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John and Cheryl Acosta were two of over 1,300 volunteers that took part during the Winnipeg Airports Authority community public trials at Winnipeg’s new Black Eyed Peas rapper Allan Pineda Lindo is named as the new James Armstrong Richardson International Airport. The new airport is scheduled to open on Sunday, October 30, 2011. Ambassador for Special Education.


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Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport set to open October 30

Winnipeg set to welcome the world with new customer friendly, state-of-the-art airport

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he Acosta and Gambalan families were among 1,300 volunteers taking part in YWG public trials on Saturday, October 8th. Participants were invited to test drive Canada’s newest and greenest airport. All participants were given fictitious names and mystery destinations

to Las Vegas, London, New York and the Mexico. Passengers ran through the entire departure check-in, security screening, passenger boarding, customs and immigration processing and finally with arrivals and baggage claim. All 1,300 volunteers were

able to take photos and videos of their trip through the airport. The new building opens on Sunday, October 30th and will set to welcome the world including many of the new immigrants from the Philippines that come to Winnipeg.

Melanie, Rachelle and Loveville Gambalan strolling through the passenger terminal.

Acosta family set to board flight to Las Vegas.

Skylights fill the arrivals and baggage claim area with natural sunlight as passengers arrive in Winnipeg.

Long line of volunteers waiting to pick-up luggage and check-in to flights.

Melissa Buendia with West Jet during One of the many passenger lounges in the passenger boarding of our flight to Las departures area. Vegas. Photos by: Ron Cantiveros | Filipino Journal

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The Wave Splashes Eternal, part 15 Reflections on the Heart of Glass (On Blondie, One of the Earliest Pioneers of New Wave)

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s I have already written in previous articles, the earliest roots of New Wave music may be traced back to the mid- ’70s. And among the New Wave bands that may be regarded as pioneering, prolific, and still active at the same time is the American band Blondie. Blondie Officially formed by Deborah “Debbie” Harry and Chris Stein in 1975 in New York, United States, Blondie is regarded as one of the very first American New Wave bands. Clem Burke (drums), Jimmy Destri (keyboards), and Gary Valentine (bass) completed the band’s lineup. Blondie’s music is best characterized by Stein’s angular and gyrating guitar melodies and by Harry’s sexy yet powerful voice and the overall danceable beat and catchiness of the songs. Blondie released its self-titled first album in 1976, which contains their first hits, “XOffender,” “In the Flesh,” and

“Rip Her to Shreds.” In 2011, Blondie released its ninth studio album, Panic of Girls, with songs like “D-day,” “What I Heard,” and “Love Doesn’t Frighten Me” still carrying the band’s signature

sound. The band disbanded in 1982 and reformed in 1997. The rest of Blondie’s discography are Plastic Letters (1978, “[I’m Always Touched by Your] Presence, Dear”), Parallel Lines (1978, “Heart of Glass”), Eat to the Beat (1979, “Dreaming”), Autoamerican (1980, “T-Birds”), The Hunter (1982, “Island of Lost Souls”), No Exit (1999, “Maria”), and The Curse of Blondie (2003, Hello, Joe”). Final Note Visually, Harry and her looks remain to be Blondie’s center of attraction. However, she’s not only the band’s singer and frontperson but also a cowriter in many of the band’s songs. She pursued

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a solo career especially during Blondie’s inactivity, releasing five solo albums: Koo Koo (1981, “Jump, Jump”), Rockbird (1986, “Frenchkissin’ in the USA,” written by Chuck Lorre), Def, Dumb and Blonde (1989, “Kiss It Better,” cowritten with Tom Bailey

and Alannah Currie, formerly of Thompson Twins), Debravation (1993, “Strike Me Pink,” cowritten with Jonathan Bernstein and Anne Dudley), and Necessary Evil (2007, “If I had You,” cowritten with Barb Morrison and Charles Nieland).

New Immigrant Brother Mason Welcomed

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n October 14, 2011,the Manitoba Filipino-Canadian Masons welcome newly arrived Brother from the Philippines Bro. Alfredo “Freddie” Juarez, Jr. at the joint Birthday Party celebration of Bro Arnold and Sis Jenith Calambacan in their residence at Allan Blye Drive. Among those present were the Worshipful Masters of Fil-Can Cabletow Lodge No. 189 WB Melvin

Arabe, Capitol Lodge No. 136 WB Rico Villarin, VW Bro Rudy Marana, the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba MW Bro Chibu Uson and his Lady Sis Mae who came latter in the evening and other Brethren coming from different Lodges in Manitoba. Bro Juarez arrived in Winnipeg with his family early this month from Paete, Laguna.

L-R: VW Bro Rudy Marana, the Birthday celebrant Bro Arnold Calambacan Sr., Newly aarived immigrant Bro Alfredo “Freddie” Juarez, Jr., Bro mario Bulawit and Bro Rey Galapon. Photo by: Reyne Cruz

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October 18th: a Dark anniversary in CANADA’s ASBESTOS history

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TTAWA—Today, Pat Martin (WinnipegCentre) joined Laurie Kazan-Allen of the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat and Michaela Keyserlingk of Canada’s Voices of Asbestos Victims to mark the 20th anniversary of the Canadian government and asbestos stakeholders’ joining forces to defeat the American

Asbestos Ban and Phase-out Rule (ABPR). Through Access to Information requests, KazanAllen unearthed 20 year old documents showing the disturbing participation of then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, his cabinet, Canada’s Ambassador to the U.S., civil servants and

lobbyists in killing the US Asbestos ban. “On October 18, 2011, we reflect on the devious and underhanded means by which Canadian asbestos stakeholders attacked plans by the U.S. Government to protect American workers by banning the use of asbestos,” said Kazan-Allen. “Canadian authorities, from the Prime Minister down, colluded with industry representatives to overturn the U.S. ban on asbestos in order to protect the Canadian asbestos industry,” said KazanAllen. “The fact that, even 20 years on, Canadian governments are still fronting for this deadly industry is a national disgrace.” “What is most shocking about these documents is that while the rest of the world has now seen asbestos for the killer it is, the Canadian government has not moved one iota from its position in 20 years,” said Martin. “It’s time that the Harper government wake up and finally step away from this killer product.” Keyserlingk, whose husband died in 2009 of mesothelioma resulting from exposure to asbestos, runs the website “Canada’s Asbestos Exports”. Keyserlingk said she “hopes changes to Canada’s asbestos policy will happen as soon as possible to prevent further death in developing countries.”

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Prairie farmers applaud legislation for voluntary CWB

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innipeg, October 18, 2011 – Today the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) welcomes the introduction of legislation which will make participation in the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) voluntary. “This all boils down to the basic rights of farmers to market their wheat and barley to the buyer of their choice,” said Dan Kelly, CFIB’s senior vicepresident of legislative affairs. “Our farm members have been calling for marketing change for years so we certainly welcome this long-overdue legislation to make participation in the CWB optional.” Earlier this year, CFIB released its Prairie farm members’ views on the CWB in a research report, Time for a New Vision at the CWB. In fact, 83 per cent of CFIB’s Western Canadian producers said they wanted the option to market their wheat and barley outside of the CWB. When asked what the main benefits would be, farmers indicated they would have access to better marketing signals, greater opportunities to niche market their product, greater control of the profitability of their farm business, and growth opportunities in the value-added industry. “Our farm members have never advocated for the complete

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dismantling of the CWB. In fact, 59 per cent say it is very or somewhat important for the CWB to remain a marketing option,” explained Kelly. “We believe the Canadian Wheat Board can exist – just not as a monopoly.” “Farmers have a lot on the line and control all of the major management decisions on their farm like budgeting, crop rotation, and crop inputs,” stated Virginia Labbie, CFIB’s senior policy analyst for agri-business. “Yet, when it comes to marketing their wheat and barley, they have had very little control and are obligated to sell their product through the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly.” “We are pleased to see the Federal government introduce this important legislation during Small Business Week to give farmers the ability to voluntarily participate in the CWB,” noted Labbie. “In 2011 – the Year of the Entrepreneur – this positive step will help unleash entrepreneurship at the farm gate and in the valueadded industry.” “Giving farmers more control over their wheat and barley marketing decisions, just as they already enjoy with their pulse and oilseed crops, is an important ingredient in driving innovation in the farm sector,” concluded Labbie. “Our farm members look forward to August 1, 2012 and the opportunities ahead.”

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A World of Justice by Adonis Fernandez

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f our having a better world requires being governed by a certain ideal, then the best ideal should be justice—not charity, faith, hope, kindness, compassion, patience, or any other virtue. Each individual should revere justice as the highest virtue that will guide his beliefs, mindset, and aspiration. This should be also the guiding principle of our social institutions like the family, churches, schools, and political societies in founding their rules, laws, and procedures. Thus, to hope for a better world is to aim for a world of justice— a well-ordered society that is grounded ultimately on the ideal of justice. We are currently living in a world where many people prioritize personal glory and importance (self-aggrandizement) over virtues. This is the same situation that Plato had battled against in Ancient Athens; a situation that Plato addressed by introducing a society in which justice reigned supreme. What does a world of justice require from us? Reform. It highly requires from us the need to reform four crucial features of our being individuals and as members of social institutions: 1) our mindset about the importance and necessity of justice; 2) the laws/ rules and processes that guide the activities of our social institutions; 3) the leadership that promotes justice in our social institutions; 4) as it is in our political society, institutions that implement and guarantee the administration of the justice system. What does reforming our mindset entail? It entails that each person, in his/her being an individual and as member of social institutions, must have a mindset that surely knows that justice is the highest ideal, and, as such, his/her thoughts and actions should be guided by what may be qualified as “just actions” (i.e. adhering and implementing fair and agreed rules, principles, laws, and agreements). Thus, all other ideals such as charity, kindness, compassion, honesty, faith, and hope should all contribute to prioritizing justice. And that the other ideals must be pursued only if they do not compromise justice. Reforming our mindset entails that, within the family, parents teach their children primarily how to be just, and, secondarily, how to be honest, kind, generous, charitable, compassionate, et al. Moreover, it means that parents and children reciprocally treat one

another primarily with justice, and, secondarily, with love, honesty, kindness, generosity, compassion, et al. Hence, all must primarily become just members of the family. It also entails that–to those who are members of the church– the church must preach justice as the highest virtue that God has endowed man. And that generosity, kindness, charity, compassion, et al are all grounded on the virtue of justice. Moreover, it means that both the church officials/ministers and church believers both practice justice, and all other virtues (for as long as they do not conflict with justice). Hence, each member must primarily become just believers of God. Furthermore, it entails that within the school community, teachers should teach their students information/knowledge and such information should, in ways possible, redound to promoting the students’ being just. Also, as it may be applicable, teachers should pay recognition to students who excel in promoting or doing just actions—and not only the common way of recognizing the most intelligent, most loyal, most honest, most industrious, or most respectful. Hence, each member of the school must primarily become just. What does reforming the laws/ rules and processes that guide the activities of our social institutions entail? It entails that the laws/ rules and processes of our social institutions of family, church, school, and political society must be just and be implemented justly to each member of social institutions. Hence, in each institution, there must be just laws/rules and processes. What does reforming leadership entail? Since the leader is a crucial part of any institution, it must be assured that the leader of each institution promotes justice, and that he/she implements just actions to each member of the institution. Hence, the leader must be a person of justice. What does reforming institutions that implement and guarantee the administration of the justice system entail? It entails that, within the political institution, there must be agencies or departments/bureaus that are directly tasked to promote or implement the administration of justice within the entire political institution. If this reform of the four crucial features of our being

individuals and as members of social institutions is worked out integrally (i.e. individuals and the social institution of the family, church, school, political society, and all other social institutions work together to promote and implement the ideal of justice) then making justice as our highest ideal for the attainment of a better world is conceivable in the near future. Perhaps, we would no longer need heroes who would give us consolation, strength, and inspiration if justice governs our world. For, we ourselves deserve to be called heroes by our commitment to be just persons and as just members of the social institutions to which we belong. If justice governs our world, our aim of making a peaceful world would perhaps become more realistically achievable. And that Ron Artest need not change his name to “Meta World Peace” to advocate peace works. Perhaps, a world of justice would narrow the gap between the rich and the poor in every country. It would give also better consolation and confidence to the poor members of our society. Perhaps, we (as Filipinos) no longer need to leave the country if the ideal of justice is given priority and is practiced by our leaders and more importantly, by us, as citizens. Perhaps, a world of justice could be our precious gift to the next generation—of our children, and of our children’s children. Perhaps, a world of justice is worth giving a chance... Adonis Fernandez is a member of Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society and Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society. His research interests are on social justice, law, and development. He immigrated recently to Winnipeg, Manitoba, from the Philippines.

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P-Noy meets Barako

obody is sure if seating Philippine President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III during the Open Government Partnership conference next to U.S. President Barack Obama was planned or incidental. But it certainly gave PNoy some importance. Imagine, after Obama refused to meet with him formally three times in the past, here’s P-Noy seated on the left hand side of the most powerful leader in the world. My investigative reporter James Macaquecquec sent me the recorded conversation between the P-Noy and Obama. The conversation went as follows: Obama: Hey, President Aquino, it’s nice to see you seated next to me. Aquino: The pleasure is mine, Mr. President.

Obama: Hey, let’s be on a first-name basis, okay? What shall I call you? Noynoy? Noy? Peenoy? Aquino: P-Noy is fine with me. Should I call you Barry, Barack or Barako? Obama: Barako? Hey, there’s a nice ring to that! Barako is fine with me, Peeeeenoy. P-Noy: Barako it is then, Barrrrrako. Barako: Listen, we may have about five minutes to talk before the meeting starts. Isn’t that’s the same amount of time Chinese President Hu Jintao gave you when you went to Beijing last week? P-Noy: Ahh… uhh… I think it was about five minutes and 30 seconds. But it was a meaningful meeting. Barako: So I heard. You gave China the right to explore oil in the Spratlys for $1 billion. Is that true? Didn’t you know that oil exploration in the

Spratlys could generate $50 billion a year in revenues? P-Noy: Well… ahh… China would share the revenues with my country. Barako: Is that in the agreement? P-Noy: I’m not sure but I certainly would insist that we split the revenues. Barako: You’d be lucky if China would give you $1 million a year, Peenoy. P-Noy: If that’s all they’d give us, we’ll stop them! Barako: How? P-Noy: We’ll send a naval armada to block them! Barako: With what? P-Noy: Well… well, we have a frigate, cutter, and 20 gunboats! Barako: But, Peenoy, China has an aircraft carrier, submarines, jet fighters, and a two million strong army! And they’re building three

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nuclear aircraft carriers right now. How can you stop them? P-Noy: We have a mutual defense treaty with the U.S., haven’t we? Barako: It’s going to be logistically hard for us to come to your defense ever since your Senate’s “Dirty Dozen” voted to kick our bases out of the Philippines. The nearest American base is in Guam 2,000 miles away. And the Visiting Forces Agreement that we have is just that – visiting only, no bases. P-Noy: Are you saying that you’re not going to honor our mutual defense treaty? Barako: When we signed the treaty, we had bases and troops in the Philippines ready to defend your country at a moment’s notice. Realistically, we can’t defend your country from 2,000 miles away. We have to have our forces on the ground, just like what we have in Iraq and Afghanistan. P-Noy: What should we do then, Bara… err… Mr. President? Barako: My advice to you is talk to your leaders in Congress. Honestly, they can’t just sit on the fence and expect Uncle Sam to come to your country’s defense if you’re attacked. Mutual defense is all about mutual self-interest. We got to find a common ground, amigo. Do you get my drift? P-Noy: Hmm…

Barako: Anyway, how’s your love life, my friend? I heard it’s down to zero? Hehehe… P-Noy: Well, actually, it’s down to sub-zero. My former girlfriend, Shalani, is going to get married in January. Barako: What’s wrong with that? She’s your ex, right? P-Noy: Yeah, but you know how old flames are? They don’t go away easily. Barako: It’s looks like you’re still in love with her, Peenoy. My advice is – follow your heart. P-Noy: I can’t. Barako: You can’t? Why can’t you? P-Noy: Cuz my four sisters are against me marrying her! They all have their favorite woman for me to marry. But the problem is they can’t agree on one woman! Barako: Hahaha…. Your four sisters… Hahaha…. (Stomping his feet on the floor) (The other people in the room were laughing, too. Barako called his aide) Barako: Hey, how come everybody’s laughing? What’s funny? Barako’s Aide: Mr. President, the microphones are on. Everybody heard your conversation with President Aquino… including the 200 reporters covering this event. P-Noy: Ay naku, naloko na naman ako!

Medicine Shoppe Grand Opening in St. Vital

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he Filipino Journal would like to congratulate our friends, Eddie Kidzugane (left) and John Thompson (right) for recently opening the Medicine Shoppe Unit D - 1510 St. Mary’s Road in St. Vital. We would like to invite all Filipino Journal readers in the south St. Vital area to stop in for a visit the next time you need to fill a prescription. Just let them know that you saw them with Buzz & Boomer in the Filipino Journal!

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Visiting Canada? What is Dual Intent?

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oreign national coming to Canada to visit, work or study on a temporary basis can be allowed entry to Canada even if they intend to eventually become Canadian permanent residents or citizens. Under the law, foreign nationals who satisfy immigration officers that they will leave Canada by the end of their authorized stay will be allowed into Canada temporarily even with the intent to become a permanent resident. This is known as “dual intent”. While this is the rule, a recent case decided in June puts an interesting spin on dual intent. In the case of Loveridge v. The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Ms Loveridge, a U.K. citizen, applied to study in Canada. In her application, Ms Loveridge indicated that she wanted to start a “fresh” and “new” life in Canada for a number of reasons including the fact that there were more job opportunities in Canada. However, in that same application, she also indicated that she would be in a “stronger position to find employment upon my return to the UK.” Because of these two statements, Ms. Loveridge argued that she had dual intent. The judge found that Ms. Loveridge had both “an intention to stay in Canada as well as an intention to leave Canada”. However, since dual intent requires an intention to remain permanently in Canada, coupled with an intention to leave Canada if required to do so, the judge round that Ms Loveridge’s intentions were contradictory, and not complementary. As a result, her statements were not found to support dual intent.

Another factor in the decision was that Ms Loveridge and her husband were unemployed in the U.K. and had no proof that they owned any property there. While she indicated that she had family and friends in the U.K., she did not provide any details of these individuals. The judge found that these factors were also weak points in her case. When applying for any temporary status in Canada, it is important to clearly indicate the motivations for the visit and to provide evidence that would allow an Immigration Officer to make a correct decision. In Ms Loveridge’s case, the letter that she submitted with her application was confusing and was one reason that she lost her case. While a person can want to immigrate to Canada permanently even when applying for temporary entry, it is important that to back up this dual intent with evidence to show the ability and willingness to return to the home country. This Article is prepared for general information purposes only and is intended to provide comments for readers and friends of the Filipino Journal. The contents should not be viewed as legal advice or opinion. Reis is a lawyer with Aikins Law and practices in the areas of immigration law. His direct line is 957-4640. If you would like to know more about Reis or Aikins you can visit the firm’s web page at www.aikins.com, follow Reis on Twitter at http://twitter. com/#!/ImmigrationReis, or connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www. linkedin.com/in/reispagtakhan

Postponement of ARMM polls declared constitutional

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oting 8-7, the Supreme Court (SC) declared constitutional Republic Act 10153 that postponed the elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The high court’s decision also allowed the synchronization of the ARMM polls with the 2013 national elections, and empowered President Benigno S. Aquino III to appoint officers-incharge (OICs) until an election is held in the region. Last September 13, the SC issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) that allowed incumbent elected ARMM officials whose term of office expired last September 30 to continue discharging their duties in a holdover capacity. Several groups, led by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), have asked the SC to lift the TRO. Earlier, government

lawyers had asked the SC to lift the TRO against the implementation of RA 10153. The Bangsamoro Solidarity Movement (BSM) and Minority Rights Forum Philippines (MRFP) have also asked the SC to lift the TRO. The first petition challenging the constitutionality of RA 10153 was filed by House Minority Leader Rep. Edcel C. Lagman. Two more separate petitions were filed by election lawyer Romulo Macalintal and a group of Muslim leaders together with PDP-Laban president Aquilino Pimentel III. Malacañang expressed its gratitude to the Supreme Court (SC) for its ruling upholding the postponement of the ARMM elections. The petitioners in the consolidated cases have 15 days from receipt of a copy of the decision to file their motions for reconsideration.

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arte Heating & Cooling Ltd was established in October 2005. The company provides services such as installations and 24 hour emergency service of air conditioners, furnaces, hot water tanks, boilers, HRV (heat recovery ventilators) and gas lines. In addition they have recently provided duct cleaning services to residential applications. Sammy James Sarte, owner and founder of the company, gained experience while working as an apprentice at Great West Heating then later, as a Journeyman (senior technician) at Superior Heating and Cooling. At the age of 28, Sammy started his home based company in the Maples (north west Winnipeg) with one van. He then later transferred and expanded his company to a more central location 857 Notre Dame Ave. He has since enjoyed providing “Home Comfort Solutions” to his clients and believed this was the start of a long term career. Sammy has gained the trust and loyalty of many of his clients. With now eight employees and a fleet of six service vehicles, the loyalty of his ethnic community contributed and still contributes to the growth of Sarte Heating and Cooling. Seventy-five percent of his clientele are Filipinos and has been grateful for their patronage. In efforts to give back to his community, he continues to support several associations and

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charities. He strives to be active in his community such as joining the Manitoba Filipino Business Council. Jon Reyes, President of MFBC and owner of The UPS Store Kenaston invited Sammy to join him on this endeavour. Since then he has met many esteemed and distinguished Canadians, whom play prominent roles not only in the business world but also in our community. Sarte Heating & Cooling has been a proud member of the Manitoba Filipino

Sarte Heating & Cooling team (left to right): Sonny Magsakay, Mark Salva, Lito Mendoza, Mike Lubis, Michael Marasigan, Levie Sarte Jr, Sammy James Sarte and Edmon Gopez.

Business Council (MFBC) since September 2010. As a member of the MFBC he has absorbed information given by guest speakers and has incorporated the helpful information towards his business. Sammy interacts with fellow MFBC members like Larry Vickar (The Vickar Group) and Randy Viray (Viray Financial Services) who have years of business experience to discuss and help with

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Apl.de.ap Champions Philippine Education

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pl.de.ap, Allan Pineda Lindo Jr. in real life, of the pop super group Black Eyed Peas, has not really forgotten his roots. Just recently, he has been in and out of the country to personally find ways and means to create opportunities for the young Filipinos. Aside from promoting tourism, apl has now focused his efforts on education. The rock star and the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF) in partnership with the Ayala Foundation and the apl Foundation, as well as the 57-75 Movement, plan to build 10,000 classrooms in two years or less through the advocacy.

They plan to accomplish the feat through the help of corporate sponsors and civic-minded citizens who may donate P10 per day for 10 months to build the classrooms. The joint advocacy called the “We Can Be Anything” campaign has inspired apl to compose a song with the same title. The song hoped to rally the youth to prioritize education and be heroes themselves in championing education and achieving their goals. The grand launch of the campaign will be held during the Black Eyed Peas concert on October 25 at the SM Mall of Asia concert grounds.

Filipino designer, artist collaborate to create Lady Gaga’s outfit

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ore and more Filipino designers and artists are being recognized internationally. Only recently, the House of Gaga adopted the creation of Filipino designer Kermit Tesoro and sculptor Leeroy New for the cover of Lady Gaga’s new single “Marry The Night.” Modified  according to the artistic direction of the music video, the official credit of the stylish, offbeat outfit that cited Tesoro and New was posted by Gaga’s stylistfriend, Nicola Formichetti, via his website.

Tesoro said the black rubber top and shorts outfit was a product of his collaboration with New, known for his avant-garde works, which appeared from their Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2010 collection. Considered as a fashion prodigy, Tesoro is also the creator of well-known heel-less shoes, which graced the catwalk of the London Fashion Week last month during the Spring/Summer 2012 collection showcase of French designer Florian Joyet. The shoes are also available for online purchase on US

shopping website gilt.com since last May. Leeroy New, on the other hand, is a young sculptor with an affinity for creating forms out of the ordinary. His recent works include the Psychopompous! and Anarchophobia exhibits.

Kris Aquino says yes to UNHCR’s honorary patron offer

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ctress and TV host Kris Aquino has agreed to the offer of the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees’ (UNHCR) to be an “honorary patron” for the Asian continent. According to the UNHCR, “Honorary Patrons are prominent individuals from the worlds of arts, sciences, literature, entertainment, sport or other fields of public life who have expressed their desire to contribute to UNHCR’s efforts to raise awareness about aims, objectives and priorities of the organization and convey messages about its activities and to extend it public outreach.”

“Ninoy” Aquino Jr., was a staunch critic of the Marcos dictatorship. Aquino said she is looking forward to doing good work with The UNHCR Goodwill UNHCR in the next two years. Ambassador is Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie. Aside from Aquino, other UNHCR honorary patrons are Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls, author Khaled Hosseini, and award-winning Chinese actress Yao Chen. . Aquino, the President’s youngest sister, said her family has similar experience with Luol Deng and Khaled Hosseini. In 1980, the Aquino family was forced to flee the country and live in the United States to escape the martial law of then-President Ferdinand Marcos. Her father, Sen. Benigno

Dingdong Dantes intends to stay in showbiz, says no to politics

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ctor Dingdong Dantes said his heart belongs to the showbiz industry as he maintains that he has no ambition of entering the political arena. According to the Kapuso actor, his showbiz life has given him more freedom to carry out what he wants particularly concerning his advocacy for youth empowerment and education. The award-winning actor was the founder and chairman of Yes Pinoy Foundation, an organization

established in 2009. Its website says the organization is committed to harness the immense power of the people and the youth to make a difference in building a better future for young Filipinos. The organization’s first charitable thrust was the “Para Paaralan,” a roving bus equipped with computers and multi-media equipment that serves as a classroom where marginalized youths learn specially-designed alternative education modules through the

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medium of digital technologies and performing/visual arts. The actor was recently seen at the launch of MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) Philippines at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria. He will be hosting the human trafficking documentary “Enslaved: An MTV EXIT Special.” MTV EXIT is implemented in partnership with the Philippine Government, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Australian Government’s Agency for International Development (AusAID).


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Sis Ofel Ninalga Celebrates Birthday

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he family, relatives, friends and Brothers and Sisters in the New Hope Fellowship and Mission Ministry came together to celebrate the birthday

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of Sis Ofel Ninalga in the house of Bro Rodel and Sis Beth Ambrosio at Martel Street on October 16, 2011. Among those present were NHFMM Resource Speaker Bro

Johnny Camungol, Assistant Coordinator Sis Lita Mas and other members. Everyone enjoyed the sumptuous dinner prepared by the celebrant and her daughter Angel. Sis Ofel thanks everyone for coming.

Smells like Petrichor…What?!

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sister of mine asked me if there’s an English word for halák. I said yes, there is. She was surprised and amused at the same time, because all along she thought that there was none. I told her that, in many instances, a Filipino term or word would have its corresponding English equivalent—not necessarily a direct or exact translation but at the least an acceptable and appropriate counterpart. But, of course, there will always be words in Filipino which could not be translated exactly—and this should be unsurprising, considering that every language has its own uniqueness. As what any linguist would tell you, no language can be translated exactly in its entirety to another language. Anyway, here are some Filipino words which some people think have no corresponding equivalents in English.

halák – wheeze (“a husky, rasping, or whistling sound or breathing”) langíb – scab (“the incrustation that forms over a sore or wound during healing”) pagpapakìpot/pakìpot – accismus/ accismist (“a form of irony in which one pretends disinterest and refuses something while actually wanting it”) pálong – wattle (“a fleshy flap of skin or structure hanging from various parts of the head or neck in several groups of birds, goats, and other animals”)

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Horoscope Work accidents are more likely to occur in this kind of periods. Caution! Adventures or no adventures, we’ll witness a concentration of energies in the professional area that will not only lead to financial growth, but to greater prestige or hierarchical advance as well.

The workplace and all that goes on there will figure prominently in your life at this time. This is particularly true with regard to relationships with coworkers. Not all your interactions of late have been completely sanguine and helpful; perhaps you’ve been overly critical of someone who toils alongside you in the business vineyard.

The time is now for you to handle any financial matters you may have pending. Projects entered to during the month of November will bring the Scorpion many returns, both long and short-term. If you manage your money wisely at this time, you’ll find yourself increasing substantially your own net worth by the end of the month.

Romance is in the air for Leo in November. Whatever your current relationship status, your life is likely to become much more exciting with regard to relationships this month.

Relationships of all types tend to come to the forefront in November. Your first consideration should be personal relationships, followed by the business variety. As far as personal relationships, and especially romantic entanglements, make sure you’re as honest and open about your feelings as you possibly can be.

Family matters rise to the surface for Virgo in this month. Fortunately, most of these interactions will be positive ones. In fact, you may find you are able to resolve many long standing differences and problems which may have arisen between family members over the years are now put to rest once and for all.

You may find communication with those around you taking on additional significance, especially during the first part of the month. Whether at work or on the home front, your ability to express your ideas in a clear and coherent manner will work to your advantage at this time.

Capricorn will find plenty of time for rest and relaxation during the month of October, and that is a good thing. You can only run at top speed for so long without taking some time off for yourself.

The time is now for you to handle any financial matters you may have pending. Projects entered to during the month of October will bring the Scorpion many returns, both long and short-term.

If you’ve been experiencing some tension while dealing with friends or family members, you may find that things change for the better in this month. Virtually all aspects of your life, including relationships with those around you, will grow more harmonious and pleasant.

When it comes to your personal appearance, the watchword this month is change. This is the perfect time to update your wardrobe with new clothes that you can wear for many years.

Pisces will likely find themselves in a much focused state this month. Your ability to hone in on a problem and come up with creative solutions has never been greater than it is right now.

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UFC 137: Changes, Changes, Changes

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ard Subject To Change. That is the small print you see on every fight card. For UFC 137, it’s never been truer. First, this card was built around a block buster of a main event. Champion versus champion. Strikeforce Welterweight Champion, Nick Diaz, gives up his title to move to the UFC and

take on long time Welterweight Champion, Georges St-Pierre. Then Diaz no shows UFC mandatory press conferences and refuses to do any promotion for UFC 137. This gives Dana White and the UFC no choice but to strip Diaz of his title fight. The co-main event had former two-division champion BJ Penn

taking on former WEC Welterweight Champion, Carlos Condit. On a tear, Condit has knock out wins over Rory MacDonald, Dan Hardy and Dong Hyun Kim. BJ Penn was to be his test to see if he could reach the elite of the 170 lbs division. By removing Diaz from the main event, UFC officials awarded the title shot to Condit. UFC also decided that they will keep Nick Diaz on the fight roster and have him take Condit’s spot against Penn. With the main event and co-main event flip-flopping opponents, you would think that’s where the changes end. Wrong. Champion Georges StPierre suffered a knee injury that will keep him out of UFC 137 on October 29th. Now the UFC will have Carlos Condit wait for GSP to heal and have moved Diaz versus Penn to the main event. Yes, the man that they had to remove from the main event is now, once again, the one half of the main

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event. Moved from prelims to the main pay per view card is TUF alum Brad Tavares versus undefeated Dustin Jacoby in his UFC debut. Also, this card features the return of Filipino fighter, Brandon Vera in an undercard match up against TUF Alum Elliot Marshall. Technically, Vera lost his last fight against Thiago Silva and was dropped by the UFC. Fortunately for the Filipino, Silva tested positive for steroids and there match was over turned to a no contest. This lead to the UFC hiring Vera back and giving one last shot. This is it. DO or DIE. Brandon Vera loses and he is gone from the UFC.

Roy Nelson over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic via KO round 1, Hatsu Hioki over George Roop via unanimous decision and Brad Tavares over Dustin Jacoby via TKO round 2. PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV) Donald Cerrone over Dennis Siver via submission round 2 and Tyson Griffin over. Bart Palaszewski unanimous decision. PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook) Scott Jorgensen over Jeff Curran unanimous decision, Brandon Vera over Eliot Marshall TKO round 1, Ramsey Nijem over Danny Downes via unanimous decision and Chris Camozzi over Francis Carmont unanimous decision.

Here are my picks for UFC 137 MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view) Nick Diaz over BJ Penn via split decision, Matt Mitrione over Cheick I’ll be live tweeting during the event, Kongo via TKO round 2, follow me @BigMarvShow

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NHFMM Mission Volunteer at International Hope Canada

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he officers and members of the New Hope Fellowship and Mission Ministry join volunteers coming from other groups at the international Hope

Canada along Yukon Ave. They helped in sorting, cleaning, listing and packing of used but still good medical and dental equipments and supplies for shipment to

other countries in need. NHFMM coordinator Sis Emma Abejuela leads the members in this Mission Volunteer effort by the congregation.

L-R: Bro Johnny Camungol, Bro Rodel Ambrosio and Bro Mel Maralit.

L-R: Rowena Oquendo, president of the Manitoba Council of Canadian-Filipino Associations Inc.(MaCCFA), Sis Emma Abejuela NHFMM coordinator and Sis Lita Mas. Photos by: Reyne Cruz

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The Pulse of the Filipino Community Since 1987

October 20 - November 5, 2011

Winnipeg Consular Outreach Program serves the needs of the Filipinos in Winnipeg By Rod E. Cantiveros

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he second and last for this year, the Philippine Consulate Outreach Program in Winnipeg served the more than thousands applicants at PCCM where the 5-member consular team from Toronto conducted the processing of ePassport, Special Powert of Attorney, NBI clearance and the oath taking of dual citizens’ successful applicants. This time, the applicants made appointments in advance to avoid the over-crowding and thus, it would be much easier to facilitate the demands for services. And those who had no appointment were given also a chance on the last day of the service. “With the big number of Filipinos in Winnipeg, the possibility of setting up a permanent consular office is hampered by the budgetary constraint of the present administration. We are pushing to make this plan a reality in the near future,” says Consul General Pedro Chan who arrived Sunday to meet the Filipinos in Winnipeg to administer a dual citizenship ceremony. After the June consular outreach program, Consul General Pedro Chan presented a petition to the officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs to research,evaluate and consider reopening of a Philippine Consulate in Winnipeg after closing its door in 1985. According to Consul General Pedro Chan, it takes time and money to establish a consulate to serve the Filipinos abroad. In the meantime, a new honorary consul will be named and entrust to this person to represent the Philippine citizens who reside in Manitoba. As observed by the numbers of applicants last June’s and in this month of October outreach consular services, the need to

have a permanent consular office manned by career diplomats is very obvious. It seems that the twice-a-year outreach program is not enough to service the needs of the ever-growing numbers of new comers in Winnipeg. And there has been some cases when an emergency situation arises, the applicant has to go to Toronto to avail the services of the consulate. “I hope naman na sa susunod, meron na ditong opisina. Aba, mahal ang pamasahe patungong Toronto,” one Filipino woman said. Hosted by the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba, the flow and movement of the applicants run smoothly with very few hitches. Tau Gamma Fraternity, other community volunteers assisted the personnel of the consulate office in Toronto. As mentioned by one of the officers from the outreach program that volunteers are the great help to their work. As one volunteer said: “We learned a lot from what happened last June at Canad Inns Garden City.” Consul General Pedro Chan addressed the applicants in the PCCM’s MPR and he stressed his two campaigns for the next Philippine election. His first campaign is to increase the overseas voters to at least 1,000,000. He says: “There were only 350,000 who voted last year’s election and we want to encourage you to apply for dual citizenship in order to vote. We believe that you have a different ways of looking at the election because you have been living in a country with good governance. Your active participation in our election is needed to make changes in the electoral process. You know better who will be the best possible candidates for senators, vice

president and president. The one million votes from the overseas will change the playing field in our election.” His second campaign is vote buying and Consul General Chan explains: “Yes, vote buying is the key. Filipinos abroad send money to their loved one in the Philippines. And the sender can request their loved ones to vote for the right candidates. The money you are sending will serve a purpose of changing the attitude of our voters. Your loved ones would not accept any bribe from the candidates. You buy their votes for the right and honest candidate for senators, vice president and president.” The five-member consular outreach team worked twice as hard, twice as long. And every single volunteer had given twice of their time and energy. The 3day consular service would have not been successful without the dedicated support and passion of the volunteers. Prospective applicants for the honorary consul had been interviewed by Consul General Pedro Chan and the announcement of new honorary consul will be made sooner than later.

Con Gen Chan with new dual Filipino-Canadian citizens.

Large crowds at PCCM all weekend during the Consular Services Outreach Program.

Dual citizenship oath taking lead by Con Gen Chan at PCCM.

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