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Point Douglas Ward, Councillor Mike Pagtakhan hosted a career fair at Sisler High School where potential job seekers were able to meet with 33 potential employers. Photo by Jogin Tamayo | Filipino Journal.

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Pagtakhan career fair draws big crowds of job seekers By Jogin C. Tamayo

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rganized by the amiable city councillor Mike Pagtakhan, the career job fair attracted over 1,200 job seekers and 33 participating exhibitors including City of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Transit, the RCMP, the Immigrant Centre, Volunteer Manitoba, Manitoba Hydro, University of Manitoba and Red River College among others. “We were surprised at the turn-out of job seekers here who were already present even before we could open the venue,” said an elated Pagtakhan who has already set another event this fall. The April 26 edition featured careers in trucking, manufacturing and post-secondary institutions. Pagtakhan added the September

job fair will offer opportunities in health care, industrial and agricultural. “I’m also promoting opportunities in the agricultural and food sciences and trades as options for our youth,’ said Pagtakhan who was on hand to greet visitors. We would like to encourage interested exhibitors to the next

job fair and may contact the city councillor any time at 204-9868402. Those that missed out on the recent April 26 Career Fair need not fret as another opportunity for job seekers and future entrepreneurs has been slated this coming September 2014.

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Philippine Canadian Guardians Brotherhood (PCGBI) holds 1st Year Anniversary Celebration By Ernesto Ofiaza Jr., National Secretary General (PCGBI)

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upreme National Founder (SNF) Dennis Castaneda delivered his One Year of Accomplishments Report as National President/Chairman. He shared that PCGBI was formally established on April 14, 2013 at Lincoln Motor Hotel in Winnipeg through the election of 14 national founding officers with the common purpose of helping fellow members and their families in Canada. He also mentioned that PCGBI has 150 strong members which was initially formed in Winnipeg, then in Neepawa, Steinbach, and recently in Toronto. In just a year, it has actively participated and supported various Filipino-Canadian socio-civic, heritage and cultural activities such as the 2nd Manitoba Street Festival, Philippine Heritage Week celebration, Philippine Consular Outreach Programs, and Philippine-Canadian Tourism projects, as well PCGBI’s membership growth and development programs. Sworn into office as national founding officers of PCGBI are: Faustino Dennis “SNFSRMG Kalo” Castaneda, National President/Chairman; Michael “NFSGF Brisk” Kimmayong, National VP for Operations; Justino “NFSRMG Tinie” Dalog, National VP for Administration; Ernesto “NFSRMG Lim” Ofiaza Jr., National Secretary-General; Nilo “NFSRMG 3Kings” Muncal, National Treasurer; Bernard “NFSRMG Bergie” Banaga, National Auditor; Joselito “NFGBF Bumbo” Culanag, National Business Manager; Wilfredo “NFSRMG Willy” Openiano Jr., National

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"Water: Reflection on Thirst, Thanks and Truth": hits Winnipeg's best seller list in paperback fiction

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or one week, the newly launched "Water: Reflection on Thirst, Thanks and Truth", an anthology of short stories by eight Canadian writers is the best seller list in Winnipeg under the category of Paperback Fiction, edging out even the most popular book,"Orenda", the current CBC Read of the Year. The anthology, penned by eight Canadians writers, known as Writers Unblocked, including the publisher and founder of the Filipino Journal, Rod Escobar Cantiveros who wrote "Faces With Soft Edges", as one of the short stories, has been acclaimed as one of the best read ever written by the eight writers. "I am humbled by the warm response from our readers and I want to share this honor with my family especially to my late wife,Linda, and my two sons,Ron and John, my relatives and to my family friends who came to witness the launching of the book," Rod E.

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Cantiveros said. Cantiveros has been writing since his school days in the Philippines when he started writing in Liwayway,in various comic series and magazines and being a journalist after graduating journalism at the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in the early 60's. To date, Rod has been working on "Yzabel: Comfort Woman" and "J" (Jewish Refugees in Manila in the late 30's and during the 2nd world war), both are historical plays on human rights issues scheduled to be presented to coincide with the opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in September. Other members of Writers Unblocked quiped: Linda Romanetz: "All smiles all week."; Barb King: "Congrats! Enjoy the limelight."; Kathy French: "Supercalifregilisticexpiadocious!"; Eleanor Chornoboy: "Hot Dog"; Les Rankin: "Yea Team."; Marjorie Anderson, author and mentor: "Bravo Writers Unblocked- you have

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now had ALL the experiences of renowned authors, right up to #1 on the best seller list."; Tris Loewen, editor: "What wonderful news!" The eight Canadian writers are Rod E. Cantiveros, Roselea Young, Linda Romanetz, Les Rankin, Barbara King, Kathy French, Nancy Clendenan and Eleanor Chornoboy. The anthology is edited by Marjorie Anderson with the assistance of Trish Loewen. The cover design is rendered by the Filipino Journal. Printed in Canada at McNally Robinson Booksellers' EBM. The anthology is a collection with a wide range in focus and tone: from seriously dramatic (Black Island, Thirst) to personally poignant (Faces with Soft Edges, Safe Harbour, Watercolour), to philosophical (A Little Garden, Acceptance) to humorous (A Water Fantasy)." All demonstrate how a single word can unlock a flood of associations that flow beautifully into storytelling," writes Marjorie Anderson, author and mentor. And who will not miss the first anthology of Writers Unblocked when Marjorie Anderson writes the first line of her foreword: "Spring is the season for the release of stories locked up in ice crystals floating in the air." Water: Reflections onThirst, Thanks and Truth is available at McNally Robinson Booksellers,1120 Grant Avenue. wwww. mcnallyrobinson.com

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The X5 came equipped with 3.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder with 300 horsepower and 300 ft.lbs torque and BMW’s xDrive, intelligent all-wheel drive system. Lots of power, and a SUV that drives like a sports sedan.

The X5 also offers two other engine the Premium Package ($5,500), the upgraded Bang & Olufsen audio options – 3.0L 6-cyclinder diesel or Technology Package ($3,800), BMW package ($4,900). if you wanted ultimate power, there’s ConnectedDrive Services ($850) and the 4.4L V8 Twin Turbo option. The X5 offered several driving modes such as ECO Pro, Sport and Sport+Comfort all providing different driving dynamics. As much as I loved driving the 6-cylinder model, I'm sure ripping around in X5 with the 4.4L V8 would a lot more thrilling and exciting. The X5 media test vehicle included the Premium and Technology Packages. Highlights of the features included in the packages are heated rear seats, auto 4-zone climate control, SurroundView, Head-Up Display, and Active LED headlights. Base MSRP of the 2014 X5 is $62,900. Price of the test vehicle is $77,950 which includes Interior front driver/passenger cabin featuring Black Dakota Leather option.

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t felt like Christmas every morning as I walked towards the 2014 BMW X5. Even with the snow fall warnings last month, it really didn’t matter. The X5 driving experience made me forget that we’re still stuck in winter. The heated steering wheel, heated seats and overall comfort made the X5 such a pleasure to drive. The new 3rd generation BMW X5 is more elegant all around. The exterior is sleek, stylish and several enhancements to improve driving aerodynamics and fuel efficiency. One of the changes includes greater use of aluminum and overall weight reduction of 200lbs. The interior of the X5 is what you would expect in a $70k luxury SUV. Sitting in the driver’s seat is extremely comfortable, so much so that I could easily spend a full day driving on a road trip. The use of high quality leather throughout the interior is pleasing to the overall driving experience. The 10.2” NAV touch screen reminds me of an iPad mini mounted in the middle of the dashboard. The $4,900 optional Bang & Olufsen audio package was also a treat to experience. This would be great for pumping up the tunes on the next camping trip, or long drive.

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Jessie & Justin Liwanag heading to 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games By Giuliano Bellabono

“I just want to lay everything out on the table to see how far I can get.” says Justin Liwanag. The Reebok CrossFit Open began late February with over 2,400 competitors in the men’s individual division — Justin outlasted most, ranking 28th out of 48 selected to compete at the CrossFit Regionals beginning in May. “It was a big decision for me to compete individually,“ says

Justin. “If you mess up, you have nobody to blame but yourself.” Last year, Justin was ranked 65th and missed out on competing in the Regionals. Since then, Justin has been training and coaching CrossFit at Undefeated CrossFit — a “box” as he likes to call it, located on Waverley Street. This year, he’s not only competing to win, but so is his brother Jessie.

“Undefeated CrossFit is the only team in Manitoba who are going to the Regionals,” says Jessie. “I think it’s great to be competing with a team, I don’t think I’d want to be in my brother’s place because of all the pressure.” Jessie is competing with seven other members from Undefeated CrossFit located on Waverely Street.

Undefeated CrossFit coach, Justin Liwanag performs an olympic clean lift. Justin finished 4th at FrostFit 2013, and 3rd at FrostFit 2014.

Undefeated Crossfit member, Jessie Liwanag performs an olympic power snatch. Jessie finished 26th at FrostFit 2013.

“For me, competing with a team is just like being in another class at the box,” says Jessie. “There are seven other competitors there excited for you, and they support you no matter what.” While there is excitement at the box surrounding the competition, each competitor is responsible for expenses to make the trip, including flights and hotel accomodation. As an individual competitor, Justin has a $200 registration fee at the competition. Jessie, along with his seven team members will pay a $400 registration fee. If you are interested in donating to the CrossFit team and Justin as an individual competitor,

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visit http://www.gofundme. com/8cvn6g to donate. Any amount is greatly appreciated. According to its website, The CrossFit Games is known as “The Test of Fitness.” The CrossFit Games aim to find the fittest on Earth. Justin, along with Jessie and his teammates are one stage away from qualifying for the CrossFit Games. The Games — the final stage in the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games — begin late July. From over thousands of competitors in the Open, to only hundreds in the Games. The Games will determine the fittest man, the fittest woman, and the fittest team.


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by Dr. Eusebio Koh

The Philippine Pledge of Allegiance

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ecently, I received an email from my good friend and the husband of my wife’s cousin Andy from Bulacan which contained nothing but the following:

It is the Pledge of Allegiance in Tagalog. He knows I love the Old Country even though I have resided away all these years. Here is my translation (patawarin niyo ako kung hindi tugma.):

Panatang Makabayan

Pledge of Allegiance

Iniibig ko ang Pilipinas. Ito ang aking Lupang Sinilangan. Ito ang tahanan ng aking Lahi. Ako'y kanyang kinukupkop at tinutulungan Upang maging maligaya, malakas at kapakipakinabang. Bilang ganti, diringgin ko ang payo ng aking mga magulang, susundin ko ang mga tuntunin ng aking paaralan. Tutuparin ko ang tungkulin ng isang mamayang makabayan at masunurin sa batas. Paglilingkuran ko ang aking Bayan ng walang pag-iimbot at ng buong katapatan Sisikapin kong maging isang tunay na Pilipino sa isip, sa gawa at sa salita.

I love the Philippines. This is the land of my birth. This is the home of my people. She nurtures and helps me to be happy, strong and useful. In return, I shall listen to the advice of my parents, I shall follow the regulations of my school. I shall fulfill the duties of a patriotic and law-abiding citizen. I shall serve my country without envy and with complete loyalty. I shall strive to be a true Filipino in thought, in deeds and in word.

I was scratching my head and was wondering what gives. Have I not been a good Pinoy? Yes, I took up Canadian citizenship many decades ago after I accepted the assistant professorship at the university in Regina. That was my livelihood and I decided to teach my Canadian students as a Canadian. But I truly love the Philippines and it shows from my speech, my writing, my behavior, my taste, my culture. (Dual citizenship was not yet in vogue.) I read the email once, twice, a few times and of course I recognized it as something I learned in my Tagalog class in Arellano High School some sixty five years ago.

The wording in the original Tagalog is so sweet and heartwarming that I decided to send it to my email friends, most of whom are Filipino senior citizens like myself residing in Canada or the U. S. My email friend Virgilio Gonzales from Connecticut recognized it immediately as the Philippine pledge of allegiance. Another thought it was a Boy Scout Pledge he learned in grade school. A third thought I was sending them another product of my poetic bent. I told this friend that I wish I can write this beautifully. But more than the wish to have written it is the wish that every Filipino, especially one who aspires to be elected to office in the Philippines, lives up to the pledge. It is a blessing and a wonderful opportunity

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to serve one’s homeland if elected but unfortunately even the very intelligent and popular succumbed to the lure of the lucre and the corrupting power. Thus, the poor Philippines gets corrupt politicians election after election. Some would say that our manner of government is inherited from the colonial powers that ruled the Philippines: Spain for three hundred thirty three years, the United States for forty some years and Japan for three. Indeed, corruption and mismanagement were not started in the Philippines. Greed and dishonesty are common human failings, more so when one can get away with them. Some would recall the famous remark of President Manuel L. Quezon, "I would rather have a country run like hell by Filipinos than a country run like heaven by the Americans.” And of course, hell is the proper place where the shameless thieves flourish. The Pledge of Allegiance should be a required reading and memorization for every Filipino child. It expresses the innate patriotism of a Filipino and the true character and duties of a citizen. It is a reminder of what true service to one’s country really means. Compare that to the Canadian Oath of Allegiance which goes like this: “I do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors. So help me God.” Recently, certain Canadians have proposed to replace the Queen with simply Canada. Or to the American Pledge of Allegiance: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." It is symbolic and sometimes the signals are lost in real life. Aren’t we meticulous, delineating the nitty gritty parts of what our love for the Philippines mean?

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The Music Never Really Ends (On My Recommended Albums through the Decades) Part Four: 1990s

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started this series with my top favorite albums from the 1960s, the 1970s, and then the 1980s. Now we continue on to the next decade. Having developed the fancy for elaborate music genres like Art Rock and Baroque Pop of the 1960s (the likes of The Beatles, David Bowie, and The Moody Blues), Progressive Rock and Post-punk of the 1970s (Caravan, Rush, Television), and New Wave of the 1980s (Depeche Mode, Echo & the Bunnymen, Tears for Fears), in the 1990s I naturally gravitated to bands/ artists regarded as Alternative Rock or Britpop—which may be considered offshoots or extensions of such genres. I was always looking for that trademark sound—angular rhythm guitars, melodic bass lines and lead-guitar lines, synthesizers and keyboards, structured drum patterns, and low-register or brooding vocal styles. The following albums are the top 13 representatives from the 1990s of the kind of music that became my most favorite. Toad the Wet Sprocket (USA) fear (1991) This album was what catapulted the band to commercial popularity. This was one of the albums that soundtracked many of my memories from that decade. Recommended songs: “All I Want,” “Walk on the Ocean,” “I Will Not Take These Things for Granted.” Gin Blossoms (USA) - New Miserable Experience (1992)

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Each of the albums of this band may be regarded as a no-filler killer, and this was where it started. “Hey Jealousy,” “Until I Fall Away,” “Found Out about You.” The Lemonheads (USA) - It’s a Shame about Ray (1992) If all the albums of this band were bags of candies, then this one would be full of gummies and jelly beans. “Confetti,” “Rudderless,” “Kitchen.”

Shelleyan Orphan (England) - Humroot (1992) A must-have for serious Alternative Rock enthusiasts, featuring orchestral elements and former members of The Cure. “Muddied-Up,” “Burst,” “Little Death.” Sloan (Canada) - Smeared (1992) The first album of one of Canada’s best contributions to the Alternative Rock scene. “I Am the Cancer,” “500 Up,” “Underwhelmed.” Spent Poets (USA) - Spent Poets (1992) Another must-have obscurity that harked to the Baroque Pop and Art Rock of the previous decades. “My Useless Heart,” “Your

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Existential Past,” “Walt Whitman’s Beard.” Vanilla Trainwreck (USA) Sounding to Try like You (1992) An obscurity that focused on angular and spiral guitar rhythms and melodies. “Waint,” “Yellow,” “Jet.” The Posies (USA) - Frosting on the Beater (1993) Almost Grunge, but the melodic quality of the guitar tracks and the songs themselves made it more New Wave–sounding. “Dream All Day,” “Solar Sister,” “Flavor of the Month.” Barenaked Ladies (Canada) Maybe You Should Drive (1994) The second album of another Canadian Alternative Rock gem. “Alternative Girlfriend,” “Jane,” “Everything Old Is New Again.” The Lightning Seeds (England) Jollification (1994) The strawberry-sweet third album of one of the purveyors of English New Wave in the 1990s. “Lucky You,” “Marvellous,” “Perfect.” Blur (England) - The Great Escape (1995) The flag waver of Britpop in the 1990s. “Country House,” “Charmless Man,” “The Universal.” The Boo Radleys (England) Wake Up! (1995) Britpop at its most complexstructured, multi-instrumented, and well-orchestrated. “Wake Up Boo!”, “It’s Lulu,” “Find the Answer Within.” Popsicle (Sweden) - Popsicle (1996) Who said that New Wave bands may be found only in the U.K. and the USA? “Good with Us,” “Not Forever,” “Please Don’t Ask.“ Final Note I don’t buy the claim that this or that decade was the best time in music. As a passionate music enthusiast, I could easily pick great bands and albums from different genres from any given decade. Luckily, I could extend my being an openminded person even to music. I enjoy listening to it without prejudice, but this does not mean that my musical taste is bland or undiscerning. I know if a band or a song is simple or complex, if the members are virtuosic or mediocre, or if a song is well-written or not; but these factors don’t really matter anyway, for different songs evoke different reactions or emotions from different listeners. For that, I could see the beauty in every piece of music regardless if it’s a challenging one-and-a-half-hour symphony or a typical three-minute Pop song.

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Obama says America inspired by resilience of Filipinos

United States, President Barack Obama in his remarks during the state dinner in his honor in Malacañang, said America is inspired by the Filipinos’ resilience and determination after being affected by super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan) last year. The visiting US leader, on the last leg of his four-nation Asian visit which brought him to

Japan, South Korea and Malaysia, said Americans grieve from the devastation of deadly tornadoes that ripped through central and southern United States Sunday, killing at least 17 people. He added that America draw their strength from the Philippine example of caring for their fellow countrymen. Earlier in a joint press conference with President Benigno S. Aquino III in Malacañang

PH, USA ink landmark agreement

Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin and US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg recently signed the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) at Camp Gen. Emilio

Aguinaldo hours before the arrival of US President Barack Obama. The landmark deal allows expanded US military presence on Filipino territory to promote

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No pay hike for government workers

Monday, Obama assured the Philippines of his government’s commitment to support the country’s rehabilitation efforts of Yolanda-devastated areas. The US humanitarian assistance to the Philippines already amounted to almost US$60 million. This includes US$30 million from USAID and US$21.857 million from the US Department of Defense.

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few days before the Labor Day celebration on May 1, President Benigno S. Aquino III has already rejected the proposed salary increase for 1.6 million employees of the government. Citing limited resources as main reason, Aquino explained to

peace and security in the region and brings the bilateral security relations between the two countries to a new and higher level. Goldberg said the signing of the agreement was the result of eight rounds of negotiations in as many months and concluded just hours before Obama and Philippine President Aquino meet to mark a new stage in US-Philippine. He went on to say that the agreement will not pave the way to permanent US military presence and the reopening their military bases in the country. The US envoy stressed that the US-Philippines alliance is the oldest of five treaty alliances in Asia, while the US-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty which was signed in 1951, contributed to the security and stability of the region for the last six decades.

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representatives of labor groups in Malacañang that another increase might affect the government’s financial standing. He added that the government recently completed the final tranche of the pay hike for the state workers under the Salary Standardization Law III.


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May kasabihang, “Dapat palaging igalang ang matatanda.” Hindi ako buong-buong pabor d’yan. Bakit kamo? Aba, hindi porke matanda e dapat na agad igalang. Bagama’t natural sa isang tao na igalang o isaalang-alang ang kapakanan o damdamin ng nakatatanda sa kanya, marami rin namang matatanda na bastos o di kaya e palaging ipinipilit ang kanilang gusto kahit labis na ito o kahit hindi na ito tama. Malaking halimbawa e yung mga magulang na sarado ang pag-iisip sa nais o desisyon ng kanilang mga anak. Imbes na bigyan lang ng paalala o gabay e pilit na kinokontrol ang buhay ng kanilang mga anak o kaya naman e palagi na lang negatibo ang nakikita at di makayang purihin ang mga naabot o nakamit ng kanilang mga anak. Kadalasan pa e isusumbat sa anak pati ang pagpapalaki at pagpapaaral ditto samantalang obligasyon naman talaga ng magulang na isulong ang kanilang mga anak. Kung maligaw man ito ng landas, walang unang tutulong o sasalo dapat dito kundi sila ring mga magulang.

Oo, marami rin namaing pagkakataon na nadadapa ang isang anak, pero bilang magulang e dapat handa ang isang ina o ama na intindihin at mahalin ang anak sa kabila ng mga pagkukulang nito. Higit sa lahat, ang magulang ang dapat na unang poprotekta sa kanyang anak imbes na maglalagay rito sa alanganin o ipagkakalat sa iba ang mga kahinaan nito. Familial Bond Is the Strongest The strongest emotional bond should be that between parents and their children. That's why I feel sad and disappointed whenever I see or hear of parents who break the hearts of their own children; or the other way around, children who break the hearts of their parents. But then again, the dynamics of familial relationships is powered by various factors. They could be really complicated. But in spite of this, family members should learn how to practice mutual respect amidst disagreements. I'm just glad that I came from a family who, despite

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having had disagreements and arguments about certain issues, continue to maintain a good level of love, concern, and respect for one another. And this same interpersonal dynamics is what I have been applying to my own family. Of course, there would be disagreements, arguments, clashes of decisions; but we need to maintain a reasonable degree of love, concern, respect, and support for each other's individuality and personal choices and preferences. Malamang e maraming aangal sa artikulo kong ito, sasabihing ang anak ang dapat na umintindi sa magulang. Pero gasgas na ang isyu na ’yan. Karaniwang maririnig e kesyo igalang ang magulang; igalang ang matatanda; pero bibihira ang kariringgan mo ng sentimyentong igalang din dapat ang mga anak; igalang ang desisyon at indibidwalidad ng bawat kabataan. Kaya naisipan kong isulong naman ang karapatan ng mga nakababata na igalang din sila. Sa Madaling Salita Bigayan lang yan. Kung gusto ng magulang na igalang siya ng kanyang mga anak nang bukal sa puso, dapat e matuto rin silang respetuhin ang diskarte at mga desisyon ng kanilang mga anak, lalo na kung wala namiang ginagawang karumal-dumal na mga gawain ang mga ito. Natural lang na madapa ang bawat tao, pero hindi ito dahilan para tratuhin na itong parang trapo— lalo na kung ito ay iyong kadugo. Or, in Simple Words Familial relationship is not only about respecting the elderly; it involves also respecting the young. Or better yet, it’s about respecting each other in equal measures.

Welcoming a record number of visitors from the Philippines in 2013 Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that Canada issued more than 47,000 visitor visas to Filipino visitors in 2013. This figure represents a record high for the Philippines and a 57 percent increase since 2006. In 2013, nearly 30,000 Filipino citizens became permanent residents of Canada ranking the Philippines as third in the top source countries for immigration to Canada. The government’s improvements to Canada’s immigration system are helping to facilitate legitimate tourism as well as immigration of those from the Philippines to Canada, strengthening economic prosperity and growth across

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our country. Visitors to Canada benefit from the Multiple Entry Visa (MEV), which allows qualified visitors to come and go from Canada for six months at a time for up to 10 years. MEVs are a fast, flexible and convenient option for frequent visitors to Canada. Quick facts •More than 650,000 Canadian residents can trace their ancestry to the Philippines, and now a growing number of Filipino citizens are able to visit family and friends in Canada, study at Canadian colleges and universities, or immigrate to Canada as permanent residents. •Since 2006, Canada has enjoyed the highest sustained levels of immigration in Canadian history-an average of more than

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a quarter of a million newcomers each year. •The number of visitors visas issued to Filipino visitors has grown by six percent since 2012. •Since its introduction in July 2011, more than one million 10year MEVs have been issued to visitors around the world. Quote “In 2013, Canada saw a record number of visitor visas issued to individuals from the Philippines. Our government remains committed to attracting visitors, students as well as workers who can help contribute to the Canadian economy and labour market.” Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister


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Advincula and Javate nominated for 2014 YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Award Voluntarism, Advocacy, and Community Enhancement Award Nominees Roselyn Advincula and Perla Javate are among 56 women nominate in this year's YMCAYWCA Women of Distinction Awards. The YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg is set to honour and recognize the many amazing and diverse contributions of women at its 38th annual Women of Distinction Awards Gala on May 7. The 56 women are nominated in 13 categories including;

Arts; Circle of Inspiration; Culture; Education Training & Mentorship; Leadership & Management; Public Awareness & Communications; Science, Technology & The Environment; Voluntarism, Advocacy & Community Enhancement; Wellness, Healthy Living & Recreation; Young Woman of Distinction; the Eira “Babs” Friesen Lifetime Achievement Awards; the Gerrie Hammond

Memorial Award of Promise and the Prairie Award of Promise. The two Awards of Promise recipients will receive a $2,000 scholarship. The YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Awards have a rich history of recognizing Manitoba’s women and their many accomplishments. The awards began in Winnipeg in 1977, and are now held in a variety of communities across the country.

Roselyn Advincula

Roselyn Advincula came to Canada with her family from Philippines in 2008 and quickly began to impact a lot of women and families in the community. Currently the Coordinator for the Neighbourhood Immigrant

Settlement Program and a volunteer/co-founder for a grassroots group named Filipino Women’s initiative, her mentorship assisted settlement workers, women, and families find new opportunities. She assists many people despite the

fact that she is also still adjusting in Canada. A social worker in the Philippines, she got accredited by the Canadian Association of Social Workers and has guided other internationally educated social workers on getting their accreditation. Roselyn has been involved with many projects such as developing a Newcomer Support Circle program at the Immigrant Centre. She was also able to find funding to run Wiggle, Giggle, and Munch, a program that has been very successful in providing literacy to families. She also ran a livelihood skills training program for unemployed and underemployed community members with the support of Neighbourhoods Alive. Roselyn is now an inspiration for many newcomers who are reaching for their dreams not only by the example she sets but from the friendships and strong relationships she has built with everyone around her.

Can we golf yet? Yes, we can! PAGAM & BAGA ready to kick off summer golf season BAGA Tournament Schedule Sat. May 10 Kildonan GC Sat. May 24 John Blumberg GC Sat. Jun 7 Meadows GC Sat, June 21 Tuxedo GC Sat. July 5 Windsor GC Sat. July 26 South Interlake GC Sat. Aug. 2 Larters GC Sat. Aug. 23 Players GC Sat. Sept. 6 Transcona GC Sat. Sept. 20 Kildonan GC

council, currently works with 32 various Filipino organizations in Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba declares annually the week of June the 12th as Philippine Heritage Week. Perla is also the

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current Filipino Community Liaison Officer, providing open support to newcomer students and their families. With a vision to empower students and parents through mentorship and having mastered the process of integrating newcomers into Canadian culture by creating a welcoming atmosphere, she is now the person that everyone accesses for guidance. Winner of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of her contribution to peers, community and Canada. Perla continues her broad contributions to the Winnipeg and Filipino community by imbuing confidence and poise in her students and their families, who in turn pass along their knowledge and become mentors themselves.

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Copenhagen, world's most liveable city by Gem and Lita Anis

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n Copenhagen, Denmark you'll never run out of places to discover and explore quickly and safely. It is a city for everyone! A quality of life survey conducted by the British lifestyle magazine,

the Monocle, declared Copenhagen as the "world's most liveable city". In the heart of the metropolis is one of Copenhagen's greatest attractions receiving some 5,000,000 visitors a year, the Tivoli Gardens, the first carbon-neutral theme and amusement park in the universe (by powering the park with an offshore turbine). Founded in 1843, the 21-acre magical park quite popular with the young and old alike, is beautifully landscaped with fountains, flower beds and shady trees and has many cafes and restaurants. The park is best known for its wooden roller coaster and the world's tallest carousel, the Star Flyer. Also inside the garderns are the stately Nimb Palace with

its Moorish-style facade sporting magnificent towers and minarets, the Chinese Tower, Glass House Tower, the Concert Hall for live music, the Pantomime Theatre (Plaenen), and the Tivoli Castle. A short walking distance from Tivoli Gardens is Stroget, the longest pedestrian (car-free zone) street in Europe most famous for shopping from H & M, Vero Moda or Zara to big international brand like Mulberry, Max Mara, Louis Vuitton, Prada, or Gucci. Definitely worth a visit if you are looking for a unique experience or something different off the beaten path is the "Freetown of Christiania" located on the eastern side of Christianshavn borough. "Christiania" is a selfproclaimed autonomous residential neighbourhood of about 1,000 residents similar to a large commune established in 1971 regulated by a special law. It has its own administrator, its own local rules and currency, its own flag, and means of transport. In reality, it is a city within a city. The place used to be an abandoned military barracks. No cars are allowed in its narrow streets with a few cafes and areas to sit and eat, homemade houses and buildings. Most walls are covered with art and graffiti. You seem to be completely in a different world! The scent of cannabis is in the air when you walk through the famous Pusher Street, its Green Light district, where you can buy from stands hash and marijuana but hard drugs are illegal.Taking

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photographs is strictly prohibited and no running (except for dogs), no rocket badges, no weapons, and no violence. However, the most famous landmark and a "must-see" in Copenhagen is the iconic bronze statue of the "Little Mermaid" gracefully sitting on a rock since 1913 (she turns 100 years old last 23 August 2013) by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade and pondering over the humans to whom she dreamt of belonging. The Statue of the Little Mermaid, a gift to the Danish capital by the charitable beer brewer, Carl Jacobsen of the famous Calsberg Breweries and created by artistsculptor Edvard Eriksen, is to Copenhagen what the Statue of Liberty is to New York or the Eiffel Tower is to Paris or Manneken Pis is to Brussels or Big Ben to London! The story of the Little Mermaid is based on the writer Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, a sad story of the mermaid who sacrifised her own happiness to save a prince from drowning and

falls in love with him. The statue, 4.1 ft. in height, is half human and half fish with her bare breasts and fish tail. There is no other place on earth where cycling is a dominating feature of the cityscape than in Copenhagen. Officially, Copenhagen is voted as "the first best city in the world for cyclists". The Copenhageners who considered themselves as "modest, good-natured, hardworking, and peaceful" cycle a total of 1.2 million kms. everyday along the 390 kms. of designated bike lanes. About 40% of the capital's population of 1,967,727 commute to work by bicycle everyday! As a tourist you can explore central Copenhagen by city bike almost for free - all you need is 20 krone (1 krone = O.21 $CAD) and you'll have your own bike with a built-in map for sightseeing. Once you're done all you have to do is return the bike by leaving it at one of the stands to get your money back. Awesome! This concludes our tour of the wonderful city of Copenhagen!

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Community Leader Planning Future Kidney Health Awareness event for Filipino Community Jon Reyes, pictured here third from the left, is currently a Board of Director with the Kidney Foundation of Canada Manitoba Branch. Research has shown that kidney disease is a big concern amongst Filipinos and most people may not have symptoms until their kidney disease is advanced. “I want to give back to the community by organizing and holding an event to raise the awareness about kidney disease and what people can do to best prevent it through

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diet, exercise and lifestyle. I know a lot of close friends who have had family members on dialysis or who have succumbed to kidney disease,� says the current President of the Manitoba Filipino Business Council. Reyes plans to build a team to organize the event and hopes to have it come to fruition later this year. If you would like to volunteer for this event to raise Kidney Health awareness, please email Jon at president@ mfbc.ca.


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Basketball Manitoba Hands out Annual Awards: Joseph Medrano named Player of the Year by Derick Ramos

Last month, the Manitoba High School Athletic Association capped off another basketball season with their AAAA Provincial tournament and now Basketball Manitoba has handed out their yearly awards. It was another successful year for Filipinos as four players and one coach were recognized for their successful seasons. Denzel Soliven of the Sisler Spartans was named to the All Manitoban Men’s team along with Garden City Gopher, Byron Oduca. Tiara Licsi helped power the Spartans women’s team to an undefeated regular season and was selected to the All Manitoban Women’s team. Tiara’s coach, Mike Tan, was also named Coach of the Year for the women’s side. However, it was another Sisler Spartan that led the charge for Filipinos at the Basketball Manitoba

Awards banquet. Joseph Medrano was awarded with the prestigious AAAA Player of the Year in his final year of high school basketball. The combo guard helped lead the Spartans to another semi-final appearance at the Provincials. Medrano first started playing basketball competitively like any young Filipino in the WAAY basketball league. He tasted early success in his first year of high school basketball helping the Sisler squad to the Provincial title. But it was the agony of defeat the following year in the first round to MBCI that helped him realize he had to get better. “We lost so early, it kind of hurt,” Medrano said. “I had to do something to step my game up because I didn’t want this to continue to happen.” In his Grade 11 year, Medrano made it a personal mission to become

a better team player. He powered the Spartans to the Provincial finals against Garden City but lost in a heartbreaker. He represented Team Manitoba at the Canada Games and earned himself a silver medal. The experience he gained in such a high level tournament would pay off in his final year with Sisler. After losing in the finals, Medrano was itching to play the rival Garden City Gophers on their home court and it came to fruition in the Provincial tournament. Medrano had a game for the ages dropping 37 points and 9 rebounds that included 9 of 16 from three point range. The Spartans defeated the Gophers 84-68 but later fell to St. Paul’s in the semifinals. Basketball is a team game and Medrano quickly credits his teammates and coach. He acknowledged All Manitoban Denzel

Female All-Manitoba Team: Jordan Tully - Oak Park; Montana Kinzel - Linden Christian; Atoosa Jalayeri - Vincent Massey; Tiara Licsi - Sisler and Nikki Majewski - Westwood.

Joseph Medrano recieving the award for Basketball Manitoba Male Player of the Year.

Male All-Manitoba Team: Denzel Soliven - Sisler; Byron Oduca - Garden City; Billy Yaworsky - St Paul’s; Derek McKnight - MBCI and Clement Sackey - Kelvin.

Girl’s Sisler Spartans coach, Michael Tan receiving the award for Basketball Manitoba Coach of the Year.

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Soliven, his friend since Grade 7, for helping grow as a teammate. His coach Scott Martin instilled a team first mentality that made him better all around. “Everyone’s trying to be fancy with their dribbles, Coach Martin brings fundamentals in your game,” Medrano said about his coach for two years. “All of that is underrated.” His parents, Jun and Josie Medrano, have been supportive since day one and will stand behind their son in whatever he decides to take on.

“We want him to get a good education,” Jun said. “If given the opportunity to play basketball in university, we will support him,” Joseph Medrano will graduate high school this year and enjoy his summer before he takes on his next challenge, making the University of Manitoba Bisons basketball squad at the Canadian Interuniversity Sports level. If Medrano’s success continues into his post-secondary playing career, look for him spreading out defenses and draining it from downtown in the CIS.

Joseph Medrano, Sisler Spartans during the 2013 Championship Finals at Investors Group Athletic Centre.

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Wowie de Guzman comes to terms with wife’s untimely demise

Former Universal Motion Dancers member Wowie De Guzman is still unsure of what actually happened that caused the untimely death of his wife.

Sheryl Ann Reyes, 26, whom he married in July 2013, passed away Saturday night, just a month after giving birth to their only child Alexandra Rafael.

Ryzza’s birthday wish for Bossing Vic Co-hosts and staff including Ryzza Mae Dizon surprised Vic Sotto during the celebration of his 60th birthday last Sunday, April 28 at “Eat Bulaga!” An emotional Ryzza gifted Bossing Vic with a collation of “awards” consisting of “Best Daddy, Best TV Host, Best

The 37-year-old actordancer shared that his wife’s blood pressure was erratic during her pregnancy. The condition persisted until she gave birth to their daughter in March. Wowie recalled that she rushed her to the hospital after she suffered from seizure but the doctors were not able to revive her. Although still in pain, Wowie is slowly coming to terms with the loss saying that God allowed it to happen for a reason. The remains lie at the United Church of Christ in Sta. Catalina, Lubao, Pampanga. Interment is still to be scheduled .

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Bossing, Best Comedian, and Best Actor.” The child star also said she wished Bossing will live his life long up to 300 years old. Meanwhile, the Sotto family together with Vic’s girlfriend Pauleen Luna organized an intimate birthday celebration for the actor-host.


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Gab’s ‘super selfies’ noticed by international community

Gab Valenciano’s “super selfies” have caught the attention of several international news sites and TV shows, including The Huffington Post and CBS’ “Good Morning America.” According to Gab, a “super selfie” is a short video showing his dancing skills combined with wacky antics. His clips in YouTube now have over 66,000 subscribers. His most popular videos, “Tune Squad” and “Father and Son” (which features his father, singer Gary Valenciano) have so far registered over 1.9

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Fhamathou: A Pride of Pinoy Musikero of Winnipeg by: Alfie Vera Mella

Formed in Winnipeg as early as 2006, Fhamathou currently consists of Jason Paredes (guitar, vocals), Rod Dizon (bass, vocals), and Danny Lizardo (drums, vocals). They cite as their main influences many ’90s-originating Philippine Alternative Rock bands, like Eraserheads, Yano, Teeth, Siakol, Parokya ni Edgar, and Balahibumpooza; but they cover also Classic Rock acts such as Eric Clapton and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Not content with only performing other artists’ songs, they started to write their own materials. Some of these, written primarily by Paredes, are “Chatroom,” “Sinayang Mo,” “Bakit Pa?”, “Asahan Mo,” “Pagbabago,” “Iisa Lamang,” “Ika’y Babalik,” and “Naririto Ako.” Paredes’s lyricism revolves usually around life, love, and relationships. Fhamathou’s first-ever gig was in 2006 at a concert dubbed as F.A.M.O.U.S. Tugtugan 2006, held at Philippine Canadian

Centre of Manitoba, which featured also other local Filipino bands. In the years that followed, the three-piece has regularly participated in many causeoriented concerts that showcased the talents of Winnipeg-based Filipino musicians. They have already performed at venues like Charlee’s Restaurant & Lounge (185 Stadacona St.) and Jimel’s International Cuisine (1045 St. James St.). They were also one of the opening acts at the concert of The Youth, Dong Abay (Yano), and Glenn Jacinto (Teeth) in Winnipeg late last year billed as Rock Nation Tour. Paredes is also one of the leaders of Winnipeg’s association of Filipino musicians. He also produces concerts for both local and Philippines-based bands and artists. Acts that he already brought to Winnipeg include Siakol, Parokya ni Edgar, True Faith, Pupil, The Youth, Dong Abay, and Glenn Jacinto.

Aside from performing with his band and producing concerts, Paredes also manages a home recording studio equipped with quality instruments. So, to bands and even aspiring songwriters who want to record proper versions of their songs, they may contact Paredes via his website: http://www.jaizendesign. com. The studio boasts also of a competent sound mixing engineer, Dexter Panlilio, former keyboardist of the Philippine Rock band Orient Pearl, who with his family has long been living in Winnipeg. Check out Panlilio’s website: www.tinigpinoy.net,

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where he plays Filipino music every Saturday, from 9 p.m. to midnight. Asked if there’s anything he would like to say to the community in Winnipeg, Jason said, “Let’s keep the Filipino music scene in Winnipeg alive by supporting local music. To fellow artists, keep playing music and write original songs. I also like to invite fellow musicians to join Pinoy Musikero of Winnipeg on Facebook.” *Fhamathou is derived from the Filipino word památò. It is a term used in many traditional Filipino children’s playground

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games like tumbang preso, larong holen, and pikô. Památò (or “shooter” in English) is an object used by players in the said games. In tumbang preso, players use slippers as their památò in hitting the can; in larong holen, the památò is the marble—the object that each player has to shoot into the dug holes; in pikô, the památò may be a piece of broken ceramic or a strip of banana peel. The word památò is also closely related to another Filipino word— pambátò—which may translate to “a representative, leader, or pride of a group or team.”


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wenty-eight years after the EDSA people power revolution and 23 years after the Philippine Senate kicked the U.S. bases out of the Philippines, the Americans are back at the request of the Philippine government. Why? The toppling of the Marcos dictatorship in 1986 whipped up nationalistic fervor among the new intelligentsia who saw an opportunity to create a society free of foreign influence and interference. It was a period of unbridled nationalism that blamed the malaise of the past on America’s perceived meddling in the Philippines’ national affairs. It did not then come as a surprise that the 1987 Constitution was crafted to prohibit foreign military bases on Philippine soil. Article XVIII, Section 25, of the new constitution states that “foreign military bases, troops, or facilities shall not be allowed in the Philippines except under a treaty duly concurred in by the Senate and, when the Congress so requires, ratified by a majority of the votes cast by the people in a national referendum held for that purpose, and recognized as a treaty by the other contracting State.” In 1991, twelve senators voted 12-11 to reject the extension of the US-Philippines Military Bases Agreement. The vainglorious senators – who called themselves, the Magnificent 12 – justified their vote by claiming

that the treaty was favorable to the U.S. but not to the Philippines. The following year, the U.S. bases were closed. Chinese aggression Two years after the closure of the U.S. bases in 1992, China seized the Panganiban Reef (Mischief Reef) in the middle of the night. And the Philippine Armed Forces couldn’t do anything to take it back. In the past three years, China aggressively pursued her territorial claim to about 80% of the South China Sea including the Spratly archipelago. In 2012, she took possession of Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal). That didn’t bode well with President Benigno Aquino III, who, ultimately would bear a stigma of guilt should he fail to do something to deter Chinese aggression. While the U.S.Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) is still in effect, there is no ironclad guarantee that America would come to the Philippines’ aid in a timely fashion. Recently, China attempted to take possession of Ayungin Shoal, which is only 105 nautical miles from the coast of Palawan and within the Philippines’ 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). But what deterred the Chinese from taking over the uninhabited but strategically located shoal was a small detachment of Philippine marines deployed to a rusty naval ship, the BRP Sierra Madre, which lay aground off Ayungin.

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Consequently, China made several diplomatic efforts to pressure the Philippine government into removing Sierra Madre from the vicinity, claiming that China has absolute and indisputable sovereignty over Ayungin and the rest of the Spratlys including the proven oiland gas-rich Recto Bank. But with a navy with no warships and an air force with no warplanes, the Philippines is defenseless against Chinese attack. EDCA The signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) last April 28, 2014 came at a time when China was poised to strike at the Spratly islands. Signed hours before U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Manila, EDCA will give American forces temporary access to selected Philippine military bases, and allow them to preposition fighter jets and ships. The question is: How significant is EDCA to the overall rebalancing of U.S. naval and air forces in the Asia-Pacific region? To answer that question, one has to be cognizant of China’s goal of controlling the First Island Chain and Second Island Chain. The First Island Chain runs from Japan all the way to Vietnam by way of Taiwan, Philippines, Borneo, Malaysia, and Singapore. The Second Island Chain runs from Japan all the way to Australia by way of the U.S. territories of Guam and Saipan, and Papua New Guinea. China Dream In an article titled, “China to take Second Island Chain by 2020,” published last year in the

Want China Times, it said: “In 1982, Admiral Liu Huaqing, the former commander of the PLA Navy and the mastermind of China’s modern naval strategy, said that it would be necessary for China to control the First and Second Island Chains by 2010 and 2020. The PLA Navy must be ready to challenge US domination over the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean in 2040. If China is able to dominate the Second Island Chain seven years from now, the East China Sea will become the backyard of the PLA Navy.” Prior to the signing of EDCA, the Philippines was the weakest

link in the First Island Chain. Not anymore. EDCA strengthened the chain link; thus, containing China to the confines of East China and South China Seas. Obama’s four-nation Asian tour to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines plays an important part in maintaining the status quo and balance of power in the AsiaPacific Region. China should realize that she couldn’t – and shouldn’t -- bully her neighbors into submission for as long as America remains a Pacific power. It was a long journey from EDSA to EDCA indeed. But it was a journey worth taking.

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Horoscope You’ll be blessed with your financial sector. You may experience one or two ups and downs in the process, but you’ll appreciate why this was necessary further down the line. Later, your sign enhance romance in a bright and passionate way.

A new friend may make a positive contribution to your life ahead. It’s also possible that you’ll need to make a key decision to unlock the creative possibilities in a partnership. Mingling with other business folk on your wavelength could bring new opportunities your way.

Dynamic tension still exists in key areas of your life. Brings the opportunity to stabilize your thinking and start planning. You could generate opportunities for a positive business partnership or profitable deal. Although this might not happen right away, it’s a good time to explore your options.

This is a powerful time to make a difference for anyone in a service-oriented or humanitarian career. Those with a more imaginative nature may have trouble staying organized. Avoid blaming yourself for disappointing outcomes. Simply keep doing your best.

Big news for you in your sign brings the promise of positive change your way. You might need to part company with situations and, in some cases, relationships that no longer serve you. The upside of this is that you’ll have plenty of space for all the new and exciting things coming your way. On another note, romance has a spicy, pleasantly intense quality.

Positive opportunities in your career sector bring a chance for profitable assignments and prosperous connections. Along with this, a desire to explore new options may be offset by a need to get your bearings. Recent dynamic activity may have left you feeling a little shell-shocked. Get a chance to assess your priorities and make a plan that can help you establish ahead in the coming months.

Perhaps there will be good news from a romance or business partner concerning positive financial gains. If you’re in an unstable situation, you may be looking for more security, which might prompt changes to a key partnership. If your relationship is largely positive, you can work through this and come out stronger.

The idea that you must make or can’t avoid making a change can come as quite a shock. Slow down when uncertain. Making a work friendship into something more could bring complications you haven’t considered. Family responsibilities could demand compromises at work. Do your best with any limitations you face. Careful work now helps build for the future.

Dreams may be physically powerful and contain important guidance for you. Keep a notebook and pencil by your bed and write down any particularly insightful musing that come your way. This can be good for meditation and, in particular, spiritual practices or other body-based disciplines that can help you feel centered and poised. It’s time for some exciting love adventures!

While money matters still need careful handling, you’ll do best when you take time to balance your accounts and cover all your bases. Along with this, you consider travel or study plans, both of which may benefit you further down the line.

There’s also positive news on the work front, as changes could mean a boost in earnings or a promotion. If you’ve been applying for a new job, you might get some good news. Later, as pleasure opportunities look much livelier. Enjoy a few social outings. It might help take your mind off more pressing matters!

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ne of the things about being in a public practice firm is seeing the different ways that people go about earning a living. In our practice we have a number of small to medium size businesses, which are the driving force of the Canadian economy. Surveys, year after year, show more jobs created by these companies than by the big national and international corporations. As well, these companies are often the most innovative. Large corporations often buy up the small companies in order to get new ideas. One need only look at the recent acquisitions of relatively new IT start ups by Google, Microsoft and others. Unfortunately, small and medium businesses can find themselves at a disadvantage. Governments like the headlines that show some big corporation is opening a new factory or even just staying put. This might be the headline, even if there had been a net loss in jobs and the factory may have employed more people previously. And to add insult to injury, a government loan or subsidy in the billions may have been made to induce the corporation to come or stay. Meanwhile small companies may have a hard time attracting talented people because they

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can’t offer the benefit packages of large corporations. Medical costs continue to rise and it is difficult and expensive for small businesses to acquire benefit packages. When I started my business over thirty years ago, I seldom saw a claim for a medical deduction, but now with annual premiums of around one thousand dollars and increasing costs for pharmaceuticals and other medical services, a medical claim on a tax return is a very common occurrence. The people who are making the claims are those who can afford the higher cost, even if it might be difficult. Many individuals now cannot afford to pay. Recent news indicates that one third of prescriptions are not filled because of the cost. There are two problems that I can see with the tax treatment for medical expenses. First of all, before making a claim, the costs must exceed the lessor 3% of net income or $2,109 in taxation year 2013; there is no claim available if one is not taxable. Therefore, there is no taxable deduction if you are poor, although you may qualify for pharmacare in some provinces. Second, the wealthier you are, the larger your relative potential benefit. This benefit makes the ability of larger firms to attract employees easier, as they will have lower costs because of a larger staff

and economies of scale. It seems strange that governments would assist larger corporations, which create fewer jobs, by subsidizing them directly with loans and grants. Plus, the tax system is organized to provide an additional advantage. I have a couple of ideas and would welcome any other suggestions for discussion. Group buying by the government(s) of pharmaceuticals would reduce overall costs for everyone. Pharmaceutical companies would be able to compete and bid to supply Canadians. A deduction for medical should either be removed or the percentage should be the same for everyone or better yet made a refundable claim. Medicare coverage should be more comprehensive, so small companies would have the same advantages as large corporations. Lee Iococca said many years ago that health care in Canada was an advantage that made each car thousands of dollars cheaper to manufacture in Canada. Why not assist the entire economy to be more competitive? Terry Robert B.A., C.M.A., C.G.A. Robert Accounting LLP Certified General Accountants accountants.mb.ca Please note that this column deals with details and circumstances in a general way and comments are meant solely as a guide. For your protection, a professional accountant is recommended and should be consulted before making any decisions regarding anything discussed in this column.

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Shooting guns to support liver disease By Jackie Doming

“There’s nothing more fun than being able to shoot your friends.” Bianca Pengelly, Manitoba’s Regional Coordinator with the Canadian Liver Foundation, isn’t a proponent of violent activity in our city. She’s promoting an upcoming charitable Airsoft tournament at Xtreme Tactics to raise money for crucial patient support and research funding. A large population in Winnipeg lives day-to-day suffering from liver disease. Such diseases are also prominent in the Filipino population. As of 2011, hepatitis B (known as the silent infection) affects approximately 16 million people in the Philippines,

and 3.48 million Filipinos are also living with hepatitis C. Xtreme Tactics recently held an event to fundraise for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. They will be donating their services towards the upcoming Canadian Liver Foundation tournament. “This is the first time that the Canadian Liver Foundation will be doing this type of event,” said Pengelly. “I have a personal relationship with the gentleman who owns the place. He had suggested it, and he’s very big on helping out.” Pengelly enjoys investing her time and energy into the Foundation – and not just because it’s her job.

“I myself was diagnosed with liver disease when I was a child. I had a liver transplant when I was an infant. I started volunteering with our chapter a couple years ago, because I simply wanted to be a part of it. I wanted to give back to what was given to me. This is my dream job.” Pengelly is also handcrafting bracelets made out of parachute cord to raise additional funds for the organization. The paracord bracelets will be made in blue and yellow to represent liver disease. Each bracelet will cost $10.00, and will be available at the tournament and Foundation office (210-375 York Ave. – RBC Convention Centre).

Bianca Pengelly and a volunteer at the annual Stroll for Liver.

Airsoft Tournament in support of the Canadian Liver Foundation Sunday, May 18, 2014 Game 1: 7 p.m. Game 2: 8 p.m. Interactive target range: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Admission: $20 (with own equipment) If you do not have your own equipment, please visit xtreme-tactics.com for equipment rental rates If you haven’t played Airsoft before, please show up one hour early for a safety briefing. If you are 16 or 17, your parents much accompany you to sign a waiver form. Raffle prizes will also be available to win at the tournament.

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Ian Falk (XT staff member) and Gord Lai (Manager of XT)

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Get Pin-spired! A pinay’s guide to planning your big day

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he modern day bride has come to use Pinterest for a plethora of purposes. This useful (though, often time-sucking) social network has thousands of different ideas on reusing mason jars, building your own photo booths, and planning your big day on a tight budget. If you have yet to discover the joys of being Pin-spired, there's still hope. Take in these few pieces of advice and you'll be well on your way to becoming the ultimate DIY bride. Pick a theme. This is your best starting point. You can choose from a wide array of themes, ranging from sophisticated chic to relaxed beach bum. Pinterest has also recently added some sophisticated keyword searching functionality to help pull

relevant and related categories. What’s neat is that once you start building boards with overhanging themes, the “Explore Interests” menu will intelligently identify these categories for you. You can DIY it! Pinterest’s greatest strength is its repertoire of do-it-yourself tutorials for just about anything under the sun. This is especially useful if you're going for a fun or rustic look. Your options aren't limited, however - you'll also find some great articles on budgeting and organizing for your wedding day. Have a dress in mind? There are plenty of elegant, over-the-top and unique examples to pull from this website. I recommend picking a few distinct styles and bringing them to the bridal salons during your dress hunt.

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One warning: don't stick to a very specific style in your mind, or look for a carbon copy of what you've Pinned. Use these examples as loose inspiration, as oftentimes you'll never find a duplicate dress in our market (we're often a few seasons behind and some Pins are rare designer pieces).

Get fit and fabulous. Beyond the conventional wedding-related Pinterest uses, there are many other great resources on the network to help you prepare for your walk down the aisle. More specifically, if you plan on shedding a few pounds to fit in your ideal dress, you’ll find fitness tips aplenty. You can use the “Health & Fitness” section to pull up calorie-

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aware recipes, workout regimens and wedding-specific moves to help sculpt problem areas (like your arms, back, waist). And there you have it. These are just a few ideas to get you started with one of the most powerful wedding resources on the internet. Happy Pinning, and don't forget to start building pin boards to house all your inspiring wedding ideas!


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Overwhelmed by outpouring response, AIM plans more charitable missions in the Philippines how beautiful the smiles of the children, how tight the hugs of our kababayans," Myra added. " And also, we have to thank our sponsors for their donations." AIM raised Ph400,000 in cash and many boxes of goods shipped to the Philippines; and during their missions, extra money was needed. "When the people saw that Mario had money, they ran after him and asked for more, and sometimes our group members would give Ph2,000, sometimes Ph500,” Myra said. Pure Gold Supermarket

handled the individual packaging of their donations. This is AIM’s 5th charitable mission in the Philippines. AIM officers and members will go further to engage in the charitable missions in the Philippines, so, they have started gathering toys, goods and last April 5, 2014 fund raising event, AIM was able to raise $7,000 which will be used to build a chapel in Santo Tomas, Batangas. Association of Ilocanos in Manitoba (AIM) has aimed higher to share what we have, the blessings we receive in Winnipeg.

Crowd of people waiting for the food and goods to be distributed.

Welcome event for the 4 Winnipeg couples.

Souvenir group picture to celebrate AIM’s mission to the Philippines.

The ladies, Remy Amoyo, Myra Rosario, Chie Ominga and Vivian David find time to relax.

The Winnipeg couples, Jun and Vivian David, Romy and Chie Ominga, Mario and Myra Rosario, and Danny and Remy Amoyo pose for a souvenir photo with the recipients of AIM’s charitable mission.

"The essence of giving to the less fortunate is the most unforgetable experience we had in our charity mission in the Philippines; to see the smiles of the children, and to feel the tight hugs of the recipients would give you too much satisfactions, more than thanks we received," Myra Rosario said, 1st. vice-president, Association of Ilocanos in Manitoba (AIM). Myra Rosario, together with her husband, Mario Rosario, immediate president of AIM; AIM president Romy Ominga and his wife, Chie, asst. auditor; Danny and Remy Amoyo, 2nd vice president and treasurer respectively; and Jun and Vivian David, owners/proprietors of Juvian Restaurant in Notre Dame and McPhilips Station Casino, arrived

after a three-week charity mission in the Philippines. The four couples who left for the Philippines to distribute goods and donate money to the town Santo Tomas, Batangas; Baler, Aurora; and in the Ilocos Region. at the height of frigid winter last January, being the 5th year of AIM's charitable mission. The Omingas, the Rosarios and the Davids experienced first face to face encounter with our less fortunate kababayans. The Amoyos had been in this mission for many times. Myra Rosario added: "Our newly-found friends told us that we are the only group who gave so much without asking any favours." "We are blessed in this adopted country and we have to share with our kababayans the blessing what we are

receiving, and that was we had done when we went to the Philppines," Chie Ominga said. "Jun and I had been moved to tears when we encountered those who received our gifts and money, and being our first time to engage with those less fortunate, we thought of how lucky we are in Canada, and that most of the time, we do not appreciate what we have in Winnipeg, and we did not realize that there thousands of people who need help. And we will do this again," Vivian David said, as her husband, Jun David, smiled with great satisfaction that both of them volunteered their time and money to AIM's mission to the Philippines. "We are encouraging other officers and members of AIM to go with us, to experience, first hand,

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Manitoba Government Upgrading More Winnipeg Recreation Facilities Province Supporting Community-driven Projects For Safe, Fun Neighbourhoods: Minister Chief

Kevin Chief, Minister of Children and Youth Opportunities and Minister responsible for the City of Winnipeg, was joined by Matt Wiebe, MLA for Concordia and Kevin Gibson of Status 4 to announce the second round of intake for the Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program. The three-year program provides $7.5 million in grants for projects that will provide long-term recreational and wellness benefits to communities. Status 4, a nonprofit providing youth with accessible music and media programs, used the program to improve their facility.

Winnipeggers looking for support to upgrade or expand public or not-forprofit recreation facilities can apply for funding from the provincial government as the second round of intake begins for a $7.5 million, three-year program, Children and Youth Opportunities Minister Kevin Chief, minister responsible for the City of Winnipeg, announced today. “Many Winnipeggers who are known around the world for their success in music, sports and cultural activities got their start in our community centres, sports fields or arenas,” said Minister Chief. “We want to support the volunteers and community leaders who work to give our young people opportunities to discover and grow their talents and find a sense of belonging in their neighbourhoods.” The program will begin accepting applications today for projects that will provide long-term recreational and wellness benefits to communities. The program provides

grants to support not for profit or city-owned community recreation facilities within Winnipeg. Eligible projects involve rehabilitation, improvement or expansion of existing community assets such as athletic facilities, community centres, parks and cultural facilities. Non-profit community organizations and city-owned facilities can apply until May 16. The program provides grants with no requirement of matching funding from project proponents. The minister noted, since the program launched last year, the province has committed more than $3.8 million towards 91 projects that have helped upgrade community centres, parks, trails, bike paths, arenas and gyms in Winnipeg. More information and grant applications are available at the Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program website at www.gov.mb.ca/ia/wcip/index.html.

Manitoba Career Colleges: An Intergral Part of Canada Job Grant Implementation Minister Kenney visits Winnipeg's Robertson College With the government of Manitoba and the federal government signing the final agreement related to the Canada Job Grant, career colleges are gearing up to respond to the needs of employers. Employers wishing to take part in the Canada Job Grant program will look at post-secondary institutions able to offer training programs targeted to their needs. Career colleges are well positioned to respond to these needs and already have partnerships with various employers in Manitoba. “Career colleges are an integral part of the post-secondary education sector and their innovative and flexible nature makes them natural

partners for employers wishing to take part in the Canada Job Grant. Career colleges across Canada are demonstrating the success we can achieve when employers are directly involved in training decisions," said Employment and Social Development and Multiculturalism Minister Kenney today during a visit to Robertson College. "Career colleges work regularly with employers to train the employees that they need. The Canada Job Grant program will enable more employers to recruit skilled employees," said Wayne Palendat, President of the Manitoba Association of Career Colleges.

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n April 23, 2014, the MFBC held a CanadianPhilippines Trade Mission Report Event at the Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites. At the event, members and guests had the opportunity to learn about the MFBC’s current and expanding trade mission initiatives through a presentation by Darin Hoffman (Owner, Phil Can Business Synergies Corp.).

He was also formally announced as the new MFBC Trade Mission Chair. Members and guests had the chance to explore international trade opportunities through initiatives presented by the World Trade Centre Winnipeg, Derek Earl (Director, International Trade) and Alberto Velasco (Project Manager).

JR Alibin, Jeff Doneza, Ronaldo Opina, Honorary Consul (Tourism) and Sammy Sarte

For those interested in discovering more opportunities for international business, please visit: wtcwinnipeg.com. The MFBC would like to send a special thank you to the World Trade Centre Winnipeg and our event photographer, Jason Abraham Photography.

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Member Profile:

Todd Labelle Todd Labelle works at Avison Young. He is a commercial real estate agent, and has worked in the industry for the last eight years. The last four years have been dedicated to commercial real estate. He enjoys working in real estate because it gives him the opportunity to be creative in finding solutions for his clients. Beyond the MFBC, Todd is a member of BNI Trailblazers. Him and his wife are also producers. When his wife moved here from the Philippines, he realized there was a shortage of activities to do that could help with her homesickness. Therefore, he recently arranged a successful show called 4 DA LAFFS starring Pokwang, K Brosas, Chokoleit and Pooh. Why did Todd join the MFBC? “I joined the MFBC to connect with the Filipino

community. It is very strong and growing and I wanted to be able to be part of it. There are so many great businesses out there and more coming. I want to help entrepreneurs looking to cater to the Filipino community.”

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catering to a broad Filipino audience. They started hosting events last year, and have had great success since. Katya earned her B.Sc in Biology in the Philippines, and has eight years of experience in the call centre industry. She is currently a partner in Todd Labelle Promotions. Katya joined the MFBC two years ago. What motivates her? “I love being a member of the MFBC because it gives me the opportunity to meet and connect with other Filipino business people.” Her main focus now is to bring entertainment to her The name of Todd and fellow kababayan by making Katya’s company is Todd them smile and feel good Labelle Promotions. It’s inside. an entertainment company

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The Republic of Adobo by Rod E. Cantiveros

Crisanta Noble, a 32 year old, is all smiles as she pours newly brewed coffee to a customer and says: “Fresh coffee for you.” Alex Santos, a 20-year old single accepts an order for a hamburger and softdrink from a Filipino customer: “Parang Pinas kami dito, halos lahat Pinoy.” (It is almost like Philippiines, most of us are Filipinos working here.”) These two Filipinos, not their real names, have been working at the two famous franchise restaurants less than two years; and thru their smiles, their way of welcoming and serving the customers, have all the winnings ways, truly great employees in a food industry in Edmonton, making them as the most adaptable employees in the food industry, but, both of them are temporary workers in Canada. And their the lives of their families have changed for the better. “Tamo, iyang si Nanang Bibay nakabili na ng kotse, aba, ang dalawang anak niya’y nagtratrabaho sa McDo sa Edmonton.” said by her neighbor in a suburbs of Manila. (Look at Nanay Bibay, she was able to buy a car due to her two sons working in McDo in Edmonton.”) But lately, Crisanta and Alex’s friends and relatives in Manila are facing a bleak future to work in Canada as temporary workers, a stressful news for those who have been waiting for approval, and a sense of unreallized dreams for applicants who want to help their families from the economic hardships in a politically embedded economy in the Philippines, a country where politics define the social and economic status, pardon my punt, due to the congenitalcorruption of the majority of our appointed and

elected public officials. (Even those “ghost employees” who collect their salaries every the 15th and 30th of the month,are protected by elected officials.) The action of Jason Kenny, Federal Minister of Employment, against the reported abuses of the Federal Temporary Workers Program, resulted to many anxieties among the prospective temporary workers in the Philippines. Program, resulted to many anxieties among the prospective temporary workers in the Philippines. Furthermore, the moratorium also hurts the bottom lines of some restaurant owners: “ We have to shut down some of our hours of operation, we have had too much turnover of Canadian workers, they want to work in the offices and in the oilsands,” one of the employers said.”Most of them do not want to work in various shifts.” “This is unfair for those who have qualified to work as temporary workers here in Canada, they deserved respect.” said by one of our kababayans. “Best workers naman ang mga Pinoy.” (Filipinos are the best workers.) But the Federal Temporary Worker Program has many critics and lately these crtics are very vocal: “These temporary workers lower our labour standard, they accept even low wages, just to get out from their poverty in their countries,” extolled by one of the union leaders in the Western Canada. And from a certain Martin Collacott, secretary of the Centre for Immigration Policy Reform in Vancouver, as the National Post reported, he said: “Canadians are

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well aware that there are already large number of people in the country who are unemployed and prepared to work for reasonable wages. These include unemployed youth, aboriginals, recent immigrants and people laid off from the manufacturing industry. Public opinion is therefore, increasingly in favour of a drastic reduction in the temporary worker program. The sooner the government takes action on this, the better.” And from the Banks of Montreal and TD, in their released studies, widespread labour and skill shortages were a myth!

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Temporary workers from some countries serve as one of the economic engines in any industry. Look at the Middle East. so progressive, and yet, employers accept so many temporalry workers in the various industries. And Canada cannot be isolated from these hard working foreign workers. Canada needs them and the abuses by some sectors, as reported, are isolated! I do hope these critics will go to these franchises and pour fresh coffee and slice a new-heated bagel! And please smile and have a happy face while serving, an

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important quality in the hospitality industries. And for Christina and Alex, their relatives and friends can wait! The Filipinos in the fast food industry have all the smiles while serving the Canadian public. As one of the employers say: “The Filipinos are the best employees. with fresh smiles while serving fresh coffee.” And who can argue with this statement. Go and ask for a cup of fresh brewed coffee, and with their smiles, they have made your day, great!


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