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Toronto blogger aims to inspire Filipino caregivers Special

Toronto - For Cordi Villa, a Toronto resident originally from the Philippines, blogging offers a great opportunity to send a message of hope.

Op-Ed: Mayor Ford's New Year's Levee — Where Are the City Councillors? Special

Toronto - The New Year's Levee by Mayor Rob Ford was one event I looked forward to given the prospect that I would meet and talk with the people who lead our respective communities. Quite a disappointment when only a few of the councillors showed up.

Toronto Concert Honours Legendary Filipino Composer Special

Toronto - Friday night was chilly but the awarder and the recipient came dressed in crisp barong, the Philippine national dress made from pineapple fiber which offered no protection against cold. After all, it was the awardee's grand moment.

U.S offers assistance to flood-ravaged areas in Philippines

Manila - As the death toll rises in the storm-induced floodings in the southern Philippines' Mindanao island, the White House says it stands ready to help in humanitarian relief.

Filipino Couple in Toronto Shares Gifts of Joy and Abundance Special

Toronto - A Filipino couple shares the fruits of their hard work with the community during a Christmas party on Saturday night in Scarborough, Ontario, one of the well-attended events celebrating the holidays.

Canada Eases Rules on Caregivers; 'An Xmas Gift,' Say Filipinos Special

Toronto - TORONTO - A policy change announced in Ottawa on Thursday by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is being met with some rejoicing by Filipino caregivers.

Op-Ed: The problem with Manila sex-vid star playing caregiver in film Special

Toronto - A Filipino caregiver who died in Toronto in 2009 is being portrayed in a television drama for her advocacies, which is fine, except that a Manila sexpot has been chosen to play the role.

A fiesta on Manny Pacquiao's fight night Special

Whenever boxing champion Manny Pacquiao fights, Filipinos gather in homes and restaurants in a happy fellowship of eating and drinking. In Toronto and San Diego at least, they had a merry time watching Pacquiao.

Journalists demand end to killings in the Philippines Special

Toronto - Filipino journalists in Toronto are demanding an end to the killings in the Philippines and urged the government of President Benigno Aquino III to prosecute the guilty parties.

Restaurants name food after Pacquiao as match approaches Special

Toronto - Manny Pacquiao's upcoming fight has sparked a lot of activities outside the boxing world. In San Diego, a new pastry is created and named after him. In Toronto, one Filipino restaurant offers a "Knockout Combo" on the night of the match.

Op-Ed: Former mayor asks where's the niceness in Toronto? Special

Toronto - Former Toronto mayor Mel Lastman bewails what he perceives to be the loss of civility in the city, an ironic twist to what a politician's aide practices in real time.

Toronto Police Probe Attempt to Disrupt Filipino Event Special

Toronto - The noise level within allowable limit seemed annoying to some people in the neighbourhood of Our Lady of Assumption Church on Bathurst St.

The Feel-Good Filipino Celebrations in Toronto Special

A series of community events unfolded in spring and summer in Toronto but nothing beats this one called Filipinos Making Waves Festival that featured Canada-born and grown Filipino talents.

Filipino Caregivers in Toronto Hold Beauty Pageant Special

Toronto - A respite from the humdrum of long hours of work, that's what it is. Fourteen caregivers competed among their peers for honors and titles during Saturday night's beauty contest at Toronto International Celebration Church.

Ontario Wants Fair Deal with Ottawa on Immigration Special

Toronto - Ontario projects a growing dependency on immigrant communities to grow the work force in the province, so it's looking for a fair deal with the federal government.

Filipino 'Queers and Trans' Form Vanguard of Gay Pride Parade Special

Toronto - A contingent of Filipino queers and transgenders formed the vanguard of Sunday's gay pride parade in Toronto, perhaps the first time they publicly came out of the closet.

Asia's Queen of Songs in Toronto Special

Toronto - Pilita Corrales, Asia's acknowledged "Queen of Songs", wowed parkgoers at CNE fairgrounds on Friday as part of Canada Day celebration in Toronto.

'Love Cake' Leads to Marriage and Business in Toronto Special

Toronto - A shared passion in baking and cooking, a love for eating out, are some of the things that Kristine and Niki have in common. Soon those commonalities would bring about a pastry shop called KG's Kitchen.

Fostering Filipino Pride and Nationalism Thru Clothing Special

Toronto - Four Filipino brothers are doing their own to project a positive image of the Philippines and instill pride and nationalism among Filipinos in Toronto. They found a profitable medium - clothing.

Honoring Jose Rizal, the Philippine national hero in Toronto Special

Toronto - Filipinos in Toronto honored their motherland's foremost hero in wreath-laying activities that commemorated his 150th birth anniversary at Earl Bales Park in North York where his bust statue stands.

Op-Ed: Trivializing a Solemn Rite in Toronto Special

Toronto - Filipinos mock themselves in many ways in pursuit of self-promoting agendas. One historic incident - the Philippine flag-raising rite - happened on June 12 at Queen's Park. There, organizers indulged in photo sessions, delaying the solemn event.

Abuse Is Abuse, Says Top Philippine Diplomat in Toronto Special

A day after a judge ordered a $5,000 settlement of a Filipino caregiver's case against former MP Ruby Dhalla, the new Philippine consul general in Toronto remarked that abuse is abuse in any language wherever.

Filipino Singer Impersonates Elvis Presley for Charitable Causes Special

Toronto - Her love for Elvis Presley's songs brings out the passion to impersonate the rock 'n roll king. But there's a deeper and noble reason for that - Lady Elvis helps in fund-raising for charitable causes in Toronto.

Op-Ed: Hail to the 'King of Multiculturalism' Special

Toronto - Toronto's visible minorities delivered the votes that enabled the Conservatives to gain the majority in Parliament, thanks to Canada's "King of Multiculturalism".
 

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Book author Stuart Lyall pledges 70 percent of revenues from sales of his book  My Kids Are Gonna Be...
Book author Stuart Lyall pledges 70 percent of revenues from sales of his book "My Kids Are Gonna Be Rich!" for flood victims in the Philippines.
Under the heat of the sun  this Filipino participant wears traditional Philippine dress.
Under the heat of the sun, this Filipino participant wears traditional Philippine dress.
These young Filipino singers and performers provided the entertainment numbers during the Christmas ...
These young Filipino singers and performers provided the entertainment numbers during the Christmas Gala by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce Toronto.
Some of the traditional Filipino dishes are laid on the table for a feast-like gathering of friends.
Some of the traditional Filipino dishes are laid on the table for a feast-like gathering of friends.
A fund-raising is launched by the Canadian Aid & Relief Project at Aristokrat Restaurant on Wilson A...
A fund-raising is launched by the Canadian Aid & Relief Project at Aristokrat Restaurant on Wilson Avenue.
Filipino caregivers gather during a recent event at the Our Lady of Assumption Church on Bathurst St...
Filipino caregivers gather during a recent event at the Our Lady of Assumption Church on Bathurst St. with lead advocate Faye Arellano (middle, with necklace) and other officials.
Some members of the local media pose for this souvenir photo with FV Food owners Flor and Mel.
Some members of the local media pose for this souvenir photo with FV Food owners Flor and Mel.
The officers and members of NUJP-Canada and their families and friends at the launching of NUJP-Cana...
The officers and members of NUJP-Canada and their families and friends at the launching of NUJP-Canada on Saturday in High Park.
Pidoy and Clyde Pacis  father and son  are the moving force behind Max s Restaurant in Toronto.
Pidoy and Clyde Pacis, father and son, are the moving force behind Max's Restaurant in Toronto.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney was awarded the honorary title  King of Multiculturalism  by the i...
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney was awarded the honorary title "King of Multiculturalism" by the immigrant's communities in Toronto
An official of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines Canada holds a poster that marks...
An official of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines Canada holds a poster that marks the date of the massacre of 32 Filipino journalists.
An overflow crowd at the Sunday noon mass at Our Lady of Assumption Church.
An overflow crowd at the Sunday noon mass at Our Lady of Assumption Church.
This collage shows the special breads created by Ms. Wilma Fernandez Ventura who s pictured with box...
This collage shows the special breads created by Ms. Wilma Fernandez Ventura who's pictured with boxing champ Manny Pacquiao.
Tobias Enverga Jr. leads marchers last year in this file photo trying to raise consciousness for the...
Tobias Enverga Jr. leads marchers last year in this file photo trying to raise consciousness for the plight of the poor.
A packed room of condo residents listen to reelectionist Mike Colle on Thursday.
A packed room of condo residents listen to reelectionist Mike Colle on Thursday.
The range of emotions at the death of Jack Layton is perhaps best encapsulated in these words scribb...
The range of emotions at the death of Jack Layton is perhaps best encapsulated in these words scribbled on the cement wall in City Hall.
Coverage of community events like this in the picture will be inaccessible to media without agreeing...
Coverage of community events like this in the picture will be inaccessible to media without agreeing to the waiver by PIDC.
New Philippine Ambassador Leslie Gatan (right) meets with journalist Aida D Orazio and an unidentifi...
New Philippine Ambassador Leslie Gatan (right) meets with journalist Aida D'Orazio and an unidentified guest at Friday evening's reception.
Guests line up for food  a combination of Filipino and Chinese dishes  at Saturday s night Christmas...
Guests line up for food, a combination of Filipino and Chinese dishes, at Saturday's night Christmas party hosted by the owners of FV Foods.
Philippine Ambassador Leslie Gatan in a conversation with Consul Edna Mae Lazaro and newspaper publi...
Philippine Ambassador Leslie Gatan in a conversation with Consul Edna Mae Lazaro and newspaper publisher Hermie Garcia.

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