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Page 4► Larry Vickar, President of the Vickar Automotive Group presents Lito Taruc, PCCM president a donation of $20,000. Total donations from Vickar have exceeded $135,000 since 2004.

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Quezon Province Association of Manitoba (QPAM) along with several Filipino community associations serving lechon at the annual Philippine Heritage week picnic at Assiniboine Park. Photo by Ron Cantiveros | Filipino Journal Goldeyes host Filipino Night, fans enjoy Filipino hospitality, talent and cuisine.

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Vickar Automotivegroup donates $20,000 to PCCM, a total of $135,000 to date

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he history of Larry and Tova Vickar’s philanthropy is firmly attached with the history of the founding of the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba. And this attachment has become much stronger when Larry Vickar, president of Vickar Automotive Group, handed the donation of $20,000, which makes a total of $135,000 financial support to PCCM. In attendance during the special ceremony are the PCCM executive officers and board members headed by Lito Taruc, PCCM president and the Filipino employees and executive officers of his automotive conglomerate. “Since the beginning of the formation of the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba, we have been partners in forging various initiatives to realize the dreams of the Filipinos in Winnipeg and in Manitoba to have a cultural centre. Our partnership with the Filipino community goes back to the late 60’s when doctors, nurses, teachers and other professionals started settling in Winnipeg. As I as go back to many years of our close relationship with the Filipinos, our slogan “Where customers send their friends” came into existence with the 1st Filipino whom we met and became close friend, Greg Villela. Greg became our close friends, and of course, he bought a truck which he used to work in the courier business, at which he used as well to bring friends to me who became our customers,” says Larry with a smile. As Larry committed, he began setting aside funds from the sales of vehicles from the Filipino customers and this agreement was to end in 2004 when the PCCM opened.

“Tova and I discussed to further our involvement with the Filipino community and we decided to continue our yearly donation in order to help the on going financial sustainability of the Centre. We have to give back to the Filipino community in which we have many friends. We are aware of the tremendous energy exerted by the founders of the centre and we felt that what we had started must continue to support PCCM into the future, We are very thankful to be a part of this endeavour. And we are always be a part of this centre: the pride of the Filipinos in Winnipeg and Manitoba,” Larry continues. To this date, the total cumulative amount donated by Vickar Automotive Group to PCCM is $135,000. Larry Vickar cited that both he and his partner in life, his wife, Tova, have been attending numerous activities in the Filipino community and they feel at home and comfortable amongst the many friends over the years. Both have been so involved in various fundraising activities. Larry and Tova’s interaction with the Filipinos is not only during fiesta or wedding or associations; anniversary and fundraising actitivities but as well they employ 26 Filipinos in the business some of whom have been working for many years. “We are fortunate to have these kababayans as part of our organization,” Larry adds. Vickar Community Chevrolet, the founding company of Vickar Automotive Group, has consistently serve the various communities in Winnipeg but none more than the Filipino client. From the dealership on Main St. to Transcona, the company has expanded over the years

to include Mitsubishi, Nissan and recently, Izuzu. During the donation ceremony, Larry introduced the Filipino team members in his organization, from Vickar Community Chevrolet, Noel Cadelina and Lito Dabu, sales; Arnold Dulay, parts; Joan Macapagal, deal desk; and Dyrol Amorganda, special events. Vickar Autobody and Glass, Joelan Mendoza, collision repair advisor; Darrell Lorbis and Vicrigor Sofronio, body techs; Gerald Garcia, paint prep; Vickar Mitsubishi, Gil Magsayo, asst. sales manager; Gerry Restar, Nharen Basa and Patrick Crisostomo, techs; Waverly Mitsubishi, Nelson Lantin, sales manager;; Rommel Fajardo, sales; Vickar Nissan, Ted Bobier, sales; Armando Visda, Carlo Ingala and Ron Schultz, techs; and Jeral Santos, tech apprentice; Vickar Nissan Detail, Miguel Julion, Jayson Lasquete,

Andrew Ramos, and Angelo Tukuero. He also introduced Randy Viray as special guest. And to give credit to his executives, Larry introduced his son, Sam Vickar, general manager and sales manager of Vickar Community Chevrolet; Stephen Vickar, president of Vickar Mitsubishi; Daniel MicFlickier, partner and General Manager; Rino Attardo, president of Waverly Mitsubishi; and Steven Minken, marketing director of Vickar Automotive Group. Larry mentioned his closer relationship with Drs. Roland and Irene Guzman, and with the founders and former PCCM presidents, from Resty Taruc, to Dr. Romy Magsino, the late Linda Natividad Cantiveros, and Rod Escobar Cantiveros and now with the current PCCM president, Lito Taruc. After accepting the donation, Lito Taruc acknowleged the continued friendship and support

of Larry and Tova Vickar to the Filipino community and to other groups in Winnipeg and in Manitoba. He thanked Larry and Tova’s loyalty in helping the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba. He assured them that every penny of their donation will be spent with complete transparency. Lou Fernandez, PCCM adviser, emceed the ceremony. Letty Antonio offered prayer. A light dinner was served. The other executive officers present include Jun Oquendo, vice-president; Norman Padilla, asst. treasurer; Florencio Antonio, corresponding secretary; Kelly Legaspi, recording secretary; Jing Asperin, internal auditor; Rod Escobar Cantiveros, ex-officio and immediate past president; Nap Ebora, Gem Anis, Noel Cadelina, Liberty Namit, Marianne Ferrer, and with regrets, Clarita Nazario, treasurer and Allan Zoleta, board member.

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46th Ordination Anniversary of Fr. Vic Tungolh Celebrated, June 12, 2011.

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he El Shaddai of St. Patrick’s Church Fellowship hosted the celebration of the 46th Ordination anniversary of Rev. Fr. Vic Tungolh that was held at the Church Hall of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church at 172 Worth Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Dinner that was prepared by the members of El Shaddai of St. Patrick’s Church Fellowship (pot luck) was served just after the weekly prayer meeting. The celebrant was joined by his immediate relatives, friends and the members of the congregation. Fr Vic Tungolh is also the current Pastor of the St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church.

The celebrant Fr. Vic cutting the anniversary cake and a relative.

(L-R): Sister Benedicta Camungol, Bro Johnny Camungol ( a Birthday celebrant ), Fr. Vic Tungolh and Sister Nene Rojas.

Government deploys more troops to disputed islands

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mid growing tensions in the West Philippine Sea fueled by reported intrusions by Chinese vessels and aircraft into areas within Philippine jurisdiction, a Philippine Navy ship dropped anchor the other day off Pag-Asa Island in the Kalayaan Island Group in the Spratlys. Navy supply ship BRP Benguet (LST 507) unloaded troops and fresh provisions and will return to its base in Palawan shortly after completing its delivery. Pag-Asa, also called Isla, is the biggest of the seven islets in the Kalayaan group occupied by Filipino troops and is also home to 60 civilians. Aside from China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei also have claims in the Spratly Islands which is believed to contain huge deposits of oil and gas. The country’s biggest warship, World War II-era BRP Rajah Humabon, has been also deployed for routine patrol within the Philippines’ territorial waters near Palawan. At Malacañang, Secretary Ricky Carandang of the President’s Communications group reiterated that the country’s right to defend its territories was not meant to agitate China. He said the Philippines would continue discussions with China through all channels. He added

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that the visit of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. to China would give him the chance to discuss with Chinese officials improving bilateral ties. The Palace also said there was no need to convene the National Security Council (NSC) as proposed by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. The Palace earlier welcomed statements from the United States, Australia and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) calling for a peaceful resolution of the West Philippine Sea dispute. A United States defense official, meanwhile, reiterated the US readiness to assist the Philippines

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in its defense needs. Vice Admiral William E. Landay III, Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), gave the assurance recently during a meeting with Philippine Ambassador to Washington Jose Cuisia. Last week, US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr. made the same assurance and stressed the preeminence of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in settling territorial disputes in the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea. The Philippines has also brought the matter before the United Nations.

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hen asked if the Filipino Journal was interested in driving a 2011 Ford Explorer for a week? Absolutely was the quick and simple response. Ford Motor Company of Canada provided us with the award winning 2011 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD model to drive for a week.. This vehicle was fully loaded with the latest technology bells and whistles to enhance your SUV driving experience. Driving the 2011 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD was an absolute pleasure. This is a big vehicle with an extremely spacious interior, comfortable seating and power everything. Big seats and big space makes this SUV a great family vehicle and a step-up from the family minivan. The Explorer Limited came with a wide range of safety features – pressure-based crash sensor airbags, active blind spot information system, cross traffic alert system, rear inflatable seat belts, adaptive cruise control, collision warning system and ActiveTrac with RCS (Roll Stability Control). Ford SNYC also comes with 911 Assist, SOS Post-Crash Alert System and the MyKey program encourages safe teen driving, seat belt use and limiting top vehicle speed. The Explorer comes in three models: base, XLT and the Limited. Base model pricing starts at $29,999 while our Limited test drive model starts at $41,199, with an added $8000 in extra features such as 20” polished aluminum rims, luxury leather seating, navigation system and a fully featured technology package. Part of the package included air-conditioned cooled leather seats which is a feature that I could truly appreciate during our hot Manitoba summers. And for our long dry Manitoba winters, there’s the heated leather seats. Apart from driving the Ford Explorer, I probably spent as much time in park as I ran through the Explorer’s rich technology offering. Most of the technology features can be controlled on the slow-torespond 8” in-dash navigation and entertainment touch screen console or push-buttons on the steering wheel. The slow-to-respond touch screen lags slowly compared to touch interfaces on smartphone and tablet devices.

The Ford SYNC system easily paired my Blackberry Bold 9800 via Bluetooth. Once paired, I was able to access my entire phone book, answer and make handsfree calls using voice commands and enable textto-voice features that read incoming text messages as you drive. Getting my iPad, iPod and Blackberry connected to the entertainment system was relatively quick and easy. Already connected via Bluetooth, the entertainment system was able to stream audio directly from my Blackberry media player and displayed the artist, song and cover on the display console. My iPad was plugged into the onboard USB connection and the iPod I normally use while I jog, was connected through a stereo connection. Controlling playlists on my Blackberry and iPad was done through steering wheel controls, touch screen on the dash or directly controlled on the devices. As gas prices start to creep up to 131.9 per litre in Manitoba, buyers in the SUV segment are hoping for as much fuel efficiency as possible. The 2.0-litre EcoBoost I-4 technology is expected to deliver as much as 20 percent better fuel economy than the 2010 model. Fuel economy on the Limited is 12.5l per 100km in the city and 8.8l per 100km on the highway. After a week driving the Ford Explorer, I realize that I miss driving an SUV and riding high above the traffic. Likewise, this vehicle needs to tested in the winter where Manitoba winters may give the Ford Explorer a run for its money. Maybe when the 2012 model comes out, we can only hope. Visit Ford.ca for complete specifications on the 2011 Ford Exlporer. Competitors: Chevrolet Traverse LT AWD, Honda Pilot Touring AWD, Ford Flex SEL AWD, Acura MDX, Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Publisher’s Note: My Ride is a new editorial automobile feature of the Filipino Journal that focuses on reviewing the latest offering of auto manufacturers. Our goal is to provide our readers with relevant, fun, interesting and timely information to prospective buyers and automobile enthusiasts. As always, we are relentlessly working to provide our readers with new and exciting features.

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Celebrating 113th Anniversary of Philippine Independence

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he Filipino community with the 2011 Philippine Heritage photos from several events held once again celebrated Week events. Here are some throughout the week. their heritage in Winnipeg

MAFTI Cultural Celebrations at PCCM

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Auckland, the “City of Sails”

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o other city in the world with a waterside location has more boats per capita aside from the hundreds of yachts often dotting the harbour than New Zealand’s city, AUCKLAND, earning this place the nickname, “City of Sails”. About one in three Auckland’s households owns a boat. Also known as the “maiden with a hundred lovers”, this biggest Polynesian city of 1.4 million people with a vibrant mix of European, South Pacific, Asian, and indegenous Maori culture flourishes as the largest industrial, educational and commercial centre of New Zealand. One of the cleanest and most peaceful, Auckland with its subtropical climate has plenty of parks and open green spaces, scenic landscapes dotted with dormant volcanoes and hillsides cloaked with rainforests, enchanting islands and beaches, and stately old Victorian buildings and houses of wrought iron and balconies. We explored the city on our own and travelled farther afield by hiring a vehicle as the best option. There are however many tours on

offer which will take you to many different places of interest throughout the region. The common legal age to rent a car is 21. In New Zealand like in Australia always drive on the left side of the road. We experienced first hand the culture mix of this sophisticated metropolis by taking a walk down Queen Street, the major commercial thoroughfare and main outdoor shopping area in the heart of the city. One of the most famous landmarks of Auckland, Mount Eden, an extinct eponymous volcano with a bowl-like crater about 50 meters deep, is the highest natural point in Auckland providing good views in all directions over the city. To the north and barely three hours away from Auckland we took a day trip to seaside township of Paihia, the gateway to the beautiful Bay of Islands, a cluster of big and small islands with sheltered coves and sandy beaches of spectacular scenery in a subtropical paradise. On a high-speed yellow and black Dolphin Discovery catamaran cruise we discovered the islands and saw the iconic “Hole in the Rock” and travelled though it. We’re

suppose to come close or encounter dolphins/whales as the skipper had announced but unfortunately none of them showed up. We enjoyed the island stop at Otehei Bay resort in Unupukapuka Island. West of Auckland city centre is Piha Beach of unspoiled black sands, the birthplace of New Zealand surfing. Then we headed on a picturesque trip to Mission Bay, a place rich in history and culture, and strolled along The Promenade lined with restaurants and cafes where you can have a Movenpick icecream or a fat-free cone of Paradiso gelato. On to Rotorua, about three hour-drive south from Auckland

with several nice towns and villages along the way. With a Maori guide we experienced “Te Puia”, a place of Maori culture and a thermal valley wonderland of boiling mud pools, spouting geysers and mineral terraces. We gained an insight and understanding of the traditional Maori culture and history though a guided tour of the reconstructed Pakirangi Maori Village and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, the Rainbow Springs Nature Park and the Agrodome. The tour ended at the Maori traditional meetinghouse where we watched a performance of traditional dances and chants. At the end of the show with

The world-famous Waitomo Caves.

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June 20 - July 5, 2011 audience participation we were able to speak some Maori words: “Haere mai” for welcome, “Kia ora” for hello, and “Haere ra” for goodbye. A must-see for any traveller to New Zealand is the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, a labyrinth of limestone caves and formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Gliding silently in the dark by paddled boat on the underground river under thousands of magically sparkling glowworms is an experience we will never forget. By doing so we became a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history of the original world famous caves.


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The New ‘Supremo’

The ARMM election postponement bill overwhelmingly passed in the House of Representatives. But it was dealt a severe blow in the Senate when Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, archived the bill, which effectively killed it. Then he caught everybody by surprise when he turned around and resurrected the bill for debate and floor vote. Consequently, the bill passed by a razor-thin majority of 13-7 vote. However, many wondered if P-Noy struck a deal with Bongbong linking the passage of the postponement bill Cronyism P-Noy demonstrated his to a favorable resolution of the propensity for appointing his Marcos burial issue. cronies using “trust” as the key – and perhaps, the only -- criterion. Marcos burial Indeed, at about the same However, the appointment of his time that Bongbong raised the three “shooting buddies” – Rico E. Puno, Virginia Torres, and ARMM election postponement Ronald Llamas -- and his longtime bill from the “grave,” Vice friend Ernesto Diokno turned out President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay’s to be bad choices considering the recommendation on the Marcos burial issue leaked out to the controversies they created. Binay recommended The recent appointment of media. burying the remains of the late Domingo Lee as Ambassador dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos with to China is another glaring “full military honors” in his home disregard for meritocracy. In my editorial, “Cronyism in the province of Ilocos Norte, not at the Aquino government” (Global Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Balita, June 5, 2011), I wrote: Cemetery) as originally requested “Once again, President Benigno by the Marcos family. Bongbong ‘P-Noy’ Aquino III appointed a and his family accepted Binay’s family friend to an important – and recommendation. But that’s not the end of the sensitive -- government position story. P-Noy surprised everybody notwithstanding allegations that his appointee, Domingo Lee, does when he announced that he’d weigh not have the qualifications and the reactions of various groups experience required of the job to Binay’s recommendation. as Ambassador to China. And Huh? What is the point when the to think that China is the second Marcos family had already agreed most important ambassadorial to Binay’s recommendation? However, one can see post, next to the United States, it’s through what P-Noy was really like Lee skydiving into the South China Sea from a height of 10,000 trying to do: He wants his feet in the midst of a tropical imprimatur – or “ownership” - on the “final solution” to the storm… for the first time.” Another instance of P-Noy’s Marcos burial issue, whether tendency to appoint his friends it’s what Binay recommended and allies was manifested in his or a modified version… or even proposal to postpone the elections accede to the Marcoses’ request to in the Autonomous Region in accord a hero’s burial of Marcos Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. which were scheduled to be held Solomon or Caligula? But whichever way it’s going in August 2011. While the notion of postponing the elections has to be, P-Noy got what he had been many advantages -- foremost aiming for: political power. He used of which was the cost-saving the “power of patronage” to the synchronization of elections -- it hilt by doubling the congressmen’s has one controversial provision pork barrel allocations. And he which would allow P-Noy to demonstrated that he could easily appoint interim Officers in Charge get 13 votes in the Senate to pass (OICs) to fill soon-to-be vacated his controversial -- and unpopular positions until the 2013 mid-term – postponement bill, which many elections. While P-Noy may have legal luminaries believe to be the best interests of the people in unconstitutional. Even the feisty mind, there are many who believe constitutionalists Senators Juan that the election postponement Ponce Enrile and Miriam Defensor would only serve his political Santiago went along and voted for agenda. Solomon or Caligula… postponement! or Machiavelli? P-Noy and the bishops But with all his political fter one year in office, President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino has consolidated his grip on power with a series of maneuvers that placed his “shooting buddies,” classmates, and friends -- known as his “Kabarilan, Ka-klase, and Kaibigan” or KKK – in important positions in his administration. With the KKK forming the base of his power, P-Noy now reigns supreme as the new “Supremo.” The question is: Is he going to rule with Solomonic wisdom or the cunning of Caligula?

victories, the big battle looms ahead. P-Noy’s stand in support of the passage of the Reproductive Health bill stirred up a hornet’s nest in the Catholic Church. The influential bishops threatened him with excommunication. But he stood his ground. A few days ago, Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos was reported in the news as saying, “He is not interested to be the President. I can see that. He does not plan. He does not study. He does not have his own decision and just let his friends fulfill it. He should just resign then.” But Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda immediately hit back describing Pueblos as “ignorant of the virtues of charity, humility and prudence.” Meanwhile, in the House of Representatives, the tiny minority group allied with ex-president and now congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo demanded that P-Noy’s KKK buddies face congressional investigation for anomalies involving them. Unfazed, P-Noy let his allies and spokesmen parry all the attacks. So far he had cunningly kept his adversaries at bay. But how long could he sustain a strong defense against their incessant attacks? Is P-Noy going to outwit them using Solomonic wisdom or Caligula’s cunningness? Solomon and the baby The story goes that when two mothers brought a baby to King Solomon for him to judge who the real mother was, King Solomon declared that there is only one fair solution: cut the baby in half and each mother shall receive half of the baby. The real mother cried, “My Lord, do not kill the baby. Give it to her!” The other woman said, “It shall be neither mine nor yours -- divide it!” Solomon then gave the baby to the real mother realizing that a true mother’s instincts were to protect the life of her baby. Caligula and his horse During the first two years of his reign, Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, better known as Caligula, was effective and politically capable of ruling. He initiated the construction of two new aqueducts and annexed the Kingdom of Mauretania making it into a province of Rome. He cunningly worked to increase the power of the emperor and return it to Julius Caesar’s autocratic rule. His most famous – or infamous – act was his appointment of his favorite horse, Incitatus, as a Consul and Senator of Rome. Solomon or Caligula? Solomon became famous for his wisdom while Caligula became notorious for his cunning. Is the new “Supremo” Benigno Aquino III going to rule with Solomonic wisdom or with the cunning of Caligula? Like the Pinoys would say, abangan…

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Filipino heritage on display at Shaw Park

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ans of the Winnipeg Goldeyes were treated to Filipino entertainment, culture and food during the ball game against the Kansas City TBones. Beverley Wynne sang the American national anthem. YouTube internet Lady Gaga sensation, Maria Aragon

performed her viral video sensation, Born This Way and the Canadian National anthem. Throwing the first pitch was Big Marv, Hot 103 DJ and Filipino Journal Weigh In columnist. Pre-game cultural festivities were courtesy of Magdaragat Philippine Folk Arts, hosts of the Pearl of the Orient Pavilion during Folklorama.

Best of all, Pampanga Restaurant served up traditional lumpia, pancit and BBQ pork. Lines for the special combos on game day were long and based on the smiles of the Goldeyes fans, well worth the wait. On behalf of the Filipino Journal, we’d like to thank the Winnipeg Goldeyes for bringing Filipino Heritage Night to Shaw Park!

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Winnipeg Emperors debut at the 22nd Asian Hockey Championships in Toronto Asian ice hockey set to grow in Manitoba

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squad of sixteen Asian hockey players from Winnipeg came together to represent our fine city in North York, Toronto, Ontario. After a year of team practices and scrimmages, the Emperors enjoyed playing 6 games over the

course of three days at Canlan Ice Sports in North York. It’s quite an odd feeling walking into a 6rink facility and know that every single hockey player on the ice is of Asian decent. Of the 45 teams and over 600 hockey players at the 22nd

Asian Hockey Championships in Toronto, the Winnipeg Emperors along a team from Ottawa. The Winnipeg Emperors made it to the Entry Level Division finals against the Zero Fighters from Toronto. After beating the team in the round robin, the Emperors

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Filipinos at the postal strike’s picket line

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he members of the Winnipeg Local of Canadian Union of Postal Workers were in full blast after they were locked-out last week. and there are Filipino employees who joined the picket line while waiting for the final negotiation between C.U.P.W. and the Canada Post. The Filipino Journal was able to meet some of the union

members and heard some of the demands of their union. While having a needed break, the four employees, Catalina Mosionier, Jhojho and Lorna Onio and Amy Blanco shared their positive attitude that the strike would be over soon but they voiced out that the union is against the plan to end the strike by legislation. They wanted negotiation. As Catalina mentioned that the Canada Post

employees are over-paid is not true. And they are fighting for sick leave, letter carriers safety, pensions and most of all job securities.After a short respite, the four joined the throngs of postal employees to the picket line where they joined other union members and by observation, there many Filipinos who are out to join the walk around the downtown postal office.

The Filipino postal employees, Jhojho Onio, Amy Blanco, Lorna Onio and Catalina Mosionier and other co-employees.

Another group of Filipino postal employees who are locked out and active participants in the picket line

DOTC holds LRT, MRT bidding in abeyance

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he bidding for the privatization of the operation and maintenance of Light Rail Transit (LRT) 1 and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 and the contract to design and build the LRT-MRT Common Station in Quezon City has been suspended by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC). DoTC technical working group on railway projects chairman Lawyer Hernando Cabrera said the special bids and awards committee decided to suspend the bidding of the two public-private partnership projects in

view of the change in leadership in the DoTC.. Cabrera said they received a letter from Congress urging the DoTC to let incoming Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II to review the contracts. Roxas will assume office on July 1. The P15-billion contract involves the operation and maintenance of LRT 1 and MRT 3 for four years, and the P1.5-billion contract to construct the LRT-MRT Common Station in a year, So far 10 contractors have expressed their interests to bid for

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the contract to design and build the Common Station that will link the LRT 1, MRT 3 and the proposed MRT 7. Bid documents worth P150,000 are available to the contractors until August 17, a day before the deadline of submission of bids set on August 18. Prior to the resignation of DoTC Secretary Jose “Ping” de Jesus, the deadline of submission of bids is set on July 11. At least 16 local and foreign firms have bought bid documents worth P500,000 and are eligible to submit bids for the contract.


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Maria Aragon now an international product endorser

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he young Fil-Canadian singer whose video reached 28 million views in six weeks on the YouTube video-sharing site, is now part of a mobile phone commercial being shown abroad. Ten-year old Maria Aragon appears on an HTC commercial that makes references to popular social network websites such as Twitter and Foursquare. The commercial quips such catchy phrases as “You are the next Trending Topic” and the “You are the next mayor of this bar.” Maria got to play the keyboards once again while singing the lines “When I get older / I will be stronger” from the song “Wavin’ Flag” by K’Naan as the statement, “You are the next sensation,” is said on the commercial. The advertisement also endorses the California-based “Surfrider Foundation USA”, a non-profit

environmental organization that works to protect and preserve the world’s oceans, waves, and focuses on works sustaining marine and coastal ecosystems. Aragon caught the netizens’ attention last February when she

shared a video of herself singing a cover of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.” Overwhelmed by the girl’s performance, Lady Gaga included Aragon in her concert at the Air Canada Centre last March 3.

Pinoy ace dancers make it to US dance-reality show

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il-Ams Tadd Gadduang and Marko Germar whose respective parents are both pure Filipinos, recently made it to the top 20 of the American hit dance-reality show “So You Think You Can Dance Season 8.”   San Francisco-born Gadduang, who excels as a hip-hop dancer, said his elder sister taught him how to dance. He has appealed to his fellow Filipinos’ support here and abroad through their votes. Germar for his part said it’s a dream come true for a kid who just wanted to dance and have fun. His dance number with partner Melanie Moore was among the best during the first day of the competition. The two Pinoy ace dancers hope to inspire young Filipinos by creating an impression abroad through their world-class dancing abilities.

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Charice takes criticisms with a ‘grain of salt’

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he Filipino pride in the international music scene is currently getting a lot of bashing courtesy of cyber-bullies at the social networking site Facebook and micro-blogging site Twitter. Charice who performed an original song on the season finale of the hit musical show “Glee,” admitted she was hurt by the unsympathetic comments of some people to the

point that she decided to delete her personal account on Facebook. The young singer also turned to Twitter to express her disappointment on the negative things being said about her. She advised victims of cyber bullying to look at the situation in another way and to be always strong since negative comments are mere words coming out of other people

who are actually talking about themselves. Meanwhile, Charice also expressed her wish to reprise her character Sunshine Corazon in “Glee” Season 3. She said her reasons for wanting to be part again of the popular TV show were the great experience and the friendships she has made with the show’s cast.

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First Filipino-Canadian Grand Master in Canada MW Grand Master Constante (Chibu) Uson Installed, June 4, 2011. Ron Cantiveros

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Go Jets Go! Winnipeg NHL team still nameless

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he name of the new NHL team in Winnipeg is still up in the air. There have been a multitude of names suggested for the incoming Atlanta Thrashers so we decided to take a crack at designing a new logo. There have been logo and name contests along with a trademark reservation for the name, “Whiteout”. Other names that have been tossed around are the Polar Bears, Falcons or maybe the Winnpeg Pooh Bears. We can tell you that 100% Filipino Journal will not be the new name of the Winnipeg hockey club. Regardless of what True North Sports & Entertainment call the new hockey team, the entire community in Manitoba will support them.

Our first thought at recreating a Filipino-esque hockey logo started with the Winnipeg Jets logo. It started with the J in the Jets that represented a hockey stick. Quite easily, that would be the J in the Journal hockey logo. After a couple early ideas, the circle around the Winnipeg Jets logo wasn’t looking quite right based on the length of the word, “JOURNAL”. We threw out the circle and replaced it with the shape of a hockey rink, adapted from the Vancouver Canucks stick & rink logo. After a few more revisions, adding, moving and scaling other elements in the design including the sun and stars from the Philippine flag, we came up with the Filipino Journal hockey logo.

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n June 4, 2011 the first Filipino-Canadian Grand Master in Canada, Most Worshipful Grand Master Constante ( Chibu ) Uson and the Elected and Appointed Officers of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba,A. F.& A.M. were Installed at The Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba. MW Grand Master Uson is also the current Secretary of FilCan Cabletow Lodge No. 189, a Lodge he helped organize. Other Installed Filipino-Canadian Officers of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba are: RW Bro Junn Manalang - Grand Director of Ceremonies; VW Bro Rudy Maraña - Junior Grand Deacon;

VW Bro Ben Gasmeña - Senior Grand Steward and VW Bro Bert Manalang - Grand Standard Bearer. Among the honuored guests present were the Filipino Brethren, led by MW Grand Master Juanito Abergas and SGW RWB Juanito Espino, Jr. of the MW Grand Lodge of the Philippines, the Filipino-American Brethren, led by the MW Grand Master Santy Lascano of the MW Grand Lodge of Washington, other FilipinoCanadian Brethren coming from the other Jurisdictions in Canada. and other Filipino-American Brethren coming from other American Jurisdictions.

The Brethren with the newly Installed MW Grand Master Chibu Uson (5th fr L) and MW Grand Master Santy Lascano ( in white barong ) - MW Grand Lodge of Washington, U.S.A.

Go Filipino Journals Go! It has quite the ring to it but we don’t expect the new team to be named after our newspaper. Illustration: By Mark Samson

The Manitoba Brethren and the visiting Brethren from the Philippines and USA : (L-R): RWB Jun Espino, RWB Junn Manalang, MW Grand Master Juanito Abergas - MWGLP, RWB Reyne Cruz, WM John Baptista and Bro Butch Ramos from Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Other highlights and activities following the Installation include: The Grand Master’s Gala in Honour of MW Grand Master Chibu Uson; Family Picnic in the Park at the Assiniboine Park sponsored by the Fil-Can Cabletow Lodge 189 to Honour and Entertain the visiting Brethren and guests. MWGM Uson looks forward to serve as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba and to meet Freemasons from Manitoba and other Jurisdictions. He knows that from these meetings he will keep on learning more about the fraternity he loves to help him serve it better and to continue promoting Freemasonry as a Way of Life.

Most Worshipful Grand Master Constante (Chibu) Uson, the newly Installed Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Manitoba, Ancient Free and Accepted Mason.

Grand Master’s Family (L-R): Lady Mae, Mickey, Anna and MW Grand Master Chibu Uson.

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From the management & staff of the Filipino Journal, we’d like to wish all fathers a Very Happy Father’s Day! Father’s Day is dedicated to all those great fathers, who spend their HQWLUHOLIHVSDQWREULQJXSKLVFKLOGUHQVHOÀHVVO\DQGKHOSWKHPWR achieve success. He is our true guide, friend, philosopher, companion and a perfect critic as he knows us better than we know ourselves.

James Canela You’re the best daddy in the world, we love you Love: Mommy, Jade and DJ.

Rolando Epino Happy Fathers Day my Tatay, our Dada. We love you so much. - Heidi Epino Amarante

Ross Desiderio To our dad, you’re one in a million, we wish you all of life’s best. Love, your children!

Tony Axalan Happy Father’s Day Papa. Love, Mama, Je-Anne, Jekko, Joyce, Jezel, Yumi & Miya

Hilario Samonte We may not be born all heroes, but you sure are the greatest dad alive. Thank you for always supporting us, Happy Father’s Day!”

Alex Manansala Happy Father’s Day dad!! We love you! From Anthony & Jordan Manansala

Allan Aamarante Daddy, we love you so much. - Peachy, Alliah & Angel

Mark Mungal Happy Daddy-Deedo Day! Love your mini-Chynee Maya-Grace

Sid Malabanan Happy Father’s Day! We love you, Daddy! Love, Gab & Mommy

Nelson Valdez Love U Papa! Ginky, Genie, Gizzy, Richie, Teraya, Seri, Heth and Maya.

Crispin Caloyloy I may not have said it often, but how could I let this day go by without saying how much you mean to me. Thank you for being the world’s best dad. Happy Father’s Day. Love your son, Gary

Romeo Natividad Padua Wishing my father, Romeo & all my brothers, Rey, Ric, Mike, & Albert Padua, thanking you all for standing by me through all these years. Happy Father’s Day! Love from your daughter and sister, Jocelyn Padua.

Lloyd Santos Hey dad, you’re the one who guides us and leads us into the right path of life. It’s your special day today. Happy Fathers Day!

Crisssam Crisostomo An extraordinary man! You’ve taught me everything I know & I’m a better person because of it. Thank you for being our dad. We love you so much daddy! Happy Father’s Day! - Czarene, Claudyne & Chantelle

Rodolfo & Roden Policarpio Thank you for always being there for us Papa and Honeyden. Happy Father’s Day to you both! Love Always, Jocelyn, Tessalynn, Chanel, Kryselle, and Sheryl-Lynn

Oscar Tirao To our beloved Papa, Happy Father’s Day. May God bless you with good health and happiness. We love you - Oliver & Omar

Fidel Araneta Happy Fathers Day! What a wonderful world because you are in it.

Fernand Aguinaldo Happy First Fathers Day to my husband. From Mom, Mercy and Asher Clark.

Carlito Cunanan Happy Father’s Day Daddy, we love you. Love Charlette, Paul, Patrick and Mommy.

Rolando Bonifacio Happy Father’s Day Papa! Happy Birthday! We love you! – SWK

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World chess body awards GM title to Sadorra

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

Why details can make or break a permanent resident visa

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n all applications for permanent residency, applicants must be truthful. If an applicant is not truthful, he or she can be found to have made a “misrepresentation”. This can lead to the refusal of a Permanent Residency Visa. Often times, people leave gaps in their employment or address history. Applicants sometimes forget to list an employer or address from years ago. While many immigration officers will allow individuals to correct these errors, errors can be found to be misrepresentations which can result not only in a visa being refused but a person being barred from applying to Canada for some time. Can incorrect information in my address history really result in a refused visa? In a recent Court case, an applicant changed his address history from what he stated in a previous application. When asked about the differences, the applicant indicated that the changes were as a result of problems with interpretation.

The immigration officer did not believe the explanation and stated that the applicant was responsible for the accuracy of the information. The officer also pointed out that the applicant signed a declaration that the old application was truthful, complete and correct. Because the applicant made no statement at the time of his immigration interview that there were errors in the old application, the officer found that he misrepresented his addresses. When this matter went to court, the judge agreed that this was a misrepresentation. Can incorrect information in my employment history really result in a refused visa? In the same case, the officer also found that the applicant misrepresented his employment history. In the application, a different occupation was claimed than was later disclosed. The applicant could not provide supporting evidence of his occupation and the officer found that there was a misrepresentation in the employment history. The judge agreed.

While there were other issues that may have caused more troubles for this particular applicant (the individual also had a criminal he Fédération Internationale history), this case clearly indicates des Échecs or World Chess that misrepresentations in address Federation has confirmed and personal/work history can the grandmaster title of Filipino result in immigration applications Julio Catalino Sadorra during the being refused. FIDE second quarter presidential What can I do to avoid these board meeting in Al Ain, UAE early this month. problems? The US-based Sadorra, a When any immigration sophomore at the University of application is filed, it is essential Texas-Dallas majoring in Applied that the answers be full and truthful. Mathematics, earned his third In the event that an applicant and final GM norm in the UT cannot recall all of the information Dallas Grandmaster Invitational precisely, it should be indicated that tournament. last March. errors could be or are present. The confirmation from the While the applicant in this chess governing body, more case was allowed to have the case popularly known by its French re-determined by immigration acronym FIDE, has made Sadorra on another matter, being truthful the 14th Filipino GM. He thus and accurate in an application is joined the country’s elite circle extremely important. of GMs that includes the prodigy This article is prepared for general Wesley So, Eugene Torre, Joey information purposes only and is Antonio, Nelson Mariano II, Jayson intended to provide comments for Gonzales, Bong Villamayor, Rogelio readers and friends of the Filipino Barcenilla Jr., Mark Paragua, John Journal. The contents should not be Paul Gomez, Darwin Laylo, Joseph viewed as legal advice or opinion. Sanchez, Roland Salvador and the Reis is a lawyer with Aikins late RosendoBalinas. On the distaff side, FIDE also Law and practices in the areas of confirmed the Women International immigration law. His direct line Master titles to ChadineCheradee is 957-4640. If you would like to Camacho and Catherine Perena. know more about Reis or Aikins Other Filipino WIMs are you can visit the firm’s web page GirmieFontanilla, Cristine Rose at www.aikins.com, follow Reis on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/ Mariano, Beverly Mendoza and ImmigrationReis, or connect with Fil-Aussie Arianne Caoili. Meanwhile, Asia’s first him on LinkedIn at http://www. grandmaster Eugene Torre linkedin.com/in/reispagtakhan expressed his willingness to help in the preparation of the Philippine

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chess team vying for the gold in the 26th Southeast Asian Games slated Nov. 11-25 in Palembang and Jakarta, Indonesia. The 59-year-old Torre also clarified he isn’t retiring yet, as he is still eyeing a spot in the team that will compete in the 2012 World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey. Torre holds the record of 19 consecutive Olympiad stints after the 2006 Turin meet. He bested the 18 appearances of Finland’s Heikki Westerinen. Torre is currently tied with former World Championship challenger GM Lajos Portisch of Hungary with most number of nonconsecutive appearances with 20. The country’s best finish in the chess Olympiad was in the 1988 Thessaloniki Olympiad where the Philippines placed seventh.


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Horoscope During this month fame and success in industry and increase of wealth and prosperity is possible. Authority may be attained from the organization; there may be an increase in honor and status. You may be blessed with happiness in many forms.

This month is going to be auspicious and encouraging results with regard to career, business and finance. You may gain favor from seniors and older authorities, chances of promotion and career growth would be very high in this month.

Happiness on behalf of travel is on the cards. Your children will be highly supportive to you during this month. Financial gain and moral support from elders is also foreseen. Chances of disputes with siblings are possible.

Health issues for mother and elders are foreseen during this month. An adjustment attitude needs to be maintained on your personal front. Chances of you getting involved in legal issues are foreseen.

This is also an excellent time to be artistically creative. If you are an artist, musician or writer, or have any artistic hobby, this is an excellent time to undertake new projects. Watch for new opportunities during this time, do something for which you’ve always longed.

A fortunate month with great returns is waiting for Leos. You will gain the support and blessings from elders. Chances of frequent travel related to spiritual pursuits are possible during this month.

You may have to face some legal issues and even an unknown fear might disturb your mind. Also, stress at your work front, unwanted expenses and arguments in personal relationship are also on the cards.

Aquarians are generally research minded. They possess very sensitive attitude and are usually tender hearted. They may witness more expenses this month rather than savings.

Fulfillment of cherished wishes is possible. In fact, whatever would happen in this month, definitely will go in your favor. You would be more respected in your known circle.

Your excellent creative skills will make you proud during this phase. However, there might be domestic discomforts and also disputes in personal relationship.

It will be a good month for Sagittarians as promising returns and mutual support from elders or influential persons are foreseen. You will possess the requisite courage to face difficult situations.

Natives born under this zodiac sign will have enjoy increased money returns. It is a good month for the working class as they will have lot of benefits. You may take new decisions at your personal front.

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Dr. Jose Rizal - the first Filipino TNT in America? by: Rodel Rodis

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f U.S. immigration authorities were as strict in 1888 - when Dr. Jose Rizal visited the US as a tourist - as they are now, the Philippine national hero, whose 150th birth anniversary we celebrate this week, could have faced deportation for an immigration violation. When Dr. Rizal reached the port of San Francisco on April 28, 1888, after a 15 day journey from Yokohama on board the Belgic, he was placed in quarantine for 6 days, along with all the Asians on board, while Caucasians were allowed to freely disembark. This experience with racism had a profound impact on Rizal as he later described in a letter to Mariano Ponce in July of 1888: “They placed us under quarantine, in spite of the clearance given by the American Consul, of not having had a single case of illness aboard, and of the telegram of the governor of Hong Kong declaring that port free from epidemic. We were quarantined because there were on board 800 Chinese and, as elections were being held in San Francisco, the government wanted to boast that it was taking strict measures against the Chinese to win votes and the people’s sympathy. We were informed of the quarantine verbally, without specific duration. However, on the same day of our arrival, they unloaded 700 bales of silk without fumigating them; the ship’s doctor went ashore; many customs employees and an American doctor from the hospital for cholera victims came on board.” Rizal would not likely be a victim of racial profiling now as San Francisco and Oakland both have Chinese American mayors (Ed Lee and Jean Quan) while next door neighbor Daly City even has a Filipino American mayor (Mike Guingona).

But Rizal might have been detained for a violation that could have made him the first Filipino TNT (slang for “illegal alien”) in America- he entered the US under an assumed name. When Rizal was born on June 19, 1861 in Calamba, Laguna, his birth certificate showed his name as “Jose Protacio Mercado y Realonda”, the son of Francisco Mercado y Alejandro and Teodora Realonda y Quintos. That was the name he used until he enrolled at the Ateneo de Manila in 1872. In 1872, the Spanish authorities cracked down on the secularization movement of native priests who were insisting on the right to preferential assignment in parishes over that of newly arrived Spanish friars. The leaders of this movement led by Fr. Jose Burgos were rounded up and executed by garrote. Rizal’s older brother, Paciano Mercado, was an associate of Fr. Burgos, and was also being hunted down. Fearing that family surname association with him would prevent Rizal from being accepted at the prestigious Ateneo, Paciano obtained a false birth certificate that allowed Jose Mercado y Realonda to enroll at the Ateneo as “Jose Protacio Rizal”. “Rizal” was picked because it was the name (originally “Ricial” for “greenfields”), which his father adopted at one point until confusion in business transactions compelled him to return back to “Mercado” (Spanish for “market”), the surname his great grandfather, Domingo Lam Co, originally used after immigrating to the Philippines from Jinjiang, Quanzhou in the mid-17th century. Changing surnames was not easy for the young Rizal who complained in a letter to a friend that the use of this assumed name was “giving me

the appearance of an illegitimate child!” Ironically, after Rizal acquired notoriety as the author of Noli Mi Tangere (Touch Me Not) and El Filibusterismo (The Subversive), the entire Mercado family defiantly changed their surname to Rizal in 1891. Despite entering the U.S. under an assumed name in 1888, Rizal had no problems with the authorities in the 10 days he spent traveling from San Francisco to New York City by transcontinental railroad. Along the way, Rizal passed through Sacramento, Reno, Ogden, Denver, Farmington, Salt Lake City, Provo, before going through Nebraska to Chicago on the way to Albany, New York, and then traveling along the bank of the Hudson River to Manhattan. “I visited the largest cities of America with their big buildings, electric lights, and magnificent conceptions,” Rizal wrote Ponce in 1888. “Undoubtedly America is a great country, but it still has many defects. There is no real civil liberty. In some states, the Negro cannot marry a white woman, nor a Negress a white man. Because of their hatred for the Chinese, other Asiatics, like the Japanese, being confused with them, are likewise disliked by the ignorant Americans. The Customs are excessively strict. However, as they say rightly, America offers a home too for the poor who like to work.” Little did Rizal know that less than just two decades later, from 1906 to 1925, more than 125,000 poor Filipino sacada workers would be brought to the US to labor in the farm fields of Hawaii and California. Rizal may have had a premonition of this neo-colonial future because two years after his US visit, Rizal

wrote “The Philippines: A Century Hence” where he explained why none of the European powers as well as a China and Japan would be interested in colonizing the Philippines once Filipinos declared their independence. The only possible foreign power who may be interested in acquiring the Philippines? “Perhaps the great American Republic, whose interests lie in the Pacific,… may some day dream of foreign possession.” In the course of his storied life, Rizal traveled the length and breadth of the United States, Europe and Asia but the Philippines always remained

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June 20 - July 5, 2011 in his heart. As he reflected in a letter to Fray Pastells in 1895, “It is very possible that that there are causes better than those I have embraced, but my cause is good and that is enough for me. Other causes will undoubtedly bring more profit, more renown, more honors, more glories, but the bamboo, in growing on this soil, comes to sustain nipa huts and not the heavy weights of European edifices.” Happy 150th birthday, Jose Protacio Mercado y Realonda, alias “Dr. Jose Rizal”.


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PRESS RELEASE The Philippine Consulate General in Toronto would like to inform the public that it will conduct a mobile Consular Outreach Program in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on 25 to 26 June 2011 (Saturday & Sunday,). The venue of the consular service will be at the CANAD INNS GARDEN CITY HOTEL, 2100 McPhillips St., Winnipeg.

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• Notarization of documents - Bring your document and sign it before one of the members of the Consular Team. Requirements: photocopy of passport and fee of C$28.75. • Notarization of NBI Applications – Fingerprinting will be done by the team. Requirements: one (1) colored passport-sized photo taken not more than three (3) months ago with white background and fee of C$28.75. • Consultation on Dual Citizenship/Administration of Oaths of Allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines – Applicants are encouraged to submit application and requirements to Toronto for review before the service date of the mobile consular team.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ELECTRONIC-PASSPORT (ePassport) APPLICATION: o Applicant should have a VALID passport; o If passport has expired, applicant must present a VALID work permit or a VALID permanent resident card (PRC), or any proof that Canadian citizenship has not been granted/ obtained; o Photocopy of the data page of latest passport where picture is affixed; o Standard-sized pre-paid NATIONAL Xpresspost envelope (to be used to return your new and old passports; a letter-sized National Xpresspost envelope will be required for a family/group of more than 4 applicants); o Fee of C$69.00 can be paid by cash, money order or bank draft, payable to the Philippine Consulate General o Applicants are requested to accomplish their application form for passport application prior to coming over. Forms can be downloaded from this site http://www.philcongentoronto.com/consular/consular_passport.php . The biometric capture of data, fingerprint/s, photo and signature of each applicant is a long process. We ask for your patience while waiting for your turn. Due to technical difficulties and the huge number of applications for the ePassport, the applicant will receive the ePassport no earlier than four(4) months or more after applying.

You will be informed of the schedule of oath-taking during the outreach. For further inquiries, please visit: http:// www.philcongen-toronto.com/consular/consular_dual.php or the Philippine Immigration website: www.immigration.gov.ph Fee = C$57.50; Minor children of applicant below 18 years old = C$28.75.

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Manitoba Filipino Business Council (MFBC) join Philippine Heritage celebrations

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he leading Filipino business group was well represented at the Philippine Independence Ball and at the closing Picnic in the Park. Members of the MFBC gave of their time to volunteer at Assiniboine Park and a great opportunity for the MFBC to

raise awareness of their group and the values they stand for. The MFBC is all about sharing ideas, networking through our events and developing relationships which essential in any business. The MFBC would like to thank Ginno Bains for assisting Dr. Goodbear and the Children’s

Hospital Foundation, Tes Aiello for providing gifts for the kids, Jocelyn Santos-Edic for the food, Darin Hoffman for supplying the tent and shade on a beautiful sunny Sunday and to Ron Cantiveros for setting up on Sunday morning and photos.

Hot 103 / QX104 Tweet Fleet visits the Philippine Independence Picnic Celebrations

The Hot 103/QX104 Tweet fleet dropped by the picnic on Sunday to hand out stickers and prizes. Bettina, Jamie and Vicky with Filipino Journal Publisher, Ron Cantiveros. Follow the Tweet Fleet all summer long on Twitter - @ HOTQXTWEETFLEET Photo by Reyne Cruz| Filipino Journal

Birthday money donated to Winnipeg Harvest

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nlike most kids her age, Ysabella Samiana collected over $100 during her 7th birthday last May. Money was collected during the Manny Pacquiao party hosted at the Samiana residence from friends and family. Instead of

Ysabella with Tori Webber.

using the money towards toys an clothes, the young girl asked her parents, Ernie and Belinda Samiana if she could go shopping for food and donate it to those less fortunate. After a quick shopping trip to Superstore and Lucky Supermarket,

Ysabella presented David Northcott and Tori Webber from Winnipeg Harvest with a box full of groceries.

About Winnipeg Harvest:

Winnipeg Harvest was founded in 1984 by Lee Newton, and the warehouse opened its doors in 1985. Currently, Harvest distributes food to over 58,000 people each month. Winnipeg Harvest is a founding member of Food Banks

Canada, and is a member of the Manitoba Association of Food Banks. Last year Winnipeg Harvest distributed over 11 million pounds of food to over 320 Member Agencies across Manitoba, including food banks, soup kitchens, youth programs and drop-in-centres. Winnipeg Harvest is a non-profit, community-based organization. We collect and share surplus food with people who are hungry. Our ultimate goal is to eliminate the need for food banks in our community. Visit us at 1085 Winnipeg Avenue or call 982-3663.

Samiana family (left-right): Belinda, Ernie, Zyekiel and Ysabella with Tori Webber and David Northcott.

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Florencio Antonio celebrates 75th birthday

Florencio and Letty Antonio with their childern, Jhun and Gina Algabre, Harold and Josie Antonio, Anthony & Cristy Antonio, Jimmy & Cynthia Antonio, Ratha & Sunshine Chea.

Tony and his wife, Letty Antonio with Tony’s sister: Elizabeth and her husband Patrick Dunbar and Ileana Antonio

Clarita Nazario, PCCM treasurer presents a special gift to Florencio Antonio, PCCM recording secretary and OFSAM president, during his 75th birthday celebration at Buffet Square. Members of OFSAM, some executive officers and board of members of PCCM, and other organzations join to greet the celebrant.

Some of the PCCM executive officers and board members headed by Lito Taruc, president and Jun Oquendo, vice president; and some members of OFSAM, with Tony and Letty Antonio.

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Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinals

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aturday, June 18, the opening round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix concluded and only four fighters remain. Now that Strikeforce is owned by the UFC’s parent company, it seems more and more likely, that winner of this tournament will fight the reigning UFC heavyweight champion to see who is the world’s undisputed, number one heavyweight mixed martial artist. On Saturday, Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion, Alistair Overeem beat a man who he previously lost too. Fabricio Werdum submitted Overeem by kimura back in 2006 and in his last fight, he tapped out Fedor Emelianenko via triangle in 69 seconds. It was a fight no one thought he had a chance in winning. Against Overeem, his game plan of dropping to guard and hoping the champ would follow him down was poor at best. It lead to a lack luster decision win for Alistair Overeem. The other Grand Prix fight saw the always controversial former UFC Champion Josh Barnett outclass and dominate former Strikeforce challenger, Brett Rogers, winning via side choke in the second round. In the semifinals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, Josh Barnett will face Sergi Kharitonov and Alistair Overeem will face the second man to beat

Emelianenko, Antonio Silva. No date nor venue has been booked as of yet, though there are rumors of a fight card this fall in San Francisco. My predictions are that Silva, who was vocal about being unimpressed by Overeem, will underestimate his opponent leading to a KO win for the Strikeforce Champion. Josh Barnett will outwrestle Kharitonov and the final fight of the Grand Prix will be Alistair Overeem versus Josh Barnett. Then I’ll pick Overeem to win it all. However, after Overeem’s less-than-stellar performance, I can’t see him getting past the two men at the top of UFC’s Heavyweight Division. Champion, Cain Velasquez will outwork and out wrestle him. If Junior Dos Santos is the champion, then I have no doubt he’ll out strike Overeem. Werdum got the better of some exchanges, only his punches didn’t have any power. Dos Santos’ punching power and speed will be too much. Now it’s not a lock that the winner of the tournament will face the current UFC champion when it’s all said and done, but it really should happen since the current Strikeforce Welterweight Champion, Nick Diaz will face UFC’s champ, GSP. It’s the only way to determine who is the undisputed champion in each division.

Azkals’ preparation gaining steam

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hilippine football team coach Michael Weiss lavished praises on his players whom he described as fully focused on the job in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Barely nine days before his boys meet Sri Lanka in the first-round qualifying match at the 25,000-seater Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo, the 46year-old German mentor said the training in Duren, Germany has been effective and with no disturbances The return match will be played at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on July 3, with the series winner facing Kuwait in the second round.

Two more test matches are So far, the Azkals have beaten a Duren selection, composed of still lined up for the team, one third and fourth division players, against Ingolstadt I, a Bundesliga and an Under-19 side of Bonner second division team. SC.

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