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Celebrating 115 Years of Philippine Independence

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Volume 6, Number 6 • June 2013

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Philippine Independence Day Message from H.E. Leslie B. Gatan, Philippine Ambassador to Canada

115th Philippine Independence Day Celebration hosted by CAFFA

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Pinoy Rock Fest

Page 17 ► The Calgary Filipino Lions Club rendered ‘Ako Ay Pilipino’ number

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Roberto Maglalang to run as Edmonton City Councilor

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Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, 115th Philippine Independence Day Celebration special guest.

Jovencio Bautista, Jr., CAFFA President with his Opening Remarks

G.L.B.T. Pinoy & Friends Join Edmonton Pride Parade

3 Filipinas vie for Miss Universe 2013 crown Page 6 ►

Ian Eltagonde Finalist for Month of May Umac Express Cargo‘s Search for Karaoke Idol 2013 Page 9 ►

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Innovative Partnership Unites Calgary and Edmonton Although the long-standing rivalry between Calgary and Edmonton is a cherished tradition, an equally strong spirit of cooperation has prompted a new technology exchange that offers significant benefits for Alberta’s two largest cities. The City of Edmonton is a national leader with respect to the design, implementation and use of light-emitting diode (LED) street lighting. Edmonton has already converted 13,000 of its approximately 100,000 street lights to LED technology and is replacing traditional high pressure sodium street lights at a rate of 4,600 per year. By doing so, Edmonton is reducing street light power consumption by 30 per cent, lowering its greenhouse gas emissions and minimizing light pollution. For its part, the City of Calgary has developed one of the most innovative parking management systems in the world. The ParkPlus System™ uses solar-powered pay machines, payby-cell phone technology and license plate recognition software to verify payment for parking on city streets. First introduced in 2007, Calgary’s ParkPlus System™ is used to manage 6,573 on-street parking spaces and 8,270 off-street stalls (5,525 in parkades and 2,745 in surface lots) managed by the Calgary Parking Authority. The ParkPlus System™ has recently introduced an iPhone app called MyParking as well as an

SMS service called Text to Park as additional ways customers can pay for parking. “Calgary and Edmonton face many of the same challenges when it comes to finding more efficient and effective ways to provide services to citizens,” said Stephen Mandel, Mayor of Edmonton. “Sharing innovative advancements makes sense for both cities, and I hope that this technology exchange signals an increasingly collaborative relationship between Calgary and Edmonton in the future.” “This partnership is a win-win for both cities and our citizens,” said Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary. “We’re looking forward to using Edmonton’s successful and efficient LED street lighting and sharing our innovative ParkPlus technology to help manage public parking.” In order to assess the impacts, benefits and costs of both technologies the City of Calgary and the City of Edmonton are exchanging information, technical services and equipment. Edmonton will launch its six-month EPark pilot program in midJune with 15 parking machines (six in the City Hall Parkade, nine on streets near City Hall) on loan from Calgary. Later this summer, Calgary will install LED street lighting technology from Edmonton in a selected neighbourhood and along different types of roads to determine its effectiveness and potential savings.

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LBC Continues to Lead The Sea Cargo Industry “LBC is one of Offers affordable and convenient delivery services anywhere in the Philippines South San Francisco, Calif., June 5, 2013 – LBC continues to lead the sea cargo industry in terms of reliability, affordability and fast delivery service. With its commitment to excellent customer service, LBC has become a company that thousands of Filipino immigrants all over the world have come to depend on. Its ubiquitous white box with red bold letters has become synonymous to the immigrant Filipinos’ tradition of sending gifts to their loved ones back home. In the Philippines, LBC has the widest delivery network that allows its customers to send balikbayan boxes to every town and city nationwide. Customers’ Needs After decades of serving the Filipino worldwide, LBC has adopted its services to the varying needs of its customers – offering an array of services that meet every delivery requirement at any time. For instance, LBC is the only sea cargo delivery company that accepts any sized box, even its competitors’ boxes. Customers are no longer limited to a single size that tends to limit their flexibility in sending specialty items to the Philippines.

LBC also honors the trust it has received from its thousands of loyal customers by providing the convenience of free pick-up anywhere in the U.S. as well as the ease of tracking shipment through text updates. Technology, price The company has also employed the latest technology in posting transactions and tracking deliveries through its use of an Android app and tablet during pick-up. Also, customers can now track and receive updates on the progress of their boxes via SMS/ text messages. Customers will receive a text when the box leaves the US, when it arrives in Manila and when the box is delivered. They can also reach LBC’s customer service 24/7 through its toll free number. Despite these technological advances, customers can send items through LBC’s sea cargo for as low as $35 per box or as low as $11.50 per cubic foot. Reliability Nevertheless, LBC does not compromise on the quality of its services. The company continues to provide exceptional and trustworthy delivery services for all its customers.

the few companies worldwide serving the Filipino community that has never been blacklisted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the Philippines,” said Patricia Garcia, LBC USA’s brand head for North America. “This is testament to LBC’s commitment in ensuring that every customers’ delivery needs are satisfied beyond their expectations,” Ms. Garcia added. In December of 2012, the DTI has blacklisted some 23 local cargo forwarders and 28 of their foreign counterparts after receiving hundreds of complaints about undelivered balikbayan boxes. In addition to these complaints, the DTI explained that the companies in the list do not have accreditation with its Philippine Shippers Bureau. Inclusion in the DTI’s blacklist is one event that LBC strives hard to avoid by delivering every sea cargo boxes on time and intact. “LBC is committed in honoring the hard work of every Filipino abroad by safeguarding the balikbayan boxes that their valuable gifts to loved ones in the Philippines,” noted Ms. Garcia. “We understand how hard they work to be able to send these gifts back home. LBC honors this by equally working hard to ensure that their boxes arrive fast and safely,” she added.

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3 Filipinas vie for Miss Universe 2013 crown

Aside from being all contenders for the Miss Universe 2013 crown, Ariella Arida, Riza Santos, and Ruth Jennifer Ondo Mouchita have one thing in common. They have Filipino blood or of Filipino ancestry. Ariella Arida, the Philippines' official delegate to the international competition is the current Miss Universe-Philippines 2013. Prior to her win at Binibining Pilipinas, she was a contender in Miss Philippines Earth 2012 representing her hometown Alaminos, Laguna. Riza Santos is the reigning Miss Universe Canada 2013. She is known in the Philippines for her participation with Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 2 where she won second place. She also

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worked for Bantay Bata, ABS-CBN Foundation's charitable institution. Although she was raised in Canada, her parents are from Bataan and Bulacan in the Philippines. Ruth Jennifer Ondo Mouchita is the representative of Gabon in Miss Universe 2013. She is of mixed race with Filipino and Gabonese ancestry. Ruth is fluent in English, French, Tagalog, and Fang, the dominant language in Gabon. The African country of Gabon is a relative newcomer to the Miss Universe pageant. Mouchita is only the second candidate from Gabon to join Miss Universe since the country's 2012 debut in the beauty pageant.


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Revisiting Philippines thru the pages of rare books collected by Natividad-Cantiveros Private Library

The Republic of Adobo by Rod

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I am a hoarder of rare and old books on Philippine History. Thru the years, I have been going places like garage sales and used books stores in the various cities in Canada. Even in the United States, I visit used book stores and if there is a garage sale on my visit, I go and look for old and rare books on the Philippines. In the Philippines I have to go to a rare book store at Mega Mall to look and buy for our collections. Our two precious possessions are two rare books: 1) The Philippine Saga, 1952, Manila; and 2)"Our Islands and Their People As Seen w/ Camera and Pencil, 1899, New York. Our mandate is to have a private library, and since my wife passing in 2008, my sons and I decided to enlarge our books on the Philippine History. Also we have some books on the Jewish Refugee in the Philippines during the presidency of Manuel Luis Quezon; the fall of Manila when UST became a Japanese concentration camp where Americans, Filipinos, Jewish, Australians and other foreigners suffered hunger and isolation. We found out that our local libraries do not have the availability of rare books and magazines, some books on the Philippines and Filipinos are available. And with the establishment of the Rosalinda Natividad Cantiveros Foundation, we can get more rare and old books on Philippine history, culture and heritage.

Fortunately, in our travels to Vancouver, I visited one used book dealership. I bought a copy of The Philippine Saga, A Pictorial History of the Archipelago since Time Began by Prof. H. Otley Beyer, UP professor and Prof. Jaime C. de Veyra and was published by Capitol Publishing House Inc. in 1952. Prominent Filipino writers include Leon Ma. Guerrero, Clodualdo del Mundo and Pedro Sanz and contributing artists are Vicente S. Manansala and Amadeo Y. Manalad, And this 3rd edition is fully dedicated to the Filipino Youth. I got this book after climbing a mountain of used books. And i did not stop looking at every old book in that dark and dusty room. There are many books on the Philippines but mostly on the contemporary period. I wanted rare and if possible, books printed in the 17th, 18th, 19th centuries and other old magazines and pictures during the Spanish and American regimes. To get those old and rare books, money is at the stake. Because of its rarity, the prices range from $50 to $1,000 per copy. The second book we have is the "Our Islands and Their People As Seen with Camera and Pencil, Vol. ll . This was published in New York by N.D. Thompson Publishing Co. in 1899. This rare book is translated and written by Jose de Olivares, a noted author and war correspondent during that time. This rare book (I saw the other copy of this book when I visited UST during the 400th anniversary of the founding of Pontifical Royal University (1611) and this book is on display inside the temperature-controlled cabinet. ) This book is considered the only book on The Spanish Official History of the Philippine Island and written by an American. And where did I find this rare book. It is a labor of love for rare books. We went to Grand Forks in the 80's and while my late wife, Linda, my two sons, Ron and John,

Toastmasters Go To Mill Woods Toastmasters International brings communication and leadership program to Mill Woods. Carisa David, ACG, ALB and Tony Balce, ACG, ALB are starting a new club which will help Filipinos develop their communication and leadership skills. Each meeting conducted on a regular basis has the following parts: 1. Business session where members practice the use of parliamentary procedures. 2. Table topics session where members practice their impromptu speaking skill. 3. Prepared speech session where members practice delivery of prepared speeches. 4. Evaluation session where feedback is given to all participants for them to improve their communication and leadership skills. By attending these meetings regularly, members benefit as follows: 1. Builds confidence to speak with

anyone in any number on any topic. 2. Learns how to conduct business meetings. 3. Learns how to prepare and deliver prepared speeches. 4. Learns how to emcee any function. 5. Learns how to provide feedback to others on their performance in a positive and constructive manner. You are invited to attend a demonstration meeting on June 24, 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Mill Woods Public Library, 601 MillWoods Town Centre, 2331 – 66 St. and see for yourself what Toastmasters can do for you. Please RSVP to: Carisa David, Carisa.tm@gmail. con, 780-439-3852 or Tony Balce, antoniobalce@ hotmail.ca, 780-463-5331. Past, present and future Filipino Toastmasters are especially welcome to attend.

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were resting at the hotel, I went out to look for a garage sale around Grand Forks. It was Saturday and I knew that Saturdays and Sundays are garage days in USA and in Canada. I found one family having a garage sale. And started looking at those books in a beer box. (Few people look for books but ladies look for romance books). And I found this big, large, heavy clothbound book and I paid a crispy US$20.000. Wow! And I did look for more "treasures". I found some old Manila magazine published in 1935 and a copy of the "Treaty of Paris", a document which told the story of the 1st installment plan by the Americans who bought the Philippines, Cuba and Puerto Rico for a handsome amount of $20 millions. I forgot to ask the lady how she got those old books and magazines about the Philippines. Between these two books, we have a rich reservoir of information about the Philippines, its history, its people, and the success and failures, the submissiveness, the traitorships and the sublimity of our people in the olden days. Even flora and fauna were featured in the book written by Olivares. The Philippine Saga is a great opener for someone who lacks the knowledge on the Philippine history.

One would learn the beginning of the Philippines since 250,000 years ago when land bridges connected the most islands of the Southeast Asia. Those land bridges are known to be the "highway of history" where people and animals from the different parts of Asia settled in the Philippines. The pictorial essay is composed of 481 sketches, paintings and rare photographs. The book "Our Islands and Their People" is an eye opener. Spanish history is written thru the perspective of an American writer. This book is a great source of information about the people, about the City of Manila, about the "bed room cities " of Metro Manila, about Filipino costumes, houses, civil and religious festivals, and most important, the history of war between the Spaniards and the Americans; and between Filipinos and American; and it tells the story of defeats and failures, of the 1st Philippine Constitution convention, and of the rise of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. It also hightened that the agreement between the United States and the Philippine Islands, that the citizens of the island, as the Americans called them "native" or the "indio", now known as Filipinos, were not included in the sale of the

Islands as stated in the Treaty of Paris. Unfortunately, the book does not mention the life and death of our National Hero, Rizal; and also some of our heroes like Mabini, Del Pilar, Bonifacio and others. Some rare photos are also featured in the book "Our Islands and Their People", two of pictures in this column were taken from the pages of this book. courtesy of the Publisher. The first picture is taken during the session at the Barosaisn Church in Malolos when the Filipinos declared war against the American. And the other picture is the inside living room of the Malacanang Palace. Yes, I am a hoarder of rare books so that the next generation of Filipino Canadians, or just Canadians with Filipino descent, will have the story of their beginnings. For no one came out just a result of an osmosis! At least we have the roots of our generation and it is the responsibility of the current generation to look back. As a saying in Filipino: "Ang hindi lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay hindi makararating sa paruruonan." How true is this saying! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas sa kanyang ika-115 taong pagdiriwang ng kalayaan!

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Hatakan: Pataas o Pababa?

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.

Prrrrt! “Hindi mo dapat na iniwanan ng ganun-ganon na lang ang basket mong halos puno ng talangka sa bulwagan ng mall. Makakaabala sa mga tao sa oras na makalabas mula sa basket at kumalat ang mga iyan sa sahig ng ating mall.” Pasigaw na paala-ala ng guwardiya. “Mamang guwardiya,Hindi po makalalabas ang mga talangka na yan mula sa basket,” wika ng customer.“Bakit naman at paano mo natiyak?” tanong ng gwardiya. “Filipino po kase lahat ang mga talangka na ‘yan. Sa oras na sumubok na umakyat ng isa, tiyak na hahatakin pababa ng kapwa n’ya!” mabilis na sagot ng customer. Prrrrt! Foul po ba ako sa ginamit kong kwento? Sa katotohanan, narinig ko rin lang naman ang kwentong ito eh. Hindi rin lamang ako nakatiis na hindi ibahagi ito sa inyo. Ang nakakalungkot nga lamang, sa tuwinang maririnig ang salitang “crab mentality” tila baga nakakabit na ito sa ating lahi. Ihinahambing nila tayo sa mga talangka na nasa isang basket, hindi makaka-ahon upang lumabas at makaranas ng tunay na pangkalahatang pag-asenso dahil sa patuloy na paghihilahan, hindi paitaas kundi paibaba. Totoo naman po, maryoong mga umasenso, subalit sila lamang iyong mga itinulak ng sarili nilang diskarte at pagsisikap, at hindi dahil sa isang kolektibong pagkilos. Survival of the wisest ika nga. Minsan nga nakakainggit ang mga Intsik. Mamamasdan natin na kahit saan ka yatang sulok ng daigdig pumunta ay makakatagpo ka ng

“Chinatown!” Ito ay sa kadahilanan na sila-sila ay naghihilahan din tulad ng mga talangka. Ang kaibahan nga lamang, kapag may naunang nakaakyat sa kanila sa bunganga ng basket; at kapag nakita niya na may matatamong liwanag at mas malaking oportunidad para umasenso sa labas, kaagad niyang iniaabot ang kanyang kamay sa kanyang mga kasamahan upang hatakin paitaas. Magkakasama silang susulong para sa pangkalahatang layunin para makamtan ang tagumpay at kaunlaran. Tayo, anong meron tayo? Paano tayo naghihilahan? Mas namamayani yata sa ating mga puso ang selosan kesa sa suportahan. Kung kaya nga, kapag lumakad tayo, kung hindi man grupuhan ay solohan—lumalakad tayo bilang magkakaalyado: Depende sa kung ano ang rehiyon, probinsya at Pilipinong-grupong kinaaaniban mo. Kinakailangang may sikat na grupo. May patalbugan at pabonggahan. Okey lang naman sana kung maiiwasan lamang na magsalita ng makasasakit laban sa iba. Okey din naman na tumaas ka, tiyakin mo lang na di mo natatapakan ang iba. Di po ba? Kelan ba tayo kikilos bilang iisa o nagkakaisang mga Filipino at sino ba talaga ang mamumuno para dito; samantalang, para bang hirap na hirap tayong tanggapin ang kahusayan ng iba. Hindi po kaya posibleng sa Pilipinas pa lamang ay isama na sa Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) o sa embahada pa lamang, na ang sinumang lalabas ng ating bansa ay kinakailangang iutos na sa atin ang pagbibigay-pugay (courtesy call) sa opisina ng Konsulado ng Pilipinas sa mga probinsya ng Bansang ating pupuntahan, nang sa gayun ay makilala at malaman natin kung sino at saan ang wastong ahensiya na ating pupuntahan sa anumang oras na makaranas tayo ng di inaasahan. Mas mainam na nakasentro tayo sa kung ano mang programa na meron ang Konsulado ng Pilipinas. At, mas pinakamainam na nakatututok din naman ang opisina ng Konsul sa mga Temporary Filipino Workers (TFW), lalo na sa oras ng pangangailangan. Sa ganitong pamamaraan, magkakalakas ng loob ang sinuman dahil mararamdaman natin na meron tayong isang bahay-kanlungan na

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malayo sa tunay nating tahanan, at mayroong kumikilalang nanay o tatay na tunay na maglilingkod at gagabay. Posible din kaya na, isang araw ay magkita-kita at magkatipon-tipon tayo sa isang lugar na tatawagin nating: Philippine Cultural Center of Alberta (PCCA) sa Edmonton? Wala po itong ipinagkaiba sa Philippine Cultural Center of Manitoba (PCCM) sa Winnipeg. Kung nagawa nila, bakit hindi natin magawa? Mahirap po ba kaya hindi natin ginagawa o hindi lang natin ginagawa kaya nagiging mahirap? Nakakatawa po akong mangarap ano? Sa pagbabasa mo pa lang ng article kong ito, tiyak na mayayabangan ka na agad sa akin. At, may posibilidad, na makatikim ako ng pagkutya sa oras na makaharap mo ako. Tiyak ko, ito ang linyang sasabihin mo: “Hoy, Lito, kelan ka lang ba dito? Matagal na kami dito, at binalak na naming gustong gawin ‘yan pero walang nangyari. Mabibigo ka lang. Siguradong-sigurado, hihilahin ka pababa ng mga kritiko!” Prrrrt! Mistulang basketball din nga lang ang buhay sa Canada. Para bang merong pa-liga at kailangan mong magpalista sa talaan ng mga kalahok. Subalit hindi lahat ng nagpalista ay nagiging kalahok dahil may tanggalan din naman (pre-trial or process of elimination). Ang mga nakapasa lamang sa paunang pagsubok ang makakaanib o makakalahok upang makapaglaro hanggang finals. Kung kaya naman, iilan lamang ang sumisikat. Ang tanong: “Sino nga ba ang mga hurado para husgahan ang pagkapanalo at pagka-talo. Minsan pa nga, hindi ka pa naglalaro ay may husga na—kahit di pa nila nakikita kung paano mo i-shoot ang bola. Prrrrt! Tila yata tayong lahat ay foul! Kapag hindi natin tinantanan ang balyahan sa paglalaro, hindi tayo magwawagi ng may kalakip na ligaya sa ating mga puso. Iyan ay dahil sa hindi naging makatarungan at patas ang ating paglalaro. Wasto naman talaga na sa buhay sa Palakasan o Sports ay may nagwawagi at meron din namang sawi. Ngunit, tandaan pa rin natin, ang paligsahan ay nagbibigay kulay

lamang sa buhay--hindi ito ang mismong buhay. Kung kaya nga tinawag natin itong LARO, di ba? Ang tanong: Naiwasan na ba nating maghilahan pababa? Kelan mo hindi siniraan ang iyong kapwa upang buoin ang iyong sarili? Kalian ba ang huling araw na kinagat mo sa likod ang iyong kaibigan (back-biting)? Itinuring mo pang kaibigan, huh! Kailan mo ba naaala-ala na ipinagtanggol mo ang lahing Pilipino sa pamamagitan ng mabuting halimbawa sa pinagtatrabuhan mo, sa pakikitungo sa kamanggagawa, at kapit-bahay mo? Kapwa Filipino lamang ba ang dapat igalang?

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Roberto Maglalang to run as Edmonton City Councilor

Roberto Maglalang will run as candidate for councilor in the fall election at Edmonton’s Ward 11- the area the comprises Mill Woods, Tipaskan, Sakaw, Satoo, Menisa, Meyokumin, Kamayosek, Hill View, King Edward Park, Richie Hazel and Argyll Roberto is currently the Corporate Services Manager of Hi-Flyer Food Inc. and Olympus Food Inc., the owners of around 120 KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurants in Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec.He was previously the HR Director of River Cree Resort and Casino,and

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Prrrrt! Foul ka diyan! Huwag mong kalimutan: “Ang tao ay kapatid ng kapwa tao!” Gamitin natin ang pagka-Filipino sa paggawa ng kaayaaya at sa pagrespeto. Igalang ang karapatan ng ibang lahi na maging Malaya. Napakasarap gumalaw sa lipunan bilang isang tunay na may KALAYAAN—Kalayaang gawin ang mabuti at marapat at iwasan ang di makatarungan.

HR Manager of Home Depot in Clareview, Edmonton.Prior to immigrating to Canada, he was Senior Vice President of Philippine Steel. Roberto was also the formerHR Manager of Petron Corporation and Philippine National Oil Company. Roberto’s graduate and undergraduate education is Economics from Ateneo De Manila University and University of Sto.Tomas, respectively. He also took up Personnel Management at University of Manchester, England. He taught Economics and Personnel Management at UST and St. Scholastica Collage, Manila. He was also a guest lecturer at UP’s School of Labor and Industrial Relations and at San Beda College. With 3 grown up children- a lawyer, a chemical engineer and a doctor, Roberto is now ready for public service and leave behind a successful career in the private sector. His family owns Little Asia Noodle House and Dylan’s House of Minis. For those who would like to volunteer for his campaign or will allow signs to be put at their residences, Roberto can be reached at 780-934-2246 or by email at RBM@PGSI.INFO

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G.L.B.T. Pinoy & Friends Join Edmonton Pride Parade by Jun Angeles

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n a flesh colored bathing suit adorned with glittering orange beads, Yuki (a.k.a. Michael) exuberantly greeted the early supporters and friends that thronged around the Pinoy Float for Edmonton’s Pride Parade. He was one of the Victoria’s Secret-inspired angels who rode on the Pinoy Float. Proud, tall and full of confidence, he took pride in being able to express himself and be out in the open with his true nature. In a similar suit with blue beads, a crown and six inch stiletto heels, was Jane. Tiara, their spokesperson, wore a beautiful colored suit and was also one of the angels who adorned the float. Tiara originally migrated to Vancouver but recently moved to Edmonton. He expressed his sentiment at being able to show the world that Pinoys could be proud of them. They formed GLBT Pinoy & Friends last year and this is their second year participating in the Edmonton Pride Parade. There were 80 floats in an hour long procession which ended in Churchill Square last Saturday, June 9, 2013. Their group fundraised for a year to defray the cost of participating and put together an amazing float reminiscent of the Mardi Gras floats of Rio and New Orleans. It was not easy, but the members participated in drag shows and asked for donations from supporters and friends and were able to raise the $1500 needed for the parade. GLBT Pinoy participated in order to raise awareness of the LGBT community and that there are Pinoys who embrace a different lifestyle.

Eric, a nurse from Misericordia Hospital readily admitted that he is gay. A reason why he chose Canada to migrate to was for its tolerance and open-mindedness when it comes to homosexuality. “In the Philippines we still don’t get the respect we deserve, especially in the provinces. We are still being looked down on and made fun of”. In the workplace, Eric is well respected as an orthopedic nurse despite his sexual orientation. Tim Sancho is also one of the coordinators of GLBT Pinoy and helped in raising funds for this event. They provided shirts with the logo “Stand Proud”. Held in the month of June, the Edmonton Pride Parade is becoming one of the major events in Edmonton. It is a familyoriented event that is fun, flamboyant, free spirited and most of all it’s free for all to enjoy.

Aylah Celebrates 5th Birthday at the Park Aylah Rain Angeles, daughter of Mike & Katie Angeles enjoyed her birthday bash at the park with the family, relatives and friends Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Woodvale Park. A day to remember with lots of fun.

Aylah dancing with friends and mascot Dora & Abbey.

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What’s the difference between an Employment Agent/Agency and an Immigration Consultant? no law that prohibited Employment Agents from handling & doing immigration related work. However, after Bill C-35 was passed, it is now illegal for Employment Agents without immigration consultant’s licence to do immigration related work.

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” publications, you can contact Jon at (403) 241-6276 or at jon@nuerainc.ca or the publisher of this newspaper.

Recently, I have been asked again by many Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) and even some recent Permanent Residents (PRs) what’s the difference between licensed Employment / Recruiting Agents/Agencies and licensed Immigration Consultants. I believe some confusion still exists because for many years before Bill C-35 (an Act to Amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (formerly called the Cracking Down on Crooked Consultants Act) came into force on June 30, 2011 - employment Agents handled recruiting and immigration work – without any negative legal consequences. Before C- 35 was passed as law in 2011, many employers and temporary foreign workers considered their Employment / Recruiting Agents - as Immigration Consultants also because they handled recruiting work, as well as process immigration related work such as LMOs, Work Permits, Arrange Employment Offers (AEOs), Permanent Resident (PR) applications, etc. However, significant legal changes have been made after Bill C-35 became law in 2011. In this article, I will try to explain and clarify what the differences are today, the legal changes implemented due to Bill C- 35 and the legal consequences to the persons caught failing to comply with the provisions of Bill C-35. In Alberta, Employment Agents/Agencies are licensed by Service Alberta a provincial government department. The licence authorizes the Employment/ Recruiting Agent to assist employers recruit employees, help worker find employers or evaluate and test potential workers for employers. It does not authorize the person to do immigration related matters unless the person also has an immigration consultant’s licence. Before Bill C-35 was passed in June 2011, there was

The list of prohibited immigration related work is outlined in Item #4 of this article. The Employment Agency licence cost is $120 for two (2) years and there is no requirement to take and pass immigration law courses in accredited schools nor pass immigration law exams administered by ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council). There is no requirement to attend any professional development courses on an on-going basis to keep the Employment Agent’s licence. Virtually anybody who is a Canadian citizen or PR can obtain an Employment Agency licence without formal immigration law education or passing the licensing immigration law exams required for Immigration Consultants. I believe, these are the main reasons why Employment Agents/Agencies are now prohibited from handling immigration related matters like LMOs, Work Permits, AEOs, PR applications, etc. Immigration Consultants are licensed by ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council) a national regulatory body established by the federal government upon the introduction of Bill C-35 in June 2011. The licence authorizes the person to handle and process immigration related matters. It does not authorize the person to handle and process recruiting work unless the person also has an employment agency licence. The ICCRC licence cost is $1,550.00 per year plus the cost of (CPD) Continuing Professional Development courses of around $1,500 or more per year depending on how many immigration related courses the consultant attends in person. The CPD courses are required on an on-going basis to keep the Immigration Consultant’s licence and to ensure that the consultant is up-to-date regarding the changes in immigration laws and other related matters. To be eligible to apply for an ICCRC immigration consultant’s licence, the person has to: 1. Take and pass the Immigration Practitioners Program (8 extensive courses on Canadian Immigration and Refugee Law) at an accredited post secondary educational institution. 2. Take and pass the ICCRC licensing exams within three (3) years of completing the Immigration Practitioner Program at an accredited post secondary educational institution. 3. Provide Police Certificates/ Clearances from all countries where the person has lived for more than six months since the age of 18. 4. Provide Statutory Declaration that the person has no criminal charges, has not declared bankruptcy, and has no suspension or expulsion from another regulatory body.

5. Provide proof of language proficiency in English or French from an accredited language test institution like IELTS, CELPIP, TEF, SEL, etc. 6. Provide proof of post secondary education – a college diploma/ certificate/degree or university degree or comparable work experience. 7. Proof of status as a citizen of Canada, Permanent Resident or Status Indian. To find out more on what the Employment Agents/Agencies licence and what ICCRC licence cover and allow persons to practice, you can research the following websites: a. http://www.servicealberta.ca/ 1249.cfm b. http://www.qp.alberta.ca/574. cfm?page=1999_189.cfm&leg_ type=Regs&isbncln=0779729005 c. http://www.servicealberta.ca/ ConsumerTipsheets.cfm#jm_ consumer%20tips d. http://www.parl.gc.ca/About/ Parliament/Legislative Summaries/bills_ls.asp?ls= c35&source=library_prb&Parl =40&Ses=3&Language=E Outlined below is a compilation of information that I have lifted from the websites listed above: 1. Q: What Alberta govt. department requires a licence to operate an Employment Agency? Ans: Businesses are required to be licensed by Service Alberta regardless of where they are located, if they help employers in Alberta find employees, help employees find work in Alberta or evaluate or test people for employers seeking employees. Under the Fair Trading Act (FTA), businesses are required to have an Employment Agency business licence if they are: a. Working on behalf of employees, employers or both b. Finding jobs for Canadians or non-Canadians c. Finding workers for Canadian or non-Canadian employers d. Finding workers of any nationality for Alberta employers or for jobs in Alberta. 2. Q: How do I check whether an Employment Agent/Agency is licensed in Alberta and/or has an ICCRC immigration consultant’s licence? Ans: You can contact Consumer Contact Centre to check employment agency’s licence at: Tel No: 780-427-4088 (Edmonton and area) Toll-free in Alberta: 1-877-427-4088 Outside Alberta: 780-427-4088 To check, whether an Employment Agent has an ICCRC licence to handle immigration related matters like LMOs, Work Permits, AEOs, Permanent Resident (PR) applications, etc. you check the ICCRC Membership List at http://www.iccrc-crcic.ca/ home.cfm or contact: ICCRC at 5500 North Service Road Suite 1002 Burlington, Ontario CANADA, L7L 6W6 Toll Free: 1-877- 836- 7543 Fax: 1-877- 315- 9868

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3. Q. What fees can be legally charged by Employment Agencies? Ans: The Alberta Fair Trading Act (FTA) allows employment agencies to charge some types of fees, but prohibits other fees. Always ask for receipts for payments made. ( NOTE: If the person does not want to give a receipt then chances are what they are doing is illegal). a. No employment agency may charge a fee for helping a person find a job. An employment agency can charge an employer for its services. The employee does not pay the fees. b. No employment agency may demand or hold a bond or deposit from a person that will not be returned if they do not complete the work term or employment contract. It is against the law for any fee to be collected from a person even if it may be refunded later. c. An employment agency cannot tell an employer that the employer can recover the costs of their services from the employee. This is a violation of the FTA. d. An employment agency may charge a person for services such as resume preparation. However, the agency cannot make a person buy these services as a condition to help the person find work. An employment agency that charges a fee for such services must post a list of the fees charged in a conspicuous location in the business premises. 4. Q: After Bill C-35, what functions are Employment Agents not legally allowed to do without an ICCRC licence? Ans: After Bill C-35 was passed as a law on June 30, 2011, it is now illegal for employment agents/ agencies without ICCRC license to: a. Represent an Employer in an LMO or AEO application b. Communicate with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) or Human Resources & Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)/ Service Canada on behalf of client. c. Explain and provide immigration advice d. Provide guidance on how to select the best immigration stream and completing the appropriate forms e. Represent the client in an immigration application or process f. Advertise that they can provide immigration advice

(Immigration Consultants of Canada regulatory Council) ii. A lawyer in good standing with a Canadian provincial or territorial law society or a student-at-law under their supervision iii. A Notary in Quebec in good standing with the Chambre des notaires du Quebec or student-inlaw under their supervision b. Unpaid Consultants: Immigration representatives/ consultants who are unpaid may include a family member, friend or a member of a non-governmental or religious organization. They do immigration consulting work without charging a fee. 6. Q: Can an Employer or Employment Agency send a Foreign Worker home before their Work Permit expires? Ans: An employer or employment agency has no legal authority to send a foreign worker home against their will before their Work Permit expires. Only the Government of Canada has the legal authority to remove or deport an individual from Canada. If a Canadian or non-Canadian employee does not carry out the duties agreed to in the Employment Contract, the employer can give the employee the required termination notice or pay in lieu of notice before firing the employee. Foreign workers are entitled to remain in Canada for the full term of their Work Permit (ie. until the Work Permit expires). An employer or an employment agency cannot force a foreign worker to return to their country of origin if an employment contract is terminated before the Work Permit expires or if the Foreign Worker decides to find a job with another employer. Prior to quitting, the Foreign Worker should provide the appropriate resignation notice to the Employer as outlined in their Employment Contract.

7. Q: Where should employers or foreign workers report Employment/ Recruiting Agents –without an ICCRC license - who charges fees for: LMOs, Work Permits, PR applications and other immigration related matters? Ans: You can report suspected illegal activities to ICCRC at: Tel: 1-877-836-7543 (toll free) or Email: info@iccrc-crcic.ca or Temporary Foreign Worker Helpline at 1-877-944-9955 or NOTE: Stiff penalties of up to (780) 644-9955 two (2) years imprisonment and/ or up to $100,000 in fines are I hope the above information stipulated for persons convicted has been helpful in clarifying the of offences covered by Bill C-35. differences between Employment/ Report suspected illegal activities to Recruiting Agents and Immigration ICCRC. Consultants and what are illegal after Bill C-35 was passed. 5. Q: Who can act as an immigration representative or Legal Disclaimer: consultant? This news article is designed for Ans: There are two types of general information only. The Immigration Representatives/ information presented in this article Consultants: should not be construed to be formal a. Paid Consultants: legal advice or the formation of a In order to charge a fee, consultant/client relationship. Each representatives/consultants must be individual situation is different and authorized to conduct business for people should seek proper advice on their clients. They must be: their specific cases with a licensed i. An immigration consultant in immigration consultant of their good standing with the ICCRC choice.

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115th Philippine Independence Day Celebration hosted by CAFFA

The Visminsa Charities Foundation presents ‘The Miss Philippines Canada Calgary 2013 Beauties

The Aklanon Ati-Atihan Group of Calgary

YOSAC dancers

Bong Magpantay, Emcee, CAFFA Vice Honorary Consul General Godofredo President Ferdinand Aguirre, calls for unity among the Filipinos in Calgary.

Bernadette Stamile, Closing Prayer

MLA Wayne Cao

Heather Patrao, Miss Philippines Canada-Calgary 2013 with Visminsa beauties

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Philippine Independence Day Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the celebration of Philippine Independence Day: “Today, I extend my best wishes to Filipino-Canadians and all those around the world celebrating the 115th anniversary of Philippine Independence Day. “Canada has a strong and active Filipino community of nearly 500,000 people, and it continues to grow. The Philippines is one of the largest source countries for immigrants in Canada, and Tagalog

is Canada’s fastest growing language. “Canada’s Filipino community contributes immensely to our country in all areas of endeavour. In particular, in September 2012, I was proud to appoint Mr. Tobias C. Enverga Jr. as Canada’s first Senator of Filipino heritage. “On behalf of the Government of Canada, I wish all celebrants a happy Philippine Independence Day. I also encourage Canadians to learn more about our country’s vibrant Filipino community.”

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Ian Eltagonde Finalist for Month of May Umac Express Cargo 's Search for Karaoke Idol 2013 Ian Eltagonde of Lloydminister won to become one of the finalists for Umac Express Cargo's Search for Karaoke Singing Idol 2013 which was held at Palabok House Restaurant last Wednesday, May29, 2013. Eltagonde belted "Ikaw" by Martin Nievera and captured the votes of the judges.

Ian Eltagonde of Llodminister. AB

Nina Mamaril, Operation Manager of Umac Awarded Ian $500.00

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Judges L-R Emilio Antonio, Wilf Ladores, Dianne Sinday and Jennifer Gose.

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Pinoy Rock Fest

The officers and advisers of the Triskelions’ Grand Fraternity and Sorority – Northern Alberta Council (TGFS - Nor-Al) with the President of Jam For A Cause Society (JFACS), Bryan Aller, and the Guest Speaker Mr. Jun Angeles,The publisher of the Alberta Filipino Journal in Edmonton, during the Fundraising Project entitled Pinoy Rock Fest at the ACCA Centre last June 1, 2013. (From left: Lito TGFS – Northern Alberta Council Chairman Albert Dizon Mr. Jun Angeles delivers his inspirational message.His Velasco, Adviser; Bryan Aller, JFACS President; Noel Tayag, Internal Vice Chairman; Jay Panganiban, warmly and seriously welcomes the audience. words will surely be having a far-reaching influence in the External Vice Chairman; Rollie De Mesa, Adviser; Mr. Jun Angeles, Guest Speaker; MJ Hermosado, -Photograph: John Jasper Constantino heart of his audience. Secretary; Albert Dizon, Chairman; and Rudy De Mesa, Adviser). -Photograph: John Jasper Constantino -Photograph: John Jasper Constantino

A Snap Shot with Mayor Mandel and Mr. Jun Angeles at the main entrance of the Asian Christian Cultural Association (ACCA) Centre Auditorium. -Photograph: Noel Tayag

The Joint Forces: Nor-Al Triskelions and the Jam For A Cause Society (JFACS) on stage after the awarding of Certificates of Appreciation. Three sets of the Certificates of Appreciation were bestowed upon each band from the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Bantay Bata 163 Foundation, and the Tau Gamma Phi/SigmaTriskelions’ Grand Fraternity and Sorority, Northern Alberta Council. -Photograph: Rollie De Mesa

The Triskelions’ Grand Fraternity and Sorority – Northern Alberta Council’s Chairman and Advisers with the two Guest Speakers: His Worship, Stephen Mandel, City of Edmonton Mayor and Mr. Jun Angeles, Alberta Filipino Journal Publisher in Edmonton. (From left: Joey Talens, Adviser; Rolly De Mesa, Adviser; Lito Velasco, Adviser; Mayor Mandel, Honourable Guest; Mr. Jun Angeles, Guest Speaker; and Albert Dizon, the Chairman. -Photograph: John Jasper Constantino

The Entertainment as one of the nine bands plays the Filipino Folk-Rock music. -Photograph by: John Jasper Constantino

His Worship, Stephen Mandel, Mayor of Edmonton delivers his inspirational message.He also repeatedly expresses the words of gratitude to all the members of the TGFS – Northern Alberta Council, the Jam For A Cause (JFACS) of Edmonton, and all the supporters for raising funds for a noble cause. He salutes to our generosity. -Photograph: John Jasper Constantino

The Triskelion Actors. These faces have contributed a lot in the success of this project. -Photo by Ronald Suguitan The first-hand experience of philanthropy. Proving that the Triskelions’ Grand Fraternity and Sorority – Northern Alberta Council, headed by our responsible Chairman, Bro. Albert Dizon, has complied with the commitment to one of the beneficiaries—the Alberta Cancer Foundation as we donated $1000.00.Truly, as St. Teresa of Avila said, it is not the question how much you give, but how much love goes with the giving. (From left: Council Chairman Albert Dizon, Ms. Robyn Godard, Development Officer, Events Alberta`s Cancer-Free Movement, Sis. MJ Hermosado, Council Secretary, Bro. Noel Balbin, a Triskelion, Juan Man Army Band`s lead guitarist and one of the main Proponents of the Rockfest. Added on the second picture from left is Bro. Ronald Matias, the Council Treasurer.)

The Food Brigade. (from left: Sis. Faith Albania, Bro. Mike Duhaylungsod, Bro. Ronald Matias, Bro. Albert Dizon, and Bro. JovenJamero). - Photo by: John Jasper Constantino

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Horoscope Many of your desires would be fulfilled. You will come across charming and generous today. This is a pleasant time in your life when things go smoothly. You’re in just that type of mood right now, so if you don’t absolutely have to be around an authority figure you’re already at odds with, do something else. It is a good day concerning career progress.

To make life more enjoyable, focus on those things which give you moments of enjoyment and do them more often. It is impossible to find someone who can be all things to you. Keep in mind that different people are in your life for different reasons, you want to do that with someone you can trout with your private information and vulnerable feelings.

Don’t even try to hide your feelings from the ones who love you or from anyone you just met a few minutes ago for that matter. The mood you’re in is the one that inspired that ancient phrase about ‘wearing your heart on your sleeve.’ It is a normal day on the family and work front.

Your mantra, should you choose to repeat it, is this: ‘Yesterday never happened. Today will be wonderful.’ Keep it up until you absolutely believe it-stay positive and look on the bright side of life. Don’t let life get you down, you know better than to give in and give up on your dreams.

It is a day of recognition at work. While it is good to get things out into the open, remember to balance this with lots of positive comments about what you like about your circumstances or the people around you as well. Fortunately, it’s the perfect time for just such an activity.

Balance is the key today as you may have the urge to push things too hard. It’s also likely that being exposed to new ideas will arouse certain fears or insecurities inside you. Be open even if you choose not to try anything new. Sometimes, you can just happen to be in the right place at the right time.

You have to make a decision but you can’t figure out which way to turn. This decision has important consequences for the next several years of your life. Negativity can have an effect on your health and overall wellbeing – try to limit it in your life.

It’s not exactly that you’re aiming to aggravate everyone you cross paths with, especially the ones you love. The situation is this: You just can’t hold back your feelings and more importantly, your ideas. Keep going forward, one giant step after the other and leave them to deal with their own stuff.

As the song says, you’re in the mood for love -- simply because they’re near you. You’re in the mood for a whole lot more. You want it all! Deep, meaningful conversations and intense flirtation are the stuff dreams are made of.

A good chance today for a momentary boost to ego and confidence, a brief reminder of how good you can be when you’re right on the mark. You will come to realize today that the way someone makes you feel is more important than their motivations. You instinctively know that they are good to keep around rather than remove from your list of friends.

An energetic day is making its move towards you. Today, it seems like everything is swinging your way. Good fortune for you and those around you is a result of all the positive energy you have been putting out into the world. You would divert your thoughts in such a way that work becomes enjoyable.

During this time period you realize what is really important to you. Get clear about what you want and what you are capable of achieving. You are one of if not the most sensitive and intuitive signs of the zodiac, tune into your instincts and stay in touch with your heart centre.

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Chinese surname Tapusin Nanay Tunod Bestman,bridesmaid Lungsod sa Bicol Siyasat Tipon Gamit sa pagtiyak ng direksiyon 32 Lilim 33 Butong nakakain

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16 Super _____ : computer games 18 Maidaing 20 Halimaw 22 Gagawa 24 Taba 25 Salaysay 26 Bayan sa Laguna 27 Nais 29 Up Right

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Picking the Right Size Chevy A look at the Chevy Equinox, Traverse and Suburban SUVs

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welcome especially when you start getting the large trucks and SUVs. The only three things missing in this round up of vehicle reviews are the other Chevy SUVs - Trax, Orlando and Tahoe. Who knows, GM might send them to me next week. Let’s start with the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox compact crossover SUV and does well in and equipped with the rear seat entertainment package, heavy duty trailing package and the dual skyscape sunroof. While the Equinox and Traverse were media fleet vehicles, the 2013 Chevrolet Suburban was a rental fleet vehicle that I drove during a recent trip to Toronto for a hockey tournament. The Suburban was great for transporting people and hockey bags! In several

instances, there was more than enough space for four hockey players, their hockey bags and hockey sticks. I’m sure we could have squeezed in a couple more people. The Suburban was massive and powerful with a huge V8 under the hood. The Suburban was so new, I was the first customer to rent it as I drove out of the parking lot with a mere 186kms on the odometer. Driving the Suburban, gas efficiency compared to the Equinox and Traverse are thrown out the window. Luckily, the driving distance between our hotel and the hockey rink was short as we all enjoyed the comfort and luxury while still being able to have our hockey bags in the back. Chevrolet Suburban LT models start at $61,690.

Lawrence Toet, MP (Elmwood – Transcona) celebrated Philippine Independence Day in Ottawa with Senator Enverga and Ambassador Leslie B. Gatan Winnipeg, Manitoba―Member of Parliament Lawrence Toet (Elmwood-Transcona) celebrated Philippine Independence Day in Ottawa with Senator Enverga and Ambassador Leslie B. Gatan today. Along with the Canada Philippines Parliamentary Friendship Group, they enjoyed a performance by the Scarborough Ontario Seniors Association. “The journey to Filipino independence began on June 12, 1898,” said MP Toet. “Today, 115 years later, we celebrate that independence with the Filipino community in ElmwoodTranscona. The courage, hard work and dedication that led to their freedom in 1898 is still a very

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prominent part of Filipino culture in our communities to this day.” Canada is home to one of the largest Filipino communities in the world. The Philippines is also among the top source countries for temporary workers and permanent residents admitted into Canada, making it very important to our national make-up. Philippine Independence Day is a great opportunity for Canadians to learn about Filipino heritage and traditions, and to celebrate the tremendous contributions the Filipino community has made to this country. This is an annual event celebrated by parliamentarians on Parliament Hill.


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Statement from Alberta's Minister of Health Regarding AHS’ Board dismissal

The Legislature by Naresh Bhardwaj MLA, Edmonton Ellerslie and Chair, Capital Region Caucus

Albertans elected us to ensure government - and its agencies and boards - live within their means. At a time when we’ve asked our front-line providers, including doctors, teachers, and support workers to take freezes in pay, the unwillingness of the AHS’

Board to reconsider its decision on pay-at-risk is completely outof-step with the government’s priorities - and more importantly, the priorities of Albertans. Since I was appointed Health Minister, I have been very clear that our government expects AHS to be closer to the people they serve and to be ever mindful of the impact of how decisions affect front-line care. Yesterday’s directive on bonus pay was at least the fifth formal directive I’ve issued to AHS in recent months. The response to yesterday’s directive and the comments later made in the media raise serious questions as to whether the Board can continue to function effectively and work collaboratively with

government and other community stakeholders. Regrettably, the Premier, my cabinet colleagues and I were forced to consider whether Albertans can continue to have confidence in their ongoing ability to direct change in our health system. I informed the AHS Board Chair and the members of the AHS Board that I am terminating their appointments, effective immediately and thanked them for their service. In accordance with Section 11 of the Regional Health Authorities Act, I have appointed Janet Davidson as Official Administrator of Alberta Health Services effective immediately to act in place of the Board. A nurse by training, Janet is a nationally renowned senior executive with over 30 years of direct experience in health care administration and governance in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario.

We have committed to a review of the agencies, boards and commissions which serve government to ensure Albertans can have trust and confidence in decisions made on their behalf. This process begins now, starts with AHS and will be led by Ms. Davidson among her other responsibilities. I want to assure all Albertans - particularly AHS staff - that you will have the opportunity for meaningful input. I will further direct the administrator to review the decision made by the AHS board yesterday to award bonuses for 2012-13. We don’t think it’s fair these bonuses are payable. Our position is clear. And that’s why we’ve acted today. We understand that some AHS executives offered to forego their bonuses. I understand though that the Board refused to allow these executives that option.

Nothing about this decision changes the normal delivery of health care in Alberta. Hospitals and other care facilities continue with normal operations. The changes are unlikely to be noticed by most people - they concern governance and other operational matters. I want to be clear - our government has full confidence in our front-line health care workers - our doctors, nurses and health professionals across Alberta who provide among the best care anywhere in Canada. AHS has an enormous task, and with today’s actions, we start fresh - working with incredibly dedicated men and women towards driving better health care, shorter wait times and improved health outcomes for the people of Alberta. We will continue to drive change in the health system with a strong focus on faster health care closer to home.

Memorial Drive’s newest gathering place open for all Calgarians to enjoy Filed by Jose “Pepito” Magpayo, (tvpilipino@gmail.com)

Calgary, AB – Poppy Plaza officially opened today with a ceremony to honour the men and women who have served to protect our freedom and security. Part of the Landscape of Memory project,

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Poppy Plaza is Memorial Drive’s newest gathering place for all Calgarians to enjoy. “Memorial Drive is one of Calgary’s most cherished corridors in terms of history, location, proximity to the Bow River, and its relationship with communities,” says Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “It is fitting for this corridor to act as a living memorial to the events and people that have shaped our city’s landscape. Poppy Plaza is a reflection of our gratitude to all those that serve our country and provides a place where we can celebrate the freedoms and peace afforded us by their sacrifice.” Located at 1111 Memorial Drive NW, Poppy Plaza is part of the $31.5 million redevelopment plan along Memorial Drive known as the Landscape of Memory. The overall project pays tribute to Calgary’s fallen soldiers and improves public spaces along the corridor. The Plaza commemorates Canada’s efforts during wartime and offers a public gathering space to help connect people with the river’s edge. “Poppy Plaza provides a beautiful place to honour our veterans and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country,” says Ward 7 Alderman Druh Farrell. “The Memorial Drive Landscape of Memory is shaped by a deep respect for our history. It is enriched by unifying our beautiful river, historical trees, and meaningful places to observe individual and collective memory.” The 86,100 square foot Poppy Plaza was constructed using two

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surfaces. First, a folded wood deck made of low-maintenance balau wood provides both seating for the public and space for native plantings. The second surface consists of a weathering steel wall that navigates the site’s steep grade change and protects the wood deck from winter ice flows. The weathering steel does not need to be treated as it naturally ages and creates the beautiful dark brown colour. “Narratives” or text were water-jet cut into the weathering steel and illuminated from within to portray diverse voices and perspectives relating to honour, hope and sacrifice during war-time as expressed by different facets of our society. Representatives from the military, the veterans association, adjacent communities and pathway user groups were consulted on the design of Poppy Plaza. In 2005, extensive public engagement was undertaken to develop a vision for the Memorial Drive corridor based on themes of remembrance, legacy and history, and what these themes mean to Calgarians. This input drove the resulting vision of new and traditional ideas of memorialisation within the context of the urban setting. The design for Poppy Plaza won the Canadian Architect Award of Merit as well as The City of Calgary Mayor’s Urban Design Award. Funding for the Landscape of Memory project is made possible through the ENMAX Legacy Parks Fund.


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Ifugao Rice Terraces, "Stairways to Heaven"

hat comes to your mind when we talk about rice terraces of Ifugao in Luzon province of northern Philippines and the rice terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras? The Banaue Rice Terraces! Why? Most probably because the Banaue Rice Terraces is the most publicised, or it is dubbed by many Filipinos as the eighth wonder of the world, or because it is the most accessible, or because it is depicted on the back of the Philippine 1,000 peso currency. Therefore, the Banaue Rice Terraces ("Hagdan-hagdang Palayan ng Banaue" in Filipino) is undoubtedly the most popular one although contrary to popular belief it is not included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage List due to the presence of numerous modern structure standing around it. However, it is declared as National Cultural Treasure of the Philippines. There are five clusters of the most intact and impressive rice terraces in the Philippine Cordilleras of scenic northern Philippines inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995 as a continuing living cultural landscape, namely; Batad Rice Terraces, Bangaan Rice Terraces (both in Banaue but not referred to as Banaue Rice Terraces) Mayoyao Rice Terraces (in

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Mayoyao), Hungduan Rice Terraces (in Hungduan), and Nagacadan Rice Terraces (in Kiangan), all in the Ifugao Province. They are all evidences of a "high level of knowledge of structural and hydraulic engineering" and considered as the "finest examples of human craftsmanship working in harmony with nature". The UNESCO describes the rice paddies carved into the mountains of Ifugao as "the fruit of knowledge handed down from one generation to the next; and the expression of sacred traditions and a delicate social balance, they have helped to create a landscape of great beauty that expresses the harmony between humankind and the environment". Each cluster of the rice terraces has its own characteristic feature. The Batad Rice Terraces are tiered and amphitheatre-shaped; Bangaan is the tiniest cluster of terraced rice fields and looks like a gianty half-pipe ramp; Mayoyao rice terraces called "paradise rice terraces" and characterised by rice terraces interspersed with traditional farmers' houses ("bale") and granaries ("alang") grow the organic Ifugao rice variety called "tinawon" (red and white variety) harvested in June and July; and the Hungduan Rice Terraces, also referred to as "Bacang" or Spider Web Terraces, are nicely

spread out on all directions from the central peak uniquely emerging like a spider web. Also in Hungduan is the stone-walled Hapao terraces which dates back to 650 AD. However in 2001 in response to a request by the Philippine government to encourage corrective action and support, the rice terraces are placed on the Danger List "because of threats to its essential values which required the development of better management and planning". Specifically, the reasons are: neglected irrigation,

weak management systems, local migration, lack of focus on tourism, and unregulated developments in the sites. After a decade the famous tourist attraction is no longer in the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites in Danger due to "successful site restoration and conservation as well as planning and proper management of the rice terraces". Since then concerted efforts have been underway to promote eco-tourism and preservation of the rice terraces. For geographical reason it

must be noted that on 18 June 1966 by virtue of Philippine Republic Act 4695 the old Mountain Province, established by the Americans in 1908, was split into the following provinces: Mountain Province with Bontoc as the capital, Benguet (La Trinidad), Kalinga (Tabuk), Apayao (Kabugao), and Ifugao (Lagawe). The rice terraces and the Banaue Rice Terraces located in four municipalities are all in the Ifugao Province. (To be continued)

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