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The proceeds from the Mrs.Philippines-Manitoba 2014 will help build houses for the victims of the super Haiyan typhoon in one of the remote areas in Samar or Leyte. The candidates include, from left to right, Zeny Calimlim, Mrs. OFSAM; Fely Paredes, Mrs. FILCASA; Gloria Magpali, Mrs. FIDWAM; and Precy Merluza, Mrs. QPAM. Photo by Norman Padilla

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current officers include Association of Ilocanos in Manitoba's RomyTheUminga, president; Myra Rosario, 1st vice-president; Danny 5th mission in the Philippines Amoyo,2nd vice-president; Remy

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rmed with Ph400,000 pesos, the officers of the Association of Ilocanos in Manitoba (AIM) will be leaving for the Philippines for their 5th mission this coming February. Led by the president, Romy Uminga, the other officers include his wife, Che Uminga; Mario Rosario, the immediate past

president; and his wife, Myra, 1st vice-president of the association; and Danny Amoyo. 2nd vicepresident; and Remy Amoyo, treasurer. The group will do the mission in Vigan Ilocos Norte; Cebu, Nueva Ecija and Batangas. "We have been doing the mission for more than four years, helping our less fortunate

kababayans by giving them rice, canned goods, grocery items and other necessities in life,"Mario Rosario said." And for this year's mission is in partnership with Larry Vickar, CEO and president of Vickar Autogroup, Bill Balaco, owner of Tache' Pharmacy. Rey Operana of Original Dancing Couples and Dennis Lagman."

Amoyo, treasurer; Josie Narciso, secretary; Mario Rosario, immediate past president, adviser. The officers and members of AIM are requesting for more donors for the less fortunate

5 kababayans in the Philippines. Please contact Romy at 204.632.0300 and Mario at 204.229.2150. Your donation will go a long way! For those who want to donate please call Mario Rosario -204.229.2150; Romy Uminga: 204.632.0300.

Danny (back) and Remy Amoyo,( front) with the children in one of their food distribution centres during their 4th mission in the Philippines last year. Danny, 2nd vice president of AIM; and Remy, his wife, treasurer, will be leaving for the Philippines with Romy and Chi Uminga, and Mario and Myra Rosario.

At the induction and christmas party of the Association of Ilocanos in Manitoba (AIM) the newly inducted president, Romy Uminga, with his wife, Chi; posed with the outgoing president, Mario Rosario; and his wife, Myra, the newly inducted 1st vice president.

More cash donations received by MaCCFA for the Haiyan typhoon victims and endorsed the amount to the Red Cross Quezon Province Association of Manitoba (QPAM) donates $500 from the funds raised during their carolling to homes and offices last December

We are proud to say that we have been doing specialized parties for the Filipino Community for close to �� years. We also do customized menus for Banquets, Catering, Birthdays, Christenings, and Anniversaries!

Oly Merluza (4th fr. left) vice-president, QPAM, handed the $500 donation for Haiyan victims to Norman Padilla (3rd fr. l),MaCCFA’s auditor during the turn-over ceremony held recently. Other officers and members of QPAM, from l to r: Abdon Chan, Glenda Relis, N. Padilla, O. Merluza, Maggie Chan-Urbano, QPAM president; Hannielle Urbano, Hannah Chan-Urbano and Lolit Chan

Lupao Nueva Ecija Association of Winnipeg; and the Filipino employees at Walmart Regent donate cash for the typhoon victims Lupao Nueva Ecija Association of Winnipeg (LUNEAW) donated $150, a proceed of the 50/50 raffle. The amount was

handed to MaCCFA officers, adviser, respectively, during Florencio "Tony" Antonio the induction ceremony held and Letty Antonio,treasurer & recently.

The Filipino Employees at Walmart Regent branch had the spirit of giving for the Haiyan typhoon victims. They

raised $500 and the Walmart Rod E. Cantiveros, president, Management matched the amount MaCCFA.And endorsed the dollar for dollar. The $1,000 cheque to Red Cross. cheque was turnover by Kathy to

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s winter over yet? I hope not! We still have a lot of fun winter adventures ahead! If you think I’m complaining, I’m not. While it might get a bit uncomfortably numb in relative temperatures of minus 40-50 with the windchill,

the amount of people talking about the weather on social media is a bit overwhelming. We live in Winnipeg and cold winters is what makes us a hardy bunch. Winnipeg went into deep freeze on New Year’s Eve. So

cold in fact that Time Magazine compared Winnipeg to Mar’s barren alien wasteland. On New Year’s Eve, the Mars Curiousity Rover recorded a maximum temperature of -29ºC. The daytime high on New Year’s Eve was a mere -31ºC and factor in the windchill, the temperature was between -40ºC to -50ºC. Yup, that’s cold. And for the uninitiated, exposed skin can freeze in 5 minutes. So is Winnipeg now famous than Mars? Probably not but travelling to Winnipeg is a lot closer than Mars. To keep things in perspective, according to Wikipedia, the average temperature on Mars is -55ºC and well below -150ºC at the poles.

For those new immigrants that are experiencing the cold bite of Mother Nature, I’m truly sorry and welcome to Manitoba winters. In fact, our winters are fantastic and as long as you dress for the weather, it doesn’t matter what the windchill is. There are many outdoor activities we can all enjoy during the winter. Festival du Voyageur is right around the corner and if you’re looking at taking up a new winter sport, I might suggest visiting the Windsor Park Nordic Centre and learn how to cross country ski. Until next time, bundle up, stay warm and embrace our beautiful winters!

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Various leaders grace Citizen Equity Committee’s reception at City Hall

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eaders from the different ethnic communities joined Councllor John Orlikow and other city officials at the annual cheese and wine reception sponsored by the Citizen Equity Committee.

Kamta Singh, one of the successful immigrants, was the guest speaker and he narrated his story when started living in Winnipeg. He is an inspiration among the new and young immigrants especially if one will ask Kamta how did he start to own

at least 4 Tim Horton franchises. He is the role model of any would be entrepreneur. The representatives from the Filipino community include the officers of MaCCFA, OFSAM, Philippine Heritage Council and Knights of Rizal.

Rod E. Cantiveros, president, MaCCFA; Florencio “Tony” Antonio, treasurer, MaCCFA;Letty Antonio, president, OFSAM; Lorie Fernandez, treasurer, OFSAM; Carrie de la Cruz, asst. treasurer, OFSAM; Julie Javier & Clarita Nazario, MaCCFA, vice president and sec, respectively; Sir Tom Colina, Western Commander, Knights of Rizal; at the back, Councillor John Orlikow of the Citizen Equity Committee.

Kamta Singh, a very successful businesman, addressed the guests during the wine and cheese reception. His life is an inspiration to the young and hard working immigrants.

Letty Antonio, president of OFSAM; Perla Javate, president, PHC; and from Ukrainian community, Sylvia Todaschuk

Clarita Nazario, secretary, MaCCFA; guest, Sir Tom Colina, Knights of Rizal; Julie Javier, vice-president, MaCCFA; and Derek Dabee, trustee, Seven Oaks School Div,

Pokwang returning to Winnipeg Todd Labelle Productions bringing comedy cast to Winnipeg for April show Todd Labelle Promotions proudly presents four top comedians directly from the Philippines. On April 13, 2014 at Pantages

Playhouse we welcome you to come watch “4 DA LAFFS” starring Pokwang, K Brosas, Chocoleit and Pooh.

Todd Labelle (centre) wife Katya (left) and his team from MYXZ Images at the contract signing.

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Residents in P166M church land condemn Church contract by Jerome Villanueva University of Santo Tomas Journalism program

The residents of Barangay Ligas here have lambasted the land sale contract set by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Malolos to transfer the land ownership of a P166 million church land to its natives. Samahan ng mga Maralitang Naninirahan sa Lupang Capellan (SMNLC), a group representing the occupants of Ligas residing on the church land, said the contract created by Malolos Resources Bulacan Corporation (MBRC) is “inhumane, unjust and ungodly”. MBRC is a stock corporation organized by the Malolos Diocese to negotiate with the residents. SMNLC alleges that MBRC obliged the residents to pay the real taxes, transfer fees, register of deeds fees and lawyer fees, all of which run contrary to the conditions set by the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) in its selling license. In a selling license document dated June 15, 1998, HLURB obliged the owner to pay the real estate tax after the title is transferred to the buyer. SMNLC also questioned sections 7 and 8 of the land sale contract which state that a resident who failed to pay the balance in three consecutive months over a five-year payment scheme “shall leave voluntarily” the land being acquired, and the entire amount previously paid to MBRC, shall be considered as a rent.

SMNLC President Danilo Camua said the previous agreement with MBRC President Fr. Elmer Ignacio should be followed that after paying for five years a resident has the right to renew the contract according to the resident’s discretion of a five, ten, fifteen and twenty year scheme of balance payment. “Kaya doon sa usapan namin na pagkatapos nga ng limang taon ay meron pang ibibigay sila na pwedeng i-renew yung natitirang balance sa lima, sampu, labinglima at dalawampung taon ayon sa kagustuhan sa nakaposisyon dun sa lupa. Kaya nga lang dun sa kontrata ay hindi nakalagay yun. Malinaw na nakalagay dun na makipag-ugnayan sa loob ng anim na buwan at kung hindi mababayaran yung natitirang balance, i-compute sa pagkakatira mo sa lupang kinatitirikan ng iyong bahay bilang upa. Kung mananatili ka pa dun sa bahay mong tinutuluyan ay uupa ka pa ng dalawang libo buwan-buwan at may pagtaas pa ng sampung porsyento taon-taon,” Camua said. Camua insisted that MBRC President Fr. Ignacio is “inconsistent with his promises” that he will consider the residents’ plea. “Noong dumating na yung pangalawang pakikipagharap namin, lahat nung sampung kahilingan namin ay wala man lang kahit isang nasunod kundi

lamang yung five years, zero interest lang ang nakuha namin,” he added. In the letter sent to Fr. Ignacio last February 2013, SMNLC made 10 requests, including the lowering of the land price, standardizing classification, basis and measurement of land lots, shouldering of taxes, granting discounts and incentives to consistent payers, and donating of a playground and barangay outpost lot. Meanwhile, Malolos City Mayor Christian Natividad asked for the leniency and flexibility of the contract set by MBRC under the Malolos Diocese. “Payag naman ako dun [sa pagbabayad ng mga residente sa Simbahan], pero dun sa terms na parang pribado ang kausap [at hindi na] Simbahan baka [dapat may] konting leniency, konting flexibility at konting paramdam na we are dealing with the Church na meron silang vow of poverty, vow na makatao,” Natividad said. Natividad added the Malolos Diocese had already donated the 3.59-ha. road lots in compliance with Presidential Decree No. 957. But the city mayor clarified that there is no formal turn-over “yet”. Camua said he is hopeful that the century-old land conflict will be resolved and the next generation would not inherit the same problem. The 20.2-ha. of land in conflict was originally an

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agricultural land owned by the Tiongsons of Malolos, and the natives were the tenants of the farm land. The Tiongsons donated the agricultural land to the Archbishop of Manila during the early 1900s as a support to the expenses of the seminarians. In 1972, President Ferdinand Marcos issued Presidential Decree No. 27 that led to the transfer of ownership of the land to the farmers of Ligas. But not all lands were transferred because some of the lands are non-rice lands. During the 1990s, the Archdiocese of Manila converted the remaining non-rice agricultural land into residential lands without the notifying the occupants. The Manila Archdiocese transferred the ownership of the 20.2 hectare land with an Original Certificate of Title No. 551 to the Malolos Diocese last January 24, 2006.

Also in that year, the Malolos Diocese organized MBRC, a stock organization that has the power to sell and negotiate on the “friar lands” including the 108 residential lots of Ligas that comes from the mother title no. 551. In November 2012, SMNLC was organized to represent and negotiate with MBRC headed by Danilo Camua. Malolos Diocese Bishop Jose Oliveros, MBRC Chair Msgr. Andres Valera, Malolos Diocese Property Custodian Leonardo Castro and MBRC Operations Officer Michelle Bernardo declined to be interviewed. As of press time, MBRC Pres. Elmer Ignacio has no reply with the reporter’s interview request. Mr. Villanueva is a sophomore journalism student of the University of Santo Tomas, and submitted this story for his News Writing 1 class

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Merry Christmas, I’m Off to Work Today! But I Ain’t No Hero (On the Deromanticization of Service-Oriented Jobs) Kelangan mo bang pumasok sa trabaho kahit na Pasko? Wag kang mag-alala—hindi ka nag-iisa. At isa pa, ginusto mo ang trabahong ’yan, kaya wag mong isiping isa kang bayani dahil nagtatrabaho ka at naglilingkod sa iba imbes na nagpapakasaya ka kasama ang iyong mga mahal sa buhay. Tutal e ikaw rin naman at ang iyong pamilya ang unang nakikinabang sa sweldong kinikita mo sa iyong trabaho.

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hile many people are enjoying their time off work during holidays such as Christmas day or the entire Christmas week, there are also many who need to go to their respective jobs. There are basically two reasons for this— for some, out of responsibility, and for others, out of necessity. There should be neither surprising nor embarrassing about this; and there is nothing heroic about it either. After all, any kind of job is basically self-serving—be it a soldier, a physician, a nurse, a police officer, a writer, a food server, a news reporter, a weather forecaster, a teacher, a security guard, a miner, an astronaut, or an overseas worker. It is the individual’s choice based on his educational background, skills, interests, or necessity or on whatever is in demand or available. Doctors and nurses save lives—yes. Teachers educate students—yes. Soldiers, police officers, and security guards protect communities and properties—yes. Maintenance workers clean establishments and the environment—yes. But, all

these workers are compensated accordingly. And all go to work primarily to earn money to pay for their cost of living and to support or help their respective families. Therefore, whatever job a person has—even if it is in the healthcare field, religious-related, services-oriented, or governmentfunded—he is working basically to satisfy his interests and to meet his personal needs. True heroism doesn’t really exist. Hailing particular workers as heroes is for the most part only an attempt to stroke the back of the diligent worker so he works harder. There is really nothing heroic in any kind of jobs. Out of Responsibility and the Nature of the Job We usually hear quips or jokes from others that say some have to work on holidays because they needed extra money. While this might be true for some people, it does not apply to everyone. Some people go to work even on holidays because of responsibility; work schedules are often definite or rigid. For example, those like me who work at hospitals, where peopleoriented services are continuous, have definite work schedules; so, if some special occasions fall on workdays and we couldn’t file for a vacation for whatever reason or we don’t have coworkers who could exchange shifts with us, we have no choice but to work on those days. Out of Choice or Necessity For others, going to work on holidays is a choice. Even if they are supposed to be off, but because they wanted to earn additional money on top of their

usual salaries, they choose to pick up extra shifts. And there’s nothing wrong about this either. After all, perhaps everyone needs extra money, and one will work for this even if it meant missing an occasion, which he could catch up for with his loved ones anyway on another day. In the end, it’s usually a matter of time management— having the sense of decision on working extra on holidays (when pays are higher and incentives are available) versus taking extra hours off on ordinary days. Sa Madaling Salita Kung kinakailangan mong pumasok sa trabaho kahit na Pasko e wag mong isiping kawawa ka naman dahil hindi ka nagiisa. Bumawi ka na lang sa araw na wala kang pasok. Tutal ang bawat okasyon naman e maaaring ipagdiwang sa araw na wala kang pasok o sa pagkakataong puwede kang lumiban sa iyong trabaho. At sa isang banda, kung kinakailangan o gusto mong pumasok kahit Pasko dahil dagdag na kikitain rin ito—e walang masama r’yan. Sino ba naman ang hindi gusto ng dagdag na panggastos? At wag mo ring isipin na porke pumasok ka sa trabaho imbes na kapiling mo ang iyong mga mahal sa buhay e bayani ka na. Alalahanin mo—kaya ka naman talaga nagtatrabaho e para kumita ng pera; ang pagbibigayserbisyo ay bahagi lang ng iyong trabaho. Ika nga, trabaho lang; walang personalan. Or, in Simple Words The next time it’s a holiday and you’re not working because you’re off, don’t think that everyone is spending his time at home or anywhere else and enjoying the holidays the way you do. Remember that services and activities are continuous 24 hours a day at people-oriented workplaces like hospitals, restaurants, and police stations. And workers go to work either because they are scheduled to do so or because they picked up extra shifts for additional earnings. No worker is a hero; after all, everyone is compensated for a job done.

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Celebrating the Stories of our Community

Hé Ho! Bon Festival! The Reyes family have discovered their inner voyageurs and are ready to help celebrate Festival du Voyageur. Cynthia, Jon and their children Reyna and Miguel are dressed in traditional voyageur and Hudson’s Bay Company blanket capote coats and the original ceinture fléchée (voyageur sash). Seger, the family dog is wrapped in a green wool HBC blanket. - February 5-20, 2013

1097 Random Acts of Kindness Accompanied by four teddy bears and a legion of friends and volunteers, Karen Lizon wrapped and handed out 1097 gifts to unsuspecting children and families during a cold Sunday morning before Christmas. Toys, gloves, blankets and gift cards were given to North End and inner city families in the hopes that they will pay if forward to another stranger of the holiday season. January 5-20, 2013

Sistema Winnipeg inspires students through music Filipino students from Elwick Community School in Seven Oaks School Division performed several musical pieces during their Holiday Concert at Crescent Fort Rouge Church. Sistema Winnipeg has 80 students from grades 1-4 where they meet every day after school to learn to play music. - February 5-20, 2013

65,034 Filipinos in Manitoba

The Largest Philippine Flag in Canada

In 2012, there were only 3,764 new immigrant arrivals from the Philippines and represents a significantly sharp decline from 2011 arrivals (6,293). According to the 2011 Census release last month, there were 61,270 Filipinos in Manitoba and with the new 2012 immigration figures, the Filipino community in Manitoba is approximately over 65,000. 95% of the Filipino community reside in Winnipeg. - June 5-20, 2013

The big surprise was finally revealled today at the 2013 Manitoba Filipino Street Festival! The massive 30’x60’ Philippine national flag was unfurled during the final performance of the festival’s morning ceremonies! The flag is 30’ x 60’ and according to Sen. Enverga, is the largest Philippine flag in Canada. It eclipses a slightly smaller flag from Toronto that measures 30’ x 50’. - September 5-20, 2013

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Culinary romance on the Assiniboine Cooking longanisa for Saturday morning brunch with Talia Syrie from The Tallest Poppy. - February 20-March 5, 2013

Mall Fitness Madness Garden City Shopping Centre hosts a new physical activity program for seniors. Mall walkers that use Garden City Shopping Centre to stay fit have another way to keep in shape called “Active Living Seven Oaks” (ALSO) which started back in January. The program has been so successful that there’s a waiting list of seniors hoping to be part of the next mall fitness craze. Over 50 participants stretched, walked and flexed during the one-hour launch which aired on CTV Morning Live on March 5, 2013. - March 20- April 5, 2013

Guzmans amongst Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal awardees Dr. Roland and Dr. Irene Guzman are awarded the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal during the Knights of Rizal Youth Recognition Awards last December. MP Kevin Lamoureux, centre, nominated the couple for the award. Drs. Guzman are amongst several Filipino community medal awardees who have been presented over the last year in Winnipeg. - March 5-20 ,2013

Senator Enverga Visits Manitoba Senator Tobias Enverga, Jr. (standing at right) and MP Robert Sopuck (2nd from left), MP (C, Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette) with some of the workers at the HyLife™ Foods, a federally certified, modern pork processing facility, in Neepawa, Manitoba, with whom the two government officials met to listen and address concerns on additional infrastructure in the town in anticipation for the arrival of more temporary workers and their families from the Philippines. The company employs 900 workers, 600 of whom are from the Philippines. - April 20 - May5, 2013

Sweet sound of Urban Rhapsody Red River College student Jackie Doming (right) teamed up with local musicians including Tiffany Ponce (left) during Urban Rhapsody earlier this month for charity. A special charity concert in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation was held on February 3rd at the West End Cultural Centre. - February 20- March 5, 2013

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Emperors bring home the cup!

Fit & Fab for KidSport

2013 Winnipeg Emperors Hockey Club. - June 5-20, 2013

Joan Presto (2nd from the right) was a co-event organizer for the Fit and Fab for Sport charity fashion show last month at Opera Ultra Lounge. Along with Joan are the bikini models featuring KLAS Swimwear. The event raised funds in support of KidSport Manitoba. Photo by Jenny Eaglesham. - May 5-20, 2013

MFBC flourishing with growing Filipino community

PAGAM season tees off at John Blumberg Golf Course

It’s hot being Filipino right now! The Manitoba Filipino Business Council held its annual open house keynote from Wilf Falk, Chief Statistician at Manitoba Bureau of Statistics. Along with 2011 Census numbers and 2012 new immigrant arrivals, there are well over 65,034 Filipinos in Manitoba. - June 5-20, 2013

Golf season finally arrived for many Winnipegers including the members of the Philippine Amateur Golf Association of Manitoba (PAGAM) as they took to the fairways at John Blumberg Golf Course in their opening tournament round on May 11. - May 20-June 5, 2013

Adventures of the Philippine super flag

QPAM celebrates Santacruzan at Kildonan Park

Talisay Batangas Association Potluck Picnic. - August 20 - September 5, 2013

The officers and members of the Quezon Province Association of Manitoba. - June 5-20 ,2013

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Filipino Cuisine Unplugged School Nights hosts Chef Alex, Tiffany Ponce and Ron Cantiveros. - July 20- August 5 ,2013

MFBC mission making waves in Manila An advance business mission team from the Manitoba Filipino Business Council led by President Jon Reyes was in Manila for a 6-day whirlwind tour of business and investment opportunities. The business mission team included Gino Bains (Ginno’s Automotive), Randy Viray (Viray Financial), Darin Hoffman (Mosaic Funeral), Ron Cantiveros (Filipino Journal), Damien Pili Jr. (Leo’s Autobody) and Derek Earle from the World Trade Centre Winnipeg. Above photo was taken during the joint opportunities presentation with the Philippine Board of Investments (BOI) and the Philippine Department of Trade & Industry (DTI0). - September 20 -October 5, 2013

Sweet Family Fun at the Ex June 20-July 5, 2013 Sweet treats for Jelee & Jeree Lagac during their weekend adventures in Kiddieland at the Red River Ex. Celebrate Family Day on Sunday, June 23rd at The Ex. Kids under 10 years old can purchase a pass (buy on Park only) to ride the Kiddieland Rides ONLY all they want on Sunday, June 23 for $12. - June 20- July 5, 2013

MaCCFA: Shop & Donate MaCCFA & FCTPAM volunteers at the Polo Park Court for fund raising for the Haiyan Typhoon victims. - November 20- December 5 ,2013

Project Company: Winnipeg’s emerging dance group Project Company members - July 5-20 ,2013

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Street Festival Defines Filipino Heritage

Sama Summer Together - Bagong Dating

The 2013 Manitoba Filipino Street Festival brought together 43 organizations, over 750 parade participants and thousands of spectators together to celebrate, promote and Sunshine and blue skies greeted our bagong dating (new immigrants) to the annual Filipno Journal Sama Summer picnic at Assiniboine define Filipino heritage, culture and tradition. Kids and kids at heart lined up all along Park. The Vickar Jeepney offered a close connection to the homeland as newly arrived Filipino families jumped in and out while McPhillips St. from Northgate Shopping Centre to Garden City Shopping Centre to snapping photos. If you look closely, the Vickar Jeepney is hidden behind the families and volunteers at the picnic with several brave watch the parade. Congratulations to Krypton Enerio for being selected as the first place souls perched on the roof. Stay tuned for more Sama Summer events with the Filipino Journal. - July 5-20 ,2013 winner in the 2013 Manitoba Filipino Street Festival “Best of the Festival” Photo Contest sponsored by the Filipino Journal. Congratulations to all festival organizers, volunteers, partners, sponsors, performers that made the festival a success. See you next year at the 3rd Annual Manitoba Filipino Street Festival. - September 5-20, 2013

Street Festival Coronation - A Queen is Crowned Congratulations to Alyssa May De Guzman (middle) representing the Pateros Association on being selected as 2013 Queen of the Manitoba Filipino Street Festival. 1st Princess honours was given to Myla Ibabao and 2nd Princess was won by Frances Mariel Magnaye. The inaugural coronation celebration was held on Sunday, July 28 at Canad Inns Polo Park. - August 5-20 ,2013

Culture Time At Folklorama Camilo Redublo jumps and waves his arms during Rural performances at the Pearl of the Orient Philippine Pavilion. Camilo is part of a larger group of boys and girls that make up the Children’s Theatre Company. Through song and dance taught at Magdaragat, Philippine cultural heritage and traditions continue to be passed on from generation to generation among Filipino-Canadian families. - August 20-September 5, 2013

Keep Calm The Corn’s On The 2013 Manitoba Filipino Street Festival brought together 43 organizations, over 750 parade participants and thousands of spectators together to celebrate, promote and define Filipino heritage, culture and tradition. Kids and kids at heart lined up all along McPhillips St. from Northgate Shopping Centre to Garden City Shopping Centre to watch the parade. Congratulations to Krypton Enerio for being selected as the first place winner in the 2013 Manitoba Filipino Street Festival "Best of the Festival" Photo Contest sponsored by the Filipino Journal. Congratulations to all festival organizers, volunteers, partners, sponsors, performers that made the festival a success. See you next year at the 3rd Annual Manitoba Filipino Street Festival. - September 5-20, 2013

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MaCCFA connects with Siloam Mission

(SHOW) for the Philippines Benefit Concert Raises $120,000

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. - October 5-20, 2013

The (SHOW) rocked! Manitoba's music community came together for one evening at the Burton Cummings Theatre to support (SHOW) for the Philippines, a benefit concert to aid Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. The show featured Maria Aragon, FLO and the Highlights Performing Group to name but a few of the artists that donated their time and talent to such an important cause. The benefit concert has already raised more than $60,000 and through the Canadian government matching fund, over $120,000 in aid will be earmarked for relief operations in the Philippines. December 20, 2013- Jnauary 5, 2014

MFBC Honours Inspiring Entrepreneurs The Manitoba Filipino Business Council honoured local Winnipeg entrepreneurs at their 2nd annual Awards Gala on Friday, October 18, 2013 at the Gates on Roblin. Meet your 2013 Award Gala winners. From left to right, Young Entrepreneurs of the Year, Max & Bien Marasigan (Inkster Heating & Cooling); Paulina Leung accepting on behalf of Emmie Leung (Emterra Environmental); Excellence in Service, Marianne Ferrer (Agape Insurance & Financial Services); Female Business Executive of the Year, Tia Provici Polvorosa (PROVICI Cosmetics); Male Business Executive of the Year, Dr. Tom Colina (Pearl Family Dental Care Clinic / Ellice Dental Group). - November 5-20, 2013

OFSAM celebrates 36th anniversary with great fun The officers and members of OFSAM and guests who attended the 36th anniversary celebration. November 20- December 5, 2013

Super Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fundraising Kicks Into Overdrive

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The Great Pumpkin The Paragas family and friends in search of the Great Pumpkin found themselves at the annual Roland Pumpkin Fair for the Great Pumpkin Weigh Off! Roland, Manitoba is approximately 1h30m southwest of Winnipeg between Carman and Morden. - October 20- November 5, 2013

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Jon Reyes, President of the Manitoba Filipino Business Council and owner of the UPS Store at Kenaston Common is one of many Filipino community groups and businesses supporting the relief efforts in Manitoba. Many community associations have partnered with the Canadian Red Cross and other charitable relief organizations in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan as it slammed into the Philippines two weeks ago. For a full listing of all community fundraising events, please visit FilipinoJournal.com for up to date community fundraising efforts. - November 20-December 5, 2013


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Pinay immigrant worker enters Top 5 in ‘X Factor Israel’

Fostanes stunned the judges and audience with her powerful performance of Queen’s popular “Bohemian Rhapsody,” for which she got the nod of judges and voters. Judges Rami Fortis, Shiri Maimon and Ivri Lider gave a standing ovation while the audience chanted her name. Joining Fostanes in the Top 5 are Uri Shakib, Inbal Bibi, Eden Ben Zaken and the Fushion group. The 47-year-old caregiver from Taguig City said she dedicates her quest to her family. She appealed to her fellow Filipinos to continue voting for her.

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‘Norte’ tops Cinemanila international filmfest

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he story of a man is wrongly jailed for murder while the real killer roams free was a big hit at the Cinemanila International Film Festival held at the SM Aura on Dec. 22. According to festival director Tikoy Aguiluz, the screening of Lav Diaz’s four-hour epic “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasayasayan” was an SRO (standing room only) affair. The four-hour epic which won accolades from foreign critics when it premiered in Cannes last May, also won a major prize with Diaz tying with Brazil’s Kieber Mendonça Filho (“Neighboring Sound”) for best director in the International Cinema section. Other winners were in the Oscar best foreign language film

derby were Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty” (Italy) winner of the Lino Brocka Grand Prize, and Rithy Panh’s “The Missing Picture” (Cambodia), which won the Grand Jury award. The Digital Lokal section was topped by Raya Martin’s “How to

Cebuana beauty wins Miss Tourism International 2013

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The other winners of the said pageant are Miss Thailand Sunidporn Srisuwan is Miss Tourism Queen of the Year ; Miss Australia Sarah Czarnuch is Miss Tourism Metropolitan International; Miss Dominican Republic Michelle Torres bagged the Miss Tourism Global title while Miss Malaysia Thaarah Ganesan was proclaimed Miss Tourism Cosmopolitan International.

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Disappear Completely,” which won best film and director; while Theo Lozada won the Ishmael Bernal award (for “Tunga”); and John Lazam’s “Pantomina ng mga Anyong Ikinubli ng Alon,” best short in the Young Cinema category.


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fter half-century of political life, erstwhile Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile stepped down from the pinnacle of power in June 2013, a role that he had performed with calculated planning and precise execution. His adroit balancing act during the impeachment trial of then-Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona was the epitome of his political career.

Enrile began his public life as then-Senate President Ferdinand E. Marcos’ personal lawyer in 1964. When Marcos was elected President in 1965, he appointed Enrile – who had become part of his inner circle – in various capacities: Undersecretary/ Acting Secretary of Finance, Acting Insurance Commissioner, Commissioner of the Bureau of Customs, Secretary of the

Ministry of Justice, Secretary of the Department of National Defense. In 1971, he resigned as National Defense Secretary, after serving for only a year, to run for a Senate seat. He lost in his first electoral try. Marcos re-appointed him as National Defense Secretary in 1972. On September 21, 1972, Enrile survived an alleged assassination by communist insurgents as he was riding in his car. Marcos declared martial law citing the ambush attack on Enrile. In 1973, Enrile became Minister of Defense under a modified parliamentary system, one of the most -- if not the most -- powerful positions under the Marcos martial rule. Martial Law As one of the 12 architects of martial law, Marcos presented Enrile and the others with a gold Rolex watch each. Hence, they came to be known as the “Rolex 12.” Enrile’s role was crucial because as it turned out the ambush on him was a fake. It was stage-managed to give Marcos a justification to declare martial law. The turning point in Enrile’s relationship with Marcos came in the early 1980s when Marcos changed the chain of command in the armed forces. Enrile was no longer in the loop! The new chain of command was from Marcos, as the Commander-in-Chief, straight to the Chief of Staff, Gen. Fabian Ver, who was a cousin of Marcos. Enrile swallowed his pride and stayed on as a powerless Defense Secretary. After Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. was assassinated on August 21, 1983, Enrile made his move: he secretly aligned himself with the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM), which was headed then by his Aide-deCamp Lt. Col. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan. In February 1986, Enrile with support from RAM and the “Cagayan 300,” a shadowy militia – or private army -- purportedly organized by Enrile, launched a coup d’état against Marcos. It was also rumored that Enrile got the support of the CIA (Source: “The Gold Warrior” by Sterling Seagrave) However, the day before the launching of the coup d’état, Ver discovered the plot and alerted Marcos. Marcos ordered the arrest of Enrile and then-Armed Forces Vice Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Fidel V. Ramos who was also a cousin of Marcos and also one of the “Rolex 12.” Enrile, Ramos, and their supporters barricaded themselves at Fort Aguinaldo. When word went out that a revolt was in progress, the people rallied around them, which sparked a popular citizens’ revolt that came to be known as the People Power Revolution. Enrile and Ramos were acknowledged as heroes of the revolution. But fate wasn’t so kind to Enrile. For the second time, the presidency eluded him. Ninoy’s widow, Cory Aquino, was swept to the top by the masa. Enrile settled for the same post that he

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held under Marcos, Secretary of Defense. But he didn’t stay too long. He was forced to resign in November 1986 after a few months on the job. Cory probably thought that if Enrile rebelled against Marcos, he could do the same to her. Ramos took over the Defense post. Since then Marcos loyalists and Honasan’s “RAM boys” who were unhappy with Cory’s leadership launched six successive coup d’états. Due to Enrile’s closeness to Honasan, he was believed to have supported the failed rebellions. Political moves In 1987, Enrile ran and won a Senate seat. In 1992, he ran and won a congressional seat representing his bailiwick, the First District of Cagayan. In 1995, he entered the Senate race again and won a seat as an Independent. In 1998, he tried to reach the presidency for the third time. He ran as an independent candidate against then-Vice President Joseph “Erap” Estrada. But Erap was unbeatable. During the impeachment trial of Erap in 2001, Enrile was one of those who voted against opening the controversial “second bank envelope.” That vote triggered the Second EDSA People Power Revolution that ousted Erap. In May 2001, Enrile ran for reelection to his Senate seat and lost. In 2004, he made a comeback and regained his old Senate seat. In 2008, he was elected by his peers to serve as Senate President. He was reelected in 2010. In 2012, he reached the high mark of his political life when he presided over the Senate impeachment trial of then-Chief Justice Renato Corona. He led a group of seven senators who pledged to vote as one bloc. The group met on the night before the judgment day to decide for acquittal or conviction. Enrile presided over the group discussion and he advocated for conviction to which the group concurred. Had the group voted for acquittal, Corona would have been absolved of the charges. Once again, Enrile took a step to change the course of Philippine history. In an attempt to keep a Senate seat for the Enrile family, his only

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son, then-Rep. Jack Enrile, ran for the Senate in 2013. He was ahead in the polls initially but his ratings fell down after stories of his involvement in the shooting deaths of several individuals surfaced in the news and social media. He lost the election. Miriam’s bombshell On December 4, 2013, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago delivered a privilege speech attacking Enrile for a variety of crimes including plunder, illegal gambling, illegal logging, and illegal importation at the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA). Miriam also accused Enrile of masterminding the pork barrel scam. In her speech, she requested Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to investigate the thousands of deaths and forced disappearances during the Martial Law era wherein Enrile served as Defense Minister from 1972 to 1986. Within days of Miriam’s scathing attack against Enrile, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) formed a seven-member special joint task force to investigate Miriam’s allegations against Enrile. Reflections Enrile finally reached the end of the road. But the question remains: Is he going to beat the rap? If not, he’d probably end up in a kubol (cottage) for the rich on the grounds of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinglupa City. However, if he beats the rap, he’d probably spend the rest of his life in the comfort of a white mansion on an idyllic island off the coast of Cagayan, his birthplace. Indeed, life has been good to Enrile who was supposedly born out of wedlock to a poor woman fathered by renowned and married lawyer. Reunited with his father in his early years, he pursued a career in law, which opened a lot of doors to the corridor of power. He occupied high positions in government but the one that he wanted most – the presidency -eluded him. But whatever fate bestows upon him at the sunset of his long and colorful life, he can reflect and say, “It was good; not bad at all.” Indeed.

UK’s travel book lists PH among top 10 countries to visit this year The British travel guidebook Rough Guides has listed the Philippines among the Top 10 Countries worldwide to visit this year. The 2014 edition of the book listed the Philippines at the 10th place, citing natural places which include the islands of Boracay; the limestone islands El Nido in Palawan, the coasts of Coron that hides beautiful beaches and pristine mountain lakes, and Puerto Gallera. The Rough Guides has also recommended a visit to Chocolate Hills in Bohol including the tiny primate Tarsiers in the region.

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Other places recommended are the perfectly-coned Mt. Mayon, mountain lakes in Mt. Pinatubo, and the crystal-clear waters of Apo Reef Marine Natural Park in Mindoro for scuba divers. Visitors to the country are also advised to see the Ati-Atihan Festival on Panay and to savor a tall glass of Halo-halo. Completing the Top 10 countries in the list to visit in 2014 are Georgia in Central Asia, Turkey, Macedonia, Japan, Rwarna, Ethiopia, Brazil, Bulgaria and Madagascar.


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More cars, more tech and more driving in 2014

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t's the start of the new year and when it comes to the auto industry, in a few weeks, I'll be seeing the future when auto manufacturers announce their 2015 line of vehicles at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Being a year older and a bit wiser, I have a game plan for the Detroit Auto Show. Last year's trial by fire was overwhelming. My game plan is to focus on the cars, trucks, mini-vans and SUVs that will make it to the streets of Winnipeg. I might still ogle at the Bentley, Porsche and Masaratis. The amount of technology that goes into a vehicle is downright mind boggling. Everything in cars today is controlled or monitored by computers. Reading up on the technological advancements in the media fleet vehicles can easily dominate the weekly car review process. At the end of the day, sometimes the only thing consumers want to know is that by pressing a green "ECO" button saves them fuel and money. The 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show

(CES) opened in Las Vegas earlier this year and prior to publishing, we're already seeing automotive related technology announcements. As CES 2014 draws to a close in Las Vegas, I'll be in Detroit so see where all that technology fits into the production cars we will see later this year. There are so many advancements and amazingly cool technology announcements in the auto industry. Take for example, the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Gear with BMW i Remote App. It might be the closest thing to driving our cars like James Bond with our watch. It almost makes me want to buy a BMW i3 and hope the dealer throws in the watch as a bonus! Stay tuned for more exciting announcements from CES and NAIAS on the Filipino Journal Facebook Page, and the next issue of the Filipino Journal. Until then, buckle up, drive safe and happy travels!

The 2015 Corvette Z06 and the all-new C7.R represent the next evolution in the Corvette Stingray, the industry’s most awarded car in 2013. Continuing the momentum, the reveal of the Z06 and the C7.R will be live streamed on Monday, January 13 during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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or several years now we have been going places with our passports and visas. For a change especially this winter let's get rid of them and use our Manitoba driver licenses instead! At this time we won't be crossing boundaries and international datelines because we're heading to Manitoba's ultimate winter destination, the Asessippi Ski Area and Winter Park, a four-hour drive from Winnipeg city centre. We're not escaping winter, we're embracing it! From the city take the TransCanada highway west to Portage La Prarie and then head north to Neepawa, continue to the town of Russell where you follow the sign to Asessippi about ten minutes away on highway #83. Your GPS won't lead you to a mountain as you might expect because the ski resort is nestled deep in a valley, the Shell Valley, located between the towns of Russell and Roblin. The largest in the province, the family-friendly Asessippi Ski Resort with 25 downhill runs and 552 meters (1,810 ft.) of vertical is a great place to relax and enjoy downhill skiing, snowboarding and snow-tubing. It is the only ski resort in our province to be certified to hold international slalom competition. Alpine skiing has been a recreational activity for our

whole family from grandkids to grandparents since 1980 when we begin to learn the sport with rented equipment at Springhill Winter Park just a few minutes from downtown Winnipeg. A family that skis together stays together! Like any other ski resort Asessippi offers terrains for all abilities or skill levels. The green circle trails, with gentle slopes which are generally wide and groomed, are the easiest; blue square trails with intermediate difficulty slopes, usually groomed and steeper than beginner's trails, are for intermediate skiers; and black diamond trails, most difficult, steep and narrow, may not be groomed, are difficult slopes for advanced skiers. The outdoor facilities of Asessippi include one quad chairlift (4 skiers) named Squirrel Chair and two triple chairlifts, carpet tow in beginner's area called bunny hill, and three "Laugh 'til you cry" downhill snow-tubing runs. Lift hours open at 9 am and closes at 4:30 pm. Night skiing and snowboarding are also available. With its snow-making equipment you're guaranted snow from the river water down below the hills. A full-day lift ticket is $48. for adults (18 & over); $40.80 for youth (13-17); $36.70 for junior

(6-12). Pre-scholers are free (5 and under). The resort has full hospitality service with a full food court for lunch, dinner and breakfast. There's a snack shack, a grill, adults-only pub, and a lodge to warm up in. If you're not in the mood to drive for long hours you can join the Winnipeg Free Press sweet ski deal trips every Saturday from 8 February to 15 March, 2014, for only $129. plus taxes. You get a round-trip via Beaver Bus Lines to Asessippi, morning paper and coffee, ski rental, lift tickets, lunch at the resort, and dinner on the ride home. You'll get a discount of $5. if you have your own skis or board. You can take lessons for an extra $10. Just call 204-697-7064. Other downhill skiing resorts in Manitoba are Holiday

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he events in 2013 defined the community involvement of the Southeast Manitoba Filipino Association especially the fund raising efforts for the Haiyan typhoon victims when the association raised more than $1,200 and sent 40 boxes of groceries, toys, used clothes for men, women and children thru UMAC Cargo Express. Furthermore, the association has a very successful basketball tournaments when Solomon Furniture team was the champion. "We want to involve the members of the Filipino community in Steinbach and neighobring cities in the civic and community affairs," said Cesar Valdez, president of SEMFA."Filipinos are growing in this city and we have to be a part of the community growth, we cannot be isolated from the mainstream." Last December family Christmas party was attended by many Filipino families and their Canadian friends especially Kelvin Goertzen, member of the Manitoba legislative assembly; and Ted Falk, the newly elected member of the Parliament. UMAC Express Cargo owners and managers, Gary and Aida Montierro, graced the events.

Winter activities are being planned for the Filipino community for January, like the ladies volleyball exhibitions and other indoor games. "We have committees working on the various events for this coming spring and summer

festivals. Steinbach residents have been looking forward for the Filipino participations in the 3rd week of June, Summer in the City; heritage and pioneer days cultural events," Valdez said with genuine enthusiasm.

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The members of the the Solomon Furniture Team was the champion in the recently held basketball tournament sponsored by the Southeast Manitoba Filipino Association. Mayor Chris Goertzen awad the Mayor’s Trophy to the champion. Included in the pic is Mr. Solomon, owner of Solomon Furniture.

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Horoscope January 2014 will be a time when Aries can achieve remarkable accomplishments. . Just work and do not pay attention to those that are perhaps jealous of you and want to annoy you. In the end, as you might have guessed, there are limitless opportunities open for personal and career growth.

Slight improvement on the financial plane, but continue to be prudent in your expenses. Don’t believe yourself to be a special victim of destiny; be grateful for what life has given to you. Remember that a balanced and wholesome diet will help you to avoid the small digestive and intestinal problems that you’re wont to experience; a relaxed atmosphere would be advisable. You’ll need gentleness and tenderness in your life as a couple, and you’ll do your best to avoid risks of tension.

January will be a truly difficult time for your love life, a time of real tests or undue hardships – the precise nature of which will be determined by how you yourself are going to treat this issue. Do not pay attention to what your friends and family will tell you, they will be largely wrong now because of the lack of objectivity of their judgments. Do not repeat their mistakes; strive for the truth that is independent of points of view, and then you will succeed.

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You need pay more attention and be careful with money and anything that related to your financial. You also should not make any financial investment decision if you don’t know about them. In love, you will get more fun because you will get the sincere feelings from one person. The way that this person expresses feeling with sincere actions will make you happy and ecstatic.

You are a good man. You always know what is best for people around you. But Libra January 2014 horoscope said that, in this month, you should not try to force other people to follow your way just because you think it is better for them.

January 2014 is the time for you to get some importance lesson learns for your life. You also lose your focus on your work and easy to be neglected in your studying. At the end of January 2014, you should pay more attention to your family.

You should take more time to exercise and implement it resolutely and regularly because in this month you need to improve your current health’s situation. You can join to any class of favorite sport like swimming, badminton, yoga or even dancing. But there one thing that you have to remember: never give up.

Virgo January 2014 horoscope said that you should take a few days to look back and feel proud of yourself about what you had done in previous year before you make a plan for this year to get more confidence for everything you will do.

There are 2 keywords for you in this month: fake and benefit. More detail, there is one thing that you really expect for a long time ago, and now you will have a chance to reach it. But unfortunately, to achieve your dream, you have to do something that can make you feel regret later.

You are intent on pushing forward in your career and professional status. Conflicts with those in authority are possible now. You may pour more energy into self-promotion or business/career activities. The desires and ambitions along these lines are unusually pressing.

Aquarius January 2014 horoscope predicts that you will have to make some difficult choices that can affect to your future and career in future. The best advice for you is to listen to your heart while receiving comments from others like family and friends but your premonition will give you a wise decision.

The best advice for you is to listen to your heart while receiving comments from others like family and friends but your premonition will give you a wise decision. You have a great ambition to realize your dream. That’s fine. But it will be better if you write down all of your desires into a diary and you must to implement day by day.

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he Winnipeg Jets ended 2013 on a high note with a backup goalie emerging as a possible starter but the start of a new year showed the same old team that many have been frustratingly accustomed to. After suffering a 6-4 setback at home to the Dallas Stars, the Winnipeg Jets embarked on a mini two game road trip which saw them take on the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Buffalo Sabres. Evander Kane scored a goal and an assist to boost the Jets over the Blue Jackets 3-2. A few nights later, the Jets gave up three goals in the third period to the last place Sabres and lose 4-2. Mark Scheifele scored both Jets goals. The Jets returned home before playing two more on the road welcoming the Florida Panthers. Michael Frolik helped tame the Panthers by recording a goal and an assist in a 5-2 victory. Vancouver and Edmonton welcomed Winnipeg on a two game west coast road trip but the Jets came out empty handed. The Canucks edged 2-1 the Jets as former Manitoba Moose goalie Eddie Lack stopped 15 shots in the win. One night later, the Edmonton Oilers took advantage of a fatigued Winnipeg team handing them an embarassing 6-2 loss. Taylor Hall had a goal and two assists for the Oil in a fight filled contest. Claude Noel found a glimpse of hope in backup netminder Al Montoya as they returned back home to take on the Minnesota Wild. The Wild scored three goals on six shots against Ondrej Pavelec and coach Noel quickly

went to Montoya. Blake Wheeler scored twice to rally behind their backup goalie in a 6-4 win. Wheeler continued his red-hot December scoring the overtime winner with two seconds left against the Colorado Avalanche. Montoya stopped 33 of 34 shots on the road to fuel the goalie controversy even more. Montoya gave the Jets faithful more hope going into 2014. On New Year’s eve, Montoya shutout the Buffalo Sabres 3-0 giving the Jets three straight victories. Montoya stopped all 27 shots and the goalie was quick to credit his team. “The team is doing a great job in front of me,” Montoya said. “We’re communicating well in the defensive zone and we’re putting together victories now.” The Jets ended 2013 with a three game winning streak but took a step back in their first few games of 2014 on a three game road trip. The Jets fell 4-3 to the Ottawa Senators in the nation’s capital. Montoya was back in net and stopped 25 shots. Pavelec got the call against the Eastern Conference champion, Boston Bruins, but Torey Krug scored twice in the second period to power the Bruins to a 4-1 win. The Jets went back to Montoya to try and get back into the win column against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Kane had two goals but the Jets were outgunned by the Penguins 6-5. The Jets return to action at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 19-21-5 record.

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A Look at 2014 with MFBC President Jon Reyes 2013 was yet another incredible year for the Manitoba Filipino Business Council, consisting of growth, new opportunities and strengthened ties in the community. MFBC President Jon Reyes shares his thoughts on the upcoming year and the future of the organization.

Q: Jon, tell us about your history with the MFBC. A: I decided to start the MFBC because my wife was part of a group called Women Business Owners of Manitoba (WBOM). It’s an organization made up of business owners and they held meetings once a month. There was a keynote speaker every meeting talking about marketing, human

resources, time management, etc. It was a great networking event and an opportunity to share trials and tribulations with other business owners. As you know, being in business isn’t easy - if it was, everyone would be in it. I liked the idea of it, and thought to myself - why don’t we have one of these types of organizations in the Filipino community? I took it upon myself to get together with a bunch of other business owners, and we established the MFBC. Here we are, three years later, with two galas under our belt. I am very proud we were able to recognize business people and owners who are involved in our community.

It's hot being Filipino right now! The Manitoba Filipino Business Council held its annual open house keynote from Wilf Falk, Chief Statistician at Manitoba Bureau of Statistics. Along with 2011 Census numbers and 2012 new immigrant arrivals, there are well over 65,034 Filipinos in Manitoba.

People I look up to who have been very involved in the community include Larry Vickar - he’s always given back to the Filipino community, and has been instrumental in helping give me guidance on running the organization. I also have to thank RBC, as they’ve been supporting us as a key sponsor since the beginning. Holly Toupin always wanted this to be a win/win for both organization. We know our community is large and it’s great to partner with the largest financial institution in Canada. Q: What are some highlights from 2013 for the MFBC? A: In 2013, we had some really great speakers throughout the year. Our membership has also grown substantially without an aggressive membership campaign. Unofficially, we have just over 60 members, and it has tripled in size in year three. What we’ve done has attracted business owners and new members, and it helps to have the Filipino Journal as a media partner for exposure. Social media has also been a huge help - that’s a tool any smart business owner should use to get the word out. Another highlight from this year is the trade mission. Our objective was to meet with people

in the public and private business sectors in the Philippines, and find opportunities for our members to do business overseas, should they choose to. We found out a lot about the Philippines - they call it the emerging tiger in the Asian economy. There are a lot of industries setting up offices in the Philippines as distribution centres for services and products in the ASEAN market, as Filipinos are known for their strong English skills and education. Some of our members are already taking advantage of these opportunities. To top it all off, we signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce. It’s great to get recognition overseas, and our members can contact this organization when they travel to ask questions about doing business there. Another great highlight was the 2nd Annual MFBC Awards Gala. It was a sold-out event, and

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it’s nice to see business owners and leaders in our community getting recognized for their hard work and passion for entrepreneurialism. Q: What’s in store for 2014? A: We now have people volunteering on various committees, and it’s made my job a lot easier as President because as the founder, you had to wear a lot of hats. Now there are people just as passionate as I am, who share the same vision and goals as I do, and want to see the MFBC grow. I have dedicated committee members who want to see the MFBC succeed as much as they want their own businesses to succeed. For the next few months, we will be working with the Constitution Committee to formalize and finalize this document. We have legal representation helping us with this - it’s a document really important for the future of the MFBC, so we have a clear cut mandate, vision, and strategic plan moving forward. We are also in the works of putting together a publication guide. We’re always getting questions from the Filipino community asking “how do I start continuation on page 27


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a business.” One of our goals is to get a guide out for people to use to answer questions like: should I get incorporated, what do I have to look at financially, and what kind of grants are out there for business owners.

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Q: Where do you see the MFBC growing 5 or 10 years from now? A: Down the road, we’d like to see the MFBC have their own office. Eventually, the MFBC will become a Chamber of Commerce but there are rules and regulations that come with that. Perhaps we’ll eventually have a paid Executive Director for the organization, because right now it’s run by volunteers - so the challenge will be sustaining what we currently have. Q: Can you share a recent success story of an MFBC member?

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A: We’re all successful and have benefited from the membership in many ways. Currently, one of our members - Darin Hoffman - is on his way back to the Philippines as part of the trade delegation. He’s benefitted from the trade mission and is setting up an office out there. Without this agreement, he wouldn’t of seen the international opportunities from a business standpoint. He’s not limiting himself to do just business here in Canada - he’s looking at other opportunities, like all business owners should. Q: What are some benefits of being a member? A: As a member, you have networking opportunities during our meetings. You develop relationships with other business owners, and there’s an educational benefit from listening to the guest speakers we bring in. We always try to get feedback from our members surrounding what topics they’d like to hear about as a business owner. Thanks to the relationships we’ve developed with other chambers in the city, we’ve been able to connect outside of the Filipino community. We have about 70,000 Filipinos in our province, and that speaks volumes compared to 10 or 15 years ago. We now have a generation that’s very

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entrepreneurial-minded. It’s not like the generation from our parents where they immigrated here, and nothing against what they’ve done, but they’ve come here to work, get benefits, and give their children opportunities to get further educated. We’re part of a generation that thinks differently - we’re into self-employment, and not being dependent on working for a private or public firm. Some people just want to get into business, and we want to be that resource to guide and help them.

business opportunities. Personally, I always want to work on my professional development. I like to be busy. I like to keep active. I am currently on the Board of The Kidney Foundation, which I enjoy greatly. I’m going into my tenth year as a football official, and that certainly keeps me busy. Obviously, I want to spend more time with my wife and kids. After the MFBC, when that time comes, I would like to leave the organization when it’s stable with a strong foundation to remain sustainable. As the founder, I’ll always be involved and will continue to be passionate about being a Filipino Canadian and business owner. Giving back to the community is something I’ve always wanted to be involved in.

MFBC President, Jon Reyes signing MOC agreement with CanCham President Julian Payne during the joint MFBC-CanCHAM Luncheon in Manila.

Q: Lastly, do you have any advice for business owners? A: When I started out, I used Q: What are your plans beyond a resource called the CanadaManitoba Business Service the MFBC? A: As a business owner, it’s in Centre. It was a great resource for my blood to always look for other me. The great thing about being a Filipino Canadian is that if you’re

a new immigrant here or thinking about going into business, there is an organization like the MFBC to help answer your questions. Many of our members are very helpful and can steer you in the right direction, and connect you to people you need to know whether it’s for legal, accounting or marketing advice. We have a wealth of knowledge at the MFBC, so membership dollars go a long way - you basically get back what you paid for by ten folds by just connecting with key people in our organization. I’m very excited for what 2014 has in store. I hope people who are interested in business come by to our events, and always stay tuned to our Facebook page, social media accounts and website. Finally, I want to give a big thank you to Ron Cantiveros from the Filipino Journal for continuing to be our Media Partner in 2014, and for giving us incredible exposure in the Filipino community and beyond.

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The Republic of Adobo by Rod E. Cantiveros

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very New Year, we do stop and reflect on what had happened last year; we do recollect and reconnect with those events, at best, the memories of your love, family, money and your volunteerism in 2013! And at worst, to remember the death and destruction left by the Super Typhoon Haiyan last November; to the images of hopelessness, to losing faith for mankind; to the cursing cry for losing loved ones; and for questioning if God really exists! The Filipino Journal sent the requests to our kababayans in Manitoba and in the Phiippines for their wishes and bucket lists for 2014; and these are their responses. Enjoy! Letty Antonio, president of OFSAM 2014-2017 and

MaCCFA adviser: "Continued blessing for 2014 for good health; and as God always provides the physical, emotional and spiritual nourishments; pray for peace and follow God's commandments; and always remember the "Golden Rule" : "Do unto others what you want others do unto you." Kevin Lamoureux, MP, Winnipeg North: "To be healthy with 155 pounds lighter. In the serious side, to communicate with more people; and advocate and promote wide variety of national and local needs; visiting visa changes from the Federal gov't; to do more mediation services for people in need; a successful and safe trip to India and to the Philippines this year; and to have at least 6 special events in my constituent, the Winnipeg North."

Bucket Lists for 2014 What do you have in your 2014 Bucket Lists? Jean Guiang,O.M. & founder of FIDWAM: "More team participation in all events in our community; more engagement in the political discussions and involvement in the government decision making process; more family oriented activities for the new immigrants; remain friendly, compassionate, generous, kind, thoughtful, cooperative and concerned members for the welfare and well being of our own people." Maan Chan-Urbano, QPAM president: " More fund raising involvement with QPAM and with other associations; to better the communication and relationships among the officers and members of QPAM; and hope more funding for QPAM and successful 2014 projects of QPAM for 2014 specially our "Manuel Quezon Night on August at Ramada Inn, Viscount Gord." Randy Viray, president, Randy Viray Financial Services: "To reach my personal and business goals; more united and stronger leaders and members of our community; and share your time for more volunteer works with the Winnipeg Harvest and SILOAM Mission." Carol Castro, head, Filipino Journal Volunteers: "More peace and cooperation among us; and continued sharing with others of the blessings we have been receiving everyday. And more family reunifications and family oriented activities."

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Ella Yambao, FILCASA, Inc. president: "To be friendly to everybody especially the people in FILCASA Inc. Goals and aspirations are attainable with common bond of friendship." Mario Rosario, past president of Association of Ilocanos in Manitoba (AIM): To have more time to continue our mission in the Philippines: to help the needy people in our home country. And more donors to help us

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continue our objectives, provide the Our community is growing and we basic necessities of our less fortunate want to be involved in the various kababayans." civic and community events. Samasama po tayo sa kaunlaran ng ating Julie Javier, vice president, community.” MaCCFA and governor, Batangas Association of Manitoba: "More Justin Merluza, owner/manager time to volunteer and to share the Just_In Couture: “Determined to blessing with less fortunate people make 2014 a success. Look forward here and in the Philippines. More to the probable occurrences, but hard dedicated leaders in our community, work and determination all our hopes and be united in times when our help and dreams will be a reality. We hope is needed." that 2014 brings all the families, the joy and happiness both here in Lawrence Toet - MP, Elmwood- Winnipeg and our extended families Transcona: “A wonderful year around the world.” in 2014 for all your readers. A continued focus on the Canadian Larry Vickar, CEO and president, economy to ensure that it continues Vickar Autogroup: “To your to expand for years to come. Ensure readers, my wishes are for good a diligent focus on the Deficit health and happiness surrounded Reduction Action Plan so we return by the ones closest to you, family to balanced budgets by 2015. and good friends who truly care for Work with local employers to seek each other and for their brothers and expanded employment opportunities sisters the world over for whom my and the growth of the local business hope in these wishes transcend in not sector. Discuss with local cultural only thought but as well in word and leaders their community’s challenges deed. and opportunities, including new immigrants to Canada who wish to Mel and Evie: Thomasians, contribute positively to our country. California: “I will make a reference Collaborating with all levels of to St. Francis’ prayer and the Pope’s government and industry to ensure advent message...’making us all that youth have opportunities to instruments of our good Lord’s love, get employment and experience compassion toward each other with to move forward and contribute to peace and humility in our heart... the Canadian economy, both today always...This is always keep you in and in the future. Focus on skills good health, physical and spiritual.” training and apprenticeships for our next generation of skilled workers. Mahloi del Rosario, UST’69, Ensure our seniors, who have Manila: “Answered prayers for good contributed so much to Canada, are health, abundance, and a gentler year adequately supported and secure for mankind. My bucket list includes: in their retirement years, including family vacation in Boracay and trip supportive programs which keep to Barcelona, Spain in April.” seniors active and engaged, as these are keys to a long and healthy And from us, the Management retirement.” and staff of the Manitoba and Alberta Filipino Journal, we Cesar Valdez, president, Southeast want to share with you what Martin Manitoba Filipino Association, Luther King, Jr. says: "The ultimate based in Steinbach, Manitoba: measures of a man is not where he “For 2014, I do hope for a more united stands in moments of comfort and Filipino community, by working convenience, but where he stands at together for a common goal: positive times of challenge and controversy!" image of the Filipino community. A blissful 2014 to all!

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Mrs. Philippines Manitoba 2014 candidates extol the virtues of charity Proceeds for reconstruction projects in Samar...

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ith the proceeds to build houses in one of the ravaged barangays in Samar, the four candidates for the Mrs. Phiippines Manitoba 2014 have accepted the challenge to be actively involved in the fund raising mandate of the Manitoba Council of Canadian Filipino Associations, Inc. (MaCCFA). Introduced lately to the public in a very special way, the candidates include Zeny Calimlim, Mrs. OFSAM; Fely Paredes, Mrs. FILCASA; Gloria Magpali, Mrs. FIDWAM; and Precy Merluza, Mrs. QPAM. "Proceeds to build a house is the reason why I joined this contest. My family commented that I am already old enough to join and when I told them the purpose, I got the green light. At least in a small way I can extend the hopes of our kababayans and increase their faiths towards other people that they are no alone", Magpali said with a smile. Zeny Calimlim said with inspiring voice, "It is a great feeling to help the victims of typhoon Haiyan and it is not the winning which I aimed for this beauty but the winning hearts of

those who suffered most, even at the beginning of this contest we have won already." "After MaCCFA and QWPAM officials explained to me the purpose of this beauty contest, I decided to join and to extend whatever help I can. We are blessed here in Canada and by this contest, in our own special ways,and with the support of my family and friends, we will extending our helping hands to uplift the spirits from helplessness among the victims of the typhoon." Precy Merluza said with an assuring voice. Fely Paredes, in her simple way said:”Being a candidate for Mrs. Philippines Manitoba 2014 is one of the best way to share the graces we have been receiving here in Winnipeg; and I am inspired how the people opened their hearts and wallets to help our kababayans, and by raising funds this way will become a very memorable for me, for we have helped those who need most." Both Larry Vickar, CEO and president of Vickar Autogroup and MLA Melanie Wight commended the candidates for accepting the challenge; "I do highly commend

and congratulate these four ladies who accepted to take part in this humanitarian effort, and I do feel the good with your intentions to help the less fortunate Filipinos." Larry said during the event. Larry and his wife Tova together with the Transcona Rotarians have been involved in building houses in the Camiguin Islands, Philippines. For Ms. Wight, MLA for Burrows, said: "I am moved by the ways these four lovely candidates expressed their willingness to open their hearts to help the victims of the super typhoon Haiyan by this event. I wish I could be a candidate, " Wight excitedly impressed when she addressed the event." And look at this beautiful set-up, very special, and I do congratulate the organizers, the candidates and the community, you're such amazing people." This event is one of the mandates extended to help other people in the Philippines and in other countries by the officers and members of MaCCFA. MaCCFA and FCPTAM raised lately more than $50,000 for the Haiyan typhoon victims; and in the past years, both associations had raised more than $17,000 for Haiti earthquake victims. MaCCFA conducts a- year-round fund raising efforts for their HELPfund Calamity Fund. "I know that Filipinos, especially in the Philippines and in some Filipino communities in Canada and the USA, are obsessed with many beauty pageants; but our Mrs. Philippines-Manitoba 2014, here in Winnipeg, is obsessed with charity," said Rod E. Cantiveros, president of MaCCFA. "With these lovely candidates who answered the call to help others, we, the officers,members and supporters of MaCCFA are totally inspired to work hard for more funds for the reconstruction projects in Samar," he added.

The MaCCFA officers and executive board members include Rod E. Cantiveros, president; Julie Javier, vice-president; Clarita Nazario, secretary; Florencio "Tony" Antonio, treasurer; Norman Padilla, internal auditor; Jun Oquendo, financial secretary; Rowena Oquendo, immediate past president; and Letty Antonio, as advisers. The following associations and organizations are members of MaCCFA and these include OFSAM, Quezon Province Association of Manitoba (QPAM), Batangas Association, Bulacan Association, Lupao Assocaiton of Manitoba, Pangasinan Group of Manitoba and Teatro Filipino (Philippine Theatre Ensemble.) MaCCFA is extending the heartfelt thank you to Justin Merluza, of Jut_In Couture who, for the short notice, the

venue for the presentation of the Mrs. Philippines Manitoba 2014 magically became so special, a crowd drawer and pleaser; and to Aldrin and Miriam Deuna of Melon Balloons, to Jun Oquendo for music, to the management of Canad Inns, McPhillips, to the Filipino Journal, as media sponsor, and last but not least to our four candidates and their families; and to those who attended and enjoyed this special occasion. For more information about MaCCFA and how to join this council, please feel free to phone Rod E. Cantiveros(204.489.8894); Tony and Letty Antonio (204.783.8820); Julie Javier (204.430.6113) Rowena and Jun Oquendo (204.283.0103) Clarita Nazario (204.694.6270) and Norman Padilla (204.230.7186)

Zeny Calimlim, Mrs. OFSAM, escort, her beloved Cezar Fronda

Fely Paredes, Mrs. FILCASA, with her escort, Patrick Paredes, her son

Precy Merluza, Mrs. QPAM, with her escort, Oly Merluza, her husband

Gloria Magpali, Mrs. FIDWAM, with her young friend, Rovic Climacosa, as her escort

The five lovely candidates with officers of MaCCFA and special guests: Front, from l to r: Gloria Magpali, Mrs. FIDWAM;Zeny Calimlim, Mrs. OFSAM; Fely Paredes, Mrs. FILCASA; and Precy Merluza, Mrs. QPAM; back row, Florencio “Tony” Antonio, treasurer; Letty Antonio, adviser, and chair of selection committee; Julie Javier, vice president,member, selection com.; Rowerna Oquendo, immediate past president, adviser and member, selection com. and emcee; Clarita Nazario, secretary,member, selection com.; Tova Vickar, Larry Vickar, CEO and president of Vickar Autogroup, Inc. Melanie Wight, MLA Burrows; Rod E. Cantiveros, president and emcee; Jun Oquendo, financial secretary and music; (not in pic as an official photographer, Norman Padilla, auditor) Photos by Norman Padilla

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