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Ferdie Mendita State Warden Elect of Knight of Columbus

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Rizalenos & Friends Annual Sportfest Page 17 ► Photo by Kaye Castejon Photography

New immigration option for foreign workers in Alberta Page 24 ► The Rizalenos & Friends

Pateros Celebrate the Feast of St. Marta

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(L-R) Matt Jeneroux, MLA for Edmonton-South West; Naresh Bhardwaj, MLA for Edmonton-Ellerslie; Sohail Quadri, MLA for EdmontonMill Woods joined Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk, Finance Minister Doug Horner, and Brady Whittaker, president and CEO of the Alberta Forest Products Association at AINP announcement of new Alberta Work Experience Category that allows temporary foreign workers to apply to nominate themselves for permanent residency.


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he Filipino Community have another venue to show our Filipino Pride and share our beautiful heritage to the world. Add to your list, The Calgary Stampede Parade (Prelude) as Possibilities in Motion (PiM) Foundation will proudly continue to facilitate our Filipino Community Prelude Entry every year. With PiM’s dedicated partners, donors, volunteers and support of its sponsors, the Filipino-Calgarian community can expect an outstanding display of ‘Bayanihan’ in our City through the prelude parade and eventually through our very first Filipino Community float. For its second year PiM Foundation, its members and volunteers have had the greatest honor to be able to work with our Filipino Community’s many different amazing groups, associations, organizations and businesses. Because of team work, the Filipino Community have successfully represented The Philippines and once again became a part of The Greatest Show On Earth. In fact, the Calgary Stampede Committee (Prelude) was worried that because of the recent flood that challenged our city, there would not be a Filipino Entry as some of the participants have pulled out from the show. We proudly replied to them, ‘Hell or High Waters the Filipino-Calgarians will be there to

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show our love and support to our beloved City. After all, the show must go on!' Very talented Filipinos and non-Filipino group who are multiawarded gave us top quality performance and authentic cultural dances have done our community proud. They gave a performance that is especially dedicated to our Calgarians and neighbouring towns who suffered from the flood disaster. Our spirit as Calgarians and as Filipinos will not be washed away but will only make us stronger and a better community united. According to the Calgary Police Services, over 300,000 thousand of proud Calgarians and people from all over the world sat and witnessed the parade kick off to Calgary Stampede 101. Plus the millions of viewers from around the globe as our entry was covered by many international television stations, including TFC Balitang Canada, a ABS-CBN broadcasting station in the Philippines. (July 14, 2013 issue) The showcasing of our beautiful Filipino Heritage in the streets of 6th Ave from 1st Street up to 10 Street during the Stampede prelude parade (8:00am to 9:00am) was only icing on the cake. The display of unity by so many individuals and groups was profound. Business supporters (Pacific Hut Restaurant, Greatway Financial, UMAC Cargo

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Express, Robinsons Land Corp.) Filipino organizations (AKRA, Kasayahan, Universe Soul, Babae, CAFFA, PIOCC, IPA,) , partners (ECCC, Vivero Films, Chinook Glass, McDonalds -Mount Royal, Chicken on the Way – Temple, Media Sponsors (TV Pilipino, Diaryo Filipino, Pinoy Times, Mabuhay Calgary, Pinoy Radio) , donors and volunteers. ‘Bayanihan’ is truly alive and in motion here in Calgary, as proven by them. PiM Foundation would have never done this without all of you. The team of Possibilities in Motion (PiM) Foundation, is a Filipino and nonFilipino young adult driven organization, registered not for profit organization in Alberta, established since 2010 would like to thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts for entrusting us and giving us the chance to serve our community. We envision an empowered Filipino community, united in their dedication to build a socially responsible global society. Our mission is to be an exemplary leader in Canada in educating, engaging, and inspiring Filipinos and Canadian friends. As individuals we uphold the values of mutual respect, unwavering integrity, responsive teamwork and selfless service. Maraming salamat po for giving us the opportunity to do just that. Thank you Filipino Community! Mabuhay ang Pilipino!

***If you missed our parade performance, you can check it out in YouTube ‘Bayanihan in Stampede 101’. Balitang Canada segment on it is posted on PiM’s Facebook. com/FilipinoEmpowerment. To get involved as a sponsor, partner, member or volunteer please reach us via email, pimfoundation@yahoo. ca or by phone 587-700-1047and look for Analyn. PiM is always needing dedicated, passionate and talented individuals or group to work with our initiatives.

***Join us for PiM’s next project this year, Parol Lantern Festival (Workshop and Competition) on November. We need sponsors, partners and volunteer art instructors. Especially we call on kids/youth who would like to join the parol making workshop in preservation and promotion of our heritage to the next generations. We will be accepting entries for the Parol Making Contest by all age group or ethnicity. Watch for details by August in our facebook.

Alberta Filipino Journal Available Now in a New Outlet in Fort McMurray, AB Welcome Alberta Filipino Journal at the Asian Mini Mart in Ft. McMurray, Alberta. A big thank you to Mr. & Mrs. Jerry & Anna Hipolito for their hospitality and for accommodating to distribute the Alberta Filipino Journal in their store. In the picture is Jude Eustaquio, North America Area Manager of Robinsons Land Corporation on his successful visit to Ft. McMurray.

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A tennis fan trapped in a hockey country split second, there is no time for pondering. Whether forehand or backhand, you decide only after the ball is suspended in the air. Sometimes you go by instinct, you run to the left not sure if the ball will go that direction. Sometimes you gamble, you approach the net with no assurance of scoring. Tennis breaks racial boundaries. If basketball is for the United States and soccer is for Europe, well, tennis is for all continents. Regardless of by Erlinda Dolly Tan height and hair color, this sport is erlindatan@yahoo.com open to the world. Asians included. When China’s top ranked player, Li The writer is an engineer by profession. Na, entered the world’s top ten few She was the Editor-in-Chief during her university days and has not stopped writing years back, she signalled the arrival since. She has four gold fish and one of Asians in tennis. betta. She delights in watching movies Above all, there is drama. Some the traditional way by sitting at the theatre players actually smash their racquets, with popcorn rather than at home. She loves books and is right now reading Dan out of frustration. But immediately Brown’s Inferno. they receive warning from the umpire. Champions cry, they drop No, tennis is not boring. It’s the most to the ground and praise heaven, they rip their shirt off from relief, and in thrilling sport I know of. It’s a physical battle. You chase between all these, history unfolds. the ball for three to five hours. Some games are more than five hours. In A huge tennis fan I am a patriotic tennis fan. fact, the longest tennis match in history lasted 11 hours played over That is the most moderate way I can three days at the 2010 Wimbledon describe my love for the sport. I Championships. Oh, was I lucky to am a loyal follower for about three decades now. I wake up at two in the have witnessed that! It’s an emotionally tough sport. morning to watch the finals. I shun You play alone (except for Doubles). time difference. At the Australian No coaching, no talking, not even Open for example, I am wide awake sign language. You sit by yourself at the wee hours even as the whole during breaks with cameras on your of Canada sleeps. One time, my face. When things go wrong, you neighbour told me it was so bizarre absorb all the boos from the crowd. that she smelled popcorn at three in Swearing and smashing of racquet the morning. I just smiled. I skip appointments to watch the are not allowed. It’s a mentally challenging finals. If it happens that I am out of sport. You make a decision in a the house, I watch in my phone. The

players are too small they are like ants running around in my screen. I have some tennis T-shirts. I have a racquet pendant. I have pictures of the world’s top players mounted on my fridge. I confess I am a tennisholic and I don’t know what medication to take. Fast forward One day in 2009, I migrated to Canada, a world renowned hockey country. I witnessed the nation’s obsession for hockey. I felt so alone in my tennis world. I had no one to talk to. Not one of my officemates was into my sport. I would check the TV and all sport channels were showing hockey, even as a tennis grandslam tournament was on going. I then would just go online and be contented with a live streaming. When Eugenie Bouchard, the highest ranking Canadian female player, qualified to play for the French Open this year, I rejoiced. I joined her fans club and read all news items about her. I was so happy when, from rank #77 in the world, she became #66 in just few weeks. When she played against Maria Sharapova, I cheered for her. Only with Bouchard, I would go against Sharapova. Last month at the Wimbledon, when Bouchard beat former world #1 Ana Ivanovic at the third round, I celebrated and danced in the office. I asked myself, what will I do if a Canadian reaches the finals? I might paint my face with a maple leaf. I give the same kind of support to Milos Raonic, the highest ranking Canadian male player, #15 in the world. I am a staunch Rafael Nadal

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follower but if he plays against Raonic, I will cheer for the latter. All because he is Canadian and I live in Canada. Wishes I hope Bouchard and Raonic will pave the way for Canada to love tennis, like hockey. I don’t believe the cold weather is reason enough to shun the sport here. Some of the world’s top players come from winter countries. I know a major grandslam or a Canadian Open is wishful thinking

for now. Maybe not until a Canadian hit rank #1. But in tennis, everything is achievable. I was there when Sharapova won her first grandslam. I was there when she became world #1. I will be there when Bouchard wins her first grand slam. I will be there when she becomes world #1. Big dream, I admit. But this is tennis. Where big dreams must technically start from the very bottom. No, tennis is not boring. Come sit with me at two in the morning, I promise you will love the popcorn.

Novena to the most sacred heart of Jesus and St. Jude may the most Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised, blessed ,loved, adored and glorified throughout the whole World now and forever, amen. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus , pray for us. St. Jude worker of miracles, help to the helpless. pray for us. Recite this prayer 9 times daily for 9 days. Prayer will be answered by the 8th day. It has never failed. Publication must be promised. Thank you very much most Sacred Heart of Jesus and St. Jude, for favors granted.

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sang karangalan para sa ating komunidad ang ginawa nina Angie Sta. Ana, at ng mga kasama niyang tenants sa isang apartment na kanilang tinitirahan sa Westend. Sa katunayan, sa tinagal-tagal ng mga Pilipino dito sa Winnipeg, ngayon lang muli  nagkaroon ng pagkakataon na makipag-ugnay ang mga tenants sa pangunguna ni Angie Sta. Ana, at mga kasamahang sina Ana Tasico, mag-asawang Alag, V. Lampa, L. Redoblado, M. Teano, M. Ramirez, at E. Evangelista at iba pang mga tenants sa Filipino Journal upang ilathala ang kanilang magandang balita sa pagkapanalo nila laban sa isang landlord, bilang desisyong ibinigay ng  Residential Tenancies Commission kamakailan lang. Ang mga kababaihang ito ay nagkaroon ng lakas na loob at matigas na desisyon na ipaglaban ang kanilang karapatan. Ang pagtaas ng renta, sa 38.15% ay hindi makatao. At sa kanilang mga hearing, nagtistigo sila sa mga ginawang kapalpakan ng landlord. At dito nabulgar, ang dagdag na halaga sa mga resibong inilahad ng may-ari ng apartment. May isang kababayan tayong may kompanya at nagbigay ng quotation sa may-ari ng apartment. Nagtitistigo ang ating kababayan na wala silang ginawa sa apartment. Nagtaka ang kababayan kung bakit may resibong isinumite ang may-ari. Pero ang ginawa ng landlord, ginamit ang stationery at ginawang resibo bilang gastos sa renovation. Lahat yata ng kompanyang nagserbisyo at nagsupply ng mga gamit ay nagtestigo pagkatapos tanggapin nila ang subpeona upang tumistigo sa hearing. Nalaman ng tanggapan na iniretoke ang mga resibo at kakaiba ang halagang inilahad ng may-ari

ng apartment at ng mga resibo ng mga kompanya. Maraming dagdag na halaga ang nabulgar sa hearing. At kung hindi nagreklamo ang ating mga kababaihang ito, tagumpay ang landlord. Nagkaroon sila ng lakas na ipaglaban ang kanilang karapatan bilang mga tenants. At sa aming mga panayam, doon  ko nakita at nadama ang lakas ng kanilang desisyon na ipagpatuloy ang kanilang laban sa kabutihan ng mga tenants. Sa kasalukuyan, libu-libong mga Filipino ang dumadating dito sa Winnipeg. Salamat sa Provincial Nominee Program at ang Philippines ay isang nangungunang bansa na pinagmumulan ng mga bagong immigrant o bagong dating. At sa pagkakataong ito, marami ang dumadating na nais magkaroon ng matitirahan at mga apartment naman ang kanilang pansamantalang tirahan. Gusto ng mga landlord na ang kanilang mga tenant ay mga Filipino. Mahusay at marunong mag-alaga ng kanilang tirahan att madaling paki-usapan. Kung minsan, sa mga masamang landlord, ang mga Filipino ay madaling lukuhin at madaling takutin. Walang reklamo kung patungan man ng mas mataas sa antas ng regulasyon sa upa sa apartment o dili kaya, wala silang magawa kung ang landlord ay hindi sinunod ang mga pangako katulad ng bagong fridge, oven or anumang gamit sa apartment. Mula pa noong magkaroon kami ng Filipino Journal noong 1987, maraming tumatawag sa amin upang magpatulong sa kanilang mga problema sa trabaho, o sa kanilang landlord, o dili kaya sa kapwa nating Filipino. Inihahain nila ang kanilang problema at ang sabi naman namin, ang batas dito ay pantay-pantay. Hindi katulad sa atin na ang batas ay kakaiba:

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may batas para sa mga mayayaman; at may batas para sa mga mahihirap. Ang payo naman namin ay magkaroon ng pagkakataon na tumawag ng pulis, at magkaroon ng record; magpunta sa mga tanggapan at ihain ang mga reklamo. Karamihan, hindi natutuloy dahil natatakot daw sila. Baka daw sila ipadeport. Baka daw sila saktan. Baka daw sila balikan. Huwag na lang daw at bahala ng ang Diyos. Hindi natutuloy ang mga habla dahil sa ang mga witness ay walang panahon sa korte. At saka baka daw silang inglisan nang inglisan. Marami na kaming karanasan sa mga pagtulong, at sa pagbibigay ng payo sa ating mga kababayan kung ano ang dapat gawin. At ang karamihan

ay hindi natutuloy ang kanilang layunin. Busy daw sila. Hindi daw sila makaalis sa trabaho. Natatakot daw sila. Ang iba, baka ipadeport. Paano tayo uusad kung ganito tayo? At sa mga nakaraang mga kaso,may mga kababayan din tayo na nagkaroon ng lakas upang makipaglaban. Marami na din kaming natulungan sa pamamagitan ng pakikipag-ugnayan sa Filipino Journal at sa ibang mga lider ng ating kumunidad. (Nililipon namin ang mga lathala upang isa-aklat ang mga pangyayaring nagbigay dangal sa ating mga kababayan.) Pero, sa nangyari kina Angie Sta. Ana at ibang pang mga tenants sa naturang apartment, ay isang tagumpay sa mga Filipino dito sa Winnipeg. Nagsakripisyo sila ng kanilang oras upang ipaglaban ang kanilang karapatan. And ibang mga tenant ay may mga trabaho at naghahanap-buhay. Nagsikap silang dumalo sa mga hearing. Kaya, isang makabayaning-saludo sa kanilang tagumpay. Sabi nga ni Angie Sta. Ana: Siyam kaming nag-object sa itinaas ng renta ng landlord. Kung hindi kami nakipaglaban, kami ang kawawa. Hindi na namin kaya ang mataas na renta. Konti lang naman ang nakukuha naming pension o sa sweldo. Kaya ang masasabi ko sa ating mga

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kababayan huwag kayong matakot, wala kaming politikong kinapitan, at bilang mamayan, may karapatan tayong iharap ang mga problema sa pamahalaan. Huwag kayong pipirma o sasang-ayon sa anumang gusto ng inyong landlord. At ang lahat ng mga papeles ninyo ay ipunin at itago. Naku, napakarami palang kalukuhan ang ibang mga landlord. At isang malaking pasasalamat sa Diyos, sa kanyang tulong at awa." Ang desisyong ito ay ipadadala ng Commission sa tanggapan ng Attorney General at Minister of Justice at sa City Hall upang imbestigahan ang naturang kaso. At kung may problema kayo sa inyong landlord, makipag-ugnay sa Residential Tenancies Branch, sa 302-254 Edmonton at may telepono: (204.945-2476). Lahat ng rental increase, ay aaprobahan ng tanggapang ito at kung may objection, may hearing at magkakaroon din ng hearing sa Residential Tenancies Commission,1650-155 Carlton St., across Winnipeg Convention. At makipag-ugnayan sa Filipino Journal dahil sa kasalukuyan may isa pang reklamong inihain ang iba nating mga kababayan sa naturang tanggapan. Sulong Tandang Sora! Sulong LapuLapu! 


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Lito Mendoza Velasco Lito Velasco, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy A homoviator, a catalyst of change. He moves in the light of his Philosophical, Political and Theological backgrounds. He loves challenges and believes he learns and improves his critical thinking from those challenges.

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ayong mga Pinoy ay kilala sa pagiging “Sakop-Oriented,” lalo na kung patungkol sa pagtatagumpay ang kaganapan. Inaangkin ng karamihan ang tagumpay ng iilan o iisa. Subalit, ang kabiguan ng isa ay kabiguan lamang niya. Sa kadahilanang ito, lalong dumarami ang nabibigo dahil nagtatalaga sila ng mga batayan kung paano at kailan sila aasenso sa buhay. At iyon ay ayon o nakasalalay sa taong kanilang inaasahan. Tila baga alikabok, ang layo ng liliparin ay depende sa ihip ng hangin. Halimbawa, si Kulas ay nakapagtapos ng kursong abogasiya o medisina. Mapapansin natin na

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hindi lamang ang pamilya ni Kulas ang nagdiriwang kundi ang buong barangay o bayan. Napagmasdan mo rin ba, na kapag isa sa ating mga kamag-anakan ay papaalis ng Bansang Pilipinas upang hanapin ang magandang kapalaran sa pangingibang-bayan, hindi pa man lamang hawak ng aplikante ang kanyang pasaporte, tiyak na nabuo na ng isang Pinoy ang kanyang pangarap para sa sarili. At sasabihin pa sa sarili na: “ Sa oras na makaalis ang aking anak, kapatid, pinsan, o kaibigan, magpapatayo ako Sari-sari Store; maglalabas ng Jeepney o Tricycle na pamasada; isang araw, sa Canada na rin ako maninirahan; at kung anu-ano pang pagpa-planong pangkabuhayan. Ang problema, kukunin pala ang puhunan sa isang tao na papaalis pa lamang. Nakakatuwa ba ito o nakakatawa? Para bang alikabok, kung nasaan ang hangin hanggan duon lang ang kayang liparin. Teka, teka, bakit nga ba natutuwa ang isang Pinoy? Ang sagot: dahil alam niya na siya ay personal na makikinabang. Tulad ng magulang na tumustos sa pag-aaral ni Kulas. Natural lamang na sumarap naman ang kanyang buhay dahil makapag-aakyat na ng karangyaan ang isang abogado o doctor sa kanilang hagdanan. Kung minsan nga, tila baga isang puhunan ang anak o sinumang tinulungan na naging asensado na ang buhay. Kunsabagay, talaga namang ganun ang buhay— merong pagpapalitang panlipunan. Paagahan o una-una nga lamang yan. Tumulong ka at ikaw ay tutulungan. Pero, sana naman, tumulong ka rin kapag ikaw ay natulungan. Huwag nawang maputol sa’yo ang henerasyon ng bayanihan o damayan.

Pagtutuwid ng mga Kawikaan at Paghahambing: Gaano sila katotoo at kahalaga? Sabi nga: “Ang maagang ibon daw ay nakakadagit ng maagang bulate.” Wasto ba ang kawikaang ito? Mainam ito kung ikaw ang ibon. Paano naman kaya kung ikaw ang bulate? Ito ang isa pang tanong para sa atin: “Sa palarong basketball, sino ang naliligayahan, iyon bang nanood o yaong naglalaro?” 1. “Ang nanonood ang naliligayahan!” 2. “Ang naglalaro ang naliligayahan! • Sino nga ba mga ate at kuya? Pili na ng wastong kasagutan. Una o ikalawa? • Alin ang kahambing ng hangin at alin naman ang alikabok? Una o ikalawa? Kayo na po ang bahalang humusga mga kababayan, mambabasa at tagasubaybay ko at katuto! Subalit, kung nais n’yong marinig ang aking panig upang tayong lahat ay may tugmaan ng paniniwala o sususugang pamantayan at sabay-sabay na maging produktibong alikabok, maaari ninyo akong sulatan sa aking email address: litovelasco65@yahoo.ca. Teka, Teka, sa panahon na ipinamalagi ninyo dito sa Edmonton, Calagary, o saan mang sulok ng Alberta, nakaugit na ba sa inyong isipan kung sinu-sino ang mga kakilala, kaibigan, o maging kapamilya at kapuso ninyo ang may pag-uugaling-mala-alikabok? Iyong tipong, umaayon lamang sa kung saan lang andun ang ihip ng hangin? Alam naman ng lahat ang nais kong sabihin di ba? Alam n’yo rin naman marahil ang ibig sabihin ng salitang “balimbing.”

Teka, teka, unti-unti mo na rin bang nararamdaman ang pangangailangan sa pagbabaliktanaw sa iyong pinagmulan upang linangin, pagyamanin, at itugma ang sarili mong Kultura sa Lupaing kinaroroonan mo sa kasalukuyan. Ano sa palagay mo? Handa ka na bang iwaglit na muna ang rehiyon o organisasyon mo, upang yakapin ang iyong pagka-Filipino? Isang araw, tatawagin kang natatangi o katangi-tanging Filipino. Kilala sa pagiging masipag, magalang, at mapagmalasakit saan mang parte ng mundo maparoon o madako. Lahat naman tayo ay tila mga alikabok na ipinadpad lamang ng hangin patungo sa Lupaing ito ng Canada. Ano ang iyong plano? Maaari mo bang ibahagi sa pamamagitan ng Column ko dito sa Filipino Journal nang sa ganun ay ating mapagsaluhan? Wala ng tayo-tayo, kayo-kayo, sila-sila, o kanya-kanya. Isaisantabi na muna ang indibidwalismo at paksyunismo upang palakasin ang Filipinismo o Mahalikanismo! Panahon na upang isagawa o isakatuparan ang mga ginintuang pangarap na matagal na nating inaaasam! Pagsanibin na ang ating mga pwersa upang ipatayo ang PCCA-Philippine Cultural Center of Alberta! Tandaan, ang isang malabundok na alikabok, kapag ating nililok, nagiging imahen, na sa dambana ng lahi ay kay sarap iluklok! Bago man lamang sana tayo bumalik sa pagka-alikabok, ay meron na tayong obra maestrang naitampok; na sa susunod na henerasyon ay magiging inspirasyon!

Minister's Statement on World Population Day 2013 Ottawa - As the world’s population continues to grow well past the seven-billion mark, we are presented with both a challenge and an opportunity: nearly half of the world’s seven billion people are under the age of 25, and more than 90 percent of them live in developing countries. Youth in developing countries are an incredible resource and hold tremendous potential to make great contributions to their communities, societies, and economies. Yet, this potential can evaporate when expectations of education and jobs go unmet. In both developed and developing countries, investing in youth during their formative years can yield tremendous, sustainable

results. This is the reason why the Government of Canada is focusing its efforts on improving access to education and basic health care for young people. After all, health provides a foundation for learning. Improved health allows children to attend school regularly and maximizes their classroom time. Improving the health of mothers, newborns, and children, and reducing the number of preventable deaths, are priorities for Canada. We are leading a global effort with the Muskoka Initiative to mobilize others to help reduce maternal and infant deaths, and improve the health of mothers and children in some of the world’s poorest countries. The goal of the

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Muskoka Initiative is to prevent the deaths of as many as 64,000 mothers and 1.3 million children under the age of five. So far, our existing programming has achieved tangible results. In Bangladesh, more than 230,000 children have been vaccinated against serious childhood diseases. In South Sudan, more than 3,000 women delivered their babies safely. And in Ethiopia, we have provided vitamin A supplements to 1.5 million children under the age of five. In addition to education and health, young people and children also require protection and security. Often, the scourge of child labour and forced early marriages make children subject to violence,

exploitation, and abuse. Canada is committed to protecting the rights of children and youth to help them build better futures. On this World Population Day—and every day—we will remain resolute about bridging the gaps in global health, education, and security for the world’s most vulnerable, particularly youth. Canada remains dedicated to making a real difference by helping those most in need around the world build prosperous futures for themselves, their families, and their communities.

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vanilla chocolate bombs floating steady in my mouth to fashion something numb in sudden elasticity running lines through lazy digit strikes to imitate my life into Murakami shades that bleed in waves darker than you are thick because no one has figured out how lonely characters get in mid story line climactic so we write out the endings that help glorify the dull flatterings in backhanded neo McCarthyism conscious that egalitarian ethics is what we savoured in the bitter peaks of our early days

Happy 7th Birthday! Happy 7th Birthday to my precious and lovely daughter, Arielle Hope Velasco, as she celebrated it last July 14, 2013.

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New AINP “Alberta Work Experience Program” launched recently

Immigration News by Columbio (Jon) Salvador, BSc.

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(About the writer: Jon Salvador is a licensed immigration consultant and a member in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). He has more than 20 years of management and business experience in Canada. Prior to establishing his immigration consulting company, he worked for a U.S. based computer company and then at TELUS, the 2nd largest telecom company in Canada in various management positions. He is originally from Manila, Philippines and graduated from DLSU (De La Salle University) in Manila with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also studied Business Management at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. If you would like to request articles on other immigration topics for future “Alberta Filipino Journal” publications, you can contact Jon at (403) 241-6276 or at jon@nuerainc.ca or the publisher of this newspaper.

a. NOC: 0, A or B occupations, the TFW must show you have been working full-time in Alberta in an eligible occupation for two (2) out of the past three years; or b. NOC: C occupation, you must show you have been working full-time in Alberta in an eligible occupation for three (3) out of the past four years. 5. The TFW must submit a complete Alberta Work Experience Category Application for Nomination and other required supporting documents. B. List of Eligible In-Demand Occupations under the Program The eligible occupations have been identified using the 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) code and skill level. If an applicant’s current occupation’s skill

level changed from the 2006 NOC system to the 2011 NOC system, the application will be considered on the basis of the NOC code that is most beneficial to the applicant. Listed below are the in-demand occupations under NOC: O, A, B and C that are eligible only under this program: C. What work experience in Alberta are considered to be eligible Authorized work experience obtained in another eligible occupation will be considered where the occupation falls within the same industry/occupational group (ie. within the same NOC Skill Type column of the NOC Matrix) as your current occupation. For example, if an applicant is

working as a Finance Clerks Supervisor (NOC 1212) at the time of application, the applicant would need to demonstrate two out of three years work experience (as NOC 1212 is a skill level B occupation). o If the applicant had experience during the three years as an Accounting Clerk (NOC 1431), the applicant’s experience in these occupations would be eligible for consideration, as both occupations are on the eligible occupations list and both occupations are under the “Business, Finance and Administrative Occupations” column of the 2006 NOC Matrix. If the individual’s prior experience was as an Accountant (NOC 1111) instead of NOC 1431, the applicant’s work experience would also be eligible, as NOC 1111 is on the eligible occupations list as well, and

Great news for TFWs in Alberta! Effective June 20, 2013 the Alberta provincial government announced the launch of a new program under the AINP program called – Alberta Work Experience Program. This program allows eligible Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) in Alberta to apply to nominate themselves for permanent residency in Canada. There is no need to have their employer nominate them. Depending on the skill category of the TFW ( ie. NOC category: O, A, B or C), the worker must have at least 2 years or more of Alberta work experience in in-demand occupations and meet other program and federal government selection criteria. This new category is accepting applications only until November 28, 2013 (ie. the date of the application package is post-marked or dropped off in person at the AINP office). It is a time-limited opportunity. So if you are eligible… you should apply as soon as possible!

falls under the “Business, Finance and Administrative Occupations” column. o If the applicant’s experience during the three years was as a Customer Service Representative – Financial Services (NOC 1433), this experience would not be eligible as this is not an eligible occupation, even though it is still in the same column in the matrix. o Any work experience in an occupation outside of the “Business, Finance and Administrative Occupations” column, regardless if experience was gained working in an occupation on the eligible occupations list, would also not be eligible. NOTES: 1. Unauthorized employment (e.g. a violation of terms and conditions of a work permit) will not be counted towards meeting this work experience criteria. 2. If you work in a regulated occupation in Alberta, you must demonstrate that you have the required certificate, licence, and/or registration. The eligible occupations list above shows which occupations require certification, licensing or registration. D. Required English Language Test Scores The TFW must submit official test results showing that he/she meet the minimum language standards, and the test results cannot be more than two years old at the time of application to the AINP. The only English Language official test results that the AINP will accept are listed below: 1. IELTS – General Test Exams with minimum scores of: a. Listening: 4.5 b. Reading: 3.5 c. Writing: 4.0 d. Speaking: 4.0 2. CELPIP – General Test Exams with minimum scores of: a. Listening: 2H b. Reading: 2H c. Writing: 2H d. Speaking: 2H This program is great news for TFWs whose employers do not want to or cannot nominate them under the regular AINP program. The program is also great news for semi-skilled workers – who were previously not eligible under the regular AINP program (ie. Accounting and Related Clerks, Shippers & Receivers, Machine Operator, Mineral and Metal Processing, etc.). Unfortunately, the eligible lists in this program do not include: Food Counter Attendants, Cashiers and Kitchen Helpers.

A. Alberta Work Experience Program - Selection Criteria 1. The TFW must be currently residing in the province of Alberta. 2. At the time of application, the TFW must be working full-time in Alberta and have a valid Work Permit with temporary resident status from Citizenship and Immigration Canada to work in Alberta in one of the selected eligible occupations. 3. The TFW must intend to continue to reside in and work permanently in Alberta in one of the eligible occupations. 4. At the time of application, the TFW must show that he/she has been working full-time (ie. at least 30 hrs./week – excluding overtime) in Alberta in one of the eligible occupations. If the current occupation is a 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level:

Legal Disclaimer: This news article is designed for general information only. The information presented in this article should not be construed to be formal legal advice or the formation of a consultant/client relationship. Each individual situation is different and people should seek proper advice on their specific cases with a licensed immigration consultant of their choice.

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Stampede 2013 by Kaye Castejon

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tampede is a 10 day event held in Calgary, Alberta which brings the community together every year around July. This year after the devastating flood that hit our city, our community ensured we worked our hardest for the show to go on. The "Come Hell or High Water" slogan attracted not just people across our province but people around the world. We as

a city showed the world nothing is impossible. After experiencing a flood water level of 6 ft high in the Stampede grounds, we successfully managed to pull Stampede off and made it as successful as the previous years. With a refreshed sense of pride and honour for our city, we are no longer a city just about Stampede but we are now a symbol of peace and unity to the public eye.

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Wolfgang off to US & Canada for a series of shows Wolfgang, the Filipino heavy metal rock band will have a series of shows this July and August in the US and Canada. Composed of vocalist Basti Artadi, guitarist Manuel Legarda, bassist Mon Legaspi and drummer Francis “The Beast” Aquino, the band distinguished itself for winning numerous awards from NU107 Rock Awards, Awit Awards and the Malaysia-based AsiaVoize. The North American schedule billed as Rock

Summer 2013 kicks off on July 19 at Broadway Studios, San Francisco, California, then to L.A. on July 20 at the Beyond the Stars Palace, the East Coast on July 27 at the Laboom Lounge, Woodside, New York, and the Hard Rock Café at 63 W. Ontario St. in Chicago on Aug. 23, In Canada, Wolfgang will be at Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theater on July 26, Winnipeg on Aug. 3 at the Garrick Center, and Alberta on Aug. 4 at the River Cree Resort & Casino. The Kamikazee and singer Kitchie Nadal are also featured on the tour. Wolfgang was formed in January 1992 in Manila. The band

July 2013 holds the dissention of being the only Filipino rock band to release albums in Japan and the United States and for reaching Platinum record sales in the Philippines. The original line-up broke up in 2002 but was reformed in 2007 with a different roster of musicians. On August 2012, the band released their new single and music video, "Sandata", which is part of their 7th album "Ang Bagong Dugo Sa Lumang Ugat". The album is released in installments, while the first part is "Unang Kabanata" and first done entirely in Tagalog. The complete schedule of Wolfgang’s Philippine and international shows can be check out on Facebook.

Jessica Chryshaine Lukban Ibasco Celebrates Memorable 18th Birthday

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t was a night to remember for Jessica who celebrated her 18th birthday at Ramada Inn Conference Center last Saturday, May 18, 2013 attended

by families, relatives, friends and classmates. A message of heartfelt thanks conveyed her gratitude to everyone especially to her family.

Debutante: Jessica Chryshaine Lukban Ibasco

The Cotillionaires: (Cotillion Dancers): Nina Espiritu, Januel Ibasco, Esther Dimalanta, Luigi Santos, Ashely Soundara, Peter Tabernilla, Natasha Cubacub, Junnel Cagadas, Megan Mopas, Kevin Ibasco, Xania Gabi, Kian Malacapo, Martini Ouanesamone, Ralph San Juan, Teresa Huszar, Kenneth Ibasco, Jessica Chryshaine Lukban Ibasco (Debutante), Aaron Yee (Escort)

Manuel Ibasco family from left to right Manuel, Januel, Jessica and Ma. Gemma

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New immigration option for foreign workers in Alberta rate has been consistently As the MLA for Edmonton-Ellerslie, under five per cent for the last I am always available to assist year and we have a projected constituents. If you have any labour gap of 114,000 workers questions or concerns regarding the by 2021. Through the Alberta funding for flooding relief, flooding Experience Category, the information, the pre-loaded debit The Legislature Work cards, or any other matter, I can be Alberta Government is assisting reached in my constituency office at temporary foreign workers with by Naresh Bhardwaj 780-414-2000, or in my Legislature the skills needed in Alberta to office at 780-644-3845. Also, please MLA, Edmonton Ellerslie and Chair, Capital Region Caucus stay permanently and keep our subscribe to my e newsletter at economy growing. The new http://bhardwaj.mypcmla.ca/.e emporary foreign workers category is taking applications newsletter at http://bhardwaj. can now nominate until November 28, 2013. mypcmla.ca/. themselves for permanent residency under an expanded Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). Foreign workers in Alberta now have a new option to stay in Alberta permanently. The Alberta Work Experience Category of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program lets eligible foreign workers apply to nominate themselves for permanent residency. They need to have worked in a key in-demand occupation for two or more years and meet other program and federal government requirements. New immigration option for foreign workers in Alberta – good-news announcement by More than 100 occupations are Deputy Minister Lukaszuk. Pictured, from left, are MLA Naresh Bhardwaj, MLA Matt Jeneroux, MLA Sohail Quadri, Ben Sawatzky of Spruceland Millworks, Dorcas Sawatzky, eligible. Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk, and Minister Doug Horner. In Alberta, the unemployment

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Mr. Naresh Bhardwaj, MLA for Edmonton-Ellerslie (first row, 2nd from left) seen gathered here with members of the Filipino Retirees Association in Alberta and guests at his Constituency Canada Day Breakfast.

Dancers from the Filipino Retirees Association in Alberta dance for the breakfast crowd at MLA Bhardwaj’s Canada Day breakfast held at Summerside in Ellerslie, where over 1400 guests enjoyed wonderful food and a sun-filled morning.

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Horoscope A great way to slow your roll would be to laugh a lot -- so get together with people who always have a funny take on things. Their quips and witty comments will help take your mind off your urge to rush around, and will help you stay hopeful for the future. Spiritual teachings would give you inspiration to face the challenges in life.

Your friends and family have been an invaluable source of support and inspiration over the years, and it is time that you thanked them all for their devotion. This month can highlight your ability and inclination to choose well and faithfully respect new commitments and responsibilities.

You can walk away from something and even if you have to sacrifice money in the process you’ll maintain yourself respect. This will reduce your stress levels considerably. You will try to enhance relationship with subordinates.

Trust your instincts by placing your trust in those that you have relied on in the past and have not let you down. You need to do something innovative, daring, unusual, liberating, exciting, and challenging. You are inclined to act on some of the wilder impulses and desires you feel from time to time.

Slowing down might not feel comfortable right now, but it is the right thing to do. The intense energy you put out today shouldn’t be directed at solving problems or putting out fires. Instead, direct it solely at reducing the level of commitment in your life! Financial progress will be comforting.

Learn to own your charms, even if you’re normally a more shy and retiring type. Spending habits have to be controlled for better stability in finances. There will be certain individuals that won’t like what you are doing, make a point of not allowing others to ruin your plans.

You will be sincere towards work and at the same time be aware of the developments taking place. This is not the best time for making important decisions, signing documents, or travelling. Every once in a while, defeat is necessary. Take this as an opportunity to learn from your setbacks and you will come back stronger.

Matters are coming to a head. Old stagnant conditions involving personal projects, a family member, or a parent will be finalized. This is the time to establish good relationships between you and a parent or family elder.

The only way you can get what you want is by working for it. Right now, while your desire is still great, you have to start focusing all of your energy on reaching your goals. You can make things happen in your life. Huge opportunities are right in front of you.

Expect a cycle of increased popularity and happiness. As you become more popular, there are additional demands. There is no need to get involved in anyone else’s problems, even if you think you have a solution for them. Stay neutral right now.

– Your own Happiness really includes your family and friends state of mind so try to help them out whenever you can. A discussion with your partner or new flame brings hope of real satisfaction and a greater sense of togetherness.

– You’ll be getting a lot of positive reinforcement today in the form of beautiful words about how wonderful you are, how smart you are, how desirable you are. Naturally, this will leave you feeling pretty good about yourself!

PAHALANG 1 Pakiling 5 Pinaputi sa ilalim ng araw 11 Ribon 12 Punong kahoy 13 Bayan sakop ng Eastern Samar 14 Pang-ulam na manok 15 A small drink of liqour 16 Masagwa 17 Pag-iisip-isip 19 Hinahambalos 24 Isalansan

PABABA 25 Bayan sa Sulu 29 Higit, pang-uri 30 Malay 31 Probinsya sa CAR 32 Kamara ng mga komersiyo sa San Diego, CA 33 ______ Misalucha 34 Bayan sa Benguet 35 Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy

1 Girl’s Name 2 Ikaw 3 Ilatag 4 Software Operating System 5 Kasisindakan 6 Ibinoto 7 Panghalip 8 Tunggak 9 Lubha 10 Basag-ulo 16 Salamangkero 18 Gallium: sagisag

20 International Master 21 Bayan sa Tarlac 22 Ibon na nagtataglay ng mahiwagang kapangyarihan 23 Sisimot 25 Dangal 26 Lasa 27 Tatak 28 Sinta 31 Wala sa Kapampangan

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The Filipino communities are growing in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer & Fort McMurray. More & more events being passed along our way, we are looking to complement our team with volunteer photographers to cover all those events. As with any community newspaper, we focus on local events such as community gatherings, picnics, sporting events, press conferences, dinners. Some gigs can be as quick as 15-20 minutes and other can be long, painful & boring. Our goal is to find photographers that we can assign work to on any given story. The majority of the events are during the evenings and weekend. As far as compensation is concerned, we’re offering several options and considerations: 1. promotional compensation with photo credits on all photography used in our print and online editions. 3. advertising compensation with supporting photography services ad in our print edition. 4. royalties on any photographs sold through our website (in development). Interested photographers can submit their name and portfolio to info@FilipinoJournal.com

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2013 Honda Crosstour EX-L 2WD

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few weeks ago, I decided to purchase a new Honda Civic. It was the natural choice, considering my family has developed an allegiance to the Honda brand for their quality parts, reliable drive and good looks. That being said, I was thrilled to test-drive another vehicle in their line – the Honda Crosstour, a crossover introduced into the

North American market in 2009. The 2013 model is available in both a 2.4 i-VTEC 4-cylinder and 3.5L SOHC V6 engine, with your choice between a 5-speed or 6-speed automatic transmission. The Crosstour’s sporty exterior simply says luxury. This car stays true to some familiar markings from the Accord, namely its bright silver accents. What makes it unique is the high sloped backside, suggesting ample trunk room – an accurate assumption. The cargo area in this mid-sized vehicle is vast, perfect for extra baggage or large loads. Let’s talk technology. One funky feature that immediately caught my attention was LaneWatch. For those who haven’t mastered shoulder checking, this is a coveted characteristic. LaneWatch uses a side mirror camera that “increases your viewing angle up

to 80 degrees, allowing you to see two lanes of traffic from as far as 50 metres behind on your dashboard screen.” The dash keeps it classy with traditional meters, unlike the digital display on the Civic. The centre sports large dual screens, and the closer of the two is touch-sensitive. This model also has many other standard luxury features, including Bluetooth calling, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated leather front seats, a one-touch power moonroof, and Honda’s Satellite-Linked Navigation System. If you like to jam to catchy tunes while cruising, the Crosstour’s audio system offers quality sound compatible with all your audio devices. Inside you’ll find a powerful 360-watt AM/FM/CD/ MP3 player with seven speakers. The cabin also boasts Active Noise

Cancellation, eliminating unwanted engine and road noise. Overall, the Honda Crosstour provides the perfects package of an attractive exterior, luxury features and a comfortable cruising experience. This newer additional

University of the Philippines Graduates in Edmonton Launches Alumni Association

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group of University of the Philippines (UP) alumni has established the University of the Philippines Alumni Association Edmonton (UPAAE). The work to incorporate the new association began in June 2013 and the inaugural meeting was held on July 18, 2013. An enthusiastic group of alumni who attended UP from the 1960s through the early 2000s convened to begin the review process of the association’s by-laws, choose the UPAAE logo, and brainstorm on worthy projects that will benefit the members, the Philippine community and the city at large. UPAAE’s first project is to support a world class Filipino ultra-marathoner and UP

alumni Cesar Guarin who is on a quest to become the first Filipino and first Asian to run the globe. He will be in Edmonton in October for a segment of his North American leg, and UPAAE will spearhead a 2.5K Family Run with Cesar on Sunday, October 27. UPAAE was formed to pursue the following objectives: (1) to foster fellowship and cooperation among the members of the association, (2) to promote education and skills training through scholarships, bursaries, and similar programs, (3) to undertake projects and programs that will inform, support, and assist members and the community at large in areas of need (i.e., legal, medical, socio-

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economic, and the like), (4) to support the promotion of Philippine culture and heritage; and (5) to provide a channel of communication between the University of the Philippines and the members of the association. Regular membership is open to UP alumni and associate membership is available for non-UP alumni who would like to support the UPAAE’s programs and projects.Those interested in being a member of UPAAE or those who are interested in supporting Cesar Guarin’s historic run may contact Mila Philipzig (mphilipzig@gmail.com), Mary Ann (Ecel) Sosa (ecel_sosa@ yahoo.com) or HermoPagtakhan (hermopagtakhanlaw@hotmail.com).

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Rizalenos & Friends Annual Sportfest

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t was a whole day affair for the Rizalenos & Friends Annual Sportsfest which was held at the gym of St. Clement Catholic School last Saturday June 29, 2013. The Rizalenos a province of the Philippines grouped together for fun and friendship but for the past four years the group from

different towns of Rizal started the Sportfest, a friendly competition in basketball and volleyball and some parlour games. The towns of Teresa, Cardona, Morong and city of Makati started the mini sports events. Gary Perpetua one of the organizers promote this friendly competitions.

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Alegretors Team

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emporary foreign workers can now nominate themselves for permanent residency under an expanded Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). Foreign workers in Alberta now have a new option to stay in Alberta permanently. The Alberta Work Experience Category of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee

Program lets eligible foreign workers apply to nominate themselves for permanent residency. They need to have worked in a key in-demand occupation for two or more years and meet other program and federal government requirements. More than 100 occupations are eligible. “We have many skilled

foreign workers already here working and contributing to our communities and our province,” says Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk. “The Alberta Work Experience Category will have a positive effect on the lives of those foreign workers who will now be able to stay permanently.” In Alberta, the unemployment rate has been consistently under

five per cent for the last year and we have a projected labour gap of 114,000 workers by 2021. Through the Alberta Work Experience Category, the Alberta Government is assisting temporary foreign workers with the skills needed in Alberta to stay permanently and keep our economy growing. The new category is taking applications until November 28, 2013. “Every day, I see the skill and dedication each of these foreign workers bring to their job,” say

Ben Sawatzky, CEO, Spruceland Millworks Inc. “As an immigrant myself, I’m glad to see the Alberta Government has created this opportunity. It gives hope to the dreams of my staff and their loved ones back home.” Our government was elected to keep building Alberta, to live within its means and to fight to open new markets for Alberta’s resources. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.

Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk announces new Alberta Work Experience Category of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program, Thursday June 20, at Spruceland Millworks Inc. in Parkland County. The new category allows temporary foreign workers to apply to nominate themselves for permanent residency.

Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk discusses the new Alberta Work Experience Category of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program with temporary foreign workers from Spruceland Millworks Inc. as they fill out application forms for the new category. (L-R) Manuel Robles, Rodgie Madrid, Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk, and Senando Atienza.

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Pateros Celebrate the Feast of St. Marta

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he traditional procession to celebrate the feast of the Patron Saint of Pateros, Santa Marta continued to become an annual event at the Emily Murphy park last Saturday July 20, 2013. Pateros, a town famous for raising ducks and producing the Philippine delicacies 'balut' and 'pinoy' was once again honored Santa Marta by celebrating and carrying the statute of Santa Marta around the park. Devotees dancing and swaying in sumba form of music hoping that their wishes be fulfilled. There was 'paagaw' to the guests and bystanders of candies, chips and cookies. Balut and pinoy eggs were given to sample and the fiesta menu included the famous duck caldereta. Art Santos the Hermano this year and the his family and extended families organized this traditional event for the past several years. It's a revival of the tradition that is celebrated in Edmonton every year.

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"Isang Linggong Pagibig" A Love Story

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t's a whirlwind love story for Gemma Restauro & Jerome Arano. They met on a Monday and hit it on right away ended up getting married on a Sunday. No ifs and buts. "Hindi na pinatatagal and pagibig" according to the couple. So on warm Sunday afternoon last July 7, 2013 they appeared before a marriage counsellor and exchanged vows before a group of around 50 relatives and friends at Lola Emma,s Restaurant. A love story with a truly short beginning but vowed to last forever. Congratulations to the lovely couple Jerome & Gemma.

The couple with the Gentlemen

L-R Marriage Councellor Howard Saunders, Jojo Guinihin, witness, Jerome & Gemma, Bing Aquino, witness

Jerome & Gemma Cutting the Wedding cake

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Ferdie Mendita State Warden Elect of Knight of Columbus

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he Annual Columbian Year Bro. Carlos Marquises Recorder, 2012-2013 Year Award, Bro. Orly Damaso Treasurer, Bro. Dinner & Dance of the Ferdie Maingat Advocate, Bro. Nazareno Council invited Bro. Joseph Duenas Lecturer, Bro. Kit Ferdie Y. Mendita State Warden Garcia Warden, Bro. Laddie Celemen Elect to be the guest speaker of the Trustee, Bro. Rolly Marcos Trustee, evening affair. Ferdie was introduced Bro. Erwin Agena Trustee, Bro. by Bro. Teddy Tuazon. He described Oscar Mejilla Inside Guard, & Bro. Bro. Ferdie Mendita a successful Abel Cereno Outside Guard. The realtor, businessman and a devoted Year End Award, Dinner & Dance family man. The Annual Columbian was held at the Continental Inn last Year 2012-2013 ended with Bro. Friday June, 28, 2013. Bong Estoque Grand Knight 2012-2013 stepping down to welcome a new set of officers. Nazareno Council New officers for 2013-2014 include Fr. Dino Benedect, Chaplain, Bro. Tony Obleada, Deacon, Bro. Ike Cornel Grand Knight, Bro. Resty Cabalo Deputy Grand Knight, Bro. Bong Estoque Chancellor, Bro. Robert Croteau Financial Secretary, Bro. Jun Angeles Publisher of Alberta Filipino Journal

congratulates Bro. Ike Cornel newly elected Grand Knight of Nazareno Council #12904

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