Month: February 2016

Bulaklak ng Paraiso shows Patrick Cruz’s works

Vancouver Patrick Cruz mounts exhibit Vancouver, B.C. – The prize-winning artist Patrick Cruz, last year’s Royal Bank of Canada winner, will show Bulaklak ng Paraiso (Flower of Paradise) at Centre A from March 4 to May 7, 2016. Curated by Makiko Hara, the show will include a video screening of the works of the late Philippine artist Santiago Bose who is one of the major influences of Patrick Cruz. This will be Cruz’s first solo exhibition since he won the $25,000 RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2015. Makiko Hara, who is based in Vancouver and Tokyo has just been...

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Despite controversy Pacquiao may still win, says InterAksyon

Bilang Pilipino   (The Guardian, Feb. 19, 2016: But Pacquiao’s Instagram account seemed to back up his initial comments as a Bible quote appeared, reading: “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” The post was up for around two hours and received more than 18,000 likes before being deleted. The Filipino news agency ABS-CBN captured a screenshot of the post before it was removed.) Opinion ANALYSIS | Manny Pacquiao still poised to become senator despite anti-gay remarks Reuters, posted by Feb. 18, 2016   For all the criticism over his anti-gay comment and the loss of a lucrative endorsement deal with Nike Inc, Philippines world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao still looks set to win election to the country’s senate in May, according to political analysts. Nike, the world’s largest sportswear maker, canceled its contract on Wednesday with the 37 year-old boxer-turned-politician, who has been the world champion in eight different weight divisions, after he described gays as “worse than animals”. But voters in the mostly Catholic Philippines appear unready to abandon support for the country’s biggest sporting hero, who is running for one of 12 vacant senatorial seats up for grabs in the May 9 election. The...

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Is there life after ‘Kim’ for Ma-Anne Dionisio?

Life moves on for ‘Kim’ By Ted Alcuitas Richmond, B. C. – After 25 years playing Kim in the classic Miss Saigon, Ma-Anne Dionisio is still not leaving the theatre, ready to tackle other roles that come her way. After playing the role for so long, she relishes the idea of being part of the ensemble for Closer Than Ever which debuted at Richmond’s Gateway Theatre on Feb. 4 and ends tomorrow, Feb. 20. “The show’s a beast,” she told The Richmond News in an interview. “It’s definitely one of the most challenging pieces of theatre I have ever decided to take on. ” “It’s a gift for me to have this,” she added. “I am grateful that I finally get to play my age. Even if it’s for a short bit. For the most part in my career, because of the way I look, people tend to cast me as the romantic ingenue, the younger part. But I am really excited to play something that’s closer to my age.” She was just a 19- year old immigrant in Winnipeg and no theatre experience when she got the plum role in the Canadian production of Miss Saigon in Toronto in 1993, launching her musical career. Now 42 and a single mother to three – Niko (17), Cody (11) and Anya (9), she tries to balance the hectic life of...

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Caregiver still waiting 17 years to bring family

Toronto 17 years and still waiting – a caregiver’s elusive dream By Ted Alcuitas She will be 61 next month – 17 years after she arrived in Canada as a caregiver but she is still not reunited with her family, a problem caused by a bungling immigration bureaucracy, according to a Toronto Star story. She was 44 years old when Marcelina Gilles, a nurse, came to Toronto from the Philippines under the federal government’s Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP). The program gives access to permanent resident status after they met the minimum two-year live-in employment hours. “ When will I be able to reunite with my family here?” a tearful Gilles asks a Star reporter as she relates her harrowing struggle to bring her own family as she dreamed she would achieve – a dream shared by many lured to come to this country by promises of family sponsorship. In 1999 her children Michelle, Joshua and Anicee were just 11, 10 and 8. Now they are 28, 27 and 25, and all three are parents themselves — and she’s still fighting. “Marcelina has been trapped in different sets of rules that have all worked against her,” said Gilles’ immigration lawyer, Patricia Wells, who has been representing her since 2006. “The delay is not her fault. There are no good reasons why the processing should have taken so long.” Although she finally...

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Writer warns of perils of silence in Philippine politics

Inday Espina Feb. 16, 2016 THERE ARE NO SAINTS Stuff those yellow halos where the sun don’t shine. Like many, I will speak out and never tire of pointing out the atrocities of the Marcos dictatorship. This country can ever have enough of reminders and cautionary tales about the evils of dictatorship. But we must not allow the memory of tyranny to frame that autocrat in Malacanang today as some kind of icon. And let us not hail our supposed freedom and democracy at the expense of the truth. Paramilitary forces were strengthened during Cory’s time. That was when the obscene practice of the rich subsidising the expenses of state security irregulars created virtual private armies. The son also gave the green light to the training and letting loose of paramilitary for the mining firms — who, of course, fund them and whose interests they protect. Not all mining firms are evil — but mining firms are behind the murderous paramilitary forces in Mindanao. Let us also be blunt. The problem isn’t so much that some people love the Marcoses. The real problem is that so many have become cynical because the elite who purport to be democracy’s saviours are anything but that. Look at where the country is today — controlled by political dynasties, many of which come from the old oligarchy and Marcos’ kleptocracy. THEY have come...

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