period following the signing of the U.S. order. Citizens of Syria are barred from entering the U.S. indefinitely. This temporary public policy follows soon after a recent press conference, at which Hussen stated that, “we are aware that the executive order does apply to those from the seven countries transiting through Canada. Let me assure those who may be stranded in Canada that I will use my authority as minister to provide them with temporary residency if they need it, as we have done so in the past.” The policy introduced by the Canadian government sets out measures to allow eligible foreign nationals in Canada

affected by the ban to apply for or extend their current temporary status, and work temporarily if they have no other means of support. Fees for these applications have been waived. In order to apply, individuals are required to meet Canada’s admissibility criteria and provide an explanation of how they are affected. The policy advises designated officers to “consider granting an exemption from the requirements of the [Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA)] to foreign nationals from Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iraq who are in Canada on or after January 27, 2017 and have been negatively impacted by the U.S. executive order.” The temporary public policy is currently in place until April 30, 2017 at midnight Eastern Daylight Time. The outline of the public policy, signed by Canada’s immigration minister Ahmed Hussen, states, “This public policy is consistent with Canada’s approach of acting with compassion and humanitarianism.” Affected foreign nationals The policy sets out three situations in which affected foreign nationals may be granted exemption from certain regulations of the IRPA: Affected foreign nationals travelling to the U.S.If a foreign national had made travel arrangements to enter the United States and is not able to do so, he or she may be able to apply for a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) without paying the processing fee. In order to be eligible, the foreign national is required to hold a visa or other document normally required to enter the U.S. He or she must not be

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My name is Matthew Reyes Antolin. I’m currently 27 years old (Born on January 22nd 1990) My parents are originally from Manila, Philippines, but I was born and raised here in Calgary AB. Growing up as a child, I always had a passion for working with people. I always believed that in life, you should make a genuine effort to make a positive difference for whatever it is you would do. Magic, was that one art that I always stuck with me through my life journey. As I grew older while sticking with the art, it allowed me to express myself more as a person. Helping me realize that serving people or leaving them off better than you left them was a commitment I would pursue for the rest of my life. I attended my post secondary years at MRU & SAIT as a Business student graduating in a major of Marketing/ Management. Through out my studies in school I was fortunate enough to have magic as my only job. I performed at a consistent basis for corporations, private functions and created different programs for corporate entities to pay for my entire school tuition. Magic was my life from when I started at 16, and even till today. It allowed me to ultimately shape my character. Before being a magician I was always in the industry of front line customer service, so

when relating it to magic, it allowed the service to be more natural in a sense when putting the genuine intent to my actions. Today, when I’m not performing magic I work as an advisor in the claims department at Intact Insurance helping people get through various difficult situations for auto or property. I’ve always been passionate in seeing people smile, so if I’m not able to do it through magic I’ll exemplify it in any other way. Working in the claims department, I’ve received the most amount of letters from clients commending my work, Bravo recognition rewards from managers, and even a personal letter from the Vice president of Intact recognizing my work of “Legendary” customer service. By allowing myself to develop as a person and express myself through the art of magic, I truly feel that I’ve been able to connect with people at a personal level a lot more. It’s not that I try to, but I feel that I have that urging passion to; which in turn allows me to do it effortlessly. We all do the same process, but how is it a simple person like myself is able to obtain more recognition? That is the connection between magic and customer service. To me, magic is not about fooling you, but more about building that relationship; so if you are able to establish

a strong connection by making someone happy, that is magic. I just happen to do it with a deck of cards, various objects and most importantly the connection with others. When I perform, if I’m able to affect a spectator at a personal level by an inspiration act, I metaphorically show them the impossible is possible, making dreams a reality. It then becomes intrinsically rewarding for myself as an illusionist only motivating me to keep my art going. That is the power of connection, it’s allowed me to meet some of the greatest people of my life doing this, travel the world, and most importantly know my ultimate passion in life in connecting with others. Magic is truly universal. Coverage wise, I’ve been fortunate enough to appear on various television programs across the country, a TV appearance in Philippines – Showtime, various newspaper articles from the city and even a recent publish in the latest FCM magazine (Filipino Canadian Magazine.) My brand of magic has allowed me share it with many various corporations like west jet, the bay, Calgary airport authority, and even schools like university of Calgary. Today, I continue to share my magic with anyone I interact with. My busiest seasons are typically Christmas season with corporate events,


and summertime with stampede functions, corporate work and various private functions. I also consider myself a man of great faith. During my downtime I like to offer my time to the church. By either alter serving, playing piano for the youth masses, or even feeding the homeless for Inn for the cold, I’m always trying to donate my time for the good will of God, as without God I wouldn’t be where I am today. I feel that God has provided me with the gift of magic, so the least I can do is give it back to the community who needs it.

In terms of my short and long-term goals, I plan to continue my journey as a close up illusionist and take it as far as I can for however long it will take. I like to look at it as a never-ending journey, always continuing to inspire. As everyday is a new horizon, I challenge myself to be the better version of myself every other day. By the end of 2017 I’m hoping to launch a ticketed show catering to approximately 500 people in one room. The idea of this show is to have close up magic adapted with stage magic all in one set. It’s always been my vision to have this art more appreciated by the people I perform for. In magic, there can sometimes be a negative stereotype with the art, so continued on page 6


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Partial list of the brothers’ achievements:


On January 21, 2017 the Baisas brothers took home three winning categories in the 2017 International Ice Carving Competition held at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Under Team Competition, 1st Place and People’s Choice “Training Day” by Team Baisas Brothers - Ross Baisas, Philippines and Antonio Baisas, Philippines, and on One Hour, One Carver, One Block Competition, 1st Place went to Ross Baisas, Philippines. The following day a reception and appreciation for the brothers was held at Mama Nita’s Binalot, hosted by officers, members and friends of The Filipino Champion of Calgary (TFCC), The Filipino Canadian Magazine (FCM), Philippine Culinary Federation of Canada (PCFC) and Diaryo Filipino. Tokens of appreciation like plaques, PCFC uniforms and related items were joyfully accepted by the brothers. As the food on the table began to disappear and chit chats getting louder, the brothers were

Tony’s Achievement International: 2014= 1st place, Ice Festival, Poznan Poland 2015= 1st place, Snow: Gallibier France, 1st place, Ice Festival: Poznan Poland, 2016 =1st place, Lights and Ice Carving Competition, Buffalo NY & 2nd place Ice Festival: Poznan Poland Canada 2014=1st place Winterlude, Ottawa & 1st place, Snow, St Jean QC  2015 = 1st place, Snow, St Jean QC & 2nd Place, Winterlude, Ottawa 2016 = 1st place, Winterlude, Ottawa & 1st place Chelsea QC

Baisas brothers (Tony, 4th from left and Ross, 2nd from right) with PCFC members.

overwhelmed by the warm gathering. Sharing their experiences were front and center in the conversation. Prompted by a question from one of the guests, many were intrigued to hear their response: “We’ve been competing for years in this kind of event. It is only now we experienced this warm welcome and acknowledgement from our fellow Filipinos in Canada.”, said Tony. “It is sad, however, we represent our country (Philippines) in all international competitions we’ve been to and yet we never received this kind of warm reception and recognition from our Filipino-Canadian community or from any Philippine government offices stationed in Canada”, added Ross, the younger brother.

Unbelievable! The natural consequence of their winning trickled to the collective pride of every Filipino-Canadian. Moreover, the prestige derived from this kind of competition is amazing. Imagine two Orientals, brothers at best, outskilled the other competitors who were born, bred and cultured in this temperate region of the world? It was heart warming that after years of yearning for Pinoy touch and appreciation they found it in the heart of the west. They flew back to Toronto the next day hoping that someday their winning would melt the icy and unappreciative hearts of some of their fellow Filipinos.

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Ross’ Achievements International 2015 = 1st place (solo) & Children Choice Award, Valloire Galibier (France) Ice Sculpture 2015= 1st place (Judges choice) & Public choice award, Fete D’hiver International (Saint-JeanFort-Joli,Quebec)  2015 =1st place (Pairs) & 1st place Speed carving, Ice Festival (Poznan, Poland)  2016 =1st place pairs, Ice Magic (Lake Louise, Canada), 1st place (pairs) Lights and Ice Carving Competition (Buffalo) N.Y. Canada 2012= 1st Place pairs Public Choice award Media Choice award Carvers Choice award 1st Place One block challenge, Winterlude (Ottawa)  2013 = 2nd place pairs Public Choice award Media choice award 1st Place One block challenge, Winterlude (Ottawa)  2014 =1st place pairs 1st place one block challenge, Winterlude (Ottawa)  2015 = 2nd place pairs 3rd place one block challenge, Winterlude (Ottawa) 2016 =1st place pairs 1st place one block challenge, Winterlude (Ottawa)



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20 designers around the world with approximately 100 models walked the runway. This year ASC Fashion Week is all about showcasing fashion of each participated culture and countries. The event aims to create awareness about different country’s culture. Among participating countries are India , Thailand , Vietnam , Germany, Indonesia , Japan , Philippines, UAE , USA and more . One of the night’s highlight is the Silkh Culture and Fashion. Limuel proudly

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Matthew R. Antolin It’s important for me to enhance the perspective of my spectators after they have experienced it- Insurance wise, I plan to be a fully licensed personal/ commercial broker in the industry within the next year or 2. When it comes to being inspired there are many through out my years that have attributed to my journey. I like to call it “Group therapy,” as everyone I’ve met has contributed to my passion. But If I was to round it up with 2 people, it would have to be my Grandfather and David Blaine. When it came to magic, David Blaine was the initial artist who sparked my inter-

est in the art. The effects he did were perceived to be simple but the impact he played on people he played was huge, and that got to me, inspiring me to share it with others. But overall, my grandpa was my #1 inspiration through out every aspect in my life. He was a veteran who fought in the world war, an Olympian who competed for his country, and a criminal lawyer who stood up for the right of the oppressed. But if there were a few words to describe my grandpa, would be that he was a man of faith, integrity and love. Those values alone are the foundation to my character.

One of my favorite quotes that have guided my through my journey is by Mother Teresa, and it states “If you judge people, you have no time to love them..” – I feel its really important to instill this value in your heart as no one should ever judge a book by its cover. Everyone has their own story so its important to take into consideration that we are all different, but all connected at the same time. I’ve always believed that the difference between life and death is art; at the end of your life you will always be remembered by what you did, so I encourage everyone out there to paint that picture right for others.

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Banff Filipino Community Instrumental Towards Town’s Further Housing Development Marietta Pangan-Dutkoski ASST EDITOR IN-CHIEF

A winning vote of 6-1 , Wednesday morning of January 25, 2017 from members of Banff Council finally approves the bylaw 380, hastening construction of more housing in the heart of the rockies. The Filipino Organization of the Rocky Mountains (FORM) , members have submitted a petition to the town persuading the council to move forward with a 132-unit housing project proposed for Deer Lane. According to Jun Cacayuran, vice-president of FORM, they amazingly collected more than 80 signatures within one day for the petition which signifies the dire need of the community already residing in Banff. The initiated the petition, intends to speak in council chambers during a public hearing scheduled for January 25th, Monday on Bylaw 380, which places the provisions of Policy

C122 within the Land Use Bylaw as a stand-alone section. During the public hearing, Mayor Karen Sorensen said she has heard from many in the community about the dire housing

situation in Banff and that solutions are urgently needed to get citizens into safe, appropriate and affordable housing. Cacayuran also added that the lack of affordable housing in Banff is forcing

some Filipino families and individuals into inadequate living conditions and some have had to leave the community outright. FORM “It is very rewarding to

hear that FORM’s petition has helped significantly in imploring council to build affordable housing that would encourage the construction of more housing within the townsite”. Cacayuran said Since 2013, Banff has ex-

isted with a zero per cent vacancy rate 2013, while the housing unit deficit is predicted to be between 455 and 730 units when 2022 comes. The approved bylaw is hoped to address such shortfall at the Banff Townsite .


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Philippine News


Sammy F. Martin WRITER

MANILA, Feb. 3 (PNA)-- Filipinos who wish to travel or live in the United States for whatever reason, can do so, the US State Department said Friday. US State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner made this assurance when asked by Filipino newsmen in a press conference. “I recommend Filipinos who wish to travel to the United States, (they) should consult with the embassy of Manila,” Toner said. “The Philippines was not among those countries that were labeled of concern so I would say that Philippines, Filipinos both in the United States and in Philippines themselves, should by all means, we welcome them to the United States,” he added. The Philippines is not among the countries


Filipinos are welcome to enter US - US State Department which have been marked by US authorities as a “country of concern,” which means, Filipinos can continue their travels to and from the US, or benefit from residing and working in the United States. Just last week, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order denying US entry to citizens of seven countries, namely, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The order also covers everyone with a visa from these countries, including “green card” holders who left the US and plans to come back. They will undergo scrutiny and might be prohibited from re-entering the US. Speaking more broadly before US-based Filipino journalists about the executive order signed last week, Toner said, “obviously all of you know that the Philippines was not one of the countries where a pause was initiated with regards to

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visas and with regards to refugees.” Toner was speaking of those who have legal resident status and other visa holders who wish to travel to US. While the US government has no issues against the Philippines, Toner advised all who wish to travel to the US, for whatever reason, to make sure that they will have legal status in the US. American authorities, under the new US president, have been under strict orders to deport illegals and those who have criminal records. “This is a decision that the president took in the national interest of the State. He has said very clearly that his first priority is to protect American lives and American citizens, and so he wanted us to conduct a review on some of the processes by which people travel into the United States,” he concluded. (PNA) FPV/SFM

LET’S TALK ABOUT WILLS A properly prepared will allows you to direct where your property will go after your death. It can save a great deal of time, expense, and stress for your family and loved ones during a time of grief. A will also allow you to name your personal representative who will represent your estate after your death and carry out the wishes you have stated in your will. The Law Society of Alberta published the following information

on their website at http://www.lawsociety. aspx A will is a written document which details how you want your property distributed after your death. Alberta law sets out the requirements for a valid will. A will is valid only when it is in writing. A will is not valid unless: a. it is properly signed; and b. Properly witnessed. Your will must be signed by you before two or more witnesses who must also sign the document in the presence of you and each other. There are numerous disadvantages to writing your own will which may include the following:

d. your will may not be discovered after your death; e. your will, if discovered, may be destroyed by a disgruntled beneficiary. What happens when there is no will? If you choose not to make a will, your property will be dealt with in accordance with the Intestate Succession Act (Alberta). Your personal representative will be appointed by the court. This person will have limited discretion in how to deal with your estate. The court will not know your intentions. You will not be able to choose a guardian for your minor children. Your beneficiaries will not be named by you. They will be stipulated by the provisions of the Intestate Succession Act.

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Taxes: What You Need To Know?

Bernie Madamesila CPA / CGA

Tax season is nearing and people are scrambling to gather all the receipts and tax slips accumulated for the year 2016. It is no secret that many do not think of taxes until April tax season or when the first tax slips are received in the mail. With all the changes in life and tax regulations introduced, completing the yearly tax submission is a serious responsibility to be endeavoured. The best approach is the most obvious one - preparing your taxes throughout the year! Organizing your receipts and keeping tabs on tax changes can mean significant tax credits and money back to your pocket. The reality however is not always as optimistic as this obvious approach. Life happens. Government changes happen. And tax, suddenly, becomes a daunting task. The question many ask is whether to do one’s own taxes or seek a professional. The answer is rather simple and this is what you need to know.

Technology has advanced in such a way that we can tackle even the most arduous tax situation. Tax applications promising maximum returns and CRA autofill programs have this once professional-only task available to all. For a price, you can fill out the blanks and fill in the boxes to ensure that your tax credit works to return some money back to your pocket. But when does a professional come into the picture? There are times when the financial situation requires a little bit more attention. If you own your own business, hold numerous investments, are divorced and paying alimony, self employed or working from home, finding a professional to do it right is an obvious worthwhile choice. What about if you got married, had a child or bought a house? These things have tax implications and knowing how to correctly apply them can mean maximum returns. Although it may seem obvious, many individuals still miss out on the opportunities to take advantage of what has been made available. Unless you are keeping tabs on the tax changes or paying close attention to new tax credits, it is easy to miss out even in the most seemingly sim-

ple financial situation. Did you know that tax credits are given to post-secondary and graduate students? There are credits for tuition, textbooks and transit passes. Did you know that students who turned 19 before April 1,2016 are eligible for a GST credit? These are just some of the many credits you can file in your upcoming tax submission. For the working masses, employment expenses including professional or union dues, in-home office expenses, exams for professional certification, self paid health care premiums and tool expenses for those in trades have associated tax breaks. To add to this list, transit passes, charitable donations, political donations, union dues and even moving expenses can be claimed on your next federal tax return. The tax credits you can receive coupled with the peace of mind in knowing that you have filed your taxes correctly makes having a professional accountant the smarter choice. Accountants are no longer reserved for the complicated or the rich. With their competitive rates, even the simplest tax can benefit from an expert professional. Accountants are for everyone who wishes to ensure that they have maximized their returns amidst the many life changes that have taken place in one tax year.

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Travel & Adventure

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It never ceased to amaze me visiting our National Parks in different time of year. Summer is usually the busiest time when families can enjoy many beautiful picnic sites and sceneries unique in the vast landscapes of our parks in Alberta. Although I enjoy visiting our parks any time of year to explore and indulge the immense beauty but I tend to avoid the crowd and venture out more to places where natural phenomena dominate the scene. Winter is no doubt the best time of year where often times it seems like I have the whole park to myself - if lucky I’d meet very few people along the trails. While skiing is no longer my winter activity since my knee injury, I spend more time enjoying the season snowshoeing, hiking, exploring many ice falls and ice lakes around. My recent escapade in the Rockies has taken me to places popular for many fellow adventurers and photographers. Despite of the unfriendly weather conditions, I braved through blowing snow and slippery road conditions to take the glimpse of the methane bubbles in Lake Abraham. I donned on my snowshoe to get to places only possible with one on lest you sink into 8 to 10 feet of snow. I wear my ice cleats so I can walk on ice lakes and get closer to ice falls which is only possible when everything is frozen solid. I trekked at night with headlights on through the forest completely covered in snow. Much as one would surmise the risk involved, the natural reaction is to simply bale out. But the discovery lies beneath all doubts and as the phrase go “Just Do It” remains my mantra when I’m out and about, I find a great sense of accomplishment when I stumble upon new places and discover new things. It is very satisfying to come home to and look at the photos I captured for the day. Upon entering Banff National Park my first stop was at Lake Minniwanka. My goal was to simply feel what it’s like to walk on solid ice in the middle of the lake and capture some images of ice floes on the edge. It was a warm bright afternoon but the lake was frozen solid and was safe enough to walk on. With cleats on my shoes - I walked as far as I could but being extra careful not to aggravate my knee from recent injury. I stopped occasionally to take some photos of interesting ice formations and moments that I’d listened to cracking sound of ice shifting, I felt a little

uncomfortable for a moment but I knew the lake was solid enough to hold a truck. There were several people also enjoying their walks and some were playing hockey. It was a very serene away from noise and busy-ness of tourists - exactly the way I purported it to be. Though I’ve been here many times in different season, it still leaves me in awe with all the natural beauty all around. Marble canyon was my next stop. Located approximately 30 minutes out of Banff town site along highway 93 at Castle Mountain Junction. The trail is a short 1.6km beside deep 131 ft canyon and offers a stunning view of the Kootenay mountain range. At the end of the trail, there is a powerful waterfalls and but obviously frozen solid at the time of my visit. There were a few people rappelling down to the canyon and into the frozen river below. What a great viewpoint it must be down there I thought. I got carried away and lost track with time. I still have to drive 42km to Lake Louise to take in the beautiful sunset behind Upper Victoria Glacier but the traffic and the road wasn’t as ideal so it was a bit of a slow drive but I made it in almost an hour. It was already getting dark and only a few more seconds, the sun light would be completely gone. No need to rush now I figured, I donned on my winter gears and headed out to ice lake. Many people still around, then I realized that it was the annual ice festival where several ice sculptures were on display. I waited for the crowd to lessen so I can properly snap some photos with my tripod. The temperature dipped to about -16°C and my hands and feet were getting numbed – I had to go inside the building to warm up a bit. After I’ve gotten warmed up, I went out and walked around and just enjoyed and appreciate all the ice sculptures. It was already getting late and I realized that I still have to get up super early. I got up at 5am and got all set to go by 5:30. The weather forecast the night before was with the temperature high of -15°C cloudy and snow. Definitely not the ideal condition to be driving on an open highway, well I don’t have much choice, either I go or bale out and I chose the former. I planned to be at Lake Abraham by sunrise and that would be by 7:30 in an ideal driving speed that is. The whole situation had changed once I’ve gotten into the highway. The road was slippery and a lot of ice patches and

Ice - Capades in Winter Wonderland Frozen Lake Minniwanka

hasn’t been plowed yet from the night before. I drove very carefully and was going only at 60kph. To my surprise, once I crossed the junction of Highway 93 and Highway 11, the snow stopped, the road was free of snow and the sky was clear. I can see the snow clouds behind me as I drove away. I arrived at Lake Abraham and the sun was already higher up the mountain but there’s still a little of golden glow in the sky. I knew it was only a matter of minutes before it would peak the mountains. I trotted down the hill to reach the lake and immediately put my shoe cleats on. As I stepped in and started exploring the frozen lake famous for its frozen methane bubbles, I was awe struck to see what it seem like the whole lake was full of them. Methane bubbles are created by decomposing organic materials at the bottom of the lake as they release methane gas. As they rise, it freezes just before it reaches the surface creating a stack of bubbles under crystal clear water. I spent a few hours under a balmy and bright sky meandering about or I may say hiking on the ice. By this time the temperature had risen to about 1°C. What a huge difference from few hours ago. I learned time and time again, Alberta is a weather crazy province. As we know that if the weather is bad, just wait for a bit and it will change for better or worse. My advice - Don’t let the weather deter you from your activities, just be prepared for anything and enjoy the challenges no matter what after all it’s all part of the adventure.

One of many ice sculptures at the annual Ice Festi- Some of ice formations at Lake Abraham val in Lake Louise

Resting on a slab of ice at Lake Abraham

Path to cabin Lake Louise

Bull Elks grazing near Lake Minniwanka

Cracks and methane bubbles on the frozen lake.

Bull Elks grazing near Lake Minniwanka

Canada goose ice sculpture


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Mga Siwang sa Balintataw ni Salome

Sawing Gantimpala Akda: Gng. Aurora Aragon Quezon Sa mundo’y wala ng malungkot na lagay Tulad ng sinapit n’yaring aking buhay Anuman ang gandang loob na ibinigay Ginagantimpala’y kahinapisan Mula magkaisip pinagaralan na Kababaang loob ag gawing sandata Upang kung sapitin ang dila-dila na May titingalain pang bukas na maganda Ngunit kung ito’y pawang balintuna Maganda kong binhi umani ng sama Sapagkat gayon nga ang mundo’y madaya Ang tapat kahapon ngayo’y pawang daya Pagtitiisan kong lasapin ang lahat Kung siya’y kaloob sa akin ng palad Salamat sa iyo, salamat sa lahat Kayo na ang siyang bahalang mag-ingaat

Filipino Words ( English Translations) Siwang (noun) aperture, crevice; door; slit; space of a small opening window; Balintataw (noun) pupil of the eye Hinagpis (verb) grievance, agony, tribulation Kababaang loob (adjective) humble, modest Bukas (adv) tomorrow Balintuna (adj) irony, absurd, preposterous, Binhi (noun) seed, fruit, product Lasapin (v) to taste, to suffer, to live with Kaloob (n) gift, portion Palad (noun) fate, destiny, fortune

About Salome: Salome is a young girl of seventeen years, who lives by the edge of the lake and Elias’ sweetheart and about to marry. Salome is an example of the Filipino woman’s loyalty and modesty. “Elias and Salome” was originally the twenty-fifth chapter of the Noli Me Tangere, one of the two books of the national hero Jose Rizal’s that started the Philippine Revolution in 1896. Rizal often drew his characters from real people in his life, and it is believed that Salome is a shadow of Leonor Rivera ( author’s real life sweetheart).

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Hitmen Won vs Broncos (3-2 ) during Hockey’s Multicultural Night

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6,272 in total attendance including Jacob Del Castillo, 10, Filipino Canadian who set foot at the “Dome” for the first time . He thoroughly enjoyed the game and cheered for the home team, Calgary Hitmen. The game was opened by singing the ‘Oh Cana-

da’, by the fast uprising singer and Hitmen favourite, Mary Kate Aquino, a Filipina-Calgarian. The rookie Tristen Nielsen brought the winning puck in the eighth round for Hitmen to come to a 3-2 victory over against visitor Swift Current Broncos. Several countries and organizations are represented at the Hitmen vs Broncos Multicultural Night on February 11,

2017. Among them are the Filipino community which were represented by Diaryo Filipino and PIOCC- Sulong Kalayaan officers and members. A Mosaic of culture from Japan, Jamaica, Hungary, Greece, France, Lebanon, Italy, St. Lucia, Pakistan , Haiti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Philippines, Dominican Republic, China and SAIT International make up the entire cheering audience.

Fresh, Foggy in Dogfight for First in FCBL Play DF

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Defending champion Fresh and archival Foggy Gorilla are jostling for the top seed in the upcoming Filipino Community Basketball League (FCBL) playoffs. Bannered by former local collegiate stars Steve Trinidad and Jerome Makasiar, Fresh, as of press time, cards a 4-1 win-loss record and are in a neck-to-neck race with Foggy Gorilla for the lead in Group A, the elite division in FCBL play. Foggy, meanwhile, currently also sports an identical 4-1 record to stake their claim for the overall top seed in the playoffs. As usual, the trio of former PBA player Kelvin Dela Pena and ex-high school stars Aris Dela Paz

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and Paul Gulfo are spearheading title drive for the Ronald Dadivas-coached Gorillas. Asked for his playoffs prediction, FCBL President Zaldy Parales thinks Fresh has the inside track for the 2017 FCBL title. “Mahirap silang talunin kung kumpleto sila (It’s hard to beat them if they are full force.)”, Mr. Parales offered in an interview recently. FCBL founder Abe Damian concurred with the observation. In a conversation last month, Mr. Damian said, “Sa tingin ko, ‘kumpletos rekados’ ang Fresh. Mahihirapan ang Foggy (Fresh is a complete team. Foggy will have a hard time.).” Of course, the competition is not limited to Fresh and Foggy Gorilla. They are the favourites, but there are

other teams with serious shot at winning the FCBL title. Other contenders for the 2017 FCBL crown include MJ BBQ led by brothers Omar and Merv Villaroman, upstart Onward Immigration headed by Pat Cay and Marvin Liongson, and dark horse PASOC, the Group B leader, which features sharpshooter Jay Cenzon and all-around forward Michael Abalorio. Sponsored by longtime Calgary basketball supporter Alex Briones (Royal LePage Benchmark), the elimination stage of FCBL will run until the end of February. After which, playoffs will begin on Sunday, March 5th. The FCBL plays its games at Vision Sports Centre (7475 Flint Road SE).

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In four short years, the Filipino Community Basketball League (FCBL) has grown to become the strongest league in Calgary. The primary reason, of course, is talent. The southwest-based league has, by far, the best accumulation of accomplished players of any Filipino league in the city. The FCBL features the best of the best. Whether Calgary-grown or Philippine-bred, if they’re force to be reckoned with, you’d probably find them showcasing their skills in the FCBL. Among Calgary-grown players, the list includes former PBA player Kelvin Dela Pena (Foggy Gorilla), former Mount Royal University varsity players Steve Trinidad and Jerome Makasiar (Fresh), SAIT varsity cagers Justin Makasiar (Fresh), Marcus Bautista (CleanPro), and Pat Cay (Onward), and Ambrose University dunker Paul Gulfo (Foggy Gorilla). In the list, the most accomplished, of course, are Kelvin Dela Pena and Steve Trinidad. Kelvin, a Mapua Cardinal who played his high school ball in Calgary, was once the MVP in the NCAA. He, of course, reached the highest levels of basketball, having played in the PBA and with the Calgary Crush, a pro team that competed in the American Basketball Association. Steve, on the other hand, was the starting guard of the Mount Royal Cougars when they won the Cana-

dian Collegiate Athletic Association’s (CCAA) championship in 2009. In 2012, his senior year, he led the Cougars in scoring at 20.5 clip, as they finished with the silver medal in the CCAA nationals. The FCBL also feature scoring machines Aris Dela Paz (Foggy Gorilla) and Omar Villaroman (MJ BBQ. Both were stalwarts for their respective Calgary high school teams earlier in their basketball journeys. Aris was the starting point guard for Father Lacombe High School, which was a city contender in the early 2000s, while Omar, for his part, was a high-flying guard for Bishop Grandin High School. Easily, the high-scoring duo could have played post-secondary ball, but they have instead chosen to pursue more urgent economic opportunities. For FCBL players who honed their ball skills in our homeland, the tally includes former Adamson University Falcon Harold Butron (Jenrich), past PSBA mainstay Jojo Alave (Batangas Blades), ex-Colegio de San Lorenzo point guard Jepoy Lim (Foggy Gorilla), one-time NCBA Wild Cat Ronald Dadivas (Foggy Gorilla), erstwhile San Beda player Jojo Yambao (MJ BBQ), and recent University of Luzon lead guard Joshua Gutierrez (Hellcats). Harold Butron, as most of us Calgary basketball fans know, is currently trying his luck in the PBA D-League. Jojo Alave, for his part, has done this and has done that. He once was a high-scoring forward in collegiate play, and

starred for a few years in commercial leagues in the Philippines. In his hey days, Jepoy Lim, meanwhile, registered a double-double in helping Colegio de San Lorenzo upset a Ranidel Ocampo-led Saint Franci Assisi team. (Yes, folks, it’s the same Ranidel Ocampo, GIlas Pilipinas long-time starting stretch four). For rising stars, watch out for Bryce Solis (Friday Boys Club). At age 15, he’s already averaging double figures in the FCBL. In the future, we might also see Terence Crisostomo play in the FCBL. The Calgary product, currently one of the lead guards at Fort Mac’s Keyano College, was twice a member of Team Alberta at the Canadian Nationals. Hopefully, so will Alonzo Tan. Only 15 years old, Alonzo, a thrilling talent, was part of Team Alberta at the Canadian Nationals last year. The bedrock of a good league is talent. The NBA thrives because of the LeBrons, the Kevin Durants and the Russell Westbrooks. The PBA lasted this long because of the continued infusion of exciting players like Terrence Romeo, Jayson Castro, and Junmar Fajardo. In the same manner, the FCBL has risen as the most competitive league in Calgary due to the likes of Kelvin, Steve, Aris, Omar, Jerome and the many more exemplary players who grace the league. And just like the top level leagues, it will only remain in its perch if it continues to attract high caliber ballers.


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Has anyone noticed that dealerships are expanding their marketing campaigns to draw the retail customer into the dealership for service? Check out the advertising, these are but the tip of the iceberg. Dealers are offering longer nationwide warranties, certified technicians, and original equipment parts at competitive prices. Why is this happening? For a number of reasons. New car profits are at such a historic low that the service departments must step up to the plate and become profitable for the dealership to survive. Another reason is warranty work; at one time it represented 70% of the service done at dealerships. Today that figure has fallen to about 20% - cars are made better and last longer! And, finally, dealership are offering better service in an effort to capture the customer’s car purchases. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages dealership service depart-


ments have to offer. First, in order to maintain their franchises dealerships must pay for training their technicians and providing special tools and equipment. Dealers also have access to proprietary information, information on new vehicles they sell and service. This means that no one else can access this information, which is often necessary for diagnosis and repair. In addition, dealership service departments work mainly on the makes and models that they sell. Since they are very familiar with the particular car line, they can usually pinpoint a problem more quickly and more accurately. Dealership technicians are usually paid according to a method called flat rate. When a job is dispatched to a technician, the clock starts. If an operation calls for a time frame of two hours, then the labor will be twice the shop’s hourly rate. If the technician is proficient at this particular operation and can do it in half the time, the customer still pays for two hours of labor and the tech earns

two hours of pay for one hour of work. Conversely, if the tech does the job in more than the allowed time, the customer still pays two hours of labor. This method of payment holds a standard hourly rate for the customer, and yet rewards highly skilled technicians. In most cases, dealerships have the best equipment. Not only do they get help from the manufacturer when starting up the service department, but they also get first crack at any new equipment that hits the market. Dealership work is guaranteed. This may be the number one benefit of heading to a dealer when you need service. Above all else, if your car is under warranty there is a good chance that you will not be charged. Also, all repairs and basic maintenance are backed by the dealer. If your car goes into the shop and the work is not completed to your specifications or has problems down the line, the dealer will take it back, free of cost, to address the issue.


Oil change Performing an Oil Change Changing your auto’s oil regularly is essential to your engine’s proper operation. As dirt and metal filings build up in your car’s oil it becomes less able to provide proper lubrication. With time your oil will degrade, causing Viscosity to increase, further limiting its ability to lubricate the engine. This guide will not get into specifics for each model of auto, more info can be found online and in the various brands of repair manuals available. In recent years, both the metallurgy of engines and the chemistry of oil have seen great advances, so that many engines outlast the rest of the car without need for major overhauls or rebuilding, if given proper scheduled lubrication. Car manuals state the recommended oil service interval for the car; there are often a specification for easy duty and one for heavier duty. Contrary to what is sometimes assumed,

sustained operation at higher power levels and higher temperatures constitutes easier duty, as far as the oil is concerned, as it allows any contamination of water vapor and/or fuel to boil off. Thus, engines which are mostly restricted only to short usage in the city will require more frequent oil changes due to the buildup of these contaminants. Extreme high temperatures, however, will cause normal oils first to deteriorate, then to “carbonize”, i.e. turn into hard solid carbon particles, with bad effects on lubricated parts; this generally is only a problem in engines which badly overheat, or in the bearings of turbochargers which do not have mechanisms to prevent this, such as water cooling for the bearings, or systems to continue to pump the oil after engine shutoff. In these cases, in addition to more frequent oil changes, use of synthetic oil, which is more stable to high temperatures, may be of advantage.

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The grace of God is given to us without our effort. It is not the consequence of good deeds. On the other hand, our good deeds are the consequence of God’s grace. Our response to God’s gift of salvation is in the realm of human freedom which God absolutely respects. He allows us to choose between salvation and perdition, between good and evil, between life and death. In his goodness, he permits us to decide what to

do and what not to do. Heaven and hell, for that matter, is a logical consequence of our human freedom which is the basis of our human dignity. Our response to God’s gift of faith is a fundamental choice between light and darkness, between life and death. And judgment is inherent in the choice.

The Aries: Once you cut yourself free from ties holding you down, you’ll realize that you have infinite energy, and possibilities opening up in front of you will inspire you and make you confident and brave. The Taurus: Turn to relationships filled with trust and mutual recognition. All you need is some faith and a calm approach, with as much time taken for satisfying activities as possible. Don’t start anything big and new just yet. There will be enough chances to do so in months to come. The Gemini: Mind your own business and make others mind theirs. The sign of Aquarius Mercury is about to rush through has so many incredible ideas coming your way. It would be a shame to waste your mental energy on other people and their accusations or judgment. The Cancer: It is time for career moves and changes in your focus in the professional field. While many emotional

conscience where our soul is laid bare before our all-knowing God. It makes us respond to the promptings of the Spirit. It is in this context that we assert that obedience is the greatest freedom.

We, as Christian believers, have to accept an approach to life that takes into consideration Christian life is a life of God’s absolute power choices. It is a moment over us as well as His to moment choice respect for our human between good and evil. freedom. St. Augustine The moral war is waged expresses this balanced forever in our hearts. approach in these words: “Pray as though Human freedom is everything depended on being true to God. It God. Work as though is acting out the inner everything depended on principles we share with you.” God. It is following our

February Horoscope

The Pisces: Pisces, you’ll be tempted to take some steps towards fulfillment of your dreams once again. Find the bravery and the focus you need to endure this time around, for every time your energy gets scattered, you lose a piece of confidence you never had to let go of.


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individual Cancer representatives might stay turned to their family bonds and loving relationships, chances are, you won’t be able to stick to them for long if you don’t find fulfillment in reaching your personal professional goals. The Leo: Your greatest fears could resurface this month, but you’ll have enough energy and be stubborn enough to overcome them. Whatever took away your confidence before and made you feel lost, should stay in the past. If there were other people involved in the process, this is the time to forgive them and move on with your life, ready to take full responsibility for everything that personally happened to you.

It pays to think and act outside the box of my convenience. Ymor H. Part of the instructions read: in 90 minutes each pair will take a Selfie with the following spots (Banners hanging at the side of the Library, horses in front of the city hall, Olympic plaza, Fire Hall east of The Bow building and the two persons bronze statues at the south side walk of the The Bay Dept store) in the city core, and be back where the race started. In no time ten groups (dad and child) rushed to nearby Franklin Train Station for our home church’s scavenger hunt. My daughter and I reached the train platform last. However, we were the first to get off the train at the City Hall Station.

face at times like these. The Scorpio: You will see that while others get lost trying to organize their lives, you have the perfect clarity and know exactly what you should do next.If you feel the uncontrollable need to, cut loose from a job that makes you unhappy, but meditate and stay as calm as you can about moves made. The Sagittarius: A shift in perspective can do more for your heart than any change in scenery, relationships, or your workplace. Expect the unexpected and enjoy the creative flow that Mars in your fifth house gives, pushing you forward and giving you the energy to accomplish anything you dream of.

The Virgo: With too much stress, you’ll simply cross every boundary you have, and easily hurt your nervous system and your overall physical state. Weak points in your physiology will burn up once again, and it would be wiser to have enough rest instead of fixing what is broken later on.

The Capricorn: As Mercury leaves your sign, you’ll have less work to do and a lot less to worry and think about daily. Relationship with a family member has a tendency to fill you up with rage, and you should do everything in your power to stay calm and find the point of understanding and acceptance.

The Libra: You’ll have a lot more energy that you won’t be sure how to invest. Make bold moves and be brave enough to take risks, but be careful not to use a hasty approach to your partner or spouse, for sharp words tend to sur-

The Aquarius: This is a time to find love, but also the time to find it in more than one person. Stay true to your moral imperatives wherever they may lie and try not to be dishonest with your heart.

Hours before the race, I was very hesitant to join this out of my age activity. I didn’t want to wake my friend Art H. Ritis up after this gruelling journey. I even made the negative 1 degree temp as my excuse. The growling of my empty stomach was no match to my daughter’s challenge. She encouraged me to think and act outside the box of my convenient routine. No more excuses and rationalization. I had to do it. At first our paces were comfortably executed. A number of our competitors tailed us. Two more spots to go and a short trip to Safeway in Kensington (part of the instructions) was in our sight. I had to double up my speed. From behind, my daughter commented, “Dad! You are too competitive, slow down.” Back of my mind answered, “Yeah, more time of this movement I would be plastered and exhausted. We need to go back right away.” My winter jacket was not enough. The temperature

was decreasing. The train time intervals were taking longer. Night was getting late. Only ten minutes left at the ticket’s validity. And all I could think about was the possibly of being fined for having an expired train ticket. All my body muscles begged for rest. One more spot to go. The stress overflowed. We forgot to bring bottled water. Duh! But we had to beat the other groups even with a disarrayed game plan that slowed us down. Moments later while waiting at 3rd Street Train Station the train stopped, destination North East. We decided to take a chance – not to buy another ticket. We got into the train with expired tickets. At the City Hall Station the two groups that were with us 100 minutes ago hopped into the train. A loud laughter ensued when we saw each other. Again, we were the last (out of ten groups) to reach the end point of our scavenger hunt. Gasping for air, my daughter and I shared our stories with

the rest of the other groups. The joy, energy, exuberant feeling and friendship made were worth the effort. Indeed, far from my everyday routine, the hunt with my daughter was enlightening – physically, socially and spiritually. My muscles sore for a good reason. Ligaments and stamina need re – conditioning. The feeling of accomplishing something new made me feel challenged. It checked my less desirable attitude at bay for a good measure in front of my new friend-competitors. Spiritually, it added to my appreciation of living life with a purpose even in the midst of challenges and success. What a wonderful feeling to be reminded and experienced that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I guess I had to prepare myself for the next hunt (and other challenging activities) that comes my way. It pays to think and act outside the box of my convenience.

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from the Readers: Madame KC



Hindi lahat ng bagay dapat pang bigyan ng paliwanag. Dapat marunong ka ring makiramdam ng malaman mo kung ano ang dapat” Dear Madame KC, Hello po sa inyo at sa lahat ng readers! I’m a product of a broken family. Panganay po ako sa amin kaya lahat ng heartaches and hardship ni Mommy ay nasaksihan ko. Nakita ko po lahat ng sakit kung paano kami iwan ni Daddy para lang sa ibang babae. Nakita ko rin po kung paano bumangon si Mommy para itaguyod niya kaming magkakapatid na mag-isa. Matagal din na panahon bago ko naisipan na harapin ulit si Daddy. Ako na mismo ang gumawa ng paraan para mag karoon kami ng communication. Pero hindi din naging maayos ang pagkikita namin. Pinamukha lang sa akin ni Daddy na isa din ako sa kanyang pagkakamali. Masakit isipin na may magulang pala talaga na walang malasakit sa kanilang mga anak. Hindi daw niya na matanggap

na may bakla siyang anak. Noon pa man daw kahit hindi ko aminin ay alam na niya at nararamdaman ito. At isa daw akong kahihiyan na ako pa ang mag dadala ng kanyang pangalan (kasi ako lang ang kanyang anak na lalaki). Syempre nakarating ito kay Mommy at agad naman nitong pina-amin sa akin. Hindi ko alam kung in-denial lang si Mommy o gusto niya sa akin mismo manggaling. Isa po akong scholar student since highschool to college. Wala naman akong naging karelasyon na lalaki. Sumubok din naman ako mag magkaroon ng girlfriend. Pero parang lagi parin akong may ibang hinahanap. Ayoko man aminin pero hindi ko nakikita ang sarili ko na magkakaasawa (ng babae) at anak. Hindi ko rin ito maamin kay Mommy dahil ayaw ko siyang masaktan. Lagi na

niya akong hinahanapan ng babaeng mapapangasawa at mga apo balang araw. Bilang panganay na anak, ako daw ang dapat mag set ng magandang example sa mga kapatid ko. Paano ko magagawa kung hindi naman ako ang model na ini-expect ni Mommy? Nahihirapan na po ako! Gusto ko pong maging mabuting anak. Jayvee

Dear Jayvee, Hindi sukatan ng isang tao kung ano man ang kasarian meron siya. Dapat mong isipin na ang basehan ng pagkatao ay kung paano siya magmahal at rumespeto sa kanyang kapwa. Hangga’t malinis ang iyong kunsensya at wala kang inaapakan na ibang tao ay dapat maging matatag ka kung saan ka magiging maliga-

ya. Tuluyan ka lang magiging malaya kung aaminin mo sa iyong sarili kung ano ka ba talaga. Mahal ka ng iyong ina, kung ano ka man ay matatangap ka din niya. Keep the faith! There are many ways to fight our battles and

we go through those and find something that will work for us. Although there’s no guarantee that the choices we make would be the right ones. No guarantee that we wouldn’t fall not just once but again and again. Still we hang in there fiercely and believing that one day every-

thing will work out just fine. Because they will, maybe not today but eventually they will. Good battles are fought by good men; nobody can put a good man down easily. He always wins ... sooner or later... but he wins! Madame KC


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Main Ingredient Marietta Pangan-Dutkoski ASST EDITOR IN-CHIEF

Brown as simply called by all his peers and group he belongs to, aims toward red and blue seals to further his career in Canada. Chef Brown never ceases on enhancing his carving talent and skills as he continues to participate voluntarily in his association as Culinary Artist and Eastern Vice President of the Philippine Culinary Federation of Canada (PCFC). At 43 and happily married to his wife Shiena, has been gifted with two adorable children. Chef Brown is hailed and raised in Binangonan, Rizal, a city of less than 35 kms East of the country’s capital Manila. His parents are both from the island of Luzon which makes him “taal na tagalog” (rooted from true tagalog regions) Currently, Chef Brown is an ethnic cook for Chefs Fiery Kitchen at the Calgary Farmers Market. Prior to that, Chef Brown also honed his skills as 3rd cook, kitchen artist at Blackfoot Hotel, Calgary. Before deciding to reside in Canada, Chef

Feb 2017 Featured Chef of the Month:

Chef Fercibal Robles Brown

Brown skills and talents were enhanced in the Middle East at Casablanca Hotel in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. His strong willed personality took hm up from the bottom as a roomboy and waiter and just in few years, worked his way up as banquet supervisor, kitchen artist all the way to assistant manager of the hotel’s restaurant. Chef Brown’s high school education makes him crave for more.

According to him, he is always in the learning mode and has attended several seminars and received certificates on food safety and sanitation. He is also an active junior member of the Culinary Federation of Canada. It is his pride to share to the Main Ingredient a heritage recipe from her mother, Bangus En Tocho for our readers to enjoy.

Bangus En Tocho Ingredients:


1 Medium size milkfish (250g) 1 can Tahure, mashed (Soybean curd, in brine) 2 Eggplants, sliced and fried 3 cloves of Garlic, chopped 1/2 Onion, chopped 1 Tablespoon Ginger, chopped 1 cup Water 1/2 Tbps Apple Cider Vinegar 2 Tablespoons Olive oil

In a medium low heat, sauté garlic,ginger onion in olive oil. Add mashed tahure . Boil add then milk fish Simmer 2 minutes Add the water and apple cider vinegar Add sugar to taste Simmer for a a minute then add the eggplant Simmer few more minutes Serve hot with steam rice.

Diaryo Filipino February 2017 web edition  

Diaryo Filipino February 2017 web edition

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