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Newly inducted officers of the Manitoba Council of Canadian Filipino Associations held their induction ceremonies at Siloam Mission. MaCCFA officers and their family members also donated their time to help as they treated the clients of Siloam Mission with Filipino food. Cash and in-kind donations for the Siloam Mission lunch were made by individuals and business. Photo by Rod E. Cantiveros | Filipino Journal

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Job search success takes initiative Manitoba Start Staff

The job search is an active process. It involves planning, going to potential workplaces, meeting employers, and making contacts. Looking for work is a job in itself. The amount of time that you are prepared to spend in full-time employment each week is the same amount of time that you should invest into your job search. For the successful job seeker, waiting for things to happen is not an option. It’s not enough to look for jobs online, or make a few phone calls here and there, submit resumes or apply online, and then sit back and wait and wait some more for a job interview call. A successful job search takes personal initiative and action. As Brett and Kate McKay say, “The job you want is unlikely to land in your lap. Instead, the job will go to the person hitting the pavement—the person who takes the initiative.” Joe is an example of a newcomer who took responsibility for his job search. He arrived in Manitoba with three years’ experience in marine transportation, but realized that finding employment in his field of expertise would be near impossible. Joe stayed positive and looked for ways to transfer his skills into another area of the local job market. His first goal was to find work in a warehouse. He worked with a Manitoba Start career coach to finalize his resume and prepare for employment, and was soon hired full-time by a food manufacturing organization. Shortly after, he obtained a second part-time position. As Joe built his Canadian workplace experience and developed new contacts, he moved past these

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first two jobs. Today, Joe is successfully employed full-time by the Canadian Railway in a position that uses his technical and machinist skills. By taking personal initiative in his job search, Joe found his long-term career in Manitoba. Today’s job market is diverse and offers plenty of opportunities for the person with a positive attitude and the right skill sets. By staying actively engaged in your job search like Joe, you, too, can make things happen to achieve challenging opportunities that improve your quality of life and career growth. Tips: Take initiative in your job search: • Network. • Determine a career path and set goals. • Research jobs that match your skill sets. • Explore options and prepare a back-up plan. • Dress for success. • Book informational interviews to gather job-related information. • Submit your cover letter and resume in person. • Follow-up after the application deadline with an email or phone call.

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n September 25, 2013, the Manitoba Filipino Business Council (MFBC) proudly hosted the All Chambers Mixer at Canad Inns Polo Park. The mixer brought in members and non-members from various organizations to learn about MFBC’s recent trade mission to the Philippines. Jon Reyes, MFBC President, provided a report on his recent visit. “We were there strictly for business,” said Reyes. “We were there for you, our members, the business owner. We were there to represent Manitoba companies, whether you’re in the MFBC or not.” MFBC proudly worked alongside the World Trade Center (WTC) to explore international business opportunities, discover industry needs, establish connections, build strategic

alliances, partner with organizations in the Philippines, and return with a clear strategy. “The MFBC was able to open doors for members and future members by meeting with key people from different organizations in the Philippines.” Derek Earl, Project Manager for WTC Winnipeg, presented a follow-up piece on international marketing opportunities. With 300 centres around the world in 100 countries, the WTC’s mission is to open doors for trade. Earl highlighted some advantages to doing business in the Philippines, making note of Manitoba’s strong ties, rapid emerging economy, size of market, accessibility and targeted trade opportunities. The Philippines was rightfully dubbed, “The Emerging Asian Tiger.”

The trade mission was not the only exciting topic discussed at the All Chambers Mixer. Sheila Tan, CEO and Founder of Di Erbe, also introduced a new business magazine initiative. “When I started my business years ago, I was very confused and lost in how to go about the entire process of opening my own business,” said Tan. The magazine will provide “great tools for those aspiring to be their own boss in the future.” Some examples of articles to be featured in the magazine include: • Should I incorporate or not? • How to finance your small business • Finding grants for your busines The magazine will also feature a no-cost directory for members, and a dedicated section for company profiling.

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Jodi Moskal, owner of MOSKAL Electric and Incoming Chair of The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, shared a few words addressing The Chamber’s partnership with the MFBC. “I love how we’re forming a partnership between the Filipino business community and The Chamber of Commerce. The Filipino business community is becoming so strong in our city.” The MFBC welcomed eight new members over the summer, and is now excited to announce a membership of over 50 companies.

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Thomasian spirit is glowing with an unending grace!

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he Meet and Greet Party held recently by the University of Santo Tomas Alumni Association at the Sturgeon Heights Community Centre was an instant success, as the current members

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association, and assisted by pioneer members and current members, the new members were welcomed with open arms. The pioneers and and new members exchanged founders, Rod E.Cantiveros, Amado pleasantries, extolling that the and Ching Mendoza, Dr. Mirla David Thomasian Spirit is alive and Faridy Leah Enverga-Magsino, and kicking! Vicky Tualla (with her husband Led by Reggie Santos, the continuation on page 13 current president of the alumni

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The Filipino Journal has been working with our kababayans who have encountered problems in housing, job hunting, in writing a will and in dealing with some agencies where they want to bring a petition and complain about rental housing and other problems with the landlords. Currently, we are doing a follow-up with the Provincial Attorney General and the City of Winnipeg on the compliance of the landlord, part of the recommendations by the Residential Tenancy Commission on case brought up by the tenants at the Simcoe apartments. The tenants won their appeal and the 17 tenants received a refund of $1,705 each. We are also working with some tenants in a Sherbrook apartment who present an appeal against the landlord's application for the apartment ecxcessive rental increase starting this coming month. We learned that some tenants have been paying the new rent without the approval of the Residential Tenancies Branch. We do accompany some of our kababayans to help communicate with the personnel in the tenancy office. (My advise to our kababayan, you have the right to appeal if the rental increase is not justified. Give yourself a time to appeal and to attend the hearing. This is your right. Huwag kayong matakot.(

Dito, pantay-pantay tayo.) Of late, we got a call from a company's owner to help his contract worker who has no relatives or "kakillala" in Winnipeg to find a rooming house or a room for rent. The contract worker had been living in a hotel since his arrival and the owner could not afford the nightly rate. At first we guided the person how to use the transit system. And we brought him to some Filipino events to meet other kababayans. He met some Filipinos who came from the same town where he lived before. And we were able to find a house with a room for rent n the Westend. His monthly payment is almost half of the hotel rate. And many kababayans who want the service of the lawyer are increasing and we are able to recommend our kababayan to help and advise their legal needs. And many bagong datings have been asking some information about job opportunities, credentials and other professional requirements. The Filipino Journal is always willing and ready to help.. FREE service!.Please send an email to rod.cantiveros@gmail. com or call us (204.489.8894) and leave a message. All information is confidential. Tutulong kami sa abot ng aming makakaya.

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Kelsey Omaga earns Canada’s History Kayak Kids’ Illustrated History Challenge entering a national history contest. On the encouragement of her Grade 6 teacher, Laura Gentile, Kelsey created a vibrant artistic story about that time period and submitted it to Canada’s History Kayak Kids’ Illustrated History Challenge. Kelsey honed in on the history of Chinese labourers in Canada. Through colourful artwork and concise captions, Kelsey detailed how in the 1880s, Chinese railway workers accepted wages of only $1 a day to build two hundred mile sections on the Canadian Pacific Railway that stretched from the Pacific to Craigellachie in the Eagle Pass in British Columbia. Kelsey’s artistic depiction of the life of one fictional Chinese labourer, vividly displays how they toiled for long hours in

dangerous steep terrain while sleeping in canvas tents that were unsafe and provided no protection against falling rocks or server weather. Through her colourful illustrations and story, she takes the reader on a remarkable journey of overcoming adversity by detailing the death of the main character’s friend in a landslide, to enduring the steep ‘head tax’ placed on all Chinese immigrants, to building his own business and finally sponsoring his family to Canada from China. This year’s other recipient is Maude Boissonneault from Saint-Arthur, New Brunswick. Boissonneault was selected as a French winner for her touching story Le Grand Dérangement. Boissonneault’s literary tale describes how a brother and sister narrowly avoid the Acadian deportation by bravely escaping and surviving in the forest with the help of a group of Aboriginal people. For their illustrated and literary historic stories, Kelsey Omaga and Maude Boissonneault are the recipients of this year’s Canada’s History Kayak Kids’ Illustrated History Challenge. This annual illustrated story writing contest is aimed at strengthening both literacy skills and Canadian historical knowledge. The contest is open to all Canadian students aged 7-14 and is offered by Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids.

Deborah Morrison, President & CEO of Canada’s History Society remarked, “Storytelling is an essential component in your people’s discovery and exploration of our past. Through the Illustrated History Challenge we not only inspire more interest in history, we also encourage a whole new generation of storytellers.” Omaga and Boissonneault will receive their prestigious award from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in Ottawa at Rideau Hall. The announcement and presentation of the Kayak Kids’ Illustrated History Challenge is included as part of the Governor General’s History Awards. Both students will receive a $1,000 RESP, provided by TD Bank Group, and an all expense trip to Ottawa. “We are pleased to support a program that encourages youth to learn about our country’shistory and recount its stories through creative and compelling ways,” Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair, TD Bank Group and TD’s Literacy Champion. “It’s important that today’s youth learn from our past. Armed with this knowledge and understanding they will be able to continue to shape Canada’s future as an inclusive and diverse nation.”

Announcements will continue throughout the coming week and profiles of all the recipients, along with the student stories and essays will be available at www.CanadasHistory.ca/ GGAwards. The Governor General’s History Awards bring together students, teachers, historians, museums and community organizations, writers and media producers to celebrate as well as learn from each other. The day prior to the award ceremonies, recipients will participate in a public history forum at the Canadian War Museum. This year’s forum, “Is Technology Altering our History?” is open to the public to attend onsite or online by registering at www.CanadasHistory.ca/ HistoryForum. About Canada’s History Society Canada’s History Society is a national charitable organization devoted to popularizing Canadian history. In addition to presenting the Governor General’s History Awards, the Society also publishes Canada’s History (formerly The Beaver) magazine, and Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids, as well as produces a number of educational and online programs to encourage mo e discovery, celebration, and understanding about our rich history and culture. More details can be found at www. CanadasHistory.ca.

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How to be a homeless person for one night

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lose to hundred volunteers composed of CEOs, community leaders, media personalities and politicians had spent one night sleeping outside at Portage and Notre Dame to raise the goal of $150,000 set by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ; and

to raise awareness of Winnipeg's homeless situation. Part of the 3rd Annual CEO Sleepout was a night tour to the Agape Table, and to Siloam Missions, places where the homeless get medical supplies, clothing and personal supplies,

shared food and shelter, attend classes, job training program and assisting finding jobs. Some real homeless individuals visited the site and shared with the food and their experiences. They got free jackets and t-shirt.

Peerless Garments, under the presidency of Albert El Tassi, donated hundreds of sleeping bags. Hot coffee and soup were provided by Salvation Army; other business donated t-shirts and jackets. Some friends of the volunteers visited to provide some

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coffee, snack, water and support. CEO Sleepout raised close to $200,000. And how to be a homeless person for one night? Volunteer to join the CEO Sleepout and help raise the desired goal for that one evening to help the homeless.

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Do), plus the loyal Thomasian alumni Maridol Madolora, Archie & Nina Huypungco, Alda Ruiz, Vangie Mance, Willie de Borja (with his wife, Chat), Phil Anciro (with his wife Toni), Lani Santos, Rey Reyes,RP Castro and Ed Santos became the hosts of the new members The new members introduced themselves by citing the faculty or college they attended and the year they graduated. The new members are: Leah Anciro, Ricky & Pixie Mercado Yasay, Bernardo & Lanie-Perez Pasco, Pasco, Jerecho Giba, Remedios, R. Jorrel and J. Russel Nepomuceno, Gee Carbonell,Ronald Javier, Dan Buenaventura, Katrina Tan, Charlie Tan, Jessie Emmanuel and Jessie Rafael Dizon, Cecilia Ortiz-Harder, Flerida Siscar, Prescila Rivero,Shiela Rivero, Lizza Magboo, Elpie Mendoza and Donna Medina. Their relatives and friends also joined the Thomasian celebration. Games were held and prizes were given to the winners. The UST Alumni Association is planning to celebrates its 35th anniversary celebration sometime in December. To date, the UST Alumni Association fund known as Filipino Heritage Scholarlship/Bursary Fund with Winnipeg Foundation, is $101,000. This accumulated fund has been the result of dedication and commitment by the active members and by donors initiated by Dr. Mirla David. Many fundraising efforts have been held since its founding in 1978. The 2013 Scholarship Awards Presentation will be held on Oct. 20 at Sturgeon Heights CC. For membership please call Phil Anciro: 204.889.3544. Remember it is more fun to be a Thomasian! Visit our facebook website: w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / g r o u p s / USTAAMI.

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ocal stock market investors unload shares and adopted a wait and see strategy due to the recent US government shutdown An analyst at Accord Capital Equities Corp. said markets held on to the morning gains for a while but in the afternoon investors decided to adopt a wait and see strategy uncertain as to how long the shutdown will last. Locally mining and oil declined 1.02 percent or 124.90 points to 12,125.79. The service sector managed to end 0.45 percent or 8.90 points higher at 2,002.23 driven by the entry of the Gokongwei family into Manila Electric Co. (+3.15 percent). The Dow Jones industrial average lost 0.84 percent or 128.57 points to 15,129.67 while the broader Standard & Poor’s 500 index slipped 0.6 percent or 10.2 points to 1,681.55 due to the deadlock. The regional markets also reacted with Japan’s Nikkei 225 gaining 0.20 percent or 28.92 points to 14,484.72 while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index dropped 1.5 percent or 347.18 points to 22,859.86.

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Jinkee Pacquiao wants a baby boy

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ower couple Manny Pacquiao and wife Jinkee are expecting their 5th child after Emmanuel Jr., Michael, Princess, and Queen Elizabeth. In an interview with ABSCBN's Dyan Castillejo, Jinkee confirmed that she is 3 months on the way. She added that the pregnancy had not been planned but the family more than welcomes their latest addition.

She’s praying for a baby boy this time. The Sarangani vice-governor said she is in a very peaceful state despite the intrigues she and her family have gone through in the past. The Pacquiaos have weathered their share of controversies from speculations of extra-marital affairs to rumored divorce proceedings.

Mitoy’s music beginnings

Michael "Mitoy" Yonting rose to fame by winning the first season of ABS-CBN’s “The Voice of the Philippines.” Mitoy was born and raised in the province of Pangasinan on January 5, 1970. His interest in singing was inspired by his father who sang during family celebrations and played old records of Elvis Presley or Paul Anka during Mitoy’s childhood. Mitoy originally wanted to become a policeman but instead became a band singer. He was discovered when he won the 1980's televised singing competition, Ikaw at Echo in GMA 7. His singing contracts brought him to Japan, Malaysia, Dubai, and Hong Kong. In the late 90's, he and his brother Mylo formed

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Megan Young makes history in Miss World 2013 Megan Young of the Philippines has been crowned Miss World 2013 during the pageant's coronation night on September 28 (Saturday) at Bali, Nusa Dua Convention Center in Bali, Indonesia. The 23-year-old FilipinoAmerican actress and TV host bested 126 beauty queens from around the world to become the first Filipina to win the coveted title in what has been dubbed

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as "the oldest surviving beauty pageant in the world." Her answer to the question on why she should win Miss World, "“I treasure a core value of humanity and that guides people why they act the way they do. I will use this to show other people how they can understand each other … ” won over the answers of Miss France Marine Lorphelin who placed second and Miss

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Ghana Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter who placed third. This is the first time the Philippines has won a Miss World title crown in the 63-year history of the London-based pageant. The country has won the Miss Universe title twice, Miss International four times, Miss Earth once and Miss Supranational also once. Megan took the crown from Wenxia Yu of China, the 2012 winner


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he Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre held a luncheon on September 26th to share information about a series of public events planned on “Comfort Women” in Asia during the Second World War. The luncheon was graciously hosted by Dr. Joseph Du, Chairman of the Chinese Cultural and Community Centre in Winnipeg. He welcomed and thanked everyone including individuals from the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, Red River College and key representatives from various Asian organizations mainly from Chinese, Korean & Filipino communities. I was joined by Rod E. Cantiveros, Jean Guiang, Joy Lazo, Julie Javier, Letty Antonio and MLA Flor Marcelino from the Filipino community. Dr. Du then asked if anyone has heard of the “comfort women” prior to the meeting. Nearly half raised their hands. I have heard of comfort women when I picked up a copy of Maria Rosa Luna Henson’s book at the National Bookstore in the Philippines many years ago. Lola Rosa as she was fondly called, was the first Filipina to tell the world her story as a sexual slave for the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. She passed away in 1997 at the age of 70. At the age of 65, she courageously made a decision to share her secret to the world known only to her late mother and husband. For over a year, she wrote her autobiographical book entitled, Comfort Woman: A Slave of Destiny using the English she had learned in school. The experience meant she had to deal with painful recollection of her life filled with pain and suffering but also one of survival. Lola Rosa was 14 when she was abducted and enslaved in a hospital set up as a “comfort station” for the Japanese soldiers during World War II. For 9 months, she endured rape, violence and humiliation on a daily basis. Similar stations were also reported to have been set up throughout the country and in other Japanese occupied countries including Korea, Taiwan and Indonesia using Chinese and Dutch women.

In the midst of all the pain and brutality she endured, Lola Rosa exuded resilience and courage. Lola Rosa’s book paved the way for approximately 200 Filipino comfort women to break their silence and share their own painful personal experiences to their families and the world. Their voices were also echoed by women in China and Korea (where the majority of comfort women and girls came from) and formed a group to launch a class action lawsuit against the Japanese government. They demanded a formal apology for all the abuses and violence committed against the women. Her book was known to be the only autobiography ever written by any of the over 200,000 sex slaves reported to have been kept by the Japanese in Asia. Her manuscript had also been translated in Japanese by Yuki Shiga-Fugime, a professor of contemporary history at Kyoto University. To learn more comfort women, join us on Thursday, October 17th at the Philippine Canadian Center of Manitoba (PCCM) at 737 Keewatin Street from 7-9 p.m. Join Dr. Christina Lope Rosello Gates, clinical psychologist and author of Disconnect: The Filipino Comfort Women, for a discussion of the systemic violence faced by women during the Second World War in Asia, the protracted psychological impact, and

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nder the law, there is no formal appeal process for most refused immigration applications. Citizenship and Immigration Canada often takes the position that if your immigration application is refused, their decision will not be revisited. Recently, however, this has been challenged in several different court cases.

implications for women’s human rights today. The evening will also feature a live excerpt from Rod E. Cantiveros' play, "Ysabel:Comfort Woman" and directed by Joy Laud Lazo. For more information contact Clint Curle at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights: 204.289.2000 On the same day, Friday, October 18 at Canton Food Gallery at 6 to 8 p.m.,McPhillips and Logan St. A forum discussion on "Emerging Women Leaders" with Filipina psychologist Cristina Rosello Gates. This is a continuing discussion on women. Buffet dinner: $15.00 per person . Partly sponsored by the Filipino Journal (Organized with the assistance of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre. For more information please contact: Clint Curle- CMHR204.289.2000; Rod E. Cantiveros: 204.489.8894; Also on Friday October 18 at noon at Room 206 Robson Hall, Fort Garry campus, University of Manitoba Panel discussion on Sexual Violence Against Women in War and Conflict, with Filipina psychologist Cristina Rosello Gates. Other panellists are Joyce Chadya (History) and Tina Chen (History). To be followed by a 1:30 p.m. coffee reception in the Robson Hall common room. (Organized with the assistance of the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.)

In the case of Muhammad Usman Ali which was decided in August, the court ruled that Mr. Ali’s application, which was refused, should be looked at again by CIC without Mr. Ali having to start the process from the beginning. In this case, Mr. Ali applied for permanent residency as a Federal Skilled Worker. Mr. Ali’s

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application was refused on the basis of his “education” and “adaptability” scores. To prove his education, Mr. Ali initially submitted proof of 18 years’ worth of full-time schooling. To prove his “adaptability” he provided the passport of his sisterin-law – a permanent resident in Canada. The court found that the documents regarding his sister-inlaw were not the kind of evidence requested in the immigration application guide. Like all Federal Skilled Workers, Mr. Ali’s application was assessed under the point system. At the time, a score of 67 was required to be approved. Mr. Ali scored a 63. In response to the refusal, Mr. Ali wrote to the Program Manager of the visa office requesting that his score be recalculated. Mr. Ali continuation on page 23

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Burgos, the "gastronomic capital of Spain"

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Burgos, a city in northern Spain, is the historic capital of the province of Burgos located in the autonomous community of Castille-Leon. Founded in 884, Burgos has about 180,000 people in the actual city and another 200,000 in the metro in an area of 107 sq. kms. In recent years the city, still preserving the vestiges of its medieval splendour, has become a well-rounded tourist and pilgrim destination with the architectural masterpiece, the spired Burgos Cathedral, as the city's most compelling attraction. Other historical landmarks that blend with the contemporary cultural centres like the Museum of Human Evolution and boutique hotels like Via Gotica, include "Las Huelgas Reales" Monastery, "Cartuja de Miraflores", and a large number of churches and other buildings dating back from the medieval ages. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, the Burgos Roman Catholic Cathedral which is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, is famous for its vast size and unique French Gothic architecture. The construction of this icon began in 1221 and completed in 1567. The front of the cathedral is flanked by towers terminating in octagonal spires which are quite visible from

much of the city. Serving as the entrance, the middle section of the front of the cathedral has three alabaster pilasters (columns). The interior is beautifully decorated with works of art and artifacts and bears paintings of many angels. The imposing church contains the tomb of "El Cid" and his wife Dona Jimena. "El Cid", meaning The Lord, as called by the Spanish Moors, is Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, a Castillian nobleman and military leader considered as the national hero of Spain. He's born in a town near Burgos. Remember the 1961 historical epic film "El Cid" starring Charlton Heston? \Just beyond the city proper is the Carthusian Monastery of Miraflores with its important treasure, the famous wooden statue of St. Bruno, the saint most revered by people from all over Europe. The Monasterio de las Huelgas also on the outskirts of the city is noted for its beautiful cloisters used to be the place where Spanish kings and monarchs went for recreation and spiritual retreats. \Inaugurated on 13 July 2010, the Museum of Human Evolution is unique in its kind across the world. With its convention centre, research institution and the museum itself, it features the first Europeans which

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lived in this area 800,000 years ago. One level of the museum is dedicated to the theory of evolution by Charles Darwin, the British naturalist and geologist, and to the history of human evolution. From the Plaza Mayor, the city's main square, we stroll along the "Paseo del Espolon". a treelined promenade situated along the Rio Arlanzon that slices through Burgos. The promenade consists of landscaped walk with sculptures, fountains and manicured gardens. Referred to by the New York Times as the "ancient city with a fresh face and culinary buzz", Burgos was crowned at the end of 2012 as the "gastronomic capital of Spain" for 2013 to "promote Burgos culinary gastronomy at a national and international level as an attractive form of tourism in Spain". Burgos culinary specialties include the popular "morcilla de Burgos", the famous "queso de Burgos" (a soft white whey cheese with slight goat-milk flavour), and its fine wine "Cillar de Silos" with the label "Ribera del Duero". Morcilla de Burgos, having the reputation for being the best in Spain, is a black pudding or blood sausage (reminds me of Philippine "dinugan") stuffed with pig's blood and fat, rice, paprika, onion, salt, and spices So on your way from Madrid, Spain to Lourdes, France make it a must to stop at Burgos!

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The Eskwela Natin Story

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ometime in May of this year, 2013, Dolores and Perry Diaz called a meeting to discuss the formation of Eskwela Natin. They had been thinking about doing this since their first grandchild was born eight years ago. Four more grandchildren were added to their family over the years. They thought that it might be a good idea for their grandchildren – and other FilipinoAmerican children, too – to learn about the culture of the Filipino people and to re-connect to our heritage. Indeed, re-connecting to our Filipino heritage is a worthy cause and deserves our attention and acceptance. There are a lot more Filipino-American children who need to be taught about the rich and diverse Filipino culture, ensuring the unique traditions of the Philippines are passed on to the next generation in a safe and fun environment. Dolores searched the Internet to look for an existing Filipino school so she could get some ideas and not start from scratch. She couldn't find any to model it after. So Dolores and Perry decided to go ahead with their own ideas on how to form a Filipino school. They came up with the number of sessions, how long a session and favorite topics to teach the children. It included language, history, geography, culture, tradition, arts, music, cuisine and sports.

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Andrea Diaz-Vaughn, designed the website, and all the communication material including the logo, which is now copyrighted and a registered trademark. She also designed the letterhead, flyers, pamphlets stating our mission statement, goals and vision, all of which are in the Eskwela Natin Facebook account. The corporation papers were filed with the California Secretary of State on August 8, 2013. Its nonprofit status 501 (c)(3) is pending. Community involvement They then invited all the community leaders to share their ideas with them and to propose organizing a Filipino school. Not all attended but those who attended were enthusiastic about the notion of forming a Filipino school, which the group decided to call, “Eskwela Natin.” The group formalized Eskwela Natin on their second meeting and elected the Officers and Members of the Board of Directors. The 16-member Board of Directors, which includes all the Officers as ex-officio members, consists of the following: President, Dolores V. Diaz; Vice President, Ester Carrasco; Secretary, Gladys Carrasco; Treasurer, Josie T. Canlas; Community Liaison Officers, Lilia Rivera and Celsa Taraya; Public Relations Officer; Perry Diaz; Curriculum Development Chairperson, Evangeline R. Hinnenkamp; and Board Members,

Sonny Alforque, Beep Alo, Joe Carrasco, Andrea Diaz-Vaughn, Didi Loteyro, Josie Patria, Ernie Santos, and Ramon Taraya. Although Eskwela Natin relies on volunteers and the strong support of the various Filipino organizations in Sacramento, it is autonomous in nature. However, the majority of the Officers and Members of the Board of Directors are leaders and members of local organizations. This is what makes Eskwela Natin unique and formidable as the first Filipino school in the United States. It has the full support not only of the leaders but more so the support of their members as manifested in the composition of the Board of Directors, which consists of leaders and members belonging to the following organizations: Maharlika Lions Club, Filipino Community of Sacramento and Vicinity (FCSV), University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Sacramento and Vicinities (UPAASV), Sinag Tala, Filipino Women’s Club, Pacific Rim Heritage Foundation, Filipino Fiesta of Sacramento, Sampaguita Toastmasters Club, and Bayanihan of Sacramento USA. Volunteer teachers The teachers are Eskwela Natin’s most valuable asset and resource. They volunteered all the time and effort to make the school successful. They have full time teaching careers but still committed to making the lesson plans, handouts, homework and logistics of running a school. Dolores wrote the lesson plan for the first session which included teaching some Filipino words, introducing and coloring the flag and map, tourist spots and even had a Santacruzan procession with all the props of the sagalas and flowered arches. The teachers are the following: Evangeline R. Hinnenkamp (head

teacher), Lilibeth Brewer, Anna R. Mestidio, and Blanche D. Unciano. Two student assistants helped them throughout the program. They are: Myra Garcia and Anela Olivera. The program The grand opening of Eskwela Natin was held on May 19, 2013. Philippine Consul General Marciano A. Paynor Jr. was the keynote speaker. He cut the ceremonial ribbon assisted by Appointments Secretary Mona Pasquil of the Governor’s Office, former Mayor Ruth Asmundson of the City of Davis, and retired Ambassador George Aducayen Jr. A reception followed the program. The first session followed thereafter. Forty-one Filipino-American youth enrolled in the program. Sessions 1 to 9 covered all the aspects of Filipino culture including language, history, geography, culture, tradition, arts, music, cuisine, and sports. The last 15 minutes of each two-hour session was devoted to cooking lessons. Eskwela Natin Vice President Ester Carrasco, a professional Filipino cuisine caterer, conducted live cooking demonstration of Filipino dishes like adobo, tinolang manok, sinigang, and other popular Filipino dishes. Their arts projects included creative design of Ati-Atihan masks and decorating jeepney models. They were also taught folk dancing. The girls were taught Itik-Itik and the boys were taught Sakuting. One of their final assignments was to list 50 to 100 Filipino words. Amazingly, they passed the test with colors! Graduation On September 22, 2013, the first graduates of Eskwela Natin, 36 in all, received their certificates of achievement. Robert Abelon of Assemblyman Richard Pan’s office gave special certificates of achievement to the graduates as well.

Consul Reginald S. Bernabe of the San Francisco Philippine Consulate was the keynote speaker and numerous leaders and majority of local Filipino organizations were present to witness this historic event. Performances by local talents included the following: the Maharlika Lions’ singing of the StarSpangled Banner and the Philippine National Anthem, “Bayang Magiliw” (Beloved Country); Rollie Mamauag’s rendition of the patriotic song, “Bayan Ko” (My Country); the University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Sacramento and Vicinities choral group sang, “Ang Dalagang Filipina” and “Halina”; and Remy Solomon’s rendition of the popular hit, “Ako Ay Pilipino” (I am Filipino). The graduates’ performance included singing of the popular folk song, “Bahay Kubo.” It brought down the house! Then the older students recited a poem (tula), “Sa Aking Kababata” (In My Youth) by Dr. Jose P. Rizal, our national hero. The program climaxed with the graduates dancing the folk dances they learned in class: Itik-Itik and Sakuting. Future projects In her welcome remarks during the graduation ceremonies, Dolores announced that future plans include a winter program for high school Filipino-American students, gathering books about the Philippines to be part of a library, and developing a summer program for next year. “We have an overwhelming mission to fulfill and a legacy to bequeath,” said Dolores. “We’ve only just begun and the rest is also up to us. Join us at Eskwela Natin as we endeavor to re-connect, preserve, and perpetuate our Filipino heritage.” continuation on page 23

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Horoscope Communication between you and a family member could be difficult today. Your warmth and understanding might give this person the courage to tell you what’s on his or her mind. Financial front may offer some relief to you as there would be good inflow of funds. Relax yourself by listening to soothing music. Eat well and take care of your health.

Today you should feel excited and enthusiastic about life in general, Taurus. Your mind might jump from possible creative projects to philosophy, travel, distant places, and you may consider all of them to be the focus of potential future activities. Romance could also be on your mind, but not in an obsessive way. Entertain yourself in a lighthearted manner.

You will taste success in your career efforts and chances are bright for a good change. You have confidence in yourself today as those around you easily see your best qualities. Share your intelligence and understanding with others as you will be able to solve your closest friend’s problems in their own relationships.

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It would be wise to stay away from new financial ventures. Personal life would proceed normally without any constraints. However, there may be some delays in completing important assignments for the day. Avoid arguments or any other form of confrontations at home or work. Stress or anxiety may be present which will drain your energy. Practice yoga and meditation to experience a better health.

Your consistent performance at work will help in enhancing your promotional prospects. A change desired by you on the academic front may not be easy. A family get-together is in the offing and will provide an opportunity to meet everyone. Go for a healthy lifestyle. Perform your religious rituals in a peaceful manner devoid of any sort of disturbances.

Your generosity is helping build your reputation -- people know that you are willing to give them time and energy, so you can expect a lot more attention. The trouble is, some of that attention will be from some very needy people. To maintain your boundaries, just be clear about them! Anxiety and unwarranted desires may drain your energy. Practice yoga and meditation to experience good health.

It’s a good time to get together with close friends or acquaintances and just socialize. Communication comes easy, and you can get yourself across without having to work at it. Book a facial, buy a new pair of shoes, or just get your shoes polished, get a massage, do whatever makes you feel fabulous and the positive energy you feel will permeate through your life.

You have been striving to be perfect lately and today is no exception. Being perfect is a real paradox as what society believes is ideal may conflict with how you see yourself. Societal values and beliefs are important but you have to develop what is unique about you. Don’t get caught up in measuring yourself worth against any other unique individual.

Feel free to take your time and be patient. Facts may reveal themselves slowly, so don’t make a major decision about something until you have all the relevant data. Your honest efforts will bear fruits for the day. Job front may come up with more responsibilities but you will be able to handle it well. Expenses and gains would be experienced simultaneously in your financial front.

Good career opportunities may come knocking at your door and there are good chances for you attending an interview in a reputed concern. Financial dealings may work out in your favor. The level of perseverance and dedication can drive you and everyone else around you crazy. Give yourself a break and let your mind relax and recharge.

Analyze the positive and negative aspects experienced in life so far to learn the lessons. It would be a peaceful day filled with joy with respect to personal relationship. You will initiate fresh efforts with respect to your career. Financial issues may end on an amicable note and fetch you good gains. The day is good for romance.

Professionally, there will be no stopping you as you go from strength to strength. Financial front remains satisfactory, as money flows in from past investments. Chances of a friendship blossoming into romance look real. Getting invited to a party is possible. Spiritual endeavors undertaking will bring peace and contentment.

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felt that he deserved a higher score for his education and provided a letter from the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan in support of this. He also felt he deserved more points for adaptability and provided additional proof of his sister-in-law’s permanent residency in Canada. Though Mr. Ali had provided what he felt was a strong case, his application for reconsideration was refused. The court stated that this was because the officer found that the new documents Mr. Ali submitted were not submitted with his original application.

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When this case was brought before the Federal Court, the judge said that while officers can choose not to reconsider an immigration application, officers must exercise this discretion “with a practical and reasonably fair approach”. The judge went on to say that, “[w] hile efficiency of the immigration process is a reasonable justification for refusing a reconsideration request, efficiency is not served by refusing this request”. As a result, Mr. Ali won the ability to have his application reconsidered with the new evidence he submitted. It is important to note that not all cases will be treated the same way. Citizenship and Immigration Canada can refuse any application

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that does not meet the requirements for entry into Canada, and, in most cases, takes the position that immigration applicants must put in all of the documents requested when they file their applications. Requesting that the application be reviewed by a second officer, or submitting additional evidence after an application has already been refused will not always work. It is always best that applications be submitted on time with all supporting documents, because you will not necessarily be given another opportunity to plead your case. This Article is prepared for general information purposes only and is intended to provide comments for readers and friends

of the Filipino Journal. The contents should not be viewed as legal advice or opinion. If you have specific questions regarding immigration law, you should discuss them with a legal advisor of your choice. Reis is a partner with Aikins Law and practices in the areas of immigration law. His direct line is 204-957-4640. If you would like to know more about Reis or Aikins you can visit the firm’s web page at www.aikins.com or email him at rrp@aikins.com Leanne is an immigration legal assistant at Aikins Law. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and criminal justice from the University of Winnipeg.

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Eskwela Natin hopes to attract more Filipino-American youth who want to know about their culture and by doing so would develop strong affinity to the Philippines. It is interesting to note that during the visit of then Philippine President Cory Aquino to San Francisco in 1987, she told thousands of Filipino-Americans who attended the banquet dinner honoring her: “You may take Filipinos away from the Philippines but you cannot take away the Philippines from Filipinos.” Eskwela Natin would perpetuate that mantra by re-connecting the Filipino-American youth with the Philippines.


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MaCCFA shines with less fortunate people at Siloam Mission

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onsidered first time at Siloam Missions, the Manitoba Council of Canadian Filipino Associations, Inc (MaCCFA) decided to hold the officers' oath taking at Siloam Mission instead of the usual dinner dance, to share the Filipino food with the less fortunate people. Close to more than 400 people had their Sunday lunch of pancit, lumpiang shanghai, fried chicken, pan de sal, salad, dessert and coffee. "I love Filipino food, and thanks for serving us today," said by a guy who was on line waiting to be served. Since the founding of MaCCFA in 2009, the officers and member organizations have focused on helping our kababayans in the Philippines and in other countries who are victims of natural disasters.In 2011, MaCCFA and FTPAM donated more than $39,000, through the Red Cross, to the Haiti Earthquake victims. Through the years, MaCCFA initiated the HELPfund Project, a fundraising arm for calamity fund which will handle the release of cash donation for the immediate needs of the victims. "We are pro-active in helping the victims of the natural calamities. We want to give the funds immediately, same as what Red Cross

has been doing for many decades. We will release the funds where it is needed, as part of our earlier response to help,"said Rod E. Cantiveros, the newly inducted president. Currently, MaCCFA is sponsoring two major events in Winnipeg, namely, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra: Pilita Corrales Special (May 15, 2014 at Centennial Concert Hall) with Rosalinda Natividad Cantiveros Foundation and Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba, as cosponsors; and the Search of Mrs.PhilippinesManitoba 2014. The proceeds from these two major fundraising events will be handled and managed by MaCCFA's HELPfund Project. MaCCFA has initiated some Filipino organizations in Alberta, thru the help of former MLA Carl Benito and Allan Zoleta, one of the founders who is now doing business in Edmonton; in Saskatchewan and British Columbia to form the core of the Filipino Western Council. MaCCFA also made some talks with some Filipino leaders in the Eastern Canada and in the Maritimes, a strategic plan to form the Filipino National Congress, a national body to represent the Filipino community in the federal level and in the various national NGO's. "It is important to involve the Filipinos in Canada in the national level. We have to participate and engage in the formulation

of policies affecting immigration, business initiatives, education, health, heritage and culture," Florencio Antonio, president of OFSAM and treasurer of MaCCFA, said, "There was a national Filipino association before but it died a natural death," he added. The newly elected officers who took an oath officiated by Dan Maxson, Siloam Mission Director of Operation, include Rod Escobar Cantiveros, president; Julie Javier, vice president; Clarita Nazario, secretary; Florencio Antonio, treasurer; Jun Oquendo, financial secretary; Norman Padilla, auditor; Rowena Oquendo, immediate president; and Letty Antonio, advisers respectively. The member organizations of MaCCFA include Original Filipino Senior Association of Manitoba (OFSAM) Quezon Province Assn. of Manitoba, Theatro Filipino, Pangasinan Group of Manitoba, Batangas Association of Manitoba, Bulacan Association of Manitoba. Other original founding associations include Lipenos, Bicol Association of Manitoba and Bacoor Association of Manitoba. Other Filipino associations are considering to join MaCCFA. "I am so blessed for helping these people, and we have to do this again," Rowena Oquendo, immediate past president and one of the advisers, said. "I think, this is the best way to share our blessings with others who have less in life." "We have the will and dedication to help other people, and I knew, since the beginning, MaCCFA has the mission to do it. And by taking an oath of office among the less fortunate people is a rewarding experience and this is only the beginning to help the people in our inner city," Letty Antonio, one of the advisers, said. Cash and kind donations funded the Siloam Mission Sunday lunch sponsored by MaCCFA. The MaCCFA officers and board members are extending their heartfelt

MaCCFA officers behind the counter and ready to serve Filipino lunch

Special award to Dominic Rodriquez given by Siloam Mission, Belinda Morales, volunteer support; Don Maxson, director of operation, and Katy Groenheide, volunteer support

thanks to the following:Albert El Tassi, CEO/ president, Peerless Garments; Felly Grieve of A1 Nutrition,Grant; Dino and Lourdes Miranda of Pampanga Restuarant and Banquet Hall; Virgillio and Cora Cuevas of V & C Bakery; Tony and Mila Laqui, Jejomar Bakery, Mike and Lou Scott, Isabel Felix and Lolita Cabrera and to countless volunteers from OFSAM. QPAM, Batangas Ass., Bulacan Assn.and PGM and to the Siloam Mission staff volunteers, Katy Graenheide, Belinda Moraies, Dan Maxson and the kitchen staff.

Oath-taking ceremony with Don Maxson, director of operation, as officiating officers. The officers being inducted, from l to r: Julie Javier, vice-president; Letty Antonio, adviser; Rowena Oquendo, immediate president and adviser; Clarita Nazario, secretary; Norman Padilla, auditor; Jun Oquendo, financial secretary; Florencio "Tony" Antonio, treasurer; and Rod E.Cantiveros, president.

MaCCFA officers, volunteer and Siloam Mission staff

Mrs. Limon, Candy Padilla and Siloam Mission staff

Volunteers Vida Venzon and Remy de los Santos

At the used clothes department, from l to r: Sembra Agapito, Remy, Belinda, Katy, Dominic, Carolina Rodriquez, Norman Padilla, Carrie Barroga, Vida, and Mario Javier Photos by Rod Cantiveros | Filipino Journal

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Spacious and fuel economic luxury By Jackie Doming

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efore I begin, let it be clear I’m no car connoisseur. What I can recognize is a well-made machine – and make the Acura MDX no exception to this fact. The 2014 Acura MDX earns huge points by simply wowing passerbys with its spacious elegance. This seven-passenger three-row SUV also boasts great fuel economy, earning a 28 mpg Hwy rating. It’s available with a 6-speed automatic transmission with a Sequential SportShift paddle shifter. Basics aside, every component of this vehicle is automated, heated, responsive, and extremely high-tech. Let’s talk interior. You’ll find high-quality leather and woodgrain finish as far as the eye can wander. The seats are comfortable,

supportive and can effortlessly be adjusted to almost any angle. The heated steering wheel is handy for chilly hands in the wintertime, a feature that also integrates into the Remote Engine Start System for automatic heating. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the dual-screen navigation/ infotainment system at first, but I don’t recommend shying away from its grandeur. The front system allows you to play audio from a variety of sources, including satellite radio, your iPod and songs from its HDD media storage. You can also pop in a DVD to play on the Rear Entertainment System. This fancy feature boasts a full VGA screen along with wireless headphones for your backseat passengers.

The car has a built-in Lane Keeping Assist System, proactively warning you to keep in your lane if necessary. The vehicle also knows if you’re getting too close to the car in front of you with the Forward Collision Warning System. For extra safety, you can take advantage of the Surround View Camera System and Blind Sport Information System. Simply said, there is no shortage of great technology integrated into this feature-packed SUV to ensure a safe ride wherever you go. The 2014 Acura MDX starts at $49,990 and is a great option for those who are looking for spaciousness, luxury and great fuel-economy bundled into one beautifully crafted vehicle. For more information, visit acura.ca/ mdx.

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n the last edition, I discussed pyramid selling and network marketing. Another type of organization with some similarities to these is the franchise operation. The similarity of the franchise to pyramid selling and network marketing is the product or service is controlled by an organization that primarily licenses the franchisee or operator who pays firstly for the right to use the name and a continuing royalty based on sales revenue. The franchise is considerably more expensive to enter into, but the franchisee benefits from some or all of training, expertise, name and product recognition and advertising provided by the franchisor, as well as may have exclusive rights to a territory. A franchisee gets to run and manage his/her own business under hopefully wise guidance, but in conformity with the overall policies of the franchisor. Sometimes there will be conflicts in that the franchisor may also run or decide to run company owned stores. Especially in a saturated market the franchisor may decide to expand by buying out franchisees. This was especially devastating for one gentleman who had devoted many years to building his business in Winnipeg. A good price paid did not compensate for losing his business. And, of course, a franchisee may be closed if he/she doesn’t follow policies, even if it was a good business decision for the business. One problem that I have seen with franchises is they can have too rigid policies that doesn’t allow them to adapt to different markets. In one case all stores in the franchise had to offer all items in a sale flyer, but some stores were urban, others rural and a few of the product lines had no market in one or other of the markets. In another, a franchisee in window dressings (curtains and blinds) was very entrepreneurial and arranged a marketing plan with a popular local window manufacturer. The

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franchisor was unfamiliar with the manufacturer and rejected the plan as was their right, but within a year all four locations had ceased to exist in the Winnipeg area. The franchisee, in this case, would likely have been better off operating as an independent entrepreneur and the franchisor should probably have learned more about the area where they were operating, not assuming all markets are alike. Their product, in this case, was essentially undifferentiated, and would have benefitted from local market knowledge. Franchisors usually insist that the franchisee incorporate, (a topic that I will discuss in a future column), which may have negative tax consequences, if the franchisee can’t use business losses as write offs against other income. Franchises can be a good way to go into business but, like any business, make sure you are a good fit, that you believe in your product, that you can work within the limitations imposed by the franchisor and that you will be paying significant royalties every month for the privilege. If you are a vegetarian or have high cholesterol, you might not want to buy a McDonald’s, Burger King or Crispy Crème franchise. Most good franchises will try to make sure you have the basic financial resources to succeed and the right characteristics, but their main concern is the success of the entire franchise, not yours. And, of course, make sure the franchise is worth the price you are paying. Terry Robert B.A., C.M.A., C.G.A. Robert Accounting LLP Certified General Accountants accountants.mb.ca Please note that this column deals with details and circumstances in a general way and comments are meant solely as a guide. For your protection, a professional accountant is recommended and should be consulted before making any decisions regarding anything discussed in this column.


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