Month: June 2017

The Class of 2017 : Call for submissions

Editor’s note: Please send us photos and bios of graduates – from elementary to college. Send awards info  even if they haven’t graduated yet. We want to honour and encourage our youth to pursue higher learning and celebrate their scholastic achievements. Salamat!  Send to: email: [email protected] Post mail:Ted Alcuitas 708-1723 Alberni St. Vancouver, B.C. V6G 3G9 Vancouver, B.C. Congratulations to our new crop of graduates By Ted Alcuitas We feature some of this year’s graduates as they become available to us. An accountant at Crowe MacKay LLP in Whitehorse,The Yukon, Basil graduated from the Sauder School of Business at UBC before enrolling in the chartered accountant’s course (CPA). He finished his high school at the St. Thomas Moore Collegiate in New Westminster and had worked for Aero Mag 2000 where he was the de-icing lead. He is the youngest of two sons of Rosita and Priscilo Alcordo of Vancouver. A total of 713 graduates took part in the convocation ceremonies last May 27, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. To qualify as a CPA, students must complete rigorous course work, pass the CFE, and fulfill relevant practical experience requirements.   Bachelor Of Arts in Communications Simon Fraser University Faye  is Social Media Director for Club Row and Facebook Curator and Educator for lululemon. She finished her high school at Burnaby Central Secondary School. At Club Row she manages digital strategy...

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Breaking: Balita’s Tess Cusipag in jail for contempt of court

Toronto Balita publisher Tess Cusipag goes to jail for 21 days By Ted Alcuitas Analysis “It is the court’s true wish that you learn from this experience that you are bound by the law and you must comply with court orders even if you do not agree with them. The court will compel obedience to its orders and punish disobedience. The protection of the rule of law must be a paramount concern of society.” – Justice F. L. Myers In a stunning verdict that could spell the end of one of Canada’s oldest Filipino newspaper, Teresita ‘Tess’ Cusipag was sentenced to 21 days in jail for criminal contempt of court. Cusipag was immediately whisked to an undisclosed provincial jail after the sentencing delivered by Judge Frederick L. Myers of Ontario Superior Court on June 12 at Ontario’s Court of Justice. Cusipag is the widow of Ruben Cusipag who founded Balita in 1976. It has gained a reputation as a fierce advocate against martial law and continued its community advocacy after the downfall of Marcos. Tess Cusipag took over the newspaper when Ruben was disabled due to a car-pedestrian accident in  1996.      He died in July  2013. Balita Newspaper, Balita Media Inc., Tess Cusipag, Romeo P. Marquez (A.K.A Romy Marquez) and Carllos Padilla (now deceased) were found guilty of contempt of court on June 2, 2107 for...

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Melita honours Dr. Aquilino Dizon

  Manitoba Melita Doctor Honoured for 40+ Years Service A doctor serving Melita and area for more than 40 years has been given the Key to the Community and had a day named in his honour, the Southwest Post reported. Dr. Aquilino Dizon Jr. was one of several residents, volunteers and businesses commemorated during the inaugural Business Gala Awards, held by the Melita and District Chamber of Commerce last April. “He’s very appreciative. He just doesn’t want the community to think he’s going to retire,” says event organizer Camiel Serruys. “He actually said during his thank-you speech that, as long as he had his mind and his legs worked and he could remember your name, he would still be your doctor.” Dr. Dizon began his Melita medical practice in 1973, after coming to Canada from the U.S. when his exchange visa expired. The 79-year old grandfather has reduced his workload in recent years but continues to see patients on a regular basis. Last summer, a portion of the street near the community’s hospital was renamed Dr. Dizon Drive. April 22 was also declared “Dr. Dizon Day” in the Town of Melita. Dr. Dizon accepted the honours with his wife Emma, as two dozen health care providers crowded the stage; people he has worked with over his long career at the town’s hospital and medical clinic. Economic development officer Iris...

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An officer and a gentleman: Joseph Nonato takes command

Updated with photo  credits, June 24, 2017, 11:22 AM Toronto, Ontario Filipino Canadian takes command of Canada’s oldest regiment By Ted Alcuitas “It is a dream fulfilled for many people, ” says the new commanding general of the Royal Regiment of Canada as he took the reins last Sunday, June 4 . Lt. Colonel  Joseph Nonato is the first Filipino Canadian to lead one of Canada’s oldest and largest regiments. For the next three years Nonato, the reservist  who teaches religion at Toronto’s De La Salle College will command the 250 men and woman of the Royal Regiment of Canada. For the 44-year old father of two, it has become a dream come true. While studying at the Cardinal Leger high school, he joined the cadet program and finally made it to the highly competitive Royal Military College in Kingston. “As a young child, Joe took an early interest in the military, ” father Rod told the Toronto Star. Rod, who studied nautical science in the Philippines and aspired to become a marine officer before moving to Canada in 1971, where he met his registered nurse wife, Nancy. After graduating from the program, Nonato worked for Scotia Bank and went on to become a private school teacher while serving as a primary reservist. In 2008 he volunteered to serve in Afghanistan serving in Kandahar so he can have front line experience, a decision his mother...

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Lone Pinay in national art show

Updated: 6:00 PM, June 8, 2017   Montreal, Quebec Lenore RS Lim  included in Asian Canadian Women Artists Association (ACWA) exhibit By Ted Alcuitas Artist printmaker Lenore RS Lim is the only Filipina artist  to be included in the 15th anniversary exhibition of the Asian Canadian Women Artists Association (ACWA) in Montreal. The exhibition at the Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec will run from June 8 to July 9, 2017 will feature selected works from ten members. ACWA has been promoting the works of women members from Asian cultures. The other artists are from Indonesia, Japan, China, Korea and India. The former New York resident and now a Vancouver resident says it is here that she finds inspiration for her art.. “It’s in Vancouver that I recharge and conceptualize my ideas for my next body of work,” she told Philippine Canadian She does most of her work at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York. In Manila,   she has an art room where she does monotypes, collographs and collages, pastel & watercolor works where no press is needed. Lim uses her computer a lot where she stores most her work. The advent of the internet has opened a whole new era of displaying art other than the traditional framed artworks on canvass. “As more artists are doing and exhibiting printwork, I think Filipinos are also getting more familiar with printmaking,” Lim...

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