Month: March 2018

Friends seek help for stricken Crisanta Sampang

Author and filmmaker Crisanta Sampang will be flown back to Vancouver on Tuesday, March 20 for an open-heart operation. (StoryHive) Vancouver, B.C. Vancouver author suffered heart attack in Philippines Former caregiver and author Crisanta Sampang suffered a heart attack while visiting relatives in the Philippines recently. Doctors in the Philippines determined that she needed open-heart surgery instead of just a stent, according to a GoFundMe campaign created by friends. She did not have travel insurance and the medical cost would be in the thousands of dollars. Her husband, Daniel Wood, also a writer, decided that it would better to...

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Breaking: Tickets at $10 for Cardinal Tagle talk on March 19

Deacon Greg Barcelon and wife Ivy with Cardinal Tagle when they personally presented the invitation for the Vancouver visit. (The B.C. Catholic)   Vancouver,B. C. Tickets drop to $10 for Cardinal Luis Tagle’s talk on March 19 Just days to Cardinal Antonio Luis Tagle’s talk on Monday,March 19, organizers announced that all remaining tickets will now be at $10 instead of the original $46.50 for the front seats. According to the announcement, a “generous patron who is passionate about supporting marriages and families” was responsible for the drop in price. Less than 2,000 seats have been been taken so...

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Aquino announces candidacy

RJ Aquino goes for another crack to win a seat. (FB photo) Vancouver, B.C. OneCity founder optimistic By Ted Alcuitas A two-time candidate for Vancouver’s city council is again making another attempt to win a seat in the coming October 20, 2018 municipal election. Rafael Joseph Aquino, better known as ‘RJ’ , says his family is his original inspiration for getting involved in civic affairs. In a Facebook post announcing his candidacy, the aspiring politician recalled how the Filipino community rallied to his support to get the nomination for COPE in the 2011 elections. He placed 20th with 39,055...

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Who is afraid of the International Criminal Court?

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announces decision on February 8, 2018 to look into Philippine situation. (ICC photo)   Philippines Global human rights icon calls Duterte’s action ‘nonsense’ Opinion By Ted Alcuitas A world-renown human rights advocate has waded into the controversy on the ICC investigation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘war on drugs.’ “Legally what Duterte says is nonsense,” says David Matas, an expert on human rights law who played a role in the drafting of the Rome Statute, the governing document of the International Criminal Court (ICC). “It is not up to an accused to determine the jurisdiction of a...

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Looking back: The election of Pope Francis five years ago

Pope Francis and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, console the father of Kristel Padasas, 27, Jan. 18, 2015, in Manila. Padasas, a Catholic Relief Services employee, died Jan. 17 after the papal Mass in Tacloban when strong winds caused scaffolding in an area near the altar to fall. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters)   Five years ago today, a new Pope was elected. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires became the first Jesuit ever elected as Supreme Pontiff and the first from the Americas. In Vancouver, the election was closely followed by the local media....

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