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24 Years October 5-20, 2010 • Volume 24, Number 19

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Next Gen Filipino Entrepreneurs

Get your Pink on!

Pages 20 Over 6,000 runners and walkers raised $821,000 for the annual CIBC Run for the Cure in Winnipeg.

Sarbit Travel and Insurance celebration

Pages 30 Pages 16, 17 Oscar and Minda Surla host customer appreciation party.

Introducing the next generation of Filipino entrepreneurs! The Manitoba Filipino Business Council Inc. (MFBC) celebrated their inaugural event last month. The newly formed business group provides a uniqe interface with other like-minded Filipino entrepreneurs in Winnipeg. Mayor Sam Katz was invited as thier keynote speaker. From left to right, Antonio Almonte, Jojo Villanueva, Sammy Sarte, Mayor Sam Katz, Ginno Bains , Jon Reyes , Almyra Gomez and Abbey Sanchez David.

PGM Celebration & Induction

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Pages 12 Pangasinan Group of Manitoba 24th Anniversary Celebrations at Canad Inns


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Waverly Mitsubishi wins award for a quarter on all dealership consistently hit the target

The Management, sales associates and staff with Rino Attardo, President, Waverly Mitsubishi and Michael Thurston, Mitsubishi Regional Representative

From l to r: Stephen Vickar, president of Vickar Mitsubishi; Larry Vickar, CEO/president, Vickar Autogroup, Inc., Rino Attardo, president, Waverly Mitsubishi; and Michael Thurston, Mitsubishi Regional Representative

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Far from Quiet by Joan Duhaylungsod

Family matters

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fter three months of missing to write for the Filipino Journal, at last, I am back with my column. I’ll be far from being quiet again. Several months ago, I had to go back to the Philippines because my mom was in ill-health. According to her doctor, my mom was in the terminal stage of cancer and might just have to live not longer than six months. With the anxiety of not seeing my mom while she’s still alive outweighing the fear of losing my job, I made a quick decision to go home,serve my mom, and just simply be with her in her remaining days. Fate must be a tease or life just wants me to learn lessons the uncoventional way. Maybe at one point in your life, you do not feel like wanting to explain yourself to the whole world. That was basically what i felt that time. I did not want to turn my emotional television on. So for my long trip, I’d rather be quiet, or chitchat with anyone some

trivial topics. Just when I thought that I will meet people in my trip to divert me from my emotional side, I bump into people who are in the same boat with me. Aboard the plane bound to the Philippines, I was seated beside a Filipina (and if i remember it right, her name is Emmy) who is from Winnipeg and is rushing home because her grandma passed away. She was telling me how her grannies have provided for her ever since she was a kid, and how much it pains her to know that her grandma’s death came too quickly. In one of my flights too back to Canada, I met a Filipina from Alberta who went to our home country because her dad died of heart attack. She was sharing to me good memories about how their family started from scratch and eventually, bettered their lives. She told me, “with all that we went through, dad is always present in each scene”. She was holding back

her tears while she was telling me her stories. I do not want to appeal for too much emotions through my article. Moreso, I do not intend to ignite drama here. Yet again, meeting these two strangers made me realize that in the world of bombarding technologies, fads and whatnot, families are still being valued, in fact, are priorities. This, I am so happy to know. Maybe those women I met weren’t clowns to paint a smile on my face in our conversations, but certainly, they gave relief to my troubled heart that time. I was convinced that I made the right decision to go home, and anyone in my shoes would have done the same- do whatever it takeslose job, exhaust savings, etceterajust to be with the family. May it be death or sickness, occasions and good times, struggles or triumphs, we Filipinos just want to be part of the experience, because this is what the sense of family is all about. We can go beyond ourselves and leave our comfort zones behind if our family needs us to be with them. I work as a nurse in a long-term care facility, and I have had glimpses of how familes could impact the lives of the residents. I see how a simple family visit could make a client’s ordinary day extraordinary, or how some recover quickly from illness when their families are beside them. I see how some people

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keep holding on for life because of their families, and how some people could decide to go, once they see their families are complete and are beside them. I have heard some people in their last gasps, uttering words of thanks to their families who have been there for them, and words of hope, that even if they are gone, the bereaved members will still continue to take care of one another. On the one hand, I also witnessed how some people live, get sick, and die, without a touch of a hand from their families. To me, it is awful. It can be the most sorrowful journey anyone could take- to live and die alone. Meanwhile, it could be most comforting to have the gift of people who remember you and choose to build memories with you. This is what having a family is all about. This is why to have a family is a blessing by itself. And as to my mom, she passed away just three months after she was diagnosed with the cancer metastasis. Going back to the Philippines to be with my mom in the uncertainties of her life and death was the smartest decision I have ever made in my entire life. For three months, I was able to build good memories with her, take care of her, and let her feel that she was not alone in her battle. She suffered a lot, but then, she died in our bare arms, in the arms of her family- just the way she wants it to be.

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Fair grade for Noy’s first 100 days

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embers of the Philippine Senate gave President Aquino a fair grade for his performance during his first 100 days in Malacañang. Sen. Joker Arroyo said the President deserves the high marks because of the enormous trust and faith of the people in him which is the true measure of leadership. The veteran senator however noted that the members of the President’s Cabinet displayed inadequate and unimpressive performance. With 10 being the highest, Sen. Francis Escudero gave Aquino a grade of nine for his sincere intention to serve the country well, and a grade of seven for his choice of Cabinet members who have been involved in some conflicts owing to factionalism. Sen. Franklin Drilon, meanwhile, refused to give Aquino any grade, saying that it is a long way to go for his administration to remove the issues and obstacles inherited from the past. A passing grade of seven was given by Sen. Gregorio Honasan for the President’s effort in really trying his best to solve the problems of the country. Sen. Edgardo Angara gave the President a six for his modest performance as he is still struggling to govern the country. Angara also noted that factionalism among the President’s men is one of the failings of this administration.

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Para sa akin hindi kumpleto ang sinigang kung walang patis o ang karekare kapag walang kaparehang bagoong, kaya sa tuwing iyan ang baon kong ulam sa trabaho, hindi ko kinalilimutan ang sawsawan. Sabi tuloy sa akin ng isang katrabahong Filipino noong minsang kare-kare ang baon kong ulam, “O, bakit ka nagbaon ng bagoong? Nakakahiya, mangangamoy.” Sagot ko sa kanya, e ba’t naman ako mahihiya, e parte ito ng putaheng Filipino. Bukod pa r’yan, kahit ang ibang lahi naman ay gumagamit din ng sawsawan sa marami nilang pagkain.

condiments have been existing also in the cuisine and cooking of many other cultures for a very long time. Not Only in the Philippines Fish sauce or extract is a condiment derived from fish or shellfish that have been allowed to ferment. An essential ingredient in many curries and sauces that comes in varieties, it is a staple ingredient in Filipino cuisine (patis), Vietnamese (nước mắm), Thai (nam pla), Burmese (ngan bya yay), Indonesian (trasi), Cambodian (prahok), Korean (jeotgal), Japanese (ishiru), and many other Asian countries and even Western countries (Worcestershire sauce), which contains anchovies. Soy sauce (toyo) is a condiment made of soybeans

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fermented along with water and salt. Some varieties are made with roasted grain. It is a traditional ingredient in East and Southeast

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Dapat Nga Bang Ikahiya ang Paggamit ng Sawsawan? [On the Universality of Seasonings and Condiments]

easonings and condiments are an aspect of Filipino cuisine that many Filipinos feel embarrassed about, perhaps because of the appearance, color, and smell of many of these food enhancers or modifiers; and maybe because they think that these are found only in the cuisines and dining tables of

Filipino households. Well, if they think that patis (‘fish sauce’) and bagoong (‘shrimp paste’ ), for example, are unique to the Filipino culture, then it’s about time that they open their minds (and their taste buds and olfactory sense, for that matter) to cuisines of other cultures. Only then will they know that such seasonings and

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Asian cuisines and, in more recent times, is used in Western cuisine and prepared foods. Bagoong (shrimp paste or fish extract). While bagoong as many Filipinos know it may have originated in the Philippines, a similar condiment known as garum (composed mainly of fish intestines) existed in Ancient Rome. Caviar—an expensive delicacy/appetizer popular in Canada, United States, and Europe—is made of salted fish roe, thus may be considered related to bagoong and other fish extracts.

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itsura, kulay, at amoy ng mga ito—dahil, una, malaki ang tulong nila sa pagpapasarap ng maraming pagkain; at ikalawa, hindi lamang sa kulturang Filipino makikita ang mga ito. Maging ang ibang lahi ay matagal nang gumagamit ng sawsawan at iba pang uri ng rekado upang pasarapin ang kanilang pagkain. Or, in Simple Words

Filipinos should not be ashamed of their cuisine’s penchant for seasonings and condiments because, first, these have a big role in enhancing the taste and smell of food; second, not only Filipino but perhaps every culture in the world makes Sa Madaling Salita Hindi dapat ikahiya ang mga use of seasonings and condiments sawsawang Filipino anuman ang in making food tastier.v


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PEREZCOPE by Perry Diaz PerryDiaz@gmail.com

Is it time for population control?

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resident Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III ignited a firestorm during his six-day working visit in the U.S. when he announced that he might give assistance to Filipino couples needing contraceptives to limit the number of their children. Instantly, Catholic Church leaders unleashed an attack accusing him of “selling out the Filipino soul” for American dollars and threatened him with excommunication if he went ahead with his plan. Unfazed, P-Noy stood his ground. However, upon his return from the U.S., he met with Church leaders and softened his stand acknowledging that “the State is not empowered by any law to dictate upon any couple how they should plan their family.” But he emphasized that the government “has an obligation to educate all its citizens as to their choices,” although he insisted that his stand has not changed.

(CBCP), said: “Well, being the President of all, you must consider the position of the Catholic Church because we are approaching this issue from the moral aspect, the morality, because life is at stake, the life of the unborn. For abortion is a grave crime, as a matter of fact, excommunication is attached to those who commit abortion … that is a violation of God’s commandment.” He further stated: “I maintained that the traditional position of the Church is that human life starts at conception and not at implantation. Some contraceptive pills and devices are abortifacient. Any completed act to expel or kill the fertilized ovum is considered to be an act of abortion.” Thus, the battle line was drawn between the pro-life Catholic Church and the seemingly pro-choice stand of P-Noy.

Rapid Population Growth But the bigger issue that confronts the world in general Pro-life vs. pro-choice and the Philippines in particular is In reaction to P-Noy’s hardline “overpopulation.” It’s a daunting position, Bishop Nereo Odchimar, challenge for the Philippine president of the Catholic Bishops’ government because the country’s Conference of the Philippines

economic growth cannot keep pace with its rapid population growth; thus, putting more people into poverty year after year. In 1903 when the first census was taken, the population of the Philippines was 7,635,426. Thirty-six years later in 1939, the population more than doubled to 16,000,303. Twenty-nine years later in 1960, the population increased by 169 % to 27,087,685. Forty-seven years later in 2007, the population increased by a staggering 327 % to 88,574,614. This year, 2010, the population is estimated at 97,976,603, an increase of more than 11% in three years or 3.67 % per year. At this rate, the population would be 500 million in 50 years, 1.2 billion in 80 years, and 2.2 billion in 100 years! Compared to other Asian countries, the Philippines has one of the highest – if not the highest – population growth. China’s population growth is 0.66% while Japan’s is 0.19%, one of the lowest in the world. It is interesting to note that China and Japan are, respectively, the world’s second and third economic powers. The number one economic power is still the United States with a population growth of 0.98%. However, it would be much lower than that if immigration were not included. It can then be surmised that economic growth is correlated to population growth. In essence, economic growth would increase the per capita income much faster if the population remained constant. Conversely, if economic

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growth were not at par with the declines, considered as a social population growth, the per capita aim. According to some, zero population growth is the ideal income would decrease. towards which countries and the whole world should aspire in the Family planning The Philippines – one of the interests of accomplishing longpoorest countries in Asia – would term environmental sustainability.” always be in a “catch-up” situation In other words, ZPG is achieved if nothing were done to control when the birth rate equals the death its rapid population growth. The rate. Reproductive Health bill that’s Take the case of China whose filed in Congress would address 1.3-billion population requires an some of the issues in formulating aggressive program – initiated in the policies on family planning. But early 1970s -- to control its growth. the Catholic Church considers China’s goal is to achieve ZPG by “family planning” as a vehicle 2030. The key to the success of for birth control and therefore an China’s family planning policy is due to the following: (1) Late instrument of abortion. The Church has made it marriages and late childbearing are crystal clear that it is opposed encouraged; and (2) Urban couples to the “use of artificial means of are limited to one child and rural contraceptives as a mode of family couples to two children. planning because it is antilife The question is: Will China’s and antifamily.” However, P- family planning model work in Noy was steadfast in his position, the Philippines? There is a big that is: “The intervention of societal difference between the A communist contraceptives takes place before two countries. the conception of human life, that government runs China where is before a human fetus is formed. religion is suppressed while Therefore, according to this view, the Philippines is a nation of there is no human life aborted by zealously religious people. In the Philippines, a strong resistance contraceptives.” from the Church could doom the Reproductive Health bill. Many Zero Population Growth With the world population members of Congress have strong now past the 7-billion mark, a lot ties to the Church and would most of industrialized countries have likely be pressured into voting adopted Zero Population Growth against the bill. In the final analysis, educating (ZPG). According to Wikipedia, “ZPG (also called the replacement the people on the virtue of family level of fertility) is a condition of planning could be P-Noy’s most demographic balance where the effective weapon to combat number of people in a specified ignorance and fear of damnation. population neither grows nor Is it time for population control?

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OneSwab, DepEd to hold public OneMatch, consultations on K+12 program OneLife: MPs he Dept. of Education agriculture, fisheries, sports, (DepEd) has formally business entrepreneurship, and host Clinic launched its K+12 program others. to support as it held firm on its claim that The education department students need additional 2 years plans to implement the K+12 National Stem to remain competitive especially program in 2012 for Grade 1 and first year high school and needs Cell and Marrow for overseas employment. Education Secretary some P63 billion to construct Registry Armin Luistro said that aside additional classrooms and hire

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ttawa, ON: On October 6, 2010, Joy Smith, Member of Parliament for Kildonan – St. Paul and Terence Young, Member of Parliament for Oakville, in partnership with the Canadian Blood Services (CBS), will launch an ambitious campaign on Parliament Hill to give hope to Canadians battling life-threatening diseases. The donor clinic titled, “OneSwab, OneMatch, OneLife” is in support of the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network developed and maintained by the Canadian Blood Services. OneMatch is the national donor registry established to register healthy individuals who are potential donors for patients in need of stem cell and marrow transplants. OneSwab, OneMatch, OneLife will be held in the Commonwealth Room (238S) in Centre Block and is open to the public, MPs, and all parliamentary staff. The clinic will run from 3:15pm to 7:00pm and will be attended by the Minister of Health, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq. “It is so important for Canadians to know that they can make a lifesaving difference in someone’s life by signing up as a OneMatch donor,” says MP Joy Smith. “As Parliamentarians, we can lead by example and take this campaign back to our communities.” MP Young stated that “The swab sample is absolutely painless and easy to do. If they understand that, most people would be happy to take 10 minutes and provide a cheek cell sample. Everyone in the targeted range group is welcome.” MP Young, MP Smith and the CBS have organized a cheek swabbing campaign to help find suitable matches to add to the OneMatch registry which currently has over 260,000 donors. Due to low rates of related stem cell matches – donating to a family member - OneMatch recruits individuals outside of a patient’s family to increase the likelihood of a match. Healthy individuals between 17 and 50 years of age are encouraged to register at the event. Those who are not eligible are encouraged to bring out a friend, colleague, or family member who is. Candidates are given a ‘do-it-yourself cheek swab’ to obtain HLA/DNA samples for the CBS to determine if they are a compatible match with a patient and takes no more than ten minutes to complete. Subsequent steps in the process include consultations with CBS staff and registered nurses to guide them through the process should they be a match and still willing to provide their stem cells. Executive Director for the OneMatch Network, Sue Smith, states “Everyone coming down to register today is helping. One more person on the Network is one more person for a patient to search.”

from kindergarten, 6 years of elementary, and 4 years of high school, students will have to undergo an additional 2 years of study in senior high school to specialize in science and technology, music and arts,

additional teachers for senior high school in 2015. DepEd plans has to hold public consultations on the K+12 program and anticipates facing opposition from both parents and students.

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Federal action needed now to end under-employment of new Canadians: NDP

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TTAWA – New Democrat MP and Immigration Critic Olivia Chow (Trinity-Spadina) is calling for the Conservatives to end their indifference and show real leadership to help newcomers find good jobs. “Today the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration announced a tiny internship program for 60 people across the whole country – this is just inadequate,” said Chow. New Democrats proposed practical solutions such as predeparture credential recognition, expanding mentorship, bridging and internship programs and providing financial incentives for small businesses to hire new comers. “We’ve all heard the stories of newcomers with PhDs driving taxis,” said Chow. “Instead of being an unfortunate stereotype, this is becoming the norm.” New Democrats have also provided a roadmap for action and proposed a comprehensive foreign credential reform plan in January 2007, and have been calling for its implementation ever since.

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The New Democrats’ sevenpoint plan includes coordinating with various professional bodies and provincial accreditation offices to ensure a uniform and expedited recognition process throughout the country. It also calls for the establishment of reciprocity agreements so immigrants who arrive in Canada are ready to work immediately. Other New Democrat recommendations include the creation of an agency with an internet portal and a toll free line for potential immigrants to access information on assessment criteria, education and licensing bodies and recognition processes. This information and pre-assessment would be made available at orientation sessions in international visa offices to allow potential immigrants to be assessed and accredited prior to their arrival to Canada. The continued government’s indifference to the plight of new comers is costing Canada $5 billion dollars a year in lost productivity.


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Mga Puna ni Inna A Public Apology to Those who Felt Maligned “Mga Puna ni Inna” is a column intended to feature satirical articles that deal with cultural and human follies—sharp or piercing such topics may be—that’s the point of satires. While characters, events, and circumstances may be true-to-life occurrences, personal names are never mentioned. More so, situations are always qualified without making hasty generalizations. However, in the last article featured in this particular column, entitled “Mga Taong MaysaManananggal,” the writer has been a bit personal, failing to realize

We decided not to mention names anymore, as usual, to avoid “rubbing salt to the injury.” We no longer want to cause anymore pain and embarrassment to specific individuals. So, to whoever became privy of the identities of the characters in the said article, don’t believe wholly what had been written in it simply because the writer is the one mostly at fault—not the persons referred to; and also because “Mga Puna ni Inna” has always been a column intended for semi-fictitious features, so don’t take the stories and commentaries literally and too seriously. Though the satirical nature of the column will remain, the writer will be more careful, considerate, and general next time when citing examples and situations.

that the true-to-life element of the topic would be too hurtful to the people referred to in the article despite the anonymity of their actual names as well as the event, date, and venue the incident has occurred. One might say that “damage has been done,” but there’s also a saying that goes “better late than never.” So, in consideration of the heartaches, disappointments, and inconveniences that the writer has caused because of the article, Alfie vera Mella the writer, on behalf of Filipino Associate Editor Journal, is hereby issuing a public apology.

Government of Canada Launches New Federal Internship for Newcomers Program

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TTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire Oct. 5, 2010) - Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney today announced a new program to help newcomers gain valuable Canadian work experience, a significant hurdle for many immigrants. “Newcomers are key to building a stronger Canada,” said Minister Kenney. “The Federal Internship for Newcomers program helps immigrants use their skills in the Canadian labour market as they begin their new lives in Canada.” This program offers newcomers the opportunity to acquire temporary Canadian work experience in fields relevant to their skills and experience. Newcomers can benefit from work placements within the federal government, which facilitates a smoother integration into the Canadian labour market for program participants. “Our government is committed to helping newcomers succeed,” said Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. “This program is an example of how we are taking action so that newcomers can maximize their talents and contribute to Canada’s long-term economic success.” Over the past two years, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) piloted two similar internship initiatives. This year, in addition to CIC and HRSDC, several other federal departments and agencies are taking part in the expanded initiative, including: Health Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada,

the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, Natural Resources Canada, and the Canada Border Services Agency. Compared to last year, these additional organizations represent a quadrupling of the number of federal organizations offering opportunities to newcomers. Besides these organizations, a number of other departments and agencies have already confirmed their interest in participating in the program. Over the past year, CIC and HRSDC were able to extend opportunities to 29 interns. This year, the number has more than doubled, with over 60 interns participating in the fall intake. In addition to the policy, program and administrative positions offered last year, new internship positions have been added in fields such as finance, translation, communication and science. The expansion of this program follows up on a recommendation by the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. In addition to the departments and agencies that are ready to hire interns this fall, many others have expressed interest in a future intake. As the new program gains popularity, it is expected that the numbers will only increase as more federal organizations join the program. CIC and participating departments and agencies are partnering with World University Services Canada, Local Agencies Serving Immigrants, Hire Immigrants Ottawa, and Service Integration Travail Outaouais to select interns.

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Pangasinan Group of Manitoba holds 24th Anniversary Celebrations and Induction of New Officers Last September 11, 2010, the officers PGM would like to thank everyone who and members of the Pangasinan Group joined them in their celebration, especially of Manitoba Inc. celebrated its 24th our special guest from the Philippines, Anniversary at the Canad Inn Polo Park.

Father Felix Dela Cruz. PGM would also like to thank all the people who supported their raffle draw. The winners are the following:

1st Prize - Sony Ipad (16GB) - Claire PGM welcomes its newly inducted Nolasco; 2nd Prize - Mountain Bike officers:JeanBuduhan,FannyCabalquinto, - Caroline Tocjayo; 3rd Prize - Garmin Novo Jasmin, Mines Pagtakhan, Carlo Peregrino and Cynthia Reyes. GPS - Andy Mapatac

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Young actor faces financial problems

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oung actor Joseph Bitangcol who was a stand out in the 2004 ABS-CBN’s reality talent search Star Circle Quest is currently having financial woes. Bitangcol said he is now looking for a new management and network to give him projects so that he can revive his career to support his family, specifically his father who suffered a stroke.

The actor revealed that he is presently selling barbecue on the street in order to earn. He also admitted that during his lowest times he even resorted to borrowing borrow money from other people. Bitangcol said he left the Kapamilya network due to misunderstandings. After moving to GMA-7, Bitangcol suddenly disappeared from showbiz scene.

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Charice clarifies reasons for International nominations for ‘Botox’ procedures on US mag TV series

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iant television network ABS-CBN and the lead star of its series are among the official nominees for this year’s 38th International Emmy Awards released Monday by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (IATAS). The performance of actor Sid Lucero in “Dahil May Isang Ikaw” as Alfred “Red” Ramirez merited a nomination under the Best Performance by an Actor category. The TV series meanwhile was nominated under the Telenovela category. The Special Award honorees for this year include “American Idol” judge and “Got Talent” format executive producer Simon Cowell who will receive the 2010 International Emmy Founders Award. “Saturday Night Live’ creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels on the other hand will receive the 2010 International Emmy Directorate Award. This year, only 2 nominees from the Philippines made it to the list among the total 39 nominees in 10 categories. The winners will be announced on November 22 at the Hilton Hotel, New York.

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ilipina international singer Charice said she undergone the Botox and thermage procedures to correct her jaw pain and not for vanity purposes. The pride of the Philippines was recently featured in the Oct. 4 issue of the popular U.S. magazine People where she talked about the controversial cosmetic procedures she had last July. The young singer also shared her thoughts on being in the second season of “Glee,” her dream of becoming a “singing lawyer,” and crushes and dates. Charice’s list of crushes includes Justin Timberlake, Josh

Groban, and Jake Gyllenhaal. She added however that she is not yet ready to go out with someone and is happy of being a kid. The 18-year old singer said her main requirement for a guy is a good sense of humor. Aside fro the People mag, Charice was previously featured in Newsweek, USA Today and Billboard. Another renowned publication, Wall Street Journal, featured Charice in its “Speakeasy” blog last Sept. 28. Her international debut album “Chyeaa! My Album” has reached gold status in Japan last Oct. 1.

Hitmakers take over ‘Pilipinas, Win Na Win’ hosting job

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he Hitmakers (Rico J. Puno, Nonoy Zuñiga, Marco Sison and Rey Valera) are the new main hosts, along with Wowowee originals Pokwang and Valerie Concepcion, of ABS-CBN’s Pilipinas, Win Na Win (PWNW). Puno and the rest of The Hitmakers were appreciative of the good feedback they received during their debut in the noontime show, adding that hosting the show is a different field for all of them.

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Although The Hitmakers are highly regarded in the recording and music industry, Puno said they are not after of what they might gain from headlining PWNW but to simply to give the Filipino audience the entertainment they deserve during lunch time. Based on the studio audience response, The Hitmakers were really entertaining as they serenade everyone with their signature songs. They were relaxed and the chemistry between them is perfect.


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ravel Posters enticing prospective customers to travel to Europe, to Jerusalem, to the Philippines; the best supply of food catered by Emerald Palace; and prizes give away to the customers who would win one of the major prizes: free trip to the Philippines with return ticket. All these are the perfect ingredients for a successful party honoring their customers who have been loyal to the company. Indeed, Sarbit Travel and Insurance Agency has found that summer time is the best time to hold their 1st customer appreciation party held

recently at the PCCM`s MPR which can hold more than 350 guests. Oscar and Minda Surla, the husband and wife business team, open their arms, together with their staff, to welcome the hundred of customers to attend the well-attended 1st customer appreciation party. `We have to thank our customers for their continuous patronage. And to give them the best time to share and celebrate our continued growth in the travel and insurance business, Oscar Surla, the president, says “And I know they deserve to be recognize that without them, we will be nothing.”

``Being our first try to recognize our customer’s loyalty, we are excited to meet our customers, their families, their siblings. And this opportunity will give us a feedback on how we indulge in our business. And this will be our first initiative to meet, to greet and to eat with our friends and customers, Minda Surla, the vicepresident of the company. `It is just saying to our customers’ thank you for your walang sawang pagtangkilik... and of course, we will have a bigger 2nd customer appreciation party by next year. You cannot separate the customers from your business... kung walang loyal customers di walang

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business. This party is a real family party...`` In this modern age customer relation, some companies are complacent to recognize the role of the customers. Big companies do it in Christmas time by giving frozen turkey or a barbeque picnic with games and prizes. Most medium and small companies the management mostly ignores to recognize the role of customers in the growth or failure of the business. Sarbit Travel and Insurance Agency is an emerging business engine in the Filipino business community and the management looks forward to better


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serve their customers in the community and from other ethnic groups...and planning for more customer appreciation parties. And with the presence of hardworking and entertaining members of the staff, the celebration adds more fun thru their entertainment qualities. Ask Marilyn Atienza, Rebecca Perron, Loida Arevalo, Pablito Timbang, Perry Bulos and Kenneth de la Cruz of Sarbit Travel and Marissa Calvadores, Nelson Celones, Jonathan Surla and Maribel Sallong where did they get the entertainment talents. Each one became a real trouper while entertaining the guests. Many prizes donated by some businesses and colleagues were raffled.

Moises Duot, Jr, a young promising singer with the voice of big man, is the lucky winner of the major prize: free trip to the Philippines with return ticket. `Wow, I’d never dreamed to win this big...and now, i can go to the Philippines and probably, to become a singer! Jr. Duot said with a great smile. Before, his sister, Mimosa, one of the 6 finalists of the YTX Pop Star and himself, had a duet before the big audience. With the management and staff working together to make the party a memorable one, one expects for a much grandeur 2nd customer appreciation party that only Sarbit

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Travel and Insurance Agency can offer to their loyal customers. Ask Oscar and Minda Surla when will be the next customer appreciation party and be sure to make yourself present. Who knows you might win a free trip to the Philippines or to Las Vegas. The recently held customer appreciation party is an event to remember...Again, thank you to our customers for your continuous support and patronage... Oscar & Minda Surla and the staff of Sarbit Travel and Insurance Agency.

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Getting our Pink On! Winnipeg’s Run for the Cure raises over $821,000 by Ron Cantiveros

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n Sunday, October 3, 2010, over 6,000 runners and walkers, many decked out in pink “anything” raised over

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$821,000 for Winnipeg’s 19th annual CIBC Run for the Cure. This year’s event was held at MTS Centre and the streets of downtown

Winnipeg were awash with people wearing pink. Pink “anything” included pink shirts, accessories like boas, capes and balloons. Run for the Cure is one day where we take time to recognize the survivors and the women we honour that have died from breast cancer. Breast cancer touches everyone. Many of the 6000 participants dedicated their

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run to friend or family member who had been aflicted. We’re running for our mom Rosalinda Natividad-Cantiveros! The Run for the Cure is an event that holds a personal meaning for our family. I remember our first Run for the Cure at the old Winnipeg Arena at Polo Park. I actually ran the 5km course while my mom and

dad, chose to take the leisurely 1km walking course. All funds raided in Manitoba, stays in Manitoba and go to support breast cancer research and education. Over 56 communities in Canada raised a record $33 million. October is breast cancer awareness month and donations can be made until the end of the month. To make a donation, visit FilipinoJournal.com.

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Sudoku Puzzles are games of patience, numbers and genius! The satisfaction of solving a challenging Sudoku Puzzle is one of the greatest accomplishments any sudoku game player can experience. So what is Sudoku? Pronounced [su:doku], Sudoku is the Japanese abbreviation of “the digits remain single”. In Japan Sudoku is sometimes referred to as “Number Place” and can be spelt “Su Doku”. Sodoku originated in Japan and was designed by Howard Garns. The Sudoku Game was first published in New York in 1979 and was likely inspired by a game called Latin Square. Each Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically without guessing. Enter digits from 1 to 9 into the blank spaces. Every row must contain one of each digit. So must every column, as must every 3x3 square.

Here is the puzzle. Good luck!

PAHALANG 1 5 7 8 10 13 15 17 19 20 21 23 25 26 28 29 30 31 32 33

PABABA

Kilos Paghawa sa damit Simbolo ng Bismuth Kubo Alano, aktres Unlaping pamilang Daras Pautos ng pagtataboy Asin sa Kastila Uri ng sitaw Tanda Buwis noon Biyuda ni FPJ Tula ng kabayanihan Hamak Apelyidong Tsino Pusta Isang pandiwa Simbolo ng kapaskuhan Naging Pangulo ng Pilipinas

2 3 4 5 6 9 11 12 13 14 16 18 22 24 25 27 30 31

Magaspang na damo Panukat ng Intsik Katapusan Dagta United Kingdom Higit Paghalo ng baraha Bungad Ilagay Telang masinsin ang pagkakahabi Pangalawa sa sultan Amam sa Cebuano Uri ng sili Atungal ng mailap na hayop Aparatong pangmarino Pang-ukol na pantukoy Pang-ukol Ingles Simbolo ng Americium

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ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20)

LEO (July 23-Aug 22)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21)

TAURUS (Apr. 21- may 21)

VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22.- Jan. 20)

To start with (first week of August) it might feel not too bad - but by the end of the month you may not feel the same way at all. Much as you want and need to aim higher, there’s real danger of tearing yourself apart by taking on too much. The financial effects should be obvious. 17, 32, 12, 43, 44, 53 Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday. . Number one priority should be health and looking after yourself. This is money well spent! By 1st week of August you may decide you need to adopt a more disciplined attitude to life-style anyway. This needn’t spoil your fun and is more about staying fit and healthy enough to enjoy life. 01, 31, 16, 65, 05, 10 Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

GEMINI (May 22-June 21)

Over weekend there’s real danger of learning the hard way. If you are travelling around this time, be aware of the potential for loss and do what you can to safeguard property. There’s also the strong possibility from mid month of a little career disturbance which in turn could affect cash flow. 23, 48, 56, 14, 34, 20 Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.

CANCER (June 22-July 22)

Whatever the developments you’ve experienced so far in 2010, there’s more to come. This shouldn’t be seen as negative - though you are likely to be challenged in the nest egg department. Fortunately, those of your sign come complete with a good ‘thrift chip’ to be used if necessary. 15, 03, 29, 54, 19, 21 Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.

You can still be flexible when it comes to financial matters: you’re not averse to bartering or to any form of wheeler dealing - which is just as well as it seems the whole world is about to experience turbulent financial waters this month. 18, 24, 22, 45, 20, 13 Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday. .

Romantic opportunities will develop through friends or relatives. Avoid letting children and friends borrow. You’ll find travel or involvement in large groups gratifying. Your mate will enjoy helping out. 01, 34, 56, 33, 75, 30 Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday. .

LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23)

If you’re uncertain of your feelings, keep your opinions to yourself. You could have a change of heart if an old flame waltzes back into your life. Unexpected bills may set you back. This is a great day to mingle with people you would like to impress. 09, 10, 44, 38, 56, 34

Don’t let your emotional upset interfere with your professional objectives. Limitations with females could lead to unfortunate circumstances. You will find that friends or relatives may not understand your needs. Don’t overspend on luxury items. 22, 34, 56, 57, 04, 50 Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Don’t hesitate to sign up for creative courses or physical fitness programs. Travel will be fun and entertaining. Avoid any over indulgences. Your contributions will be valued and helpful. 12, 45, 65, 34, 44, 03 Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19)

Don’t overreact if your partner has a poor attitude. Control your temper by getting immersed in your work. Partnerships will be successful. You will need to do a lot of research if you wish to get to the bottom of things. 09, 10, 45, 43, 35, 07 Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.

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SCORPIO (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22)

Do your own thing without drawing attention to it. Expand your knowledge and sign up for courses and seminars. You might not be as reserved on an emotional level as you’d like. You’ll have great insight. 17, 15, 05, 66, 45, 67 Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.

PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20)

You can expect to face opposition on the home front. Pleasure trips will bring you into contact with new and interesting people. You may be uncertain about some of your coworkers and your boss. You’ll find it easy to talk about your feeling this month. Don’t hesitate to find out what your mate’s intentions are. 08, 17, 58, 74, 32, 40 Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

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Glee Sing Off Winnipeg! Balitang Kutsero by Perry Diaz PerryDiaz@gmail.com llustration by Dave San Pedro

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he following is a transcript of the sideline conversation between President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III and U.S. President Barack Obama after the US-ASEAN conference in New York City: P-Noy: President Obama, how are you? Obama: I’m fine, President Aquino. How are you? P-Noy: Well, it could be better. Obama: I know what you mean. With the Tea Baggers, Birthers, Deathers, and Wingnuts hitting me left and right, I wish I were in your place. P-Noy: I don’t think you’d want to be in my place, not with Lunetagate, Jueteng-gate, the bishops, the Muslim rebels, the communist rebels, the Abu Sayyaf terrorists, Gloria Arroyo’s midnight appointees, the Ombudsman, the Arroyo Supreme Court, and the Hacienda Luisita farmers hitting me left and right. I wish I were in your place. Obama: Well, we can be good friends, you know. Like they say, “misery loves company.” Hey, what shall I call you -- Noynoy, Pee-Noy, Penoy? P-Noy: Umm… Just call me Noy. Can I call you Barry? Obama: No, no, no! I’m not Barry! Just call me Barack. P-Noy: Hey, that sounds like “barako,” my favorite coffee! How about “Barakong Barack”? Hehehe… Obama: That’s not funny, Noy. Do you want me to call you something else? I know of a good one. Anyway, I understand you’re a chain-smoker? Is that right? P-Noy: Yep, but I’ve been trying to quit smoking. I heard you were able to quit smoking? How did

you do that? Obama: Noy, amigo, you must have cojones and the political will to quit smoking. P-Noy: I think I got them both. (blink) Obama: You think? You think? P-Noy: No, no, no! I know I got them both. (blink blink) Obama: Are you sure? I heard from my CIA Chief Leon Panetta that two of your top aides were receiving payola from jueteng lords. Is that true? P-Noy: No! No! No! One of them was Rico Puno, my “shooting buddy.” He swore that it was a “demolition job” by jueteng lords who want to get him out of the way. And the other guy, Gen. Jesus Verzosa, swore that he never took protection money from the jueteng lords. (blink) Obama: But wasn’t Verzosa’s wife with the “Euro generals” when they were caught in Moscow smuggling millions of Euros? Leon’s intel is pretty accurate, you know. So, you might want to monitor your two aides to make sure they’re not on the take and if they were you should fire them. Don’t you think so? P-Noy: Of course, Barry… err… I mean barako… oops, Barack. Sorry. (blink blink) Obama: Okay then, my friend. I gotta go. I have bilateral meetings with several Asian leaders to talk about U.S. economic and military aid to their countries. P-Noy: How about us? (blink blink blink) Obama: We’re already giving you $434 million in Millennium grants to fight corruption and poverty. However, we’re releasing the money over five years to make sure you’re

using the money for what’s it for. If you’re not going to show progress in stamping out corruption and poverty, we’ll withdraw the remainder of the grant. So, let’s see what Leon’s going to report next time. Okay, Noy? P-Noy: How about military aid to fight the Muslim and communist rebels? We don’t have warships and warplanes. (blink blink) Obama: Well, what did you do with the millions we poured into your military? P-Noy: Uhh… I don’t know. (blink) Ask Gloria… She was the president for the past nine and a half years. (blink blink) Obama: I think I know what happened. Did it ever occur to you why some of your generals are living in mansions and palaces and losing millions gambling in casinos? That’s why we didn’t give Gloria the Millennium grant last year. We waited for you to take over because we have reasons to trust you. P-Noy: Thank you… Ba… Barack. (blink) Obama: You’re welcome. Now, I want to level with you. We have a Visiting Forces Agreement to help you fight the rebels. I know you have some politicians who are against VFA; however, it’s your job to keep the country safe and secure. At the end of the day, it’s your ass that’s on the line, my friend. It’s back to the question: do you have cojones and the political will to stand up to them? (pause) By the way, we’re also waiting for you to show some progress in prosecuting the “Euro generals.” We don’t want to see your military and national police tarnished by corrupt generals who’d pocket the military aid we’re giving you, right? P-Noy: Okay, Barako… err… I mean, Barack, I promise the “Euro generals” will be prosecuted (blink blink). Obama: Attaboy! That’s my man! Keep up the good work and we’ll set up a bilateral meeting in about a year, okay? P-Noy: Yes, Barry… err… I mean, Mr. President (blink blink blink).

This fall, a unique fundraising initiative will take place to help raise funds for The Sara Riel Foundation. You love the show now is your chance to have that experience LIVE! Don't miss the chance to catch Winnipeg's hottest vocal groups performing some of the greatest hits of all time. Walk down the red carpet in music awards show style, sip on music themed cocktails and bring your appetite because we are serving up a meal that is sure to please! Order your tickets while they last and prepare for a unique and exciting event that will literally rock your world! Come join us as Winnipeg’s best vocal groups compete in a ‘Glee’ style sing off for a chance to be crowned by a panel of celebrity judges, the best in the city. The show will be hosted by Hot 103’s Chrissy Troy and Global News weather specialist Craig Larkins and feature a special performance by Those Guys. The evening will feature a delicious meal, auctions and some

of the best entertainment Winnipeg has to offer. The inaugural Glee Sing Off takes place in the Grand Ballroom at the Delta Hotel on Thursday, October 21st, 2010. This unique and exciting event will prove to be a night of great music, dancing, fame, fortune and most importantly it raises money for a very important charity. The panel of celebrity judges Tracy Koga, Alison Mayes and Kayla Gordon, will decide the fate of these incredible vocal ensembles. Guest will come dressed “rock n roll chic” – think music awards shows. Anything goes from your best pair of jeans to your favourite suit or dress. Tables will all have copies of the lyrics and guests will be encouraged to sing along! For all the latest information please visit our Facebook page (Glee Sing Off Winnipeg). Tickets are available by phone at (204) 334-8342 for only $100 (purchaser will receive $50 tax receipt on each ticket)

MP Joy Smith to honour heroes of human trafficking WINNIPEG, MB: MP Joy Smith will be hosting an award ceremony to honour former trafficking victims and those who selflessly dedicate their time and energy to fighting this heinous crime. The inaugural event will be held on October 16, Saturday 2010 at Eastview Community Church, 3500 DeVries Avenue, East St. Paul at 7:30 p.m. The awardees include Brian McConaghy, founding director of the Ratanak Foundation;

*** The recent six-day working visit of P-Noy in the U.S. can best be remembered when he ate hotdog at a corner stand in the Big Apple. Indeed, it was an excellent –- and inexpensive -- marketing event that the whole episode has taken a new dimension; that is, “hotdog politics.” P-Noy’s use of trivia in politics is the new “thing” today. Yup, from “wangwang politics” to “hotdog politics.” A new movement of hotdogeating Pinoys is growing fast. They’re known as the “P-Noy trekkies.” And they’ll follow their “Tito Noy” anywhere he goes in cyberspace. That’s hotdog power! Indeed, the “hotdog revolution” has just begun! (Blink)

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Natasha Falle, former trafficking victim and founder and executive director of Sextrade 101; Timea Nagy, former trafficking victim and founder and executive director of Walk With Me; Grand Chief Ron Evans, assembly of Manitoba Chiefs; and Tamara Cherry, reporter, Toronto Sun Admission is $29 at the door to cover the costs. Everyone is welcome- bring your family and friends. RSVP-984-6322 or joy@ joysmithmp.ca


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Immigration Law: Marriages of Convenience part 1 (Marriage Fraud)

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n September 27, the Government of Canada launched a national online consultation on marriage fraud. The purpose of this consultation is to determine how big this problem is and what can be done to solve it. What is “marriage fraud”? When a foreign national marries or gets into a relationship with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident solely to immigrate to Canada, the union is considered a marriage fraud. Sometimes known as a marriage or relationship of “convenience,” it occurs when the foreign national pretends to be in love with the Canadian-based spouse/partner. After the foreign national has obtained a visa, s/he quickly

leaves the relationship. In some cases, the foreign national does not even meet the Canadian-based spouse/partner when s/he gets to Canada. In recent visits to the Philippines, China, and India, Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration raised this as a concern. How does marriage fraud affect the Canadian-based spouse? When marriage fraud occurs, the Canadian-based victim is often heartbroken and has lost money in immigration fees and plane tickets for the spouse being sponsored. In addition to that, the victim may also suffer financially for years in the future. When a person “sponsors” her/his spouse, the former signs an

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“undertaking” and “sponsorship agreement.” These documents make the Canadian-based sponsor financially responsible for her/his spouse even if the marriage breaks down. Under these agreements, the sponsor is obligated to pay not only for some of the spouse’s expenses but also for the latter’s claims for certain forms of government assistance. In view of this, the government can sue the sponsor for any monies it has paid out to the sponsored spouse. Can I protect myself from marriage fraud? Protecting yourself from marriage fraud is difficult. In many of these cases, the foreign national plays an elaborate game to hide their true intentions. The foreign national essentially pretends to be in love with the Canadian spouse. The best thing that the sponsoring spouse can do is be sensitive to any suspicious intentions and signs of deceit by the spouse being sponsored while the entire process has not yet been finalized. Are all marriage breakdowns because of marriage fraud? One of the difficulties in proving marriage fraud is that sometimes marriages simply break down. There are many cases in which two people think they

are in love but then break up. If both people genuinely believed in their relationship when they got married but grew apart because of disagreements after the marriage, this may not be marriage fraud. As well, in cases in which spouses are abused, leaving that type of relationship does not mean that the marriage was fraudulent in the first place. In my next article, I will discuss how marriage fraud affects immigration applications for genuine relationships. This article is prepared for general information purposes only and is intended to provide

comments for readers and friends of Filipino Journal. The contents should not be viewed as legal advice or opinion. If you have specific questions concerning immigration law, you should discuss them with a legal advisor of your choice. Reis Pagtakhan is a lawyer with the law firm of Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson LLP. He practices in the areas of immigration law and corporate and commercial law. His direct line is 957-4640. If you like to know more about Pagtakhan or Aikins, you may visit the firm’s Web site: www.aikins.com.

Rizal Canada to Celebrate their 11th Commanders Ball on Nov. 20, 2010 The Canada Region Council held their Commanders Meeting in Scarborough on Sep. 30. They discussed their plans for their 11th Rizal Commanders Bal that will be held in Rembrandt on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. Shown in the picture above are (seated, L > R) Sir Ed Prillo, KGOR, Sir Jaime Marasigan, KGOR, Adviser Sir Emiliano Silveriom KGCR, Canada Area Commander Sir George R. Poblete, KGOR, Sir Dr, Tom Virey, KGOR and Sir Mar Padlan, KCR. and (Standing, L > R), Sir Noel Lalicom, KCR, Sir Ver Amante, KCR, Sir Ralph Bunag, KCR, Sir Doug Ord, KCR, Sir Jun Enverga, KCR (Evenet Chairman, Commanders Ball), Sir Rene Galvez, KCR, Sir Wilfred Gomez, KCR (Host Chairman, Commanders Ball), Sir Danny Nepomuceno, KCR, Sir Willie Cantos, KCR, Sir Jojo Taduram, KCR.

Sir George R. Poblete, KGOR Appointed Canada Region Commander The Rizal Supreme Council in Manila appointed Sir George R. Poblete, KGOR as the Canada Region Commander for the RY 20102012. Appointed with him are Sir Dr. Tom Virey, KGOR as Deputy Canada Region Commander; Sir Ed Prillo, KGOR with Sir Jun Enverga, KCR as his Deputy, for the Central Canada Region; Sir Rev. Neil Parado, KGOR with Sir Dr. Tom Colina, KGOR as his Deputy of the Western Canada Region; and Sir Hermie Hernandex, KGOR, with Sir Saulo Garganta, KCR as his Deputy, for the Eastern Canada Region. The Order of the Knights of Rizal

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is aninternational organization the promotes the ideals and works of Rizal, and helps the Youth, Civic and Community activities Sir George has recently served the Supreme Council as a Trustee (Archivist) for the last two years, working as a Liaison to International Chapters. He continue his responsibility as the editor of the Rizal International Bulletin, Sir George will head the Canada Region Executive Council and will look after the operations of over 20 Rizal Chapters in Canada, from Nova Scotia, to Windsor, to Vancouver B.C..

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Re-elect City Councilor Mike Pagtakhan From the Desk of

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ity Councillor Mike Pagtakhan (Point Douglas Ward) is committed to continue serving our city in the next 4 years as a City Councillor for Point Douglas Ward - City of Winnipeg. Election Day Voting will take place on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you are not sure of your voting

location, our team will be happy to assist you by calling 330-1433. Advance Voting will be held at City Hall, Council Building, 510 Main Street, beginning Monday, October 4, 2010 and ending on October 22, 2010. Monday, October 4 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 5 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 6 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Thursday, October 7 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friday, October 8 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday, October 9 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 12 9:00 am. - 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 13 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 20 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 14 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 21 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, October 15 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Friday, October 22 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 16 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

REMEMBER BRING YOUR IDENTIFICATION AND VOTERS NOTICE WITH YOU TO THE POLL

Monday October 18 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 19 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Thank you for your support!

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Finding a Sense of Culture in Language

(Filipino-Grammar Terms part 2) In the last issue, we learned the Filipino counterparts of several English grammar terms like parts of speech and punctuation marks. Now here are some more English grammar terms that have counterparts in Filipino. English – Filipino literature – panitikan grammar – balarila spelling – pagbaybay pronunciation – pagbigkas letter (of an alphabet) – titik consonant – katinig vowel – patinig affix – lapi prefix – unlapi

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infix – gitlapi suffix – hulapi Types of Sentences (Mga Uri ng Pangungusap) declarative/narrative – pasalaysay interrogative – patanong exclamatory – padamdam imperative – pautos The Last Leaf Although the Filipino terms cited above may no longer be too useful for Filipinos living in Canada in a communicative way, knowledge about them remains vital for those who give importance to the culture of their race’s country of origin.


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ABS-CBN asked QC RTC for issuance of TRO on Willie Revillame

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ACNA Canada Announces Canada Wide 24 hour toll Free C.A.R.E. L.I.N.E. for Caregivers and Employers

by Bong Osorio

ABS-CBN Corporation yesterday asked the Quezon City Regional Trial Court to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) and a writ of preliminary injunction against Willie Revillame to stop the TV host from committing further violations to his contract with the network by launching his muchhyped show “Willing Willie” on its competitor TV5. In a 38-page petition, ABSCBN appealed to the court to restrain Willie from creating or performing work similar to the work under the agreement for any person or entity in direct competition with the business of ABS-CBN and from engaging in activities which are adverse to the interests of ABS-CBN.” Furthermore, ABS-CBN sought the court to prevent Willie from appearing or using his name, voice or likeness, directly or indirectly, for promoting any product or service in print, radio, or television or any form of advertisement and committing any act which jeopardizes the success of the program or which may affect the good name and goodwill of ABS-CBN. ABS-CBN cited Willie’s much-publicized signing up as talent of Associated Broadcasting Company, wherein he would create and perform in a show that is very similar to the defunct “Wowowee” on ABS-CBN. Revillame reportedly was hands-on in the creation and conceptualization of the variety and game show “Willing-Willie.” ABS-CBN also cited the official statement issued by ABC’s TV5 last September 17 confirming that Revillame has signed a contract with the network to host a variety and game show, which is very similar to what the TV host used to peform in “Wowowee” on ABS-CBN. ABS-CBN also asserted that Revillame is bound to comply

with his current obligations under the agreement he signed with the Kapamilya network. While the court has not decided on the judicial rescission case filed by Revillame, the TV host decided to enter a new contract and agree to perform in new shows.”Revillame’s actions show that he has decided for himself that he can do as he pleases despite the Honorable Court’s taking cognizance of the issues,” ABS-CBN stated in the petition. In a statement from ABS-CBN Corporate Communication Head Bong Osorio, when Revillame chose to ignore his contract with the Kapamilya network, it was left with no choice but to ask the courts to intervene. “The issue on Willie Revillame is all about honoring a contract. To ABS-CBN, it is not only the ethical and right thing to do. It is a noble act of a person or a company that values honesty and integrity. These values are reflected in the way we do business in ABS-CBN. We honor what we say and we expect our people, talents and partners to reciprocate the trust and honor we give them,” said Osorio. “If a person or company gives honor and respect to a contract, conflicts can be avoided. Just like in a family, do you walkout simply because your attention was called?” he added. Revillame violated the behavioral provisions of his contract when he threatened the ABS-CBN management during the 4 May 2010 episode of Wowowee, with a resignation if management does not fire another artist of the network After weeks of hiatus, Willie resurfaced in the public and called for a press conference that he is rescinding his contract with ABSCBN. ABS-CBN has maintained that it is the aggrieved party, and as such, is the only one that can decide to end the agreement.

Vancouver, BC – October 4, 2010 – The Association of Caregiver and Nanny Agencies, Canada (ACNA) has launched a Canada wide toll free CAREline to assist caregivers and employers who utilize Canada’s Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP), through which Canadian families recruit livein nannies and caregivers from overseas. Canada Immigration and Citizenship (CIC) has also recently implemented a telephone line for live-in caregivers, available from 8am – 4pm Monday through Friday. The CAREline will be available for emergencies after hours until the Government’s federal dedicated live-in caregiver line, announced in December 2009 as a 24 hour a day available line, becomes operational. The CIC’s telephone line is geared toward informing caregivers of the general requirements of the Live-in caregiver Program and reporting abuse, intimidation or threats in their employment. CAREline will focus on more practical and educational objectives by making available educational leaflets with topics such as Do’s & Don’ts of a Professional Nanny and Common Complaints from Employers. Three handbooks; Handbook for Caregivers,

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Handbook for Employers and Success after the LCP, will be available in early 2011. CARELINE will also have a list of emergency accommodations in all major Canadian cities available. ACNA launched the CAREline in response to issues stemming from governmental changes to the Live-in Caregivers Program, implemented by Jason Kenney, Minister of Immigration, Citizenship and Multiculturalism on April 1, 2010. Canadian Families must now cover all expenses, including the caregiver’s airfare, recruitment fees, medical and workers’ compensation. Given the unmitigated risk, there is a demand for CAREline to be open to both caregivers and employers who may find themselves placed in an unfair situation. The caregiver placement industry is well aware that Canadian employers have in the past been, and continue to be, taken advantage of by less than genuine caregivers, essentially using families-in-need as a stepping stone to get to Canada and ending the employment shortly afterwards. This scenario has now developed much more of an exploitative edge given the fact that with the new changes, Canadian families have to not only pay all associated costs,

which can run between $3000$5000 per placement when using a placement agency, but also wait several months for a caregiver who may not stay with them. Families who hire privately without the help of an agency are still obligated to pay for airfare and medical insurance amongst other benefits, and receive none of the value added settlement services provided by the agencies. It it anticipated that with the unmitigated risk of paying large upfront fees and no protection for Canadian families, there is a growing need for a place where they can call to voice their concerns. ACNA encourages that the Canadian Government set up an employer extension on their CIC line to include the same protection to Canadian families facing unfair treatment from caregivers as it affords foreign caregivers. ACNA will be sending regular reports to Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Minister Kenney’s office voluntarily, advising him of the predominant issues addressed through the CAREline. ACNA Canada is an industry association of employment agencies who provide nannies and caregivers to Canadian employers through Canada's Foreign Live-In Caregiver Program.


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Ron Cantiveros

ron@filipinojournal.com

Paradise eats along the Pacific

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ne of the joys in traveling back to the Philippines is the opportunity to reconnect with my relatives. When it comes to my Tito Danilo, you can always expect a food feast. I recall when I was younger, my uncles would also plan a trip to different parts of Northern Luzon to destinations that were well off the beaten path. This time, we ventured to the Port of Dingalan in the northeastern region of Philippines in the province of Aurora. It's a five hour drive from Manila, six if you count the time we spent buying fresh fish at the local fish market.

Arriving in Dingalan was the easy part. Getting to my uncle's resort property was a bit of a trek along a 7km dirt road before we arrived to a coconut tree filled plot which opened up to the Pacific Ocean. It might sound glamourous but the thought of a five-star hotel resort is far from what was there. This part of Dingalan remains undeveloped with very few commercial resorts, hence the dirt road. Nevertheless, I knew we were in paradise, or at least pretty close. I love food. I love food even more when it's grilled over charcoal. On the menu for today was freshly

grilled fish and pork, fern salad with kalamansi, red chili and Magic Sarap seasoning and finally, a healthy serving of mango-tomatobagoong (shrimp paste) ensalada. There was no need for plates or utensils as we ate off banana leaves and ate "kamayan style" (with our hands). A truly Pinoy experience! To wash all that down, we had our finest selection of fresh coconut juice and meat which was taken from the trees on the resort. Pretty tasty, pretty convenient too! After a hearty lunch and short power nap (food coma), we finally made our way down to the black fine sandy beach in front of the property to dip our feet into the Pacific. Looking along the coast line was an endless stretch of black sand with literally nobody except local fishermen over a kilometre away. The only thing you could hear were the waves crashing along the beach. Again, it was paradise. Four hours in paradise under the hot Philippine sun, my uncles, cousins and I were done. With the second round of naps complete under the shade of overhanging fruit trees (I say fruit trees because we didn't know what was growing on them), we decided to call it a day and head back home. However, the trip was not complete without stopping at the fish market for pasalubong for the relatives that couldn't make the day trip to Dingalan. I'll give you one guess what we had for breakfast the following morning?

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Manitoba Filipino Business Council officially launched

Meet the next generation of Filipino business owners!

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eady. Set. Go! Watch out Winnipeg! The Manitoba Filipino Business Council formally launched last month at the Player's Golf Course with over 100 Filipino next-gen entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals in attendance. In addition to be a new

group and a new voice for Filipino businesses in Winnipeg, there was a heightened sense of excitement in the air. The MFBC can be viewed as a great way to connect with other successful Filipino businesses and professionals, network in a positive environment that allows the group

as a whole to make a difference within our community and in Winnipeg. The MFBC is the result of likeminded Filipino business owners and entrepreneurs interested in building, sustaining and extending the business relationships. The

council currently represents Filipino business owners across a wide range of sectors such as technology, finance, healthcare, automotive, publishing and home services. Over the last year, Jon Reyes, MFBC President has been working hard behind the scenes

to bring the current board and membership together to make their Celebration Launch an exciting and successful inaugural event.

Jon Reyes, MFBC President (The UPS Store Kenaston Common)

Jojo Villanueva Services).

Antonio Almote (River City Stone).

Mayor Sam Katz

Mark Odegard President)

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Manning the registration table! Cynthia Reyes (The UPS Store Kenaston Common), Sammy Sarte (Sarte Heating & Cooling Ltd.) and Alymra Gomez (Cornerstone Properties).

For more information about upcoming MFBC events, please visit their website at www.mfbc.ca.

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Sam Katz along with Filipino business owners and entrepreneurs.

RBC Royal Bank is a supporting partner of the MFBC - from left to right: Tes Aiello (RBC), Jon Reyes (MFBC President), Kelly Clarke (RBC) and Mark Odegard (Regional Vice President

Mike Nava (Connect Four), Ken cruzat (Unfold Apparel), Mayor Sam Katz and Anthony Polvorosa (Provici Cosmetics).

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