Author: Ted Alcuitas

Transpo strike! Mga jeepney nag welga

Stikers cripple parts of Manila.(Inquirer photo) Strike cripples transportation 90% of public transport paralyzed By Ted Alcuitas  “Why will jeepney operators accept indebtedness when the jeepneys they already have can be rehabilitated to fit the clean air, safety and other requirements of the government?” The transport group Pagkakaisa ng mga Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide (PISTON) and the No to Jeepney Phaseout Coalition, pushed through with the two-day strike October 16 defying  threats issued by the government against the protesters, reports. Reporters covering various major thoroughfares in Metro Mania  noted that some jeepneys were still plying their routes on...

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OFWs: Balikbayan box taxes suspended

These boxes will no longer be taxed until March 2018. (Photo: CNN Philippines)   PHILIPPINES The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has suspended the implementation of the duty and tax-free privileges of consolidated balikbayan boxes, a decison wecomed by the The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), reports the Philippine Inquirer. “We would like to thank the Bureau of Customs and also the Department of Finance for being sensitive to the needs of our kababayans abroad and for listening to their appeals,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said in a statement. With the suspension, Filipinos abroad are no longer required...

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Passages: The erudite Mel Tobias

Mel at his bookstore. Notice the old typewriter. ( Photo: Dahong Pilipino)   Vancouver, B.C. Pumanaw: Man of letters is gone By Ted Alcuitas Last month at the Jim Wong-Chu Celebration of Life, I sat with Filipina author Eleanor Guerrero Campbell and I inquired about Mel Tobias. Author Eleanor Guerrero-Campbell discusses ‘Stumbling Through Paradise’   “He’s not very well,” Eleanor told me and I could sense from the tone of her voice how serious his condition was. “Will have to pay him a visit, “ I promised. Sadly, I never did. Mel passed away this month (October 7) after...

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Understanding depression

Vancouver, B.C.   Settlement Program in Collaboration with St. Mary’s Migrant Ministry “Understanding Depression Part 2” Join us in a free interactive discussion about: Speaker: Francois Botha, PhD Registered Psychologist To register or to get more information, please contact: Lenn Castro at When: Sunday – Oct. 15, 2017 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Where: Seminar Room, School Gym St. Mary’s Parish 5239 Joyce Street Vancouver, BC V5R 4G8 Resochita Arma at or 604-684-7498 ext. 1666 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+...

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Consular services in Winnipeg

Winnipeg, Manitoba   CONSULAR OUTREACH IN WINNIPEG The Philippine Consulate General in Toronto announces its consular services in Winnipeg for October 21 to 23, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Winnipeg Airport – Polo Park, 1740 Ellice Avenue Winnipeg. Doors will open at 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM for the three-day service. For further inquiries, please email the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto at or visit our website at NOTARIAL SERVICES / NBI / REPORTS OF BIRTH, MARRIAGE, DEATH / POWERS OF ATTORNEY / CONSULTATION ON DUAL CITIZENSHIP – NO NEED FOR AN APPOINTMENT. Service is on a...

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