Month: February 2016

Fr.Geoffrey Angeles first Filipino rector

Updated: October 23, 2017   Winnipeg Priest as Music Ma By Ted Alcuitas ”I …thought his soul was in his fingers,” was how one priest described Fr. Geoffrey Angeles’ playing the piano, leading him to recommend that he (Angeles) be one of the composers for the mass setting of the new Liturgical Music introduced tin 2008. Fr. Angeles’ ‘Gloria’, composed together with John Dawson of Toronto, and Michel Guimont, the organist at the Roman Catholic cathedral in Ottawa is now officially part of the Catholic Church hymns. The 38-year-old Winnipeg native is the only Manitoban and lone priest among...

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Ma-Anne Dionisio performs in Richmond

Ma-Anne Dionisio performs at Richmond Gateway Theatre’s production of Closer Than Ever. (Photo provided) Richmond, B.C. Tanyag Ma-Anne Dionisio takes on new role By Ted Alcuitas Arguably, Ma-Anne Dionisio is the best-known Filipino-Canadian singer whose roles in Miss Saigon, West Side Story and Les Miserables has put the Filipina in the theatre map worldwide. In Closer Than Ever, which debuted at Richmond’s Gateway Theatre on Feb.4 and runs until Feb. 20, she veers away from her traditional casting roles and tackles the “ toughest I have encountered in my whole career,” she told The Richmond News in an interview. The 42-year-old single mother of three started her singing career in the late 80s in Winnipeg, Manitoba where her family settled with her four sisters. She was only 14 then but had already won a TV singing contest in the Philippines when the family decided to move to Canada in 1989. She joined the church choir at St. Edward’s Parish, home to a large Filipino congregation where her angelic voice got noticed. After winning a lead role in Experience Canada, a musical tour that celebrated Canada’s 125th anniversary, she went on to a casting role as Kim in the musical Miss Saigon, launching her career. The Toronto resident has since performed as Kim in British, Australian and American productions of Miss Saigon. She played the role of Éponine in the...

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Calgary temporary worker faces deportation

Jose Osano (in Facebook photo) is recovering from a stroke but faces deportation. Calgary, Alberta Sick temporary worker faces deportation Jose Osano, a temporary foreign worker in Calgary, is facing deportation despite being hospitalized following a stroke last Dec. 11, according to the crowd funding site GoFundMe. The 46-year old father of three who hails from Iloilo has been in Canada for seven years and was working as a mechanic at a Toyota dealership in Calgary. According to GoFundMe, Osano’s work permit expired in March 2015 and he is no longer covered by the province’s health medical plan. He is paralayzed on the left part of his body and needs in-patient hospital care and rehabilitation. He is presently confined in a hospital in Calgary which the post did not name. He is reportedly in the process of being deported due to the expiry of his work permit and considered ‘inadmissible’ under the Foreign Temporary Workers Program (FTWP). He is fighting to be allowed to stay in Canada as a permanent resident for humanitarian and compassionate grounds. According to the organizers of the crowd funding, the money raised will help pay his legal bills as well as medical and personal expenses. Osano has a wife and three children in the Philippines, the youngest son is 10 years old. Jose Osano and family in a Facebook post in 2011. Share this:Click...

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Visiting mother in coma, daughters appeal for help

Aida Valles shown with her two daughters. Facebook photo Port Hope, Ontario Family appeals for help for mother in ‘coma’ The family of a woman who was taken ill while visiting her daughters is launching an appeal to help pay for her medical expenses. Aida Valles came as a tourist under the Super Visa stream to visit daughters Jem and Jannel in Port Hope when she was taken ill. She was admitted to the Peterborough Hospital where she remains in life support, according to a Facebook post. Port Hope is about 109 kilometres east of Toronto. Since she did not have medical insurance, the family could not afford to pay for her ongoing medical expenses. A Valentine’s Day fundraiser is being held on Feb. 13 at the Masonic Lodge by a group -Filipino-Canadians and Friends of Port Hope. Organizer Juvy Ling told The Northumberland News that they hope to raise money through admission and donations. “We are hoping to raise some money through entrance fee and donations at the event,” she said. The event, a dance, potluck and fashion show, is on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 54 Toronto Rd., Port Hope. Call: Teresa 905-376-4705, Ling at 905-372-3066 or Jannel 905-269-3091. People can drop off donations at Wing Qing Buffet, 53 Peter St. Port Hope. Share this:Click to share on Twitter...

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Woman found murdered in northwest Toronto apartment

Toronto Police aren’t saying how Sylvia Consuelo died Feb. 1, 2016   Investigators are trying to account for the final hours of a woman found murdered inside a northwest Toronto apartment. Police say acquaintances of Sylvia Consuelo went to an apartment complex on Kendleton Dr. near Albion Rd and Kipling Ave to socialize just before 5 a.m Saturday. It is then that the acquaintances found the 31-year-old dead. Investigators have not said how Consuelo died, but have classified her death a homicide. Police are looking to speak with anyone who knows about Consuelo’s movements on Friday and early Saturday. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-7400 or 416-808-2300, or to contact Crime Stoppers. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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