Month: December 2015

Police,family seek help in locating missing man

Missing Person: Ephraigm Flores Richmond 2015-12-29 19:36 PST File # 2015-42065 Richmond RCMP is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing Toronto resident. Ephraigm Flores was reportedly last seen at around 11:14 pm on December 26, 2015 in the area of Garden City Rd and Granville Ave. He was returning from an electronic music event at BC Place in Vancouver. Ephraigm is described as a Filipino male, 23 years of age, 173 cm (5’ 8) tall, and weighing around 86 kg (190 lb). He has short black hair, brown eyes, and has an athletic build. Corporal Dennis Hwang of the Richmond RCMP says, “It is unusual for Ephraigm to go missing. His family, friends, and the police are very concerned for his well-being.” Anyone with information as to Ephraigm’s whereabouts is urged to contact their local police.   Released by Cpl. Dennis Hwang Media Liaison Officer Richmond RCMP 11411 No. 5 Road, Richmond, BC, V7A 4E8 Office: 604-278-1212 Cell: 604-765-5787 Fax: 604-207-4710 Email:...

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Colonialism endures in basketball and beauty pageants, says researcher

  Former Miss Universe Paulina Vega … removes the crown from Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez before giving it to Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach. APSource:AP   Basketball and Beauty Pageants: Colonial Legacies and Queer Questions By May Farrales PhD Candidate Basketball and beauty pageants are legacies of Spanish and American colonialism and imperialism in the Philippines. In these spaces, Filipino men and women play out gender and sexual expectations and roles. In many ways, these gendered and sexual expectations are carried onto the basketball courts and pageant runways. I walk into a small school gymnasium on the outskirts of Coquitlam. The gym floor and stage are crowded with players. Many of the players have come here straight from work and are eager to get on the court. I scan the gym for any familiar faces and see a few players whom I recognize from other locally-organized Filipino men’s basketball leagues in Burnaby and Vancouver. I’m here in this little gym to watch three basketball games. In between games and plays, I chat with the players. On another evening, I’m in another gymnasium. While this gym is also crowded, instead of the men in basketball shorts and jerseys, members of the Filipino community are wearing dress slacks and skirts. I’m attending a beauty pageant organized by a local Filipino community organization. Each contestant wears a sash representing the twelve months...

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Japan, South Korea agrees on ‘comfort women’ but not the Philippines

Eighty-six year old Filipino Lola Fidencia David was a “comfort woman” sex slave to the Japanese during the Second World War as she spoke during a  press conference in Winnipeg, Man. on October 17, 2013. (BRIAN DONOGH/WINNIPEG SUN/QMI AGENCY) By Ted Alcuitas As Japan and South Korea announced an agreement Monday (Dec. 28) to compensate Korean “comfort women” who were forced to serve Japanese soldiers sexually in World War II, questions remain as to the fate of Philippine women (over a 1,000) who were also forced into sex slavery. Japan has maintained that the issue was settled when diplomatic ties were normalized in 1965, when Tokyo offered financial aid to South Korea in return for Seoul dropping all damage claims related to its 1910-1945 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula. Mr. Abe has in the past questioned whether comfort women were coerced and declined to personally apologize. There are no reliable records on how many women were involved, but mainstream historians’ estimates range from 20,000 to 200,000. Many were from Korea, then a Japanese colony, as well as other Asian nations and a few Westerners. Despite differences in the historical details, former comfort women have provided consistent accounts of females as young as teenagers being coerced or tricked into joining the brothels. We reprint the following article from the Winnipeg Sun Octobeer 17, 2013 for background. The Philippines native had...

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Filipino-Canadian urges Trudeau to make Canada a peacemaker

Bob Gabuna of Iqaluit points to the island province of Romblon in the Philippines, where his family are located.Gabuna led a relief efforts when Typhoon Hayian hit the Philippines in 2013. (PHOTO BY DAVID MURPHY, Nunatsiaq Online) PERSPECTIVE
Open Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by Bob Gabuna 
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau: I send this correspondence from a perspective of a Christian. I am an immigrant from a Pacific Rim country, currently residing in the Territory of Nunavut. Christmas is upon us.  Christians searches inwardly for goodwill. What is happening around seems dark, we have an uncertain world. It bewilders the Christians because Christians are “people of the light”. Supposedly the era of colonialism is over, but there are residuals of colonialism that are bent in bringing the world into darkness – the darkness of spawned conflicts in the Middle East, the region where Christ was born. The recent political exercise affirmed the national conversation that Canadians renounced the tired foreign policies of maintaining war assets in the Middle East. Canadians desire to speak of making life better, rather than death; light, rather than darkness; tolerance, rather than bigotry. We are locked in a debate about the unwinnable war without end in the Middle East wherein Canada deployed some of her war assets in those war torn region. As a Canadian, I was thinking about a solution – a...

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Youth march for climate change

  Filipina students Chaya Ocampo (left) and Steffi Tad-y braved the cold on November 29 as they marched with 6,000 diverse groups to demand climate change on the eve of the Paris COP21 Conference. Both attend the Univ. of British Columbia. (Photo...

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