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Jasmine Curtis-Smith

Mary Simon Canada’s next Governor General

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on July 6 that, on his recommendation, Queen Elizabeth has approved the appointment of Mary Simon as the next Governor General of Canada. As Governor General, Simon will be the representative of the Queen in Canada. She will be Canada’s 30th Governor General since Confederation, and the 13th Governor General appointed by Queen Elizabeth during her 69 years on the throne. Simon will officially become Canada’s next governor general on July 26. “I am very pleased to announce that Her Majesty, the Queen, has graciously approved

the appointment of Mary Simon as the next Governor General of Canada. Ms Simon has dedicated her life to advancing social, economic, and human rights issues for Canadian Inuit and Indigenous peoples, and I am confident that she will serve Canadians and promote our shared values with dedication and integrity. Through this appointment, we are ensuring that Canada is represented by someone who exemplifies the very best of our country. I also join Canadians in thanking His Excellency, the Rt. Hon. Richard Wagner, for serving as the Administrator of the Government See MARY p19

Mary Simon

Do you want a career in the Winnipeg Police Service? Winnipeg Police Service Diversity Career Workshop Application deadline July 30 The Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) will host a two-day diversity career workshop on August 24 and 25, 2021 at Winnipeg Police Service headquarters. The workshop is for newcomers and people from diverse communities who are interested in careers in law enforcement. The event will include an overview of the organization as well as a presentation outlining the WPS hiring process. Information will be provided

on volunteer, cadet, staff, and police officer career opportunities within the Winnipeg Police Service. Various activities are scheduled to take place, including interactive case studies, round table discussions, specialized information stations, and some special guest speakers. Applications will be accepted until July 30th, 2021, and spaces are limited for this event. See POLICE p5



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Creating Health Chiropractic The Manitoba government has shown its support to both the Chiropractic profession and Massage Therapists by allowing us to stay open for the needs of our patients. Our patients need our help. Due to high levels of stress, poor ergonomics from working at home, challenged fitness levels due to reduced recreation options, our patients are sore, tight and expressing all kinds of nerve system irritations. We are masked, social

distancing as much as possible and cleaning consistently to ensure your safety. You will be asked screening questions upon booking, but this is to keep every one safe. Our team is here for you! Dr. Crystal Paculan and Dr. Gerald Tole Call us at 204-253-1900 Creating Health Chiropractic 100-600 St. Anne’s Road Winnipeg, Manitoba




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Reckoning with Memory, Part 1 The months of April to June of 2021 saw three significant anniversary dates in the history of the Philippines that, in a way, encapsulate the history of the archipelago. The first, in chronological order of the original event, was the Quincentennial commemorations in the Philippines to mark the 500th anniversary of both the introduction of Christianity to the Philippines and the conflict between Ferdinand Magellan and Lapu-Lapu, datu of the island of Mactan. The second was the 160th birthday of Jose Rizal, who was born on 19 June 1861. The third was the 123rd anniversary of Philippine Independence, declared on 12 June 1898. The recognition and celebration of anniversaries give us a chance to reflect on events and people in our lives that, for one reason or another, merit such recognition. The three anniversaries that were celebrated this year provide a unique opportunity to reflect on these events and why they’ve been given meaning in the first place. Over the course of my next three columns, I will look into each of the three events and explore the landscapes of memory that each take us into. I will begin with quincentennial commemoration of Magellan, an event which, in some ways, began the period of Spanish colonization in the Philippines. On 16 March 1521, Ferdinand Magellan landed on the island of Homonhon, east of the island of Leyte in the Visayas region of the modern Philippines. Starving and dehydrated from their voyage across the Pacific Ocean, which Magellan had called the mare pacificum, or the tranquil ocean, Magellan’s crew was relieved to find natural springs and food, although the island was uninhabited. He was spotted by men of the Rajah Culambu of Limasawa Island, Southwest of Homonhon and just off the southern tip of Leyte. There, Magellan held the first Catholic mass in the islands that would become the Philippines on 31 March 1521. On April 7th, the Rajah guided Magellan to Cebu Island, west of Limasawa. Humabon and his wife were baptized into the Catholic faith, taking the Christian names Carlos and Juana. In honour of their conversion, Magellan gifted the couple the Santo Niño, a holy image of the Child Jesus, which remains on display in Cebu. On April 14, Magellan erected a large wooden cross on the shores of Cebu. As a result of this close

relationship with a Rajah who was very powerful in the region, surrounding chiefs were instructed to supply Magellan with supplies and to convert to Christianity. All surrounding chiefs followed this order except for Datu Lapu-Lapu, who was in competition with Humabon for control of trade in the region and refused to submit to his commands. A fortnight later, on April 27th, Magellan would engage the men of Datu Lapu-Lapu on the island of Mactan, during which time he would perish. As recorded by the expedition’s historian, Antonio Pigafetta: “The captain [Magellan] did not wish to fight them, but sent a message to the natives to the effect that if they would obey the king of Spain, recognize the Christian king as their sovereign, and pay us our tribute, he would be their friend; but that if they wished otherwise, they should wait to see how our lances wounded. They replied that if we had lances, they had lances of bamboo and stakes hardened with fire.” When the decision to attack Lapu-Lapu’s settlement was made, Magellan was prevented from bringing his vessels close enough to the shore to use his cannon, and he and his forces were forced to wade through the shallow waters to the beachfront. He had a large contingent of Humabon’s men on their way, but instead of waiting for them, Magellan left with 49 Spanish soldiers to face 1500 men of Lapu-Lapu, according to Pigafetta. The fighting was at a deadlock. The guns and crossbows of the Spanish were not inflicting damage at the distance, and the spears and darts of Lapulapu’s men were useless against Spanish armour. The tide turned after a poisoned dart reportedly hit Magellan and he was swarmed by warriors swinging their large indigenous sword known as a kampilan. One of my very first articles for the Pilipino Express in October 2013 dealt with the memorialization of this event. In that piece, I noted that there were two competing historical plaques on the island of Mactan, one celebrating Magellan and the other celebrating Lapu-Lapu as the “First Filipino to have repelled the European aggression.” I also wrote how noted Filipino writer Nick Joaquin wondered how Lapu-Lapu would have reacted to being called “Filipino,” a term not used to refer to those indigenous to the Philippine Islands until the latter half of the 19th century. My conclusions in 2013 remain firm

today, that the celebration of the Quincentennial as a national event in the history of the Philippines is the product of social memory. In reality, it was a highly localized conflict between Humabon and Lapu-Lapu, into which Magellan injected himself. In historical retrospect, it certainly did hint at coming changes, but even the presence of Spanish colonialism in the islands would take several decades to transpire. Indeed, were it not for the historical writings of Europeans connected to the voyage of Magellan, the event may have disappeared from local memory entirely. And yet, for all of this, the event has taken on significant meaning, especially in the postcolonial climate of the Philippines. Commemoration is on the minds of many Canadians these days, as we deal with the legacies of the Residential School System and the remains of the victims that continue to be recovered. Recent actions in Winnipeg have seen the tearing down of the statue of Queen Victoria on the lawn of the Provincial Legislature. While to many, Queen Victoria was a symbol of the virility and strength of the former British Empire, of which Canada was a part, to many (inside and outside of Canada) she is a symbol of imperialism and oppression. Indeed, after the Indian Rebellion of 1857, she took direct control of the colony of India from the British East India Company, and was crowned the Empress of India. The removal of a statue will not remove the individual from history, and removing a statue is not really an attempt to erase history. It is an attempt to change the narrative being told. On this note, I’ve often noted how closely statues of Miguel de Legazpi and Lapu-Lapu are situated. In Manila, at Burgos and Bonifacio Drive, there is a Spanish-era monument memorializing Legazpi and his navigator, Andrés de Urdaneta, which in many ways stands as a symbol of Spanish colonialism. Legazpi was the first governor of the colony and while he was given instructions to bring friendship to the local peoples, he also engaged in warfare such as when he seized Manila in 1570. His construction of the initial settlement of Intramuros in 1571 laid the foundation for the walled city that would also symbolize the colonization of the Philippines and would, centuries later, be the site of Rizal’s imprisonment and execution. (Note, too, how Intramuros is today touted as a tourist attraction.) Not far from this Legazpi-Urdaneta Monument, is a towering statue of Lapu-

Lapu in Rizal Park, known as the Statue of the Sentinel of Freedom. This towering statue depicts an idealized and fictionalized image of Lapu-Lapu who, according to Philippine historian Ambeth Ocampo, was elderly during the encounter with Magellan at Mactan and would not have had the physique of a “gym-toned warrior”. It seems odd, perhaps, to have memorials to two opposites: one a figure of colonization, the other a “sentinel,” defender of Philippine freedom. And yet this is the complexity of historical memory, which itself represents how messy history can be. Many Filipinos who have spoken on the subject would say that, for better or worse, the Spanish period of colonization left a mark on the Philippines in the realms of religion, language, diet, and culture that define it today. Yet, at the same time, there are genuine attempts to rediscover the pre-Hispanic pasts of the Philippine Islands to reconstruct what was before the arrivals of Magellan and de Legazpi. Returning to recent events in Canada and its own reckoning with its imperial histories, we can note a stark contrast. Canadian society has become, in many ways, torn over the debates surrounding the memorialization of those who were responsible for injustices against Indigenous peoples. To put it another way, there is a growing resistance to celebrating those figures in Canadian history, but in the Philippines, there appears to be an ongoing appetite to remember Spanish colonial figures. A major difference is that Canada remains to this day a settler colony. That is, the colonizers never left and the Indigenous peoples in Canada remain colonized. In the Philippines, though, there is more control over the narrative as the Philippines has its political independence. The Philippines is thus able to memorialize and acknowledge its colonial past while celebrating its long history of colonial resistance with statues like the Sentinel of Freedom. The different ways in which societies remember their past reminds us of how history works. Not only is it complex, but the histories that we tell are edited. Certain elements are included, others are not; events may be over-celebrated, while others diminished in their importance. These decisions really tell us more about the society that is remembering and celebrating more than it does about the figures and events themselves. In my next column, I’ll pursue this thought in relation to the life and memory of José Rizal. Jon Malek received his PhD from Western University and currently teaches history at the University of Manitoba. He is working on a book manuscript on the history of the Winnipeg Filipino community.

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Express Entry and proof of funds The proof of funds continues to be an important part of Express Entry submissions. You need to be aware of the minimum requirements and also the need to update your settlement fund numbers in your Express Entry profile. For existing profiles, the deadline was July 15, 2021, but Express Entry processing is continuing and also the need to provide proof of adequate income, according to changing requirements set down on charts based on family size. You will need to know which processing streams are exempt and which are not, and how to increase the

POLICE... From page 1 Visit the City of Winnipeg web site for information on how to apply. ( h t t p s : / / w w w. w i n n i p e g . ca/shared/mailforms/police/ diversity-recruitment/contact.asp) If you have further questions, contact Community Relations at WPS-communityrelations@ winnipeg.ca or call 204-986-6322. Please send your finished application to WPScommunityrelations@winnipeg. ca WPS Diversity Section The WPS Diversity Section consists of four police officers dedicated to initiating and maintaining positive relationships with all ethno-cultural communities, as well as other under-represented communities, including the LGBTTQ

settlement funds on your profile, as required. Who needs proof of funds? You need proof of funds to meet the minimum requirements for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Federals Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). You do not need to show that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and your family if you are applying under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or if you are authorized to work in Canada, or hold a valid job offer, even if you are applying under FSWP or FSTP. It is important, however, to ensure that you keep

your settlement funds up to date on your profile. You don’t know when the Express Entry selection is being made and do not want to be passed over. How much money do you need? The quick answer is there is never too much money, but there are minimum amounts based on family size. To determine your family size, you must include yourself, your spouse/partner, your children, and your spouse/ partner’s children. The spouse and children are included in this calculation even if they are permanent residents or citizens of Canada are not accompanying you to Canada.

community. WPS officers regularly act as a resource and contacts for diverse groups. They coordinate diversity training, assist with recruitment, conduct presentations, and attend numerous diversity events, celebrations, and ceremonies. Look for them at different events throughout the city and come over to say, “Hi.” If you would like to have

one of the WPS officers give a presentation or attend to one of your events, send an e-mail to wps-communityrelations@ winnipeg.ca The dates and delivery method for this event are subject to change should COVID-19 restrictions prohibit in-person meetings at that time. SOURCE: Winnipeg Police Service

What is acceptable as proof of funds? The funds must be liquid, or readily accessible. In other words, the money cannot be encumbered, owed to another or equity on property holdings. The applicant must use the funds to pay the family costs of living based on family size, if they are accompanying or not. The family funds can include money the couple have in joint accounts or separate accounts. The funds must be available throughout the process, both at time of submission and time of permanent resident issuance. The acceptable proof includes official letters from banks or financial institutions where the money is kept. The letters should be on letterhead, display contact information, and include the name of the account holder and any outstanding debts, such as credit cards. IRCC wants to see the current balance and a sixmonth account history or average balance for this period. When should you update your settlement funds? IRCC updates the funds every year based upon LICO (Low Income Cut Off) numbers, and it is

the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that they match or exceed the stated minimum. If you fail to update your funds, it could affect your eligibility. Make sure that you bring evidence of your settlement funds with you when you arrive in Canada. One caution is to ensure that you honestly disclose all funds. You must inform immigration authorities if you are bringing in more than $10,000 in equivalent Canadian funds or risk being fined, or have these funds seized. The value of funds is important because Canada wants to ensure that newcomers will not become a financial burden on Canada but have sufficient funds to finance their new lives upon landing in Canada. Michael Scott is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC, R525678) who has 30 years of experience with Immigration Canada and the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. He currently works as a licensed consultant with Immigration Connexion International Ltd. Contact him at 204-691-1166 or 204-2270292. E-mail: mscott.ici@gmail. com.



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Children and chi – Feng shui fundamentals for children’s rooms In addition to the life benefits it provides, feng shui also offers a roadmap, so to speak, of not just how to decorate your space, but why, and this is never more important than it is when it comes to decorating your child’s bedroom. Naturally, children must feel safe, secure, and cared for to thrive, and feng shui offers guidelines that help foster those feelings. Feng shui believes that children can enjoy good health, growth, and happiness when the environment supports them. Here are ways to use feng shui in a child’s bedroom is to create a healthy, happy, and positive environment. 1. Put the child’s bed in the command position. Make sure your child can see the door from his or her bed easily but is not in direct line with the door. Position the bed so there is a solid wall behind it and that the bed has a nice, solid headboard. Make sure you child’s bed doesn’t share a wall with a toilet or see a toilet or bathroom from the bed as this can cause health problems. Bunk beds are also not advised. Children need room to grow, and the bed overhead exerts pressure on the child below. Because there is empty space below them, children on the top bunk may feel less secure. This also means that children shouldn’t sleep under sloping ceilings as this can cause depression or insecurities, or health issues like headaches. Avoid pushing a child’s bed into a corner because this can cause energy that creates defensiveness, insecurity, and sometimes, bullying.

What is West Nile virus? West Nile Virus (WNV) is a mosquito borne virus that can cause severe illness including encephalitis (swelling of the brain) and can sometimes result in long term complications and death. The risk of WNV varies from year to year based on precipitation, temperature, mosquito populations and other factors. It only takes a single bite from an infected mosquito to contract WNV. There is no vaccine, cure, or specific treatment for WNV. • Who is at risk? In southern Manitoba, anyone can be exposed to an infected

If possible, try to have a separate bedroom for each child. If this isn’t possible, there are lots of decorative ways to create division and privacy within a room so that each child has their own space. 2. Create relationship harmony and happiness in your child’s bedroom. A photo of the whole family is helpful for creating loving bonds with the child for his or her family. Often, parents have photos of their children in the bedroom, but children don’t have a photo of their parents in their own bedrooms. This is opposite of what feng shui recommends. Parents should not have photos of their children in their bedroom, but children should one of their parents as a way of promoting their feelings of being loved. Having a photo of the parents can often be helpful is the child is misbehaving as it subtly exerts the authority of the parents. 3. Make the decor balanced to encourage a balanced child. Remember to feng shui focus on a balance when decorating your child’s bedroom. That means there should be a harmony of decorative elements and colours in the decor. A bedroom that has a strong element, such as water, fire, or wood (jungle scenes), can all create imbalances of energies, and that could create difficulties for your child. For instance, a blue bedroom with beach or ocean murals will exert too much water energy and that can create an unhealthy environment and may even lead to respiratory ailments. This

Culex tarsalis mosquito from June to September. The highest risk period occurs when the infected mosquito populations are greatest, typically from mid-July through the end of August. Individuals spending time outdoors at work (ex: construction, farming, etc.), or recreationally (ex: gardening, golfing, at the cottage) are at greater risk of exposure. • What are the symptoms? While some people who get WNV show no symptoms and do not become ill, others may show mild symptoms such as headache, fever, fatigue, and body aches. Severe illness has occurred in all age groups. However,

is especially important if the child has any health problems, particularly asthma or breathing problems. Strong red or primary colours may also be overly stimulating. Too many bright colours can prevent deep sleep and that can affect the child’s health, such as their growth, and influence their behavior. A restful, neutral bedroom with coloured accents is one way to ensure the bedroom is wellbalanced for study, play, and rest. 4. Avoid dark environments and choose light-filled rooms. A room should inspire and intrigue a child to learn and promote his or her sense of imagination and creativity. Select decorative items and symbols that create curiosity, such as a globe or solar system mobile. Avoid large clocks, ferocious or scary animals, and instead choose images of role models such as Olympic athletes, writers, maps, or sports your child is interested in. Ensure there is plenty of lighting, especially natural light. Add lighting for the desk and bedside table but do be sure that windows can be closed off for privacy. 5. Create a space for study and accomplishments. Having a dedicated space, including a desk and lamp where your child can study, demonstrates the importance of education, encourages your child’s educational achievement, and builds their esteem. To encourage academic progress, create a reading or study corner in the northeast, or

severe illness has occurred more commonly in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Recovery from these severe symptoms can take months or years. See your doctor promptly if you develop any of these severe WNV symptoms. • Severe headache • High fever • Mental confusion • Muscle weakness • Coma • Paralysis • What can I do to protect myself? There is no vaccine, cure, or specific treatment for WNV.

education, corner of the bedroom. If space is tight, add artwork that encourages education. Try to position the desk so that your child can see the door. To build up confidence, add a wall that lets them see their accomplishments. Display drawings, crafts, awards, trophies, ribbons, or other special items, such as tests with good scores or letters from teachers. Place items here that have brought special recognition. Doing so reinforces that you are proud of your child’s efforts and builds up their personal positivity. 6. Clear clutter so your child can rest and be creative. Cluttered rooms can create unhappy kids. Creating space and visual openness helps your child to feel less pressured, and more likely to be imaginative and creative. More is definitely not more when it comes to kids. Shelves or closets that are stuffed full of knickknacks, toys and items can exert excess pressure. Give your child some open, clear space that

gives them a visual rest in their bedroom. This will help them relax, rest more fully and feel more contented. 7. Avoid electronics in a child’s bedroom. A child’s bedroom should be a place of rest. With so many electronics, such as TVs, computers, and tablets or phones available in our age of technology, it’s important that children have a break from all of this with a space that is technology-free. This is helpful for children so they can fully disconnect in the bedroom and be more rested. Kathryn Weber has over 20+ years of feng shui study, practice, and professional consultation. Her witty, no-nonsense style appeals to audiences, making her a popular speaker and radio show guest. She is often called on by media to explain feng shui in down-to-earth terms, and has been featured in Seventeen, First for Women, Faces, Conceive, Martial Arts Professional, and Natural Health magazines, and on websites around the world.

Prevention is the first line of defence against WNV. • Apply an appropriate insect repellent when outdoors and follow the instructions on the label. • Wear light coloured, loosefitting clothing with long sleeves and pant legs while outdoors. • Reduce time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn. • Make sure your doors and window screens fit tightly and are free of holes. • Reduce the mosquito habitat around your home by regularly cleaning and emptying water holding containers such as bird baths, wading pools, children’s toys, eavestroughs, tarp covers and plant trays. • Ensure that rain barrels are covered with a fine screen and tightly sealed around the downspout. • Clean your yard of old tires, empty flowerpots, buckets, and

any other debris where water collects. • Keep grass mowed and vegetation trimmed around high use areas (ex: doorways & seating areas). As of May 2013, Health Canada has approved the following active ingredients to be safe and effective mosquito repellents: • DEET (no more than 30% strength) • Icaridin (Picaridin) • Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (p-methane-3, 8 diol) • Soybean Oil Always follow the instructions on the label; application rates may vary by age. For WNV health concerns, contact your doctor or call: Health Links - Info Santé 204-788-8200 (Winnipeg) or toll-free 1-888-315-9257 Source: Manitoba Government


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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Kidney stones and calcium DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have trouble with kidney stones and recently found out they are calcium oxalate stones. While I have stopped consuming all dairy products, I know that I need calcium as I age for bone health. Would adding in almond milk or another type of plant milk help? How do I take care of both my kidneys and bones? ANSWER: It sounds like your concern about milk and other dairy products is that their calcium may spur the development of more kidney stones. But people who’ve had calcium oxalate kidney stones need a certain amount of calcium in their diets. Although almond milk and other plant-based milks, such as soy milk, contain calcium, they also contain oxalate. People with a history of calcium oxalate stones often are cautioned to avoid oxalate-rich foods. Cow’s milk doesn’t have oxalate, but it has the calcium and many other beneficial nutrients that you need, so it is a good choice for you. Kidney stones made of calcium oxalate form when urine contains more of these substances than the fluid in the urine can dilute. When that happens, the calcium and oxalate form crystals. At the same time, the urine may lack citrate, a substance that

prevent the crystals from sticking together, creating an ideal environment for kidney stones to form. It may seem to make sense that when calcium and oxalate make up the kidney stones that avoiding both should help. But calcium is a critical part of your diet. Your body needs it not only to keep your bones healthy, but also to regulate your blood pressure and aid in muscle function. Oxalate is a naturally occurring substance found in many foods. Some fruits and vegetables, as well as nuts and chocolate, have high oxalate levels. Your liver also produces oxalate. A key for preventing growth of calcium oxalate stones is to get the right amount of calcium: 1,200 milligrams daily. If you have calcium-rich foods or beverages at each meal, you lower the amount of oxalate absorbed into your bloodstream, reducing your risk of new kidney stones. For the best stone prevention, calcium should come from food. When you consider good sources of calcium, dairy products are high on the list. Check the Nutrition Facts label to find out how much calcium is in these and other beverages and foods. But if you are not consuming milk or yogurt at meals, talk to your health care provider about

calcium supplements or pills. In addition to getting the right amount of calcium, you can make other important changes to reduce your risk of calcium oxalate kidney stones. It’s important to drink plenty of water and other fluids. Drink about 8 to 10 ounces of liquid each hour you’re awake or at least 2 liters per day. The easiest way to know whether you’re drinking enough fluids is to look at your urine. It should be almost clear. Another important change is to reduce your sodium intake. Excess dietary sodium leads to higher calcium levels in urine, increasing the risk of all calciumbased kidney stones. Aim for less than 2,000 milligrams of sodium

per day. Read labels to know how much sodium is in the foods you eat and drink. You also may need to cut down on foods rich in oxalate. Unfortunately, oxalate content is not listed on food labels. The highest amounts of oxalate are found in certain fruits, vegetables, and other plant foods, such as beans, nuts, and bran cereals or breads. Meats, eggs, dairy products, white rice, and pasta are generally low in oxalate. If your health care provider recommends that you limit oxalate-rich foods, consider meeting with a dietitian to evaluate your diet. Sugar and fat can raise the risk of developing kidney stones, so limiting these in your diet also

What to do if you have any Covid-19 symptoms Anyone who develops symptoms of Covid-19 should self-isolate and visit www. manitoba.ca/covid19/ to use the online screening tool, or call Health Links–Info Santé at 204788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888315-9257 for health guidance on how to seek testing.

Symptoms may include: • Cough • Headache • Fever/ chills • Muscle aches • Sore throat/ hoarse voice • Shortness of breath/ breathing difficulties • Loss of taste or smell

• Vomiting, or diarrhea for more than 24 hours • Poor feeding if an infant • Runny nose • Fatigue • Nausea or loss of appetite • Conjunctivitis (pink eye) • Skin rash of unknown cause

While many people will develop only mild symptoms, some groups appear to be more vulnerable to COVID-19. Those at higher risk typically develop more serious, even fatal, symptoms such as pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome and kidney failure.

will help. Finally, too much meat, chicken or fish can increase the likelihood of kidney stones. Limit these foods to no more than 3 ounces at your midday meal and 3 ounces at your evening meal. For more information on diet changes that can lower your risk for kidney stones, talk to your health care provider or a dietitian. He or she can guide your dietary choices to reduce your risk of stones while still getting the nutrition you need. — Katherine Zeratsky, R.D.N., Endocrinology/ Nutrition, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota Courtesy: Mayo Clinic News Network

High risk groups include those: • 60 years of age and older • living with chronic health conditions (e.g. diabetes, heart, renal or chronic lung conditions) • with weakened immune systems (e.g. cancer) Symptoms of COVID-19 or other coronaviruses may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the virus.



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Jim Agapito on recovering his cultural roots by Lucille Nolasco Garrido Editor’s note: Jim Agapito hosts Recovering Filipino, which airs nationally Mondays at 11:30 a.m. on CBC Radio One, 990 AM and 89.3 FM in Winnipeg. The following is an interview conducted by Lucille Nolasco (PE) with Jim Agapito (JA) Having a bit of crisis with your cultural identity? You are not alone. Filipino-Canadian writer and filmmaker Jim Agapito is on a quest to redeem himself and take back what he seems to have lost, with the help of family. This is his story. PE: Tell us about your childhood. Did you grow up in a typical Filipino family? JA: I would say yes – “kinda” – in a sense that my mom and lola (she lived with us until I was 15) followed many traditions. However, being the rebellious child that I was, I pretty much didn’t follow them as a teen. I know it bothered the family as I didn’t eat much of the Filipino food they cooked, and I wasn’t the most “churchy” person. Mom and Lola still loved me, but I know it bothered them. I’m sorry again fam. PE: What language did you use mostly at home? JA: We spoke a combination of Tagalog and English. Truth be told it was mostly English. I would respond in English when they’d speak to me in Tagalog. I’d also confuse a lot of Tagalog words and they’d just have to speak to me in English. PE: Did you like eating Filipino food? Your favourite? Least favourite? JA: No! I don’t eat a lot of Filipino food because of seafood allergies! However, I love almost all desserts and lumpia is my favourite! Least favourite is anything with seafood and dinuguan. PE: Have you experienced being or feeling “different” in school, because of your being a Filipino? What did you do about it? JA: It depends. I went to a private catholic school from kindergarten to Grade 8. A majority of my classmates were Filipino. However, when I went to a private high school for some time, I experienced it. There was a class war. I come from an immigrant family that worked hard to come to Canada and give a better future for their

children. (I was born in Canada). So, classmates didn’t have an idea how hard my family worked to provide for us because they came from very privileged, white families. But it also didn’t come with my struggle with my Filipino peers. Although I loved hip-hop, R&B and pop, I gravitated toward heavier music such as rock, metal and punk. (Thanks Tito Bong). Other Filipino kids couldn’t get it and I was ostracized by them. It made me different and a black sheep, which probably removed me from some of my Filipino friends growing up. Bbut we’re all friends now. PE: Have you ever felt ashamed of being Filipino? JA: I wouldn’t call it being ashamed, but I didn’t want to be labelled as different. When I was a young punk rocker going to concerts as the only Filipino attending, I wore it as a badge of honour. Why? Because no one cared. It was just about the music. However, when it came to my professional life, I was tokenized as the “Asian Filmmaker.” That bothered me. I wanted to be known as the awesome filmmaker that happened to be Filipino. I was ashamed that people couldn’t see past my race rather than my skill as a storyteller. PE: Your show is entitled Recovering Filipino. What exactly did you lose that you want to recover? When and how did this realization happen? JA: This all started a couple of years ago when my lola, who was headed home to the Philippines, called me a bad Filipino. She pointed out that I’m not fluent in Tagalog and that I don’t know much about our culture. That hurt. I’ve always been kind of the “black sheep” in my family, but I had no idea my lola felt that way about me. So, I decided to do something about it and recover my Filipino identity. Hence the show’s title: Recovering Filipino. There’s also another reason behind the name, but I would rather have listeners learn what that is, by listening to the show. PE:What do you like best about being a Filipino? JA: Everything. PE: What traits or abilities do you think are uniquely Filipino? JA: - Our love for the three B’s of Filipino culture - boxing, basketball and beauty pageants. How we embrace superstitions and religion

- How we always give visitors food to take home - How we love sweet food and sugar (Why we love sweet spaghetti) - How we constantly gain new family at parties - How we love karaoke and it’s a competition PE: Do you have a “Proud to be Pinoy” moment you can share with us? JA: The moment my mom said I could teach the younger Filipinos about our culture and traditions throughout this show. That was amazing. That completely validates what I’m trying to do with this show. But I still need Lola’s approval! PE: What do you wish to accomplish with the Recovering Filipino show? JA: Like me, I know many second-generation Canadians who are also mystified by many of our traditions and who haven’t asked their parents about them, or their parents can’t explain them. Since the podcast launched a few weeks ago, we’ve heard from many young and not-so-young Filipinos who’ve said they can relate to the questions I’ve been asking and who’ve thanked me for asking them. There’s this real thirst for second-generation kids like me to better understand where my family came from. It’s like I say at the start of every episode, there are about 10.2 million Filipinos living outside the Philippines. So, if you aren’t Filipino yourself, you’re likely Filipino adjacent. So, while this show might be about recovering my Filipino identity, I think nonFilipino listeners will learn about their Filipino neighbours. But I hope it also pushes them to ask questions about their own cultural identities. Also, it’s just a really fun show, and my mom’s laugh is guaranteed to put a smile on your face! PE: Anything else you’d like to share with our readers? JA: I want people to have fun with the listening experience. I’m hoping that these stories will make other second-generation Filipinos want to learn more about the culture. Recovering Filipino airs nationally Mondays at 11:30 a.m. on CBC Radio One, 990 AM and 89.3 FM in Winnipeg. Episodes are also available any time on CBC Listen, Apple podcasts, Google podcasts and anywhere you find your favourite podcasts.

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Malayo pa ang eleksiyon pero may sarili nang kampanya ang partido ng Aldub Nation. Nagpatrending sila sa pagboboykot sa bagong serye ni Alden Richards na ang katambal ay si Jasmine Curtis-Smith. Hindi raw nila tatangkilikin ang palabas, serye raw ng kabilang istasyon ang kanilang tututukan, nagmamalaki sila na kapag hindi nila susuportahan ang bagong serye ng Pambansang Bae ay malalaglag iyon sa rating. Hindi kami naiinis sa ibang miyembro ng Aldub Nation na sarado pa rin ang utak hanggang ngayon, awang-awa kami sa kanila, dahil 2021 na ngayon pero ang isip nila ay nakapako pa rin sa

2015 nang mabuo ang tambalan nina Alden at Maine Mendoza. Hindi pa rin sila sumusuko na ang AlDub ang magkakatuluyan, hindi pa rin sila bumibitiw sa paniniwala na nagkaroon ng anak ang kanilang mga idolo, samantalang kahit sanggol na manyika naman ay wala silang mailabas na ebidensiya. Kunsabagay, nagmimistulang komedyante na lang ngayon ang mga bulag na miyembro ng Aldub Nation, katatawanan na lang sila para sa publiko dahil wala namang positibong nangyayari sa kanilang pagboboykot. Bilyon pa nga ang kinita ng pelikula ni Alden na hindi si See CRISTY p13

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• Serye nina Alden Richards at Jasmine Curtis-Smith – Boboykotin ng AlDub Nation • Sharon Cuneta –Binulabog ang publiko • Magkakapatid na Yllana – Nasa kangkungan ang imahe ngayon • Bea Alonzo – Pumirma na ng kontrata sa Kapuso • Mga artistang lumipat sa GMA 7 – Ingrata? • Bea Alonzo at Dominic Roque – Magkasama sa US • Angel Locsin – Nanatili ang katapatan sa ABS CBN • Aljur Abrenica at Kylie Padilla – kumpirmadong hiwalay na • Jinkee Pacquiao – Tatakbong mayor ng Makati? • Nora Aunor – Palipat-lipat ng bahay • Raffy Tulfo –Apat na palapag ang ipinatatayong bahay • BB Gandanghari – Maayos na ang relasyon sa pamilya • Sen. Bong Revilla – Absuwelto na sa kasong graft and corruption

Angel Locsin

Jasmine Curtis-Smith & Alden Richards

Jinkee Pacquiao

Dominic Roque & Bea Alonzo

Sharon Cuneta Nora Aunor

Anjo & Jomari Yllana

Raffy Tulfo & wife, Congresswoman Jocelyn BB Gandanghari

Kylie Padilla, Robin Padilla & Aljur Abrenica

Sen. Bong Revilla

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Bea Alonzo finds new home in GMA Network It’s official! Awardwinning actress Bea Alonzo embarks on a new chapter in her career as she joined GMA Network, July 1. Bea was welcomed in full force by GMA executives via Zoom, video messages and their presence at the Garden Ballroom of Edsa Shangri-La Hotel. Bea’s manager Shirley Kuan was also present via Zoom for the momentous occasion. Bea thanks GMA for the warm welcome and hopes to cater to the Filipino audience’s desire for entertainment like no other, especially in a trying time like this. “Thank you for putting in the hard work to be able to create this beautiful event for me as a welcome. Thank you for making me feel special today. As you all know, this is one of the biggest decisions See BEA p13

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GMA Network presents The World Between Us GMA Network delights viewers with the enthralling tale of romance between two individuals whose love has always been opposed by forces and how fate always brings them back together in the much-awaited primetime

series, The World Between Us, premiering July 5. Three of the country’s most in-demand and highlytalented actors headline this drama series: Alden Richards takes on the remarkable role of Louie Asuncion, the intelligent

orphan who has a penchant for inventing gadgets and who will work his way up to prove that he is worthy of Lia’s love; Jasmine Curtis-Smith will charm audiences with her mesmerizing portrayal of See GMA p13

Tom Rodriguez , Jasmine Curtis-Smith & Alden Richards

Bea Alonzo

Star-studded lineup of shows for the Kapuso abroad this July! GMA Network, through international channels GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, and GMA News TV, welcomes the second half of the year with exciting shows. Kicking off this month’s programming is the muchawaited drama The World Between Us bannered by Alden Richards, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, and Tom Rodriguez. Meanwhile, a star will land on the Kapuso flagship international channel this July 18 as it airs Sarah Geronimo’s Tala: The Film Concert. Sarah Geronimo’s pop digital concert presents a different kind of musical experience that GMA Pinoy TV viewers should definitely not miss!

Sarah Geronimo Catch on July 21 the prequel of the well-loved sitcom dubbed, Pepito Manaloto: Ang Unang Kuwento led by Sef Cadayona and Mikee Quintos, who will play the younger versions of Pepito (Michael V) and Elsa (Manilyn Reynes), respectively.

They will also be joined by new Kapuso artists Pokwang and Kokoy de Santos, together with Gladys Reyes, Archie Alemania, Denise Barbacena, Kristoffer Martin, Jay Arcilla, and EA Guzman. See STAR p13

GMA Network’s FLEX premiers July 4 Get ready for more zestful and youthful TV viewing as GMA Network redefines what it means to be young via its newest Gen Z comedygag-variety show, FLEX, premiering on July 4. The show is led by the Network’s promising and talented stars - Mavy Legaspi, Lexi Gonzales, Joaquin Domagoso, and Althea Ablan - dubbed as the FLEX Leaders. Mavy shares what FLEX is all about and what they ought to offer viewers, “We have to bring our uniqueness, See FLEX p13

Mavy Legaspi

Lexi Gonzales

Joaquin Domagoso

Althea Ablan

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BEA... From page 12 I’ve ever had to make in my life. And if there is anything that I have learned during the pandemic, it is that life is short and that we only live once. And we have to seize every moment, we have to seize opportunities and we have to be able to embrace change. Ngayon pa lang, nagpapasalamat na po ako sa aking GMA bosses for opening new doors for me. I am beyond excited that today I can finally say I am officially a Kapuso. To new beginnings.” Bea is set to headline the Philippine adaptation of the hit Korean film A Moment to Remember with Alden Richards. Aside from this, she will star in an upcoming primetime series on GMA.

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Lia Libradilla, the lovable and compassionate youngest member of the affluent Libradilla family who will fall for Louie despite their differences; and Tom Rodriguez in his most offbeat role yet as Brian Libradilla, the stubborn and bullheaded eldest heir of the Libradilla family who never sees Louie as his equal and disapproves of his affection for Lia. Alden, who at first felt apprehensive to take on the role of Louie, admits that his character’s depth prompted him to accept the project, “When we started reading the script, iba ‘yung binabasa mo na siya from naririnig mo lang ‘yung kuwento. That started the fire within me to create this character na very relatable. With the cast, the story, the director, I think this is going to be one of my best teleseryes in five years.” Jasmine, in turn, reveals what is the secret behind her undeniable on-screen chemistry with Alden, “Pareho kaming in love sa characters namin and sa story nilang dalawa so that makes the chemistry so much easier kasi ramdam mo ‘yung kilig ng character mo. We’ve done projects before and although short period lang ‘yun, it was still enough to build a good foundation. I’m grateful kasi it’s been so fun and easy to work with Alden. Meanwhile, Tom shares how he resonates with the complexity of his character, “At first glance, it may seem like mahirap makarelate kay Brian. But as I read the script even more, one thing became so clear – that he’s a wounded person. Having been wounded myself in my life, maybe not to the same extent that he has, mas na-curious ako what makes him that way. I realized that he’s only hungry for love and affection.” Playing equally vital roles are two of the country’s finest dramatic actresses Dina Bonnevie and Jaclyn Jose. Making this series even grander is the glittering roster of cast including Sid Lucero, Kelley Day, Yana Asistio,


Jericho Arceo, Donn Boco, and Glydel Mercado. Witness the enthralling love story of Louie and Lia in The World Between Us - directed by Dominic Zapata and A.D. Aya Topacio.

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On July 26, GMA Pinoy TV is set to debut the breakthrough drama series Legal Wives, starring Dennis Trillo as Ismael, a Maranaw Muslim royalty who has three wives portrayed by talented actresses Alice Dixson, Bianca Umali, and Andrea Torres. Also launching on July 26 is Stories from the Heart – a series that features two unusual love stories and how social media affects the relationship of the two people involved. Its first installment Never Say Goodbye is led by Jak Roberto, Klea Pineda, and Lauren Young. In addition to these exciting new programs, viewers from all over the world can continue watching their well-loved Kapuso programs such as Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho,24 Oras, Eat Bulaga,Wowowin, All-Out Sundays, Tadhana, Global Pinoy Unlimited, Becoming Pinoy, Pinoy A+, and co-production “Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika.” GMA Life TV gives a vibrant mix of fun and drama for the Kapuso abroad this July with FLEX (July 5) and The Stepdaughters (July 26). FLEX is a comedy-gagvariety show headlined by some of the Kapuso Network’s most promising young stars: Mavy Legaspi, Lexi Gonzales, Joaquin Domagoso, and Althea Ablan. It will feature Gen Z artists each week who will do musical performances, gags, sketches, and talent competitions. The Stepdaughters, starring Megan Young and Katrina Halili, is about two beautiful and intelligent women with different personalities. Every weekend on GMA Life TV, Drew Arellano’s Biyahe Ni Drew and Kara David’s Pinas Sarap will bring the Kapuso abroad to different Philippine destinations and showcase delectable Pinoy dishes with the Staycation Weekend Specials: New Normal Food and Travel Hits.

FLEX... From page 11 that’s what I’m really excited about and what I’m about to bring to the table. FLEX is all about showing your true colours, it doesn’t matter where you’re from or what your talent is. Whatever you have, i-FLEX mo ‘yan. That’s basically the whole concept of the show.” Lexi, on the other hand, expresses her utmost gratitude for being part of the show, “I’m beyond grateful because good things happened even though nagkaroon ng pandemic and

one of the biggest blessings I received is FLEX. This is my first time being a host and doing new things in a show. I’m really excited, grateful, and just happy.” Joaquin, in turn, reveals the camaraderie that has blossomed among the cast, “Everybody does well together, nage-enjoy kaming lahat. Wala pong clashing of personalities. Parang family na kami.” In the spirit of the show’s title, Althea reveals who she wishes to ‘FLEX’ or showcase, “Ang ife-FLEX ko ‘yung parents ko kasi they’re very supportive of me and lagi silang nandiyan kapag kailangan ko sila. I’m very thankful na may parents ako na kagaya nila.” FLEX features the country’s rising Gen Z stars ‘flexing’ their skills in musical performances, gags and sketches, talent competitions, and games. Through music, dance, and laughter, FLEX showcases the collective exuberance of young people who are guilt-free to be themselves, embodying their contemporary lifestyle and positive attitude thus encouraging viewers – from all age groups – to bring out their youthful and authentic selves. Together with the FLEX Leaders, the show also features eight other Gen Z artists each week. Kapuso stars Will Ashley, Elijah Alejo, Ysabel Ortega, Allen Ansay, Jamir Zabarte, Dani Porter, Dave Duque, and Kim De Leon will join the FLEX Leaders in the pilot month. The fun and celebration continue as fans of the show can also interact with their idols and become a ‘Flexer’ by joining the official nationwide fan club of the group called FLEX Squad. Celebrate the youth in you on ‘FLEX’ - directed by Treb Monteras – beginning July 4. Viewers abroad can also catch the show beginning July 5 on GMA Life TV.

CRISTY... From page 10 Maine ang kaniyang katambal, napakataas ng rating ng mga palabas niya sa GMA-7, kaya may dating pa ba naman ang mga pananakot na pinalulutang nila ngayon? Maghanda na ang Aldub Nation sa hindi panonood ng seryeng The World Between Us. Habang nakatutok ang buong bayan sa magandang seryeng ito ay sabayan na iyon ng paglalaba at pamamalantsa ng Aldub Nation, para maging masaya sila, para magkaroon ng saysay ang kanilang kampanya. Handang-handa na ang ating mga kababayan para tumutok sa isang kakaibang serye nina Alden at Jasmine. S a teaser pa lang ay kumakaway na ang kanilang mga eksena para matikman ng publiko ang ganda ng kanilang tambalan. *** Nambulabog si Sharon Cuneta nang ilabas ang trailer ng kaniyang pelikulang Revirginized katambal si Marco Gumabao.

Lihis na lihis kasi ang ginampanan niyang role sa pelikula. Ang dating Megastar na napapanood nating simple lang at palagi pa ngang kinakawawa at gumaganti na lang sa bandang huli ay hindi makikita sa bago niyang pelikula. Sa poster pa nga lang ng Revirginized ay nabulabog na ang publiko, trending iyon, dahil ipinakita ang Megastar na litaw ang mga dibdib. Isang kilalang direktor ang nag-text sa amin, “Grabe ang dating ng movie, ibang-ibang Sharon Cuneta ang bubulaga sa screen! Nagmumura siya at mayroon pa siyang binitiwang linya na never niyang ginawa sa buong career niya! “At ibang klase ang director, magaling si Daryl Yap, bagong utak, bagong atake, marami siyang pagpapahingahing direktor!” reaksiyon ng aming kausap. Tama ang sinabi noon ni Sharon na kakaiba ang Revirginized matinding hamon ang tinanggap niya, hinubad niya ang dating imaheng mayroon siya dahil sa proyektong ito. Siguradong maba-bash siya nang husto, mayroon na namang mga kuwentong lalabas na malayo naman sa katotohanan, pero nambulabog na ang pelikula sa trailer pa lang nito. Nasa Amerika pa si Sharon, marami pa siyang inaasikaso doon bago siya umuwi, pero siguradong nakarating na sa kaniya ang pagkawindang ng ating mga kababayan sa bago niyang pelikula. Isang kaibigan namin ang nagkumpara kay Sharon sa sikat na banyagang aktres na si Meryl Streep sa pelikulang It’s Complicated. “Hindi namin palalampasin ang movie na ito, sobrang daring ng mga eksena at dialogues niya, isang bagong Sharon Cuneta ito!” komento pa ng aming kaibigan. *** Inaalat ngayon ang magkakapatid na Yllana. Nasa kangkungan ang kanilang imahe ngayon dahil sa pag-aalburoto ng mga dati nilang karelasyon. Si Jackie Manzano na kung anu-anong paghusga ang ibinabato laban kay Anjo Yllana. Si Joy Reyes na sangdamakmak na reklamo naman ang ipino-post laban kay Jomari. Sa gitna ng kaguluhang ito ay may hinanahap ang publiko. Ang pagsasalita rin laban kay Jomari ni Aiko Melendez dahil sa kanilang anak na si Andrei. Pero wala tayong nauulinigan, hindi nagpo-post ng anumang paninira ang magandang aktres laban sa ama ng kaniyang anak, marami siyang gustong sabihin pero guwardiyado ni Aiko ang kaniyang dila. Napakaganda ng kaniyang prinsipyo sa buhay. Balibaligtarin man natin ang mundo, magputukan man ang lahat ng bulkan, ay mananatiling ama ng kaniyang anak si Jomari. Tama ang kaniyang katwiran na kapag naglabas siya ng mga bagay-bagay na makasisira kay Jomari ay damay ang kaniyang anak. Apelyido ni Jom ang

PAGE 13 dinadala ni Andrei, anumang kapintasan ng ama ay natural lang na damay rin ang anak, kaya hindi siya nakikisali sa mga ginagawa ng ibang babae laban kay Jom. Napakagandang prinsipyo. Iba talaga ang pusong nasasaktan din at umaaray pero inilalagay sa tamang lugar ang emosyon. At puwede rin nating sabihin na iba ang disiplina at ugali ng taong edukado. Mahirap magpalaki ng anak nang mag-isa lang, dumaan si Aiko Melendez sa ganoong sitwasyon, pero sa pagtatapos sa kolehiyo ni Andrei ay hindi niya inaangkin nang mag-isa ang kredito. Nag-iimbita ng pagrespeto ang ugali ni Aiko Melendez. Sabi nga ng mga kababayan natin, maganda na ang aktres ay maganda pa ang kaniyang puso, na totoong-totoo naman. *** Pinagtatawanan na lang siguro ngayon ni Bea Alonzo ang panunumbat sa kaniya ng mga dati niyang kasamahan sa ABS-CBN. Ang mga komento ng mga bashers at trolls ay hindi maiiwasan. Humingal man si Bea sa kapapaliwanag na hindi naman siya basta-basta kumabilangbakod ay hindi pa rin naman iyon pakikinggan ng mga taong ayaw talaga sa kaniya. Sarado na ang isip ng mga ganoon, parang kabayong may tapa ojo, kaya magsisigaw man siya sa maghapon at magdamag sa pagsagot ay wala ring mangyayari. Hindi man inaamin ng aktres ay may bigat para sa kaniya ang ipino-post na emosyon ng kaniyang mga dating kasamahan sa ABS-CBN. Ganoon naman talaga, saktan na tayo ng ibang hindi natin kilala, huwag lang ng mga taong nakasama natin nang mahabang panahon sa trabaho. Bakit kaya hindi naman mag-isyu ng paliwanag ang network tungkol sa paglipat ni Bea sa GMA-7, iyon ang makapagbibigay ng linaw sa kontrobersiya, dahil kapag sila na ang nagsalita ay wala nang kuwento ng kawalan ng utang na loob at pagiging ingrata ng dalaga. Sabi ng aming source, “Malinaw ang ginawa ni Bea at ng manger niyang si Shirley Kwan, nakipag-usap sila sa mga executives ng ABS-CBN. Naintindihan ng mga kausap nila ang sitwason. “Nasaan ngayon ang problema? Mayroon bang kabastusang ginawa si Bea at ang manager niya? Nasaan ang kaingratahan doon, e, nagpaalam nga sila?” madiing kuwento ng aming source. Noong pumirma ng kontrata si Bea sa GMA-7 ay wala rin siyang sinaktan-sinagasaan. Hindi siya nagbitiw ng salitang makasasakit sa damdamin ng mga taga-ABSCBN. Hindi niya sinabing kabilang na siya ngayon sa number one network, walang ganoon, ang sinabi lang niya ay excited na siyang makatrabaho ang mga Kapuso stars. See CRISTY p14


CRISTY... From page 13 Ganoon ang taong nasa ulo ang utak at wala sa talampakan. Kontrolado niya ang kaniyang dila, siya ang reyna ng kaniyang emosyon, iniiwasan niyang may sugat na dumugo dahil sa kaniyang mga salita. Sa dulo ng kuwento ng paglipat ni Bea Alonzo sa GMA7 ay siya lang ang responsable sa anumang magaganap sa kaniyang karera sa nilundagan niyang istasyon. Para tayong mga pintor. Tayo ang gumuguhit ng ating kapalaran. Tayo ang may hawak ng paintbrush. Anuman ang mangyari ay huwag tayong magtuturo ng ibang tao kung sakali mang hindi maging maganda ang resulta ng ating pangarap. *** Lalahatin na namin. Basta kumabilang-bakod sa GMA7 ang artista ng ABS-CBN ay siguradong pakakainin siya ng ampalaya ng mga bashers at maging ng mga dati niyang katrabaho sa inalisan niyang istasyon. Tatawagin siyang walang utang na loob, ingrata at manggagamit. Kahit pa maliwanag namang humingi ng basbas sa mga ehekutibo ng ABS-CBN ang nagdesisyong lumipat ay negang-nega pa rin ang kaniyang dating. Katwiran ng mga bumibira ay ingrata ang lumipat pagkatapos siyang pasikatin at payamanin ng network na tinanggalan ng prangkisa. Palaging ganoon. Iisa lang ang script. Walang kalaban-laban ang inuupakang personalidad. Isa lang ang puwedeng dapat gawin para maiwasan ang mga pagbibintang na walang utang na loob, ingrata at manggagamit ang artistang lumilipat sa ibang bakuran. Dapat bigyan ng clearance ng network ang mga artista nilang lumilipat sa ibang


istasyon. Kumbaga sa mga estudyante ay kailangan nilang magbigay ng honorable dismissal para makalipat ang mag-aaral sa ibang eskuwelahan. Sina Bea Alonzo, John Lloyd Cruz, Pokwang at iba pang mga artistang nasa bakuran na ng GMA-7 ngayon. Lahat sila ay inuupakan sa social media, pati mga dati nilang katrabaho sa Dos ay nag-post din ng hindi kagandahan, pinakain sila ng mga salitang mahirap lunukin. Kasi nga ay hindi naman nila alam ang prosesong pinagdaanan ng mga artista bago sila pumirma ng kontrata sa kabilang network. Kung may clearance sila mula sa ABS-CBN ay wala nang bibira sa kanila dahil malinaw na nakasulat doon na nagkaroon ng respeto ang mga artista sa pagpapaalam sa mga ehekutibo. At pinayagan naman nila. Tapos! *** Tawa kami nang tawa habang nakikinig sa kuwento ng isang kaibigan naming matagal nang naninirahan-nagtatrabaho sa Los Angeles, California. Nakita raw kasi nilang magkapatid sa isang pamosong grocery store si Bea Alonzo. Naka-black jacket daw ang magandang aktres at ang kasama niya namang guy ay black jacket din ang suot at naka-cap. Alam na namin kung sino ang kasama ni Bea, pero pinabayaan muna naming magkuwento ang nasa kabilang linya. Aliw na aliw kami sa kuwento. Sabi ng aiming kaibigan, “Napakaganda talaga ni Bea Alonzo kahit wala siyang makeup! Sobrang ganda niya! Nakatabi namin siya sa grocery, ngumiti pa nga siya. Nice siya! “May guy siyang kasama, pero hindi masyadong dumidikit sa kaniya. Pero alam mong magkasama sila, dahil kung hindi, ano iyon, stalker ang guy na sumusunod-sunod sa kaniya?” unang kuwento ng aming kausap. Nang tanugin namin ito kung sino ang kasama ni Bea,

pamilyar ba sa kaniya ang itsura ng lalaki, artista ba ito? Dito na kami malapit tumambling, ang kaniyang sabi, “Guwapo naman ang guy na may angle na parang si Alden Richards. Pero hindi si Alden, e! Dahil kung si Alden iyon, makikipag-selfie kami! “Maraming kamukha ang guy, pero hindi namin siya kilala, baka pinsan siya ni Bea at nagpasama lang siya!” napakadiing sabi ng aming kaibigan. Noong sabihin namin sa kaniya na ang lalaking sumusunodsunod kay Bea ay si Dominic Roque, ang napapabalitang ayaw amining boyfriend ni Bea, ay ito ang kasunod na tanong ng aming kausap, “Sino iyon?” *** Sa lahat ng mga personalidad ng ABS-CBN na nagbigay ng komento tungkol sa pag-alala nila sa anibersaryo ng pinakamadilim na yugto ng network ay itinatangi namin ang naging pahayag ni Angel Locsin. Kung noong mismong ipasarado ang istasyon ay pinupog siya ng mga bashers dahil sa mga litanya niyang punumpuno ng galit, sa pagbabalik-tanaw niya sa unang anibersaryo ng kawalan ng prangkisa ng ABS-CBN ay nahimasmasan na si Angel, mababa na ang kaniyang tono. Ganoon naman talaga, nadadaig lang tayo ng emosyon sa una, pero sa paglipas ng mga panahon ay pumapasok na ang pagtanggap kasunod ang analisasyon sa naganap. Maging ang pagtanggap niya sa paglipat ng network ng kaniyang mga kasamahan sa ABS-CBN ay tanggap din niya. wala siyang sinabing anumang parinig tungkol sa kawalan ng utang na loob at kawalan ng loyalty sa kanilang istasyon. Inilagay ni Angel ang kaniyang sarili sa sapatos ng kaniyang mga kapwa artistang nangangailangan ng trabaho para makaraos sa buhay. Wala siyang parinig, inunawa niya ang senaryo, napakasarap pakinggan. Nanatili ang katapatan ni Angel sa ABS-CBN. Tama siya sa kaniyang opinyon na hindi iniiwan ang sinuman sa panahon ng paghihirap at sa gitna nang matinding pinagdadaanan. Pero siyempre, gaano man kaganda ang kaniyang hangarin ay mayroon pa ring mga taong nambubulabog sa kaniya sa social media, nagbabait-baitan lang daw si Angel dahil totoo namang wala na siyang babalikan pa sa GMA7. “Wala nang pintuang magbubukas para sa kaniya sa GMA-7, tinalikuran niya ang network na napakalaki ng milagrong ginawa sa career niya, pinalalabas pa niyang ABS-CBN ang nagbigay noon sa kaniya. “Alam pala niya ang meaning ng loyalty? Ngayon lang niya iyon naisip? Ibinigay ba niya iyon sa GMA-7?” komento ng isang basher. Hindi maiiwasan ang mga ganoong komento, bahagi ng pinasok niyang trabaho ang hindi pagpanig sa kaniya ng iba, ang mahalaga ay nauunawaan ni Angel ang buhay ng kaniyang

mga kasamahang artistang kailangang makapagtrabaho para kumita ngayong panahon ng pandemya. Siya naman ay may ipon, nagkakaroon pa siya ng ibang pinagkakakitaan, kapag may laman daw ang kaban at bulsa ng tao ay hindi mainitin ang kaniyang ulo. *** Magiging madali para kay Aljur Abrenica ang pinagdadaanan niyang sitwasyon. Oo nga’t nabigo siya sa pangarap niyang maayos na relasyon nila ni Kylie Padilla ay hindi pa rin noon ninakaw ang lahat-lahat sa kaniya. Ibang-iba talaga kapag may pamilyang nagmamahal. Napakasolido ng pagmamahalan ng pamilya Abrenica. Samasama sila sa lahat ng bagay. Ang pagmamahal na iyon ang mas nagpapatibay ngayon kay Aljur, mayroon siyang nakakasama sa kalungkutan, may mga kapamilya siyang nagpaparamdam na hindi siya nag-iisa. Matibay ang pundasyon ng pamilya, maagap sina Daddy Jojo at Mommy Amor sa mga nagaganap sa buhay ng kanilang mga anak, sila ang mga magulang na totoong matatakbuhan kapag problemado ang anak. Pinagbibintangang nangaliwa si Aljur na ayon kay Robin Padilla ay hindi na kinaya ni Kylie. Wala tayong anumang naririnig mula sa kampo ng aktor kahit pa mayroon din naman silang maaaring sabihin para hindi madiin nang husto si Aljur. Walang depensang nagmumula sa pamilya, ang mahalaga para sa kanila ay ang maging magaan para kay Aljur ang pagtanggap sa kinahinatnan ng kanilang relasyon ni Kylie, lalo na ang kapakanan ng kanilang mga apo. Noon pa man ay may nagbulong na sa amin, “Hindi magtatagal ang pagsasama ng dalawang ‘yan. Napakabait ni Aljur para kay Kylie. At naganap nga. *** Hanggang hindi nanggagaling mismo sa bibig ni Jinkee Pacquiao ang kumpirmasyon ay ipagpapalagay naming walang katotohanan ang kalat na kalat na isyung tatakbo siyang mayor ng Makati City. Mismong mga taga-Makati ang pinanggalingan ng kuwento, may mga kinakausap na raw na tagapamuno ng barangay ngayon ang misis ng Pambansang Kamao, bilang paghahanda sa kaniyang kandidatura. Isang kilalang male singer ang tumawag sa amin, magtanungtanong daw kami kung totoong tatakbong mayor ng Makati ang misis ni Pacman, iyon daw kasi ang pinagpipistahang isyu sa Makati. Parang malayo sa katotohanan ang balitang ito, kung kakandidato man uli si Jinkee ay mas gugustuhin niyang tumakbo sa kanilang probinsiya, kesa sa Makati na alam naman natin kung ano ang naghihintay na kapalaran sa kaniya. Sa Makati pa ba naman

JULY 16 - 31, 2021 pipiliing makipag-agawan sa puwesto ni Jinkee? Alam niya naman siguro ang takbo ng pulitika sa lunsod? Sabi nga mismo ng mga tagaroon, habang may Binay pang nakatayo, walang kahit sinong puwedeng maupo sa Makati. Babanggain ba naman niya si Mayor Abby Binay, ang mayorang walang inuurungan, sakit ng katawan lang ang naghihintay kay Jinkee Pacquiao kapag nagkataon. Baka naman may dinaluhan lang na pagtitipon si Jinkee sa Makati, ang bulate ay naging ahas na agad, hanggang sa nanganak na nang nanganak ang kuwento na tatakbo siyang mayor ng Makati. Isang pilosopo naming kaibigan ang nagsabi na hindi raw gugustuhin ng sakit ng ulo ni Jinkee, paano na raw ang kaniyang pagpo-post sa IG na balot na balot ng alahas at puro branded stuff ang suot niya, hindi na raw niya iyon maasikaso. Naniniwala kaming walang kaplanu-planong lumahok sa pulitika sa Makati ang misis ni Senador Manny Pacquiao. Minsan na siyang sumubok, pero nasaktan siya, kaya hindi na niya gugustuhing pasukin pa uli ang mundong nagpapahirap ngayon sa kaniyang mister. Matindi ang bitbit na problema ngayon ng senador, para itong punching bag na halinhinang inuupakan ng mga kumakalaban sa kaniya, kaya ang unangunang pagtutuunan ng panahon ngayon ni Jinkee Pacquiao ay ang suportahan ang kaniyang asawa. *** Kung bibilangin natin ang dami ng nilapatan-tinirhang bahay ni Nora Aunor ay kukulangin ang mga daliri natin sa mga kamay at paa sa dami. Sa loob nang isang taon ay dalawa hanggang tatlong beses siyang lumilipat. Ewan naman kung gaano katotoo ang minsang lumutang na kuwento, sinusundan daw kasi ang Superstar ng mga nagpaparamdam na ispiritu, sumama raw sa kaniya iyon mula pa sa Bicol. Pinabulaanan iyon ng isang kaibigan naming naging malapit kay Guy nang mahabang panahon, ang sabi nito, “Naku, hindi totoo iyon! Madali lang talaga siyang magsawa! Hindi siya nagtatagal sa bahay, palagi siyang naghahanap ng bagong kapaligiran.” Pagkatapos tumira ni Nora nang ilang taon sa isang condo unit ay lumipat na naman siya ngayon. Bahay na ang tinitihan niya. Mayroon nang garden na naiikutan ngayon ang Superstar at nakapaghahalaman pa nga siya. Tamang desisyon, ayon sa mga nagmamahal at nagmamalasakit sa Superstar, makagaganda iyon sa kaniyang kalusugan ngayon dahil mayroon siyang asthma. Sabi pa ng kaniyang kaibigan, “Sa condo, limitado ang ginagalawan niya. Paikutikot lang ang hangin sa loob, kaya pinakamagandang desisyon ang ginawa niyang paglipat, makagaganda iyon sa hika niya.” Nakatuwaan lang naming See CRISTY p15

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Ang rebulto ni Reyna Victoria July 1, 2021, sa harap ng Legislative Building ng Manitoba ay binuwag ang statue ni Queen Victoria. Hindi maitatanggi na ang dahilan nito ay ang malalim na galit ng mga katutubo sa mga natuklasang unmarked graves sa mga residential schools sa Kamloops, BC at sa Grayson, SK. Iba’t iba ang naging reaksyon ng community tungkol sa pagbuwag ng statue. Mayroong mga naintidihan kung bakit nila ginawa iyon at mayroon din namang kinondena ito. Ang sabi ni Tasha Spillet Sumner, isang community activist sa kaniyang tweet: “We are in mourning but I have no energy to grieve for fallen statues. There is nothing more sacred or worthy of protection than living beings, those that have been stolen from our circles and those of us still here, in this together.” Sa kabilang banda ay matapang namang isinulat sa Facebook post ni Cathy Cox, MLA for Kildonan-River East ito: “The actions by individuals to vandalize public property at the Manitoba Legislative Building on July 1 are unacceptable. They are a major setback for those who are working toward real reconciliation and do nothing to advance this important goal.” Finally, noong isang linggo ay ipinahayag ni Premier Brian

CRISTY... From page 14 tanungin ang kaibigan ng Superstar kung ninegosyo ba ni Nora ang pagpapalipat-lipat niya ng bahay dahil iyon ang unang napabalita. Ang sagot nito, “Anong ninegosyo niya iyon, e, ibinebenta nga niya nang palugi ang bahay niya kapag ayaw na niya? May nagnenegosyo bang hindi kumikita? “Hindi totoo iyon, kapag ayaw na niya, palugi na lang niyang ibinebenta. Oo nga, hano? Napakarami niyang naging bahay, pero ngayon, e, umuupa na lang siya!” parang nahimasmasang komento ng aming kausap. Pero ang dami-dami naming nakakausap na dating palaging kasama ni Nora Aunor noong kasagsagan ng kaniyang karera. Siya raw ang naturingang Superstar na napakasimple lang ng takbo ng buhay. “Hindi niya sukatan ang pera at mga luho sa buhay. Napakasimple ni Nora. Paulit-ulit niyang ginagamit ang mga damit niya, puwede siyang kumain nang magana kahit tuyo lang ang ulam niya! “Hindi siya takot maghirap. Akala ng iba, e, malungkot siya ngayon, di ba? Naku, hindi!

Pallister na itatayong muli ang statue ni Queen Victoria. As expected, nag-ani ito ng maraming reactions lalung-lalo na sa opposisyon at sa Aboriginal community. Alam ng marami sa atin na ang pananakop at kolonyalismo ay bahagi ng mga naging kasaysayan ng maraming bansa. Tulad natin sa Pilipinas, dumanas ang ating mga ninuno ng pang-aalipin ng mga Kastila, Amerikano at mga Hapon. Ito ang mga maitim na kasaysayan ng mundo na hindi na natin maitatama, ngunit puwede nating gawing batayan para sa pagtutuwid ng kasalukuyang panahon at gabay para sa kinabukasan. Si Queen Victoria at ang British Empire ay nag-hari (nag-reyna) sa panahon ng kolonyalismo. Dahil sa koloniyalismo ay napakaraming mga katutubo ang naghirap at nalinlang. Kabilang dito ang land grabbing, hindi pantay na treaty negotiations, pagtatayo ng mga residential schools at marami pang ibang sistema na nagresulta sa pang-aapi sa mga katutubo. Kung alam mo ang kasaysayan at sa tuwing makikita mo ang rebulto ng tao na nagpahirap sa iyong lahi ay ano kaya ang mararamdaman mo? Here’s an analogy. Ang iyong asawa ay walang-awang pinatay ng isang pulis dahil sa maling paratang.

Masaya siya sa kasimplehan ng buhay niya!” rebelasyon pa ng aming source na kilalang-kilala ang Superstar nang mula ulo hanggang paa. *** Apat na palapag ang ipinatatayong bahay ng matapang pero mapusong news anchor na si Raffy Tulfo. Malaking problema ang nakaengkuwentro nila ng kaniyang misis na si Congresswoman Jocelyn noong kinailangan na nilang maglipat ng kanilang mga kagamitan dahil sisimulan na ang gusali. Tatlong iba-ibang lugar ang kinuha nila para mapaglagyan nang sangkatutak nilang kagamitan, iyon ang ginawa nilang bodega, mayroon na lang sila itinalagang bantay. Sobra-sobrang biyaya ang tinatanggap ni Kuya Raffy sa matatagumpay niyang programa sa TV5 at Cignal One PH. Sumabay pa ang milyun-milyon niyang tagasuporta sa kaniyang mga accounts. Ayaw lang niyang sabihin ang eksaktong buwanan niyang tinatanggap mula sa kaniyang You Tube Channel at sa iba pang accounts na may dalawampung milyon nang followers. Pero may nakapagbulong sa amin, “Payat na payat ang 25M See CRISTY p16

Hindi nagbigyan ng hustisya ang pagkamatay ng iyong asawa. Napawalang-sala ang pulis. Lumipas ang panahon, natabunan ang isyu, nabigyan pa ng mga parangal ang pulis na ito hanggang sa naging matagumpay at tanyag na alagad ng batas. Sa kaniyang pagpanaw ay ginunita siya ng kapulisan bilang magaling na pulis at bilang pagpaparangal ay nagtayo ng rebulto para sa kaniya. Dahil sa alam mo ang kasaysayan ng pulis na ito at naging biktima ang iyong pamilya ng kaniyang kasamaan ay hindi mo masisikmura na makita ang kaniyang rebulto bilang sagisag ng pagiging magaling na pulis. Hindi ito katanggap-tanggap sa iyo, dahil ALAM mo ang kasaysayan. Tayong lahat ay may karapatan na mag-comment sa mga isyung nagyayari sa ating komunidad. Ang karapatang iyan ay madalas nagagamit nang walang pakundangan at walang basehan. Kulang sa fact-checks, ika nga. Totoo na ang pagbuwag ng

rebulto ay hindi maganda sa paningin ng tao. Ngunit kung ALAM mo ang kasaysayan ay iba ang iyong magiging damdamin para dito. Ang totoo, habang pinapanood ko ang pagbuwag ng rebulto ay may naramdaman akong kaunting kislap ng katarungan para sa mga katutubo. Ang tanong, dapat bang ibalik ang statue? Kung ako ang tatanungin ay oo, pero hindi sa dati nitong luklukan. Ang maitim na kasaysayan ng Canada ay kailangan pa rin nating balikan at ang mga rebultong katulad ng kay Queen Victoria ay dapat na nasa loob ng museo at may komprehensibong paliwanag sa kung ano ang naiambag niya sa Canada maging ito man ay maganda at hindi-magandang kontribusyon. Ito ang kasaysayan na dapat nating malaman at hindi dapat pagtakpan. Para sa kamulatan tungkol sa Indigenous studies, mayroong mga online courses na maaari kayong ma-avail. Sa kasalukuyan, ay naka-enrol ang inyong lingkod sa University of Alberta ng

kursong Indigenous Canada. Magandang magpalalim ng ating kaalaman tungkol sa kasaysayan ng Canada. Sa pamamagitan ng pagpuno natin ng impormasyon sa ating mga sarili ay mas lalo nating naiintindihan kung bakit ganito ang kasalukuyang panahon at kung paano natin huhubugin ang darating na bagong anyo ng Canada. Meegwetch! Noel Lapuz ay dating OFW sa Middle East (Dubai at Qatar). Nagtrabaho nang sampung taon sa City Hall ng Taguig bilang Human Resource Management Officer. Naging bahagi ng Bata-Batuta Productions bilang manunulat, entertainment host at stage actor. Nagtatag ng Kulturang Alyansa ng Taguig. Kasapi ng Ecumenical Movement for Justice and Peace (EMJP). Paunawa: Ang mga paksa at salitang nakasaad sa Batang North End ay sariling opinion ng may-akda at maaaring hindi opinion ng mga taga-lathala ng Pilipino Express.


CRISTY... From page 15 na tinatanggap niya sa You Tube pa lang! Monthly iyon, ha? E, paano pa ang mga endorsements niya, ang talent fee niya sa mga news programs niya? “Kahit ilang palapag na building, e, kayang-kaya niyang magpatayo. Panahon ngayon ni Raffy Tulfo, walang makakokontra doon!” sabi ng aming source. Maraming nang-uusisa sa amin kung papasok ba siya sa mundo ng pulitika dahil sa malaking serbisyong ibinibigay niya sa mga problemado nating kababayan? Siya kasi ang pinipiling pagsumbungan ng mga Pilipino dito at sa iba-ibang bansa man dahil mabilis ang kaniyang aksiyon. Natatawang komento ng sikat na news anchor, “Ayokong malimitahan ang mga galaw ko. Kapag pumasok ako sa pulitika, sisilipin ang lahat ng mga ginagawa mo. “Kapag nag-business class ka, ang sasabihin, pera ng bayan


ang ginastos mo, kaya kailangang mag-economy ka na lang. Magshopping ka, may magsasabing pera ang bayan ang ginagamit mo. “Kaya hindi, ayokong paliitin ang kalayaan ko. Ayokong binabantayan ang mga galaw ko,” natatawang komento pa ng mapusong broadcaster. *** Napakalaki ng ipinagbago ng relasyon ni BB Gandanghari sa kanilang pamilya mula nang mamayapa ang kanilang kapatid na si Royette Padilla. Nakakaaliw ang mga kuwento ni Robin sa You Tube Channel ni Ogie Diaz, lalo na tungkol sa namamagitang komunikasyon ni BB kay Mommy Eva, tawa nang tawa ang action star. Iyak daw nang iyak si BB Gandanghari kapag nag-uusap silang mag-ina, kaya kuwento ni Robin, “Namatay ang alaga niyang asong si Iman, di ba? E, parang anak niya na ang asong iyon, e! Sabi ko nga, e, ibibili ko na lang siya uli ng aso! “Grabe kasing umiyak si BB, humahagulgol siya na parang aso ang dating, e, awoooooooo!!!! Parang aso na rin ang pag-iyak

niya! “Kapag ganoon ang pag-iyak niya kay Mama, ang sinasabi sa kaniya, ‘Buti ka nga, aso lang ang nawala sa iyo. E, ako, ang Kuya Royette mo.’ “Mas maayos ang relasyon namin ngayon, naiintindihan na namin ang landas na pinili niya. Nagtampo lang siya sa amin noon dahil hindi raw namin siya matanggap. “E, ibang tao na siya ngayon, e! Hindi na siya iyong dati. Paano naman namin siya matatanggap noon, e, hindi naman kami makapasok sa bagong landas na pinili niya!” tawa nang tawang kuwento ni Binoe. Sa kanilang magkakapatid daw ay sila nina Rustom at Richie ang hindi masyadong nabigyan ng atensiyon ni Mommy Eva noong lumalaki sila. Naiintindihan naman nilang magkakapatid iyon dahil si Mommy Eva na ang tumayo nilang ama’t ina, hindi nga naman ganoon kadali ang pinapasang krus ng kanilang ina, marami pa naman silang magkakapatid. “Kaya ngayong 84 na si Mama, para bang ngayon lang

siya bumabawi at naglalambing sa amin,” matanaw ng utang na loob at pagmamahal na pahayag ni Robin Padilla. Isa lang ang kaniyang komento tungkol sa mga bashers, “Naku, hindi ko sila pinapansin! Puro bayaran naman ang karamihan sa kanila!” *** Taong 2014, tinutukan namin ang pinakahuling privilege speech ni Senador Bong Revilla bago siya sumuko sa mga otoridad dahil sa bintang na plunder at graft and corruption laban sa kaniya, sumaksi sa kaniyang talumpati ang kaniyang ama. Madiing sinabi ng senador, “Daddy, lalabas din po ang katotohanan. Malilinis ko rin ang nadungisan nating pangalan, pangako ko po ‘yan.” Pagkatapos nang walong taon ng pakikipaglaban sa Sandiganbayan, ngayon ay malinis na malinis na ang pangalan ng aktor-pulitiko sa mga asuntong plunder at 16 counts ng graft and corruption, naganap ang kaniyang pangako sa yumao niyang ama. Saan man naroroon ngayon

JULY 16 - 31, 2021 ang dating senador ay siguradong napakaligaya nito sa matagumpay na resulta ng mga kasong hinarap ng kaniyang anak. Limang taon siyang napiit sa PNP Custodial Center kasama ang kaniyang kaibigang si dating Senador Jinggoy Estrada. Tanong ng aming mga nakausap, paano nga naman iyon, napatunayang walang kasalanan si Senador Bong sa mga kasong hinarap niya at ngayon ay malinis na ang kaniyang pangalan. Ganoon na lang ba iyon? Ninakawan ka nang maraming progresibong taon pa dapat sa buhay mo pero basta ganoon na lang iyon? Napakaganda ng puso ni Senador Bong. Wala na sa kaniyang puso ang paghihinganti. Katwiran niya ay sobra pa sa sapat ang tinamo niyang tagumpay sa paglilinis ng Sandiganbayan sa kaniyang pangalan. At tulad ng madalas sabihin ng mga taong walang lugar ang benggansa sa puso, ipinagpapasaDiyos na lang niya ang naganap, dahil mas matindi ang divine justice. – CSF


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Ni Bro. Gerry Gamurot

PAHALANG 2. Tamad 9. Huwag ipakita 11. Ikuwento 13. Suwelo 14. Utos 15. Ibibintang 17. Kampi 18. Tula 20. Tatay 22. Mataas na baraha 26. Tiyahin 29. Bibigyang linaw 32. Banoy 33. Sawata 34. Isang ibon 35. Hawak 36. Pamaypay PABABA 1. Tali 2. Tahanan 3. Alipato 4. Suot ng magtatapos 5. Wasak 6. Kasuotan ng pari 7. Uri ng halaman 8. Lamang

10. Pindang 12. Pangalan ng babae 16. Uri ng sayaw 19. Maingay kung tag-ulan 21. Pangako 23. Samahan 24. Katulong 25. Sunog 26. Tuntong 27. Ibagsak 28. Sigaw 30. Bunganga ng ilog 31. Unlapi



Some pandemic restrictions eased, more for the fully vaccinated The province of Manitoba will ease some of the pandemic restrictions on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer, made the announcement on Wednesday. Most facilities may now open to 50 per cent capacity and fully immunized Manitobans who have received two vaccination doses at least two weeks ago, may enjoy even more benefits under new public health orders. The new public health orders will now allow the following: • indoor gatherings at private residences are permitted to a maximum of five people, plus the household members; • indoor gatherings in public spaces are permitted to a maximum of 25 people; • outdoor gatherings on private property increase to a maximum of 25 people; • public outdoor gatherings increase to a maximum of 150 people; • retail businesses increase to 50 per cent capacity or 500 people, whichever is lower; • restaurants, licensed premises and food court capacities expand to 50 per cent capacity: - outdoor maximum table size remains at eight people; - patrons may only sit together indoors if they are from the same household or if all patrons 12 years of age or older are fully immunized (unvaccinated children under 12 may dine with fully vaccinated members of their household in this case); - opening hours extend to midnight; - the requirement to purchase food when ordering alcohol no longer applies; - VLTs may be operate with all other restaurant/bar rules applying (two-metre distance, only households or fully vaccinated people seated together); • personal services (haircuts and styling, nail salons, estheticians and massage) continue at 50 per cent capacity; however, appointments are no longer required; • dance, theatre, and music school capacities increase to 50 per cent capacity to a maximum of 25 people per group; • indoor sporting facilities may host groups up to a maximum of 25 people, interaction between groups and tournaments are not permitted; • day camp capacity increases to groups of 25, joint activities between groups and overnight camps are prohibited; • outdoor recreation including games and practices may take place to maximum group size of 50 people; spectators are permitted

and do not count towards this capacity limit; tournaments are not permitted; • gym and fitness centre capacities expand to 50 per cent capacity; masks and increased physical distancing (three metres) are still required; • outdoor weddings and funerals may include up to 150 participants in addition to photographers and officiants; indoor weddings or funerals increase to 25 people in addition to photographers and officiants; • libraries may open to 50 per cent capacity to a maximum of 150 people, whichever is lower; • faith-based and cultural gatherings (pow wows, sun dances) may expand to 50 per cent capacity or 150 people indoors, whichever is lower; masks and physical distancing between households is still required; - if the facility design allows, the capacity limits may be applied to different physical spaces within the venue; - outdoor faith-based and cultural gatherings permitted up to 150 people and drive-in services continue to be permitted without restriction; For the fully immunized The following may now reopen for fully immunized people only, to a maximum capacity of 50 per cent: • movie theatres; bingo halls, VLT lounges and casinos, and museums and galleries; • museums operate under the fully vaccinated requirement

when open to the public as a museum, both indoors and out, and if the museum is used as a private venue for another purpose (e.g. wedding), then the appropriate orders apply; • unvaccinated children under 12 may attend/visit these facilities/events (as appropriate) if accompanied by fully vaccinated members of their household; • large-scale, outdoor professional sports or performing arts events may operate with capacities up to 100 per cent after developing an approved event plan in consultation with public health. In all cases, following the COVID-19 fundamentals, including indoor mask use and physical distancing, is still required. The new public health orders will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 17. The orders are scheduled to expire at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7 and will be reassessed at that time in the context of vaccination rates and the province’s overall COVID-19 situation. “We are close to achieving all of our vaccination milestones ahead of schedule. Now we just need that extra effort by every Manitoban not yet vaccinated to roll up your sleeve and push us across the finish line so we can fully reopen, safely and quickly,” said Pallister. For more information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19/.

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Young Pinay Citizenship Award 2021 Congratulations to Dixie Bughaw and Clainorr Hernandez of Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute (DMCI), and to Tiffany Bautista and Rosemary Perez of Sisler High School. These young ladies of Class 2021 are the first recipients of the Pinays Manitoba’s Young Pinay Citizenship Award. “The Young Pinay Citizenship Award is a project of Pinays Manitoba Inc. designed to give recognition to admirable graduating student whose leadership has inspired, and positively influenced others at her school and her community... we can’t wait to see what these young Pinay achievers will do next,” said Araceli Ancheta, Pinays Manitoba president. The Awardees Sisler High School • Rosemary Perez graduated from Sisler High School with an average of 94%. She will be attending the University of Manitoba and focus her studies on Genetics. Rosemary has volunteered as part of the Zoo

Camp Crew at Assiniboine Park Zoo. • Tiffany Bautista graduated from Sisler High School with an average of 92.4% average, completing a very tough academic schedule. She received an A+ in the University of Manitoba Calculus Challenge course, which included her completing Calculus I and Calculus II at the university level. She will be attending the University of Manitoba for Asper’s School of Business, in hopes of becoming an Actuarial Mathematician. Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute (DMCI) • Dixie Bughaw is an exemplary example of student leadership, on and off the court. She was involved in volleyball, basketball, and student council, while continuing to keep her high academic average, including awards for honour roll with distinction. She is the Valedictorian for her graduating class. With the Young Pinay Citizenship Award, she is also the recipient of the Joe Ogoms 2021 given to a female student athlete

who represents the determination expected of high-level athlete. • Clainorr Hernandez has always been a positive influence on her school team, as well as being a role model striving for excellence in the classroom. She is on the honour roll with distinction. Every teacher who taught her noted her grit towards excellence. She was involved in city forums such as The State of the City Address to discuss racism in Winnipeg, and continually finds ways to make her neighbourhood better. On the volleyball court, she was a silent leader and a keen observer who worked hard and inspired others with her constant improvement. *** Pinays Manitoba Inc. is a local organization of Filipino women established in 2016 whose mandate is to recognize, uplift and support Filipino women in Manitoba. Its major annual event is held on International Women’s Day to acknowledge the achievements of women in the community. For more information, e-mail: pinaysmb@gmail.com.

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Dixie Bughaw - DMCI

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MARY... From page 1 of Canada the past few months,” said Prime Minister Trudeau. Throughout her distinguished career, Simon has been a tireless advocate for Inuit rights and culture, and the rights of all Indigenous peoples. Over four decades, she has held various senior leadership positions, including President of Makivik Corporation, where she helped to protect and promote Inuit rights through the implementation of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement. She also served two terms as President of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, now known as the Inuit Circumpolar Council, and as President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. As the first Canadian Ambassador for Circumpolar Affairs, Simon played a leading role in strengthening the ties between the people of the Arctic regions nationally and internationally, including through the creation of the Arctic Council. She is also the founder of the Arctic Children and Youth Foundation, and has served as

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada’s next Governor General, Mary Simon the Ambassador of Canada to Denmark. The role of Canada’s Governor General As a constitutional monarchy with a parliament comprised of

the Sovereign, the Senate, and the House of Commons, Canada’s form of government is among the most stable and enduring in the world. With an evolving role that predates Confederation, the

Governor General acts on behalf of the Sovereign, Canada’s Head of State. The Governor General’s responsibilities include carrying out constitutional duties,

serving as commander-in-chief, representing Canada at home and abroad, encouraging excellence, and bringing Canadians together. Source: Prime Minister’s Office (PMO)



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