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Taas Noo Batang Filipino by Johsa Manzanilla

Overcoming Ignorance for Universal Dignity

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here is a silent apartheid in Winnipeg. It is an apartheid based on fear and ignorance, which segregates, isolates and discriminates on the grounds of race. Although Winnipeg has been heralded as a city that fosters multiculturalism, evident in the diversity of backgrounds that make up our social fabric and the numerous festivals, community associations and committees that focus on the development of a culturally pluralistic society, there is nevertheless an oppression that exists. And unfortunately, because there are some in our community that are not informed or knowledgeable of the history and the issues involved, the systemic discrimination grows as people either turn a blind eye or make prejudiced biases that do nothing but destroy our integrity as supposedly welcoming and inclusive citizens. A few months back, I was chatting with a friend of mine who had recently immigrated to Canada from the Philippines. Like myself, she is a socially conscious individual who believes in the championing of social justice causes such as human rights, freedom and equality for all. What struck me, however, was her inability to understand the situation

of Aboriginal people here in Canada. She had a very narrow knowledge base of Aboriginal history as affected by European colonization, and thus could only bear witness to the destructive effects of such a system without realizing the horribly oppressive and imperialist undertones. She admitted that all she knew about the Native population in Winnipeg was what she saw on the street in the inner city: abject poverty, violence and substance abuse. She wanted to know more, so I briefed her as much as I could and then pointed her in the direction of more socially aware campaigns and resources. The sad reality is that too many people see what my friend sees on the streets, but nothing else. Many do not have the desire to educated themselves as to why Aboriginal people are overrepresented among the poor, what policies have isolated them to the point that their poverty and social exclusion become intergenerational, cyclical and hard to escape from. There is a need to transform the inner city and the social issues affecting and destroying these people. But there is also a need to change the perceptions in our community that block us

from uniting and working together to support them as allies in the struggle. This change begins with inquiry on what founds the problems Aboriginal people face today, and I hope to help pique your self-interest in the matter. While I cannot go into extensive detail into the history of Aboriginal people in Canada, I will note that it is important to realize just how destructive colonization was on their livelihood and culture. Admittedly, there was a sense of integration with the trading system, technology and a new form of urban development, however much of the integration was nevertheless rooted in “taking the Indian out of the Indian” with shockingly violent (physically, psychologically and socially with regards to the Aboriginal family and community) residential educational programs, the ostracization of Natives on reserves with no running water or infrastructure to support waste and clean-up, and limited opportunities of advancement with the creation of generational dependence on welfare. The result of such undermining oppression is the insufficient incomes and thus insufficient food, clothing and shelter options for many in the urban Aboriginal population. When one does not have many choices, it affects one’s self-respect, dignity, self-esteem, and confidence. And while there are numerous social programs that have been enacted to support families and individuals who do not have much choice, they are still not enough to combat the internalized oppression, vulnerability and shame that develops from such poverty—a sense that the longer you stay poor, the worse it gets.

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So what can one do to help support our Aboriginal friends and neighbours? The first thing is to truly have an understanding of what exactly the population affected has been going through. It’s not just about reading articles, resources, statistics and data, but it’s about the realities of people and their experiences. Talk to them. Learn from them. Support their right to have opportunities, which, while we in our community often take for granted, are so powerful. Education matters, so value it.

One final and perhaps most important thing that we can do to support the campaign to end the silent apartheid is by not being silent and combating racist perceptions when we encounter it. If we ever hear racist discourse being spoken in our classrooms, churches, social gatherings, or in the community, we must be fearless and speak out to break the cycle of negativity. The smallest and most effective way one can change the world is by changing one’s attitude. Start a revolution of change.


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FCTPAM Basketball League Opens at Greenway School

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n Thursday, January 27, marks the first Filipino Canadian Technical Professionals Association of Manitoba (FCTPAM) basketball league. It opened its doors with a welcoming by FCTPAM

outgoing president Alex Majul and incoming president Norman Padilla, to all the 60 players taking part on this event. FCTPAM officers, members and friends have been playing basketball for fun since 1996. It wasn’t until last

fall that organizers Boy Mansilla, Mar Mance, and Jun Agustin of FCTPAM decided to make it a league because the number of players grew to a point where not everybody is able to play due to a very limited time.

The game opened with Alex Majul tossing the ceremonial jump ball. The committee members on this league is composed of Boy Mansilla-Chair, Mar Mance-Cochair, and committee members

Jun Agustin, Alex Majul, Norman Padilla, Dennis Toledo, Jaime de la Cruz, and Felino de Jesus. The games take place every Thursday from 8:00 – 10:00pm at Greenway School gym.

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Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Philippines, Junior Grand Warden, RW Bro Juanito Espino visits Winnipeg.

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innipeg Filipino-Canadian Masons welcomed a visiting brother Mason from the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Philippines, Junior Grand Warden, RW Bro Juanito Espino, Jr. in a breakfast at the Pampanga Restaurant on Sunday, October 24, 2010. The

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welcoming brethren congratulated RW Bro Jun Espino for being the newly installed Junior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of the Philippines. Bro Espino is also a member of the Fil-Can Cabletow Lodge 189. here in Manitoba and a Commissioner, Commission on Audit in the Philippines.

(L-R): RW Bro Jun Espino, Bro Rico Villarin (standing), RW Bro Chibu Uson, WB Bert Manalang and Sis Tina Manalang (partly hidden). Photo by: Reyne Cruz

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he Filipino Canadian Technical Professionals Association of Manitoba (FCTPAM) celebrated it’s 20th anniversary and Induction of officers for the year 2011-2013 at Pampanga Restaurant on February 12, 2011. The new officers are President - Norman Padilla; Vice President - Jaime dela Cruz; Corporate Secretary - Gladys Paciente; Assistant Secretary - Nanette Amparo; Corporate Treasurer - Melissa Manarin; Corporate Auditor Tony Parani; HRD & Membership - Astrophel Miguel; Website & Communication Alexander Majul; Fund Raising, Cultural/ Social - Anselmo Agustin; Skills/ Technical Development - Eugene Cosico; Accreditation/Recognition - Dennis Toledo; Research & Development - Reynaldo “Reyne” Cruz and Constitution By Laws & Election - Cesar dela Cruz. For the

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Balitang Kutsero by Perry Diaz PerryDiaz@gmail.com llustration by Dave San Pedro

“Hello, Garcia”

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y investigative reporter James Macaquecquec reported that a new wiretapped conversation -- similar to the “Hello, Garci” tapes a few years ago -- surfaced in Manila recently. James sent me a copy of the tape. The conversation goes like this: Garcia: Hello, Garcia here. Caller: Hello, Garcia. Garcia: Who is calling? Caller: I won’t mention my name cuz somebody might be recording this conversation. But you should recognize my voice by now. Garcia: Of course! I recognize your voice, ma’am. How can I forget your voice? It’s one of a kind. He he he… You’re the same person who called “Garci” a few years ago, right? Caller: That’s right, Garcia. Garcia: How can I help you, ma’am? Caller: Well, I’m concerned that I might be dragged into the Senate investigation on the “pasalubong” and “pabaon” scandal involving my chiefs of staff during my presidency. Garcia: It looks like you’re going to be investigated ma’am cuz Angie – may he rest in peace -- sent a letter to Sen. Trillanes, through an emissary, asking him if he knew who was the “powerful person” who was protecting me. Caller: Did Trillanes say who was protecting you? Garcia: No, ma’am. All he said was it was probably somebody in Malacanang – which means… you! Caller: That’s very bad. Now, tell me, if the senators ask you who was protecting you, are you going to rat on me? Garcia: Well, ma’am. I won’t rat on you if you’d give me a ‘pabaon’ cuz you got the lion’s share from the ‘slush funds,’ right? Caller: Look, I’ve been your loyal friend and protector, Garcia. Is this how you’re going to repay me? Garcia: But ma’am, you should be the one to repay me for being your “laundry man.”

Caller: Okay, okay, if you’ll keep quiet, I’ll give you 10% of my take. Which Swiss bank account would you like it wired to? Garcia: That’s fine with me ma’am but I want to make sure I won’t be short changed like you did to the other generals. How much exactly is 10%? Caller: Well, let me think… 10% of P2 billion… is P200 million. Yes, I’ll wire P200 million to your Swiss bank account as soon as you sign an affidavit absolving me of any involvement in the “slush funds.” Garcia: Affidavit? Well, that would cost you another 5%, ma’am. Caller: You’re greedy, Charlie! Buwaya kang talaga! Garcia: Charlie? I am not Charlie, ma’am. Caller: Huh? Aren’t you retired Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia who is being investigated by the Senate on his plea bargaining agreement with the Ombudsman? Garcia: No, ma’am, I am not Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia. I am Special Agent Jose Garcia of the National Bureau of Investigation. I’m assigned to investigate your alleged role as the “powerful person” behind Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia. Caller: I’m going to deny that this conversation took place! Ha ha ha… Garcia: Ma’am, our conversation is being taped right now and is also being broadcast live in the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee currently investigating corruption in the military. Caller: I don’t believe it. You’re bluffing! Garcia: No, ma’am, I’m not bluffing. Here… listen to the senators. Sen. Defensor-Santiago: Hello, Gloria. This is your old friend, Miriam. I heard everything you told Special Agent Garcia. Sen. Ponce-Enrile: Hello, Gloria. This is your old mentor, Johnny. Sorry, I can’t help you this time. Looks like you’re toast!

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Sen. Estrada: Hello, Gloria. This is Jinggoy Estrada, son of President Joseph Estrada whom you ousted in 2001. What goes around comes around. Ha ha ha… Sen. Trillanes: Hello, Gloria. This is Sonny Trillanes, your former political prisoner. Gotcha! May you rest in pieces. He he he… Caller: You’re all wrong! This is not Gloria! Mga walang hiya kayong lahat! The caller then hung up.

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anny Pacquiao finds Shane Mosley too kind and even considered him the kindest of all those that he have ever fought inside the ring. Although the two fighters have never ever shown any animosity between them, Pacquiao said they have to fight

hard as it is their job to give their best and entertain their fans. Pacquiao added that Mosley is a tough fighter, and has the speed that could make it difficult for him to catch. The Filipino champion is heavily favored to beat the American fighter in their welterweight match scheduled on May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao and Mosley are in New York City for the third and last stop of the press tour for the fight where all 17,000 tickets are almost sold out three months away. They will soon part ways to start their respective training.

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not the number of years that passes that determines whether one is eligible. People who have committed serious or multiple crimes may never be eligible for rehabilitation.

by R. Reis Pagtakhan, LL.B., B.A. (Hons.) rrp@aikins.com

IMMIGRATION LAW AND CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS

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f someone wants to come to Canada but has a foreign criminal record, is this a problem? The answer, in many cases, is “yes”. However, whether this is a big problem depends on whether the crime committed is “equivalent” to a Canadian crime. How do I know if a foreign crime is “equivalent” to a Canadian one? In order to do this, you have to compare the precise wording of the Canadian law to the wording of the foreign law. After that, you have to determine what the “essential ingredients” of both the offences are to see if the foreign crime is “equivalent”. In some cases, it is necessary to look what actually happened to figure out whether the crime the person committed is “equivalent” to a Canadian crime.

If a person is convicted of an equivalent Canadian crime, can he/ she still come to Canada? Just because a person has been convicted of an “equivalent” crime does not mean that he/she cannot enter Canada. Canada recognizes that criminals can be rehabilitated. Whether a person is eligible for “rehabilitation” depends on the number of things including: the number of crimes committed, the type of crimes, and, the seriousness of the crime, the severity of the sentence, the risk the person is to reoffend, and whether the individual’s life has changed for the better. If a person has completed his/ her sentence more than 10 years ago, he/she may be eligible for “deemed rehabilitation”. If it has been more than 5 years since the sentence, he/ she may be eligible for “individual” rehabilitation. Please note that it is

If a person’s sentence ended less than 5 years ago, is there any chance he/she can come to Canada? Individuals whose sentences ended less than 5 years ago may be eligible for a temporary resident permit to come to Canada. Whether a temporary resident permit will be granted will be based on a number of factors. In addition to the factors looked at for rehabilitation, the purpose of travel to Canada will also be looked at. 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. Reis is a lawyer with the law firm of Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson LLP and practices in the areas of immigration law and corporate & commercial law. His direct line is 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

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Valentine’s Day Greetings

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For Jeremy Gaco May St. Valentine bless us with the cupid of love and warmth of romance.Happy Valentine’s Day My Boo! By: Rhea Gaco

For Susie Llena “To the Greatest Wife in the Whole Wide World Happy Valentines, My Love!” Reynaldo L. Llena

Valentines Day Greetings. Yolly and Resty Lacson

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LOVING OUR MEANS: • Listening to their needs • Respecting their opinions • Helping them report cases of abuse • Knowing they’re still useful in many ways A message from: “ THE INNOVATIVE CULTURAL APPROACHES IN THE PREVENTION OF ELDER ABUSE” A JOINT PROJECT OF THE KNIGHTS OF RIZAL ( KOR) AND THE MANITOBA ASSOCIATION OF FILIPINO TEACHERS INC. ( MAFTI) FUNDED BY THE HUMAN RESOURCES SKILLS DEVELOPMENT CANADA (HRSDC) THROUGH ITS NEW HORIZONS SENIORS PROGRAM

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on Reyes, President of the Manitoba FilipinoBusiness Council (right) and Sammy Sarte, Director (left) with Dave Angus, President of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. The annual state of the city speech by re-elected Mayor Sam

Katz is hosted by the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce on February 4.The Filipino Journal is a proud member of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and the Manitoba Filipino Business Council.

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e continue to celebrate and embrace our wintery weather. Photos of snowboarding and The Forks River activties are submitted by Marianne Salangasang and Jocelyn Balita. Do you have photos of your winter activities? Send them with a short story to the Filipino Journal by email - info@FilipinoJournal. com

Marianne Salangasang and snowboarding crew at Asessippi Ski Resort

Balita Family at the Forks River Trail - Ronald, Jocelyn, Renz, Riggs and Rizia getting Voyageur’d!

(Front row): Paola Salas, Christine Quiapon - Birthday Girl, April Fernandez, Gemilyn benitez, Jeanine fajardo, Janela ledda (Back row): Jean Nabas, Gientte Walter - Executive Director of Festival du Voyageur, Anfred ilagan, Jhae lara, Russel Sarino

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Eric Garcia honoured during final Bison’s home game

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n his fifth and final year on the University of Manitoba men’s Bison basketball squad, Eric Garcia along with two other senior Bisons were honoured during a pre-game ceremony on Saturday, February 12 at the Investors Group Athletic Centre. It was Garcia’s final home game

as captain of the Bison men’s basketball team. The Garcia family and several dozen relatives, friends and fans were in the stands to support the Manitoba Bisons and Eric as they played host to the Trinity Western Spartans. Eric Garcia’s parents, Linda and Ernie Garcia honoured during pre-game ceremony for their dedication and support.

Photos by: Ron Cantiveros | Filipino Journal

More photos available Eric Garcia receiving a commemorative frame from University of Manitoba Bison Men’s Basketball coach, Kirby Schepps.

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Bold Lips

Model: Joana Beltrano ● Makeup: Anthony Polvorosa ● Written by: Anthony Polvorosa, Alana Klein

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ur model Joana is a recent hard working grade12 graduate from Sisler High school, where she was the chair of the grad committee. She is a full time science student at the U of W working on her Bio-Chem. degree. Joana is hoping to get into the Faculty of Medicine at U of M and to specialize in dermatology and work towards becoming a plastic surgeon. This gal has a natural knack for attracting the camera that she was discovered at the age of 7 by a talent agent from abscbn and was asked to do a commercial for JOLLIBEE. She did not forget all that GLAM exposure from such a young age and until now she has learned how important it is to always take care of yourself and have healthy skin, thus wanting to be a dermatologist. She has volunteered her time since she was in Grade 9 at the Seven Oaks hospital. For such an ambitious lady, we decided to do a bold lip to bring out her inner diva.

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Before To get the look:

Check out Anthony on Shaw TV channel 9 on Tuesday evenings, and Wednesdays before noon. Kung meron kayong questions, comments or suggestions send an e-mail to anthony@filipinojournal.com. He welcomes your questions and is available for personal appointments. Just log onto www.provici.com or visit Anthony at PROVICI Cosmetics, now located at 233 Mc Dermot Ave. or call (204) 957-1544 for more info.

Bring this article to the PROVICI Cosmetics studio located at 233 McDermot Ave, in The Exchange District and receive a FREE Foundation Brush a savings of $29 when you buy any PROVICI skin care product or Liquid Powder Mineral Foundation. Call 957-1544 or email teamprovici@provici.com. If you’d like to capture any of your special moments, book with Ruby Pearl Photography and save 30% off all services with a fantastic additional 25% off on all ordered prints. Contact AJ at 297-9544. Offer expires Monday, March 28, 2011. Not redeemable for cash, based on availability.

Step 1

Step 2

Using a lip liner in the same shade as your lipstick and with short, light strokes, outline your lips, then the entire lip surface. This step ensures that your lip color will last longer because the lipstick adheres to the lip liner. Anthony chose Sweet Spice lip pencil for Joana.

Note:

When you think of bold lips you think of celebs such as Christina Aguilera and Gwen Stefani. Their lip emphasis showcases their perfect pout. Just as accessories such as scarves and boots become must-haves when the weather gets colder, so do lipstick and color rich lips. However, lipstick can be intimidating to someone who doesn’t wear it too often. It’s easier than you might think and with these step-by-step tips and useful hints, a bold lip look can be just as easy to apply as grabbing a favorite lip-gloss!

Anthony’s image-consulting firm, PROVICI, has attracted a loyal following in the entertainment and business communities. He has recently styled individuals for print media and live entertainment, and for awards shows such as the Junos and the Grammys.

Using a lip brush, apply your lip color carefully and a little at a time until both lips are covered. Joana is wearing Spontaneous lip stain, which is different than a lipstick because it adheres to the lips leaving a light stain when it fades.

For lipsticks and not lip stains, you may want to blot the lip by gently pressing a tissue onto your lips and this will help to set the color and remove any excess. Apply a second layer of lipstick as you did the first but more saturated. Re-blot once more and gloss or keep matte.

Step 3 To add sexy shine, Anthony applied Penny Gloss for a little celebrity luster.

There you have a classic red lip look! Have FUN! Products used

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Phil Younghusband asks Angel Locsin out on a date via Twitter

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eam Azkals star player Phil Younghusband extended a date invitation to Angel Locsin via Twitter on Feb. 10 but was turned down by the actress, also via Twitter, because she would be working on Valentine’s Day.

The story was revived however when “Paparazzi” host Ruffa Gutierrez brought up the matter of Tim Yap tweeting on Feb. 12 about Younghusband and Locsin finally going out on a date on Feb. 13, and how the football star had denied it when

TJ Manotoc asked him. In the end the supposed date remained unconfirmed as the concerned parties kept mum on the issue. Phil Younghusband and brother James were former models who appeared on some billboards and magazine editorials. They were thrust back into the spotlight when the underrated Team Azkals, in which they are both members, won the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup tournament in December last year. Phil has admitted to the media his admiration for KC Concepcion and Angel Locsin. As for his showbiz plans, he said football is their priority and passion right now.

Team Azkals will be going to Baguio in the last week of February to train for the second leg of the 2012 Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup slated in Mongolia.

Sharon Cuneta blasts Hayden Kho anew

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inger-actress Sharon Cuneta addressed anew an issue involving her controversial Marie France billboard ad. Cuneta said that Marie France would never put up a billboard using her altered photos for their ad campaigns as they risk ruining both their reputations and credibility. According to Cuneta, she is picky when it comes to accepting endorsements because she has to believe in the product or service that she endorsed. She also added that all her photos were done by noted photographer Raymond Isaac, who is known for his ability and honesty. A few weeks ago, the Megastar angrily reacted on Hayden Kho’s Twitter post which allegedly alluded to the authenticity of her billboard images used by the slimming salon. The controversial doctor has already denied that the tweets were meant to the Marie France billboard as he claimed he was referring to the launch of

another fragrance line wherein the competitor supposedly uttered some remarks to spite him. But Cuneta said she if Kho was referring to the billboard of Joel Cruz of Aficionado Perfumes that came out in July 2010, she wondered why it took Kho 7 months to react. The actress also pointed out that he made that post when rumors about plans to remove her billboard along EDSA began to circulate. Kho is the central figure in the 2009 sex video scandal, and the boyfriend of Dr. Vicki Belo, owner of the Belo Medical Clinic.

James Yap gifted Kris Aquino with a bracelet

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ctress-TV host Kris Aquino revealed on Twitter that her estranged husband, star cager James Yap bought her a lovely bracelet with a heartwarming card. The Queen of All Media who turned 40 on February 14 admitted being touched by the gesture. In return, she said she gave him two

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Bruno Mars VIP tickets for him and his date for April 8, while their son Bimby gave him a red BB Torch. The actress also greeted Yap on his birthday on Feb 15. For her birthday wish, Aquino said she wants legal freedom for her and Yap to be able to love again and share with their new lifelong partners the love that they failed to sustain between them. The presidential sister is also thankful for the all the love and support from her family, especially from her two sons -- James Yap Jr. and Joshua, that strengthens her from the insecurity of being single at 40. Aquino also said she missed her mother, former president Corazon Aquino who passed away in 2009 due to colon cancer.

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hia Megia’s performance of “Summertime” got the unanimous nods of show judges Randy Jackson, Steve Tyler, and Jennifer Lopez to qualify her for the second round of eliminations of “American Idol” during a period in the contest dubbed “Hollywood Week.” The 15-year-old FilAmerican is now among the remaining 100 as over 200 other hopefuls didn’t make the cut from the original 300 contestants. Megia auditioned during the show’s Milwaukee leg. She first made waves in 2009 via the show, “America’s Got Talent,” where she made it to the quarterfinals. She was also among performers chosen by David Foster to perform during a leg of the “David Foster and Friends” tour, which, incidentally, also featured Filipino singer, Charice Pempengco. The 100 hopefuls who survive “Hollywood Week” will go on to the next round, where, for the first time ever in “American Idol,” contestants will get to perform in Las Vegas, on the stage of Cirque du Soleil’s theatrical production, “Love.”

Melai Cantiveros, Jason Francisco celebrate first anniversary Showbiz couple Melai Cantiveros and Jason Francisco celebrated their first year anniversary as a couple last Feb. 8. The couple made the announcement last Feb. 11, three days before Valentine’s day. In the end, the couple admitted that they are also thinking of their future together as husband and wife but they are not in a hurry. The important thing is that they are presently happy and enjoying every moment together.


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Snowboarding in Manitoba

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n a recent trip to Asessippi Ski Resort in Russell, Manitoba, I managed to find myself waist deep in snow on two separate occasions. I was actually doing fine until I started boarding on the old narrow trails which are normally reserved for skiing. As a snowboarder, or a novice snowboarder for that matter, the wider the run, the better. I’ve been snowboarding for several years and every time, it’s always been fun and there’s always a funny story to be told. To ski or not to ski? To board or not to board? Those are the two most pressing questions I am always left trying to answer anytime I head for the slopes. Growing up, I learned how to ski on the banks of the Red River at the old Winnipeg Ski Club. I can’t recall how many pairs of gloves I went through trying to go up a two rope every weekend in the winter. For the last several years, I’ve focused my efforts in learning to be a better snowboarder. Boarding twice a year really doesn’t help the learning process but add a few friends and lots of deep snow, it becomes an adventure.

For as long as I remember, the only option was to ski. Living on the prairies, there weren’t too many options for ski hills that were close to the city, except for Springhill or “The Ditch” as it’s situated on the Winnipeg Floodway. The runs were short and they only had one tow rope. Now it’s called the Springhill Winter Park and in addition to the tow rope, they have a chairlift that transports you from the base of the floodway to the top in seconds. It’s a great place to learn how to snowboard. Snowboarding can be fun. It still is. I just reminisce about my poser days when everyone had a skateboard. Snowboarding just seems cool, or at least it makes me look hip and cool again. I’m positive that as I continue to learn how to do new tricks, it will be another winter sport I can enjoy. In addition, I’d like to thank Mother Nature for the awesome weather we’ve had in Manitoba in the last couple weeks and makes embracing winter a lot easier. Next adventure, ice climbing at Festival du Voyageur.

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Kickin’ it Hollywood Style

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n less time it takes a heart to beat, it was over, and Anderson “The Spider” Silva was still the UFC Middleweight Champion of the World. The fight took less than one round and only one kick. A front-kick that hit challenger, Vitor Belfort right on the jaw. It came in lightening quick, struck like thunder, with pinpoint accuracy knocking him out cold. During post-fight interviews, Silva said he learned the kick from one of his corner men. That corner man happens to be Steven Segal. Yes. The ponytail sporting, martial arts movie

star. THAT Steven Segal. On December 16, 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting held their final event before merging with the UFC. The Main Event had Ben Henderson defending his Lightweight Championship against Anthony Pettis. Pettis lived up to his moniker “Showtime” by doing a Matrix style, walkup-and-hop-off-the-wall kick knocking down Henderson. Yet another Hollywood-style kick that would have Keanu Reeves saying “Whoa.” These two moments in the history of kicking had me thinking.

What other moments in kungfu movies would be awesome if brought to life inside the Octagon. Here are my Top Five Hollywood Martial Arts moves and who I think can make them a reality in the UFC: 5) Jean-Claude Van Damme Splits. In 97% of Van Damme movies, you’ll see two things. One is an awkwardly misplaced love scene, and two is him doing the splits. Who Can Do This? Georges St. Pierre. He’s the most athletic fighter in MMA and he’s got that accent too! 4) Gymkata. In 1985, American Olympian, Kurt Thomas starred as a Gymnast who combined his skills with ninjitsu to fight evil ninjas. Yes, it is every bit as awesome as it sounds. Who Can Do This? Anthony Pettis. I already talked about “Showtime” above. The guy moves like Spider-Man. He can totally do a few flip kicks.

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3) Drunken Boxing. Jackie Chan’s cult classic, Legend of the Drunken Master, has him bobbing and wobbling in the most unorthodox fighting style. Who Can Do This? Keith Jardine. He’s Mr. Unorthodox and he needs something new in his arsenal after losing his last five fights. 2) Five Pointed Palm Exploding Heart. This was the cool ending of Kill Bill vol. 2. However, the touch of death would be too much for the Cage, so let’s make it the Five Pointed Palm Exploding Shoulder instead. Who Can Do This? Miesha Tate. She’s an attractive kickbutt woman, just like Uma Thurman and she fights for the Strikeforce Woman’s 135-pound championship on March 5. 1) The Crane Kick. In the original Karate Kid, Daniel-san used this kick he learned from Mr. Miyagi to win the fight and the tournament.

Who Can Do This? Jon “Bones” Jones. After his thrashing of Ryan Bader at UFC 126, I’m convinced he can do anything he wants in a fight. Though, his next fight is for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, and I wouldn’t recommend you mess around with a fighter the caliber of champion Marico “Shogun” Hua.

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Sunny Day Sweepin’ the Clouds Away (On Recalling Some Classic Sesame Street Songs)

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any of those who were children in the early ’70s would gladly agree that Sesame Street was one of the most beloved children’s television shows of the decade. Regardless of what many overly politically correct detractors might have to say about the show (like, for instance, Cookie Monster’s being not a good role model because of his unhealthy diet and the insinuation that Ernie and Bert are homosexuals because they live in the same house), Sesame Street remains an influential learning foundation on languages, mathematics, values, and music for many children of the ’70s and the ’80s. Music is an important component of Sesame Street, or of perhaps any children’s show. And through its more than 40 years, Sesame Street has produced countless songs that have become parts of pop culture. Here are some of such songs, now regarded as classics. Listening to these would surely give any old fan of the show nostalgic feelings. “C Is for Cookie,” written by Joe Raposo, released in 1971, is a song that teaches children about the letter C. The original segment of this

song features Cookie Monster with a cookie in his hand, singing the song while standing behind a big letter C. The black backdrop slowly lightens to reveal his backup singers—fellow monsters Grover, Fenwick, Herry Monster, Oscar the Grouch, and Billy. “lowercase n,” written by Steve Zuckerman, first appeared on the show in 1972, is a song basically about the letter n. However, the lyric actually focuses on the sense of belonging and togetherness. It starts with “In a cold and far-off place / There was a lowercase n / Lonely and cold, she would stare off into space / And it was known that she would cry now and then…” Then it ends with “And then one day a rocketship came racing from the sky / It landed on the hill and there opened up a door / And something started coming outside / A lowercase n! / She’s not lonely anymore / They are standing on the hill / There are two that stand for sure / The wind is very still for the lowercase n’s!” “I in the Sky,” written also by Steve Zuckerman, first aired in 1972, features three little men scrubbing and polishing a big letter I. Clearly

the song teaches about hard work and teamwork. “The Alligator King,” written by Donald Hadley (lyric) and William “Bud” Luckey (music) in 1971, is a song that tells the story of an alligator king who, feeling mighty down, offers his crown to whichever of his seven sons can cheer him up. The first six sons bring him various gifts, all of which result in harming him instead of doing him good. The seventh son, who comes without a gift, instead helps the king get up his feet after this has fallen down. Thus, aside from teaching how to count from one to seven, the song emphasizes that caring is more important than giving material things. “The People in Your Neighborhood,” written by Jeff Moss in 1969, is a song introducing various people with different jobs. “Rubber Duckie,” another one by Jeff Moss, written in 1970, is Ernie’s signature song. It shows Ernie in a tub with his rubber duckie, singing the song while having a bath. “Pinball Number Count,” written by Walt Kraemer in 1976, is a series of animated segments each of which follows a pinball as it goes through an elaborate pinball machine. The lyric counts off from one to twelve, with each segment featuring a different number. “Doin’ the Pigeon,” another one by Joe Raposo, written in 1973, is Bert’s signature song. The segment features Bert’s demonstrating a dance inspired by his favorite animal. Finally, “Letter B” is a parody of the song “Let It Be” by The Beatles, with the new lyric written by Christopher Cerf in 1981. Sung in a segment by the four musical insects known as The Beetles, it teaches about words that begin with the letter B.

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Final Note Each decade or every generation has its share of unforgettable and beloved children-oriented television shows, all of which have their own merits

and values. However, to many who were children in the ’70s or the ’80s, nothing holds more dearly in their hearts and memories than Sesame Street with its colorful characters and sing-along song segments.

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Horoscope There will be a smooth flow of money according to your expectations. For career, better career opportunities and travel related to career will approach you. Your new job will boost the confidence of your superiors on you.

A sensitive month is awaiting you. Emotional tendencies and sensitivities are in spotlight for people born under this sign.Your month will be very progressive and you will have occasions filled with achievements.

Flow of money may not be up to the mark this month. You may incur expenses related to health issues. The middle of the month may be moderately rewarding.

This will be a successful month for teachers, politicians and educationalists. Moderate results can be witnessed at the career front. Some obstacles are foreseen, as well. You may travel more for career related issues.

A positive month is awaiting you. You would be in good financial position. There may be some issues to sort out regarding children. You would bond well with spouse or life partner and children will be supportive.

Legal issues this month are likely, take care! Your children might have differences of opinion with you, due to which there might be slight misunderstanding prevailing at home.

Career front might be smooth for you this month. Travel related to profession may be rewarding. A promotion and other work benefits are expected during the course of the month.

This month will bestow you with the ability to explore and research on whatever you are interested about. You will not have to face any litigation issues this month; peace is assured!

Legal issues might be a concern during the first half of the month. You are cautioned to handle the legal issues with care. The rapport with your spouse might not work well. There might be conflicts between partners who are planning to get married.

Romance and compatibility will prove to be futile and conflicts may prevail with prospective partners due to difference of opinion.Your financial status might seem to be unprogressive for this month.

A quarrel during the first half of the month may take place between prospective partners who are in a relationship. Romance may not be encouraging. This is not a promising month for couples who are planning to tie the knot.

Domestic issues that are related to property and vehicles might engage you this month. Chances of hurdles in litigation issues are possible, as well. You cannot expect a favorable relation with your siblings.

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Fierce G’bye of General Reyes

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uthor’s Note: I am not personally close to the former Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, later designated as Defense Secretary. But for the sake of goodwill, I am yielding my space to the riposte cum Eulogy of Gerry Cunanan, retired officer and former mistuh of the late General Angelo Reyes, PMA Class ’66, when I made comment over the latter’s death at the cyberspace forum of Overseas Filipino Council. This rejoinder is printed in toto, unedited. What drove Secretary Angelo Reyes to his death is his passion to serve his country. As a PMA classmate and a bosom friend for almost five decades, I can only remember his life in the military and the civilian government as a journey devoted to an impassioned and sincere dedication to duty. I saw him most closely as an officer assigned to the AFP Retirement and Separation Benefit System (AFP RSBS) where his dedication and honesty in helping manage the pension funds of soldiers, despite numerous opportunities for personal gains, had been exemplary.

During the last few years, most of my talks with him had been centered on what he has been doing and what more he wanted to do for the country. He refused several offers of high paying job as a top executive in private business since to be ultra rich is not among his top priorities. Having seen his utmost dedication to government service, I realized that such has become so much a part of him that he could no longer happily exist any other way. I can only imagine that Angie promised to himself and to the memory of his mother, whom he greatly loved and idolized, that he would never stop until he has truly made a difference to the future of our country. It is unfortunate that in the process, the system being what it is where no one can be an effective leader without breaking some rules, he learned to take or allow bureaucratic and legal short cuts that everyone else on top position of the AFP is forced to do, not for personal gains but to satisfy operational requirements. He knew breaking the rules had its risks, but he had to

resort to it anyway in order to fulfill his vision. The highest level of the bureaucracy and the political system he had to deal with provides no room for stiff idealists. He trusted that he could overcome whatever challenges that his decisions would bring, knowing in his heart that his purposes are noble. He believed that in the end his countrymen would understand and destiny would be on his side. What he did not realize is that the system which he trusted to vindicate him could turn its back on him. He was appalled by the savage vengefulness of those whom he had hurt while in the performance of his duties and the ferocity of the ambition of those who see him as standing on their way. His enemies knew know no bounds and would not be stopped by rules of decency. They are products of our political system where the meek and honest have no place at the top. His enemies ganged up on him, determined not to stop until he and his family has no more dignity left. It was clear that his enemies were after his blood. He was remotely placed from the corruption committed by General Carlos P. Garcia but they unjustly focused on linking him to the crime. They twisted facts to pin him down. Everyone who understands the organizational set up at the Defense Department knew that the Secretary of National Defense had only policy control over the AFP disbursement system. His enemies I am sure also knew this but they crucified him just the same before the public. Angie realized that he has no match against the joint effort of his powerful enemies. It was clear that his enemies had completely wiped out his ability to pursue his all consuming goal. He found himself without the only way of life he could happily live--a life of passionate dedication to the service of his country. Worse, living longer would only bring more undeserved dishonor to his family and the institutions he loved very much as his enemies could not be stopped destroying everything that is deeply attached to him. Defeated, he must have realized that the only way he could make his life useful is to offer his life as a sacrifice for his family and his country. If Angie’s act of sacrifice would lead the nation to an overhaul of the rotten system where good men like he truly is can not succeed while sticking to the rules that they are meant to practice, then his death would not have been in vain.

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San Pablo City Association of Manitoba City of Seven Lakes

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an Pablenos held its fiesta last January 15, 2011 at Filipino Seniors Group Hall on Euclid St. led by Pres. Edna Santos assisted by Delia Magcawas, Carmen De Luna, Florien Fetalvero, Lou Suarez and Prosy Kalaw. Newcomers from San Pablo are invited to join and register. Please contact Delia Magcawas at phone no. 697-1121 and Edna Santos 253-0585

National Conference Ottawa

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national conference attended by all associations that had projects on elder abuse awareness was held in Ottawa on January 27, 2011. The partnership of the Knights of Rizal and MAFTI that was awarded a grant to carry out a project called, “ Innovative Cultural Approaches in the Prevention of Elder Abuse” ( ICAPEA) was represented by Gemma Dalayoan, Program Designer and Jean Guiang, Project Coordinator. Delegates from

different provinces shared all outputs of their projects. These included videos, brochures, pamphlets, pictures , posters, and other handouts to show the different activities of all federallyprojects. Program officers from Ottawa will be coming to Winnipeg to further evaluate the KOR and MAFTI project which is almost done except for a Peer Tutoring training to selected seniors who will be helping their co-seniors report cases of abuse to the proper authorities.

(Left to right):Gemma Dalayoan, Ellen Healey, Director of Social Development Programs Division, HRSDC, Jean Guiang

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ESCAPE COMPLETELY: Cruising Australia and New Zealand

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ecember cruising Down Under in the southern hemisphere below many of the other countries on the globe is a complete escape from the chill of Winnipeg winter and a learning experience to discover and explore the natural beauty, history, culture, and traditions of Australia and New Zealand. Our family tour (with our daughter Marie Anne and her husband Jerry and their daughter Cassy) began from Sydney, the largest city in Australia. Six days gave us enough time to visit the city’s icons and famous places the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Tunnel, The Rocks and Circular Quay, Chinatown, the famous historical George Street, Manly and Bondi Beaches, and the Blue Mountains in the town of Katoomba. On December 22, we left the picturesque Sydney Harbour on Diamond Princess and arrived the day before Christmas at the sprawling city of Melbourne. A half-day guided bus tour brought us to the Shrine of Remembrance, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Cook’s Cottage, the Federation Square, the Yarra River, the Queen

Victoria Market, the Rod Laver Tennis Arena which is home to the Australian Open, and the Eureka Tower and its skydeck overlooking the whole city. For the first time away from home we celebrated our Christmas at sea on our way to the port of Hobart in the island of Tasmania, once a British penal colony, with Mt. Wellington towering in the background. We visited the Rozny Point, Bonorong Wildlife Conservation Park and explored the Georgian town of historic Richmond, home of the first Catholic Church and the first stone bridge in Australia. After a two-day voyage at the Tasman Sea the ship was sailing along the Fiordland World of southern New Zealand. Milford Sound, the most famous of the any majestic fiords, is simply stunning! December 30 found us at the Port Chalmers - the gateway to Dunedin, a Kiwi city of New Zealand with a Scottish heart. We enjoyed the sights on a scenic drive and toured the Larnach Castle, Dunedin Train Station, Cadbury Chocolate Factory, and bustling Octagon Square at the city centre.

The next port of call is Lyttelton,the gateway to another famous city, Christchurch, New Zealand’s most English city. Places of interest that we visited include the tree-lined Avon River, Botanic Gardens, Worcester Boulevard, the Arts Centre/Christchurch Art Gallery, the Cathedral Square, and the Bridge of Remembrance. On the early morning of January 2nd, the Princess docked

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in Tauranga situated in the Bay of Plenty, an area rich in Maori history. Adjacent to the pier is the town of Maunganui which we explored on foot after taking Tauranga’s highlights on a narrated tour along the busy bay. We arrived in Auckland, the famous City of Sails, on January 3rd for a five-day visit-tour of the city’s must-sees - Mt. Eden (an extinct volcano), Piha Beach, Paihia

and the beautiful Bay of Islands, Mission Bay, Auckland Sky Tower, Te Puia Thermal Reserve (Maori Arts and Agrodome), the worldfamous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, the Queen Street, Auckland main avenue. New Zealand Air flew us back to Vancouver on the 7th of January, 2011.

The Iconic Sydney Opera House

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UN to assist in fund mishandling probe if requested he Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) of the United Nations (UN) on Tuesday will extend assistance to the Philippine government if requested, in its investigation of the alleged misuse of UN peacekeeping funds intended for Filipino troops sent to East Timor. The alleged mishandling of the UN funds was exposed by former state auditor Heidi Mendoza who said the funds were diverted by military officials through double charging and ghost projects. One project involved the repair of a C-130 aircraft in 2002, which was double charged to both the UN fund and a depot maintenance program of the Joint US Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG). Another double charging was the P9.1 million in fuel expenses which were also double charged to the Balikatan and UN funds, and were even reimbursed by the US government to the Armed Forces

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of the Philippines (AFP). Mendoza also revealed a missing P50 million out of a P200 million UN reimbursement cheque signed by then military comptroller Carlos Garcia. For its part, the DPKO said all payments covering expenses related to peacekeeping operations are made in accordance with standard procedures. It also said the UN does not enforce measures to keep track of how UN peacekeeping funds are used by the Member States. At this stage, UN National Information Officer Teresa Debuque said that the DPKO has not yet received any inquiries or complaints from any specific contingent regarding payment. The chief of the AFP Resource Management Office earlier said there were no records available on how the UN funds were used prior to 2005.

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Rev. Dr. Cornelio “Neil� Gumayon Parado KGOR February 17, 1934 - February 3, 2011

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ev. Dr. Neil Parado, KGOR peacefully, passed away February 3, 2011 at 4:30 p.m., at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg surrounded by loved ones and with his wife Gregoria by his side. He was predeceased by his parents, Fely and Domingo and his brother Atty. Domingo Jr. He is survived by his sister Evilia in the Philippines and his brothers and sisters-in-law: Felipe (Amparo), Olive (Milton), Patrick (Erlinda), Ben (Alma), and Annie (Ceasar) of Winnipeg, Hermie (David) in California, Pedring (Edit), Raida (Galdino), Ale and sister-in-law Dely in the Philippines. He is mourned by his nieces and nephews: Mae (Don) in Vancouver and sons Tyler and Gabie; Irene (Jim) and daughters Katelyn and Lauryn, Hazel, Charmaine, Darryl and Jayson, Michael, Hamlet (AnnaMarie), Francelou and Chamille in Winnipeg; Don-G and Neil in the Philippines, John (Nadeen) in Toronto, and Kathy and Cristene in California. He will also be fondly remembered by relatives: Benny (Precy), Limson (Gigi), Mila, Rose, Joel (Nanette) and Ronald and Michelle in Winnipeg, Mila (Wayne) in Surrey, Carmen in Salinas, Mickey (Anne) in Akron, Julita and Carmen (Jes) in the Philippines, and Bobski (Clara) in Seattle. From 1953 to 1960 he obtained his Associate degree in Philosophy (Magna Cum Laude), Bachelor in Education (Cum Laude), Bachelor

in Sacred Theology (Summa Cum Laude), Masters in Sacred Theology (Maxima Cum Laude) and doctorate in Sacred Theology (Magna Cum Laude). He was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest in 1959 and received the distinction of Rt. Rev. Msgr. in 1972. In 1975, he immigrated to Canada where he became the first Filipino Catholic Priest in Winnipeg, working first at Holy Cross Parish and then at St. Edwards Church. In 1979, he moved to Fisher Branch, Manitoba to pursue teaching in school division #23 and later married Gregoria Gobenciong. He retired in 1991 and quickly became involved with the Filipino community in Winnipeg: Fundraising Co-ordinator and board member for PCCM.; Coalition of Filipino-Canadians on Violence Prevention; Philippine Heritage Council, MAFTI, BISAMAN, and he was the spiritual director of the Cenacle of Sto. Nino. He was also the Knights of Rizal Area Commander of Western Canada and has had numerous distinguish service medals of Rizal and Certificates conferred on him by the Supreme Commander. The Parado and Gobenciong Families wish to profoundly thank one and all for their support, specially the GH3 staff at Health Sciences Centre. May God Bless them and their loved ones! THOMSON IN THE PARK 925-1120 Condolences may be sent to www.thomsoninthepark.com

Tomas Fria Rivero 1952 - 2011

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t is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tomas Rivero, a loving husband, father and grandfather, after a courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 58 years of age. He was predeceased by his parents Benvienedo Sr. and Tasiana, brother Elmo Sr., sister Erlinda, brother Mario, brother Yolando, and granddaughter April-Elaine. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of nearly 35 years, Marietta (aka Mayette), his daughters Melanie (Jason), Melissa (David) and his son Thomas, his grandchildren Jeannie and Wesley, his brothers, Benvienedo Jr. (Fe) and Don Don (Malou) of the Philippines, his nephew Elmo Jr. (Melinda), as well as numerous friends and extended family in Canada, United States, and the Philippines.

Tomas immigrated to Canada in 1976, worked at the Seven Oaks Hospital since 1984, owned an exterminating business (Action Exterminator) for nearly 25 years, was President of the Bicol Association 2006 to 2008 and was an active member since 1984. Tomas loved karaoke, playing the guitar, home renovations and was a gun club member at the Firing Line. The family wishes to thank doctors (Dr. Maksymiuk, Dr. Kepron and Dr. Godlewski), nursing staff and others at the Health Sciences Centre GH4 who cared for Tomas during his last week of his life. We are grateful for the love and support that he received from his family and friends in his last months. Glen Eden Funeral Home 338-7111 www. gleneden-mb.ca

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