Updated:November 10, 2022, 8:22 P.M.
Paulina’s family would like to thank everyone for their outpouring of love for Paulina, as well as the care that was given to her by the Toronto EMS team, Toronto Fire Services, and healthcare professionals at Sunnybrook Hospital during her last hours. They would also like to thank Manny Gutierrez from Dignity Memorial, Nancy Woodbine and the entire team at Paul O’Connor Funeral Home, and Rev. Jeffrey Masterson at St. Dunstan’s Catholic Church. They would like to thank the entire Filipino community for their immense love and support.
Visitations will be held at Paul O’Connor Funeral Home (1939 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1R 2Y8), Sunday November 13, 2022, 2-6pm & Tuesday November 15, 2022, 5-8pm.
Funeral service will be held at St. Dunstan Catholic Church (3150 Danforth Ave, Scarborough, ON M1L 1B6), Wednesday November 16 at 11am. The funeral service will be available via livestream https://funeraweb.tv/diffusions/63892
For more details and to send your condolences, please visit: https://www.forevermissed.com/paulina-corpuz/
In lieu of flowers and donations to the family, Paulina’s family would appreciate a donation to the Philippine Advancement Through Arts and Culture (PATAC) which strongly supports the Childrens Rehabilitation Center in the Philippines. https://patac-canada.webs.com/donate
The prominent community leader died yesterday at 59
Tributes pour in for Paulina Corpuz who passed away at Toronto’s Sunny Brooke Hospital yesterday (November 6). She was 59.
Corpuz was best known for her advocacy to have the City of Toronto declare the month of June as Filipino Heritage Month which paved the way for the federal government to follow suit.
Friends shared their gried on social media:
“Good bye to Paulina Corpuz one of the jewels of Filipino Canadian community in Toronto! Thank you for your services and support for years!”
“Such a big loss to the community.. but her legacy lives on. You were always so sweet to me and was such a champion for local arts and the Filipino community.”
The mother of three was a tireless advocate for community causes – from art to culture, to politics. Her passion to serve the community lead her to run for Toronto School Trustee in 2014 and City Councillor in 2018. Both attempts were unsuccessful but it did not stop her from continuing her advocacies on behalf of the community.
Her achievements include co-founding the Philippine Advancement Through Arts and Culture (PATAC) that would help fund cultural initiatives that would benefit Filipinos, particularly the youth.
She co-hosted a TV Migrante Canada program that focused on local and Philippine national issues and beyond which was able to reach out to viewers all across Canada. A gifted poet, she recently published her poems – Pagsinta together with her husband Ben t0 celebrate their wedding anniversary.
Corpuz’s work in the community is well known and acknowledged and she was honoured with numerous awards and recognitions. Among her many awards: Canadian Multicultural Council –Asians in Ontario, and the University of the Philippines Alumni Association in Toronto for her more than 30 years of community service and her work in the declaration of June as Filipino Heritage Month and the 2018 Golden Balangay Award.
A native of Isabela, Corpuz came to Canada to follow her husband in 1993 and worked in various non-profit orgzanizations. She had a Psychology degree from the University of the Philippines and continued studying and learning in Canada obtaining certificates in Business Analysis and Change Management, Internet Marketing, E-business and Web Marketing, Life Skills Coaching, and Non-Profit Sector Management among others.
She is survived by her husband, Ben and her children Belinda, Isabella, and Benson. Belinda is an actress and a member of the Tita Collective.
For information on funeral service and other arrangements, please visit the PATAC Facebook page.