Arts & Culture

Film on 1st Filipino settler in Canada to be released soon

Updated: February 27, 2024, 12:35 PM Vancouver, B.C. History buffs on social media share fund drive for Ben Flores’ tombstone By Charmaine Y. Rodriguez The excitement level is high as the documentary on Benson Flores, the first Filipino on record to have settled in Canada, is set to be released in March or April this […]

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Philippine parols light up New Westminister City Hall

New Westminster, BC Traditional Pinoy lanterns are included in this year’s Shine Bright event By Charmaine Y. Rodriguez The City of New Westminster’s popular annual Christmas event called Shine Bright is including a Parol Christmas Star Lantern Display in its City Hall foyer. Presented by the Filipino-Canadian Society for International Arts and Events and the

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Comedian Jo Koy to host 81st Golden Globes on January 7

Producers want “his infectious energy and relatable humor to kick off” awards season By Charmaine Y. Rodriguez Comedian and actor Jo Koy will be hosting the Golden Globes on January 7 and will probably make history as the first one of Filipino descent who will do so. “We are thrilled to have Jo host the

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Champion Filipino-Canadian martial artist trains kids

Philippine martial art forms like sikaran, arnis are being taught in Winnipeg By Charmaine Y. Rodriguez Winnipeg teen Jayzelle Policarpio became a champion in sikaran and arnis, ancient Filipino martial art forms, at age 12. Today, she trains younger students and is helping promote part of her culture. “As a Filipino-Canadian who has not been

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Viral Philippine prison video inspires musical

“Prison Dancer” has a limited run in Ottawa’s National Arts Centre By Charmaine Y. Rodriguez For a Filipino Canadian writer and choreographer, a viral Youtube video of Filipino inmates dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was always a good material for a musical. Romeo Candido just thought other people would do it. “I thought it was

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Book about Filipino diaspora in Canada launched

Author Austria-Bonifacio was a Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Authors Award finalist By Charmaine Y. Rodriguez A Filipino father ironically seeking a caregiver since all his children are abroad. A woman’s emotional struggle as she takes care of her sister’s children in the Philippines while the latter works in Canada. These are just some of the stories

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Fil-Canadian family’s restaurant lands a spot in Michelin Guide

Restaurateur Jonathan Lee wanted to make his grandfather proud By Charmaine Y. Rodriguez Michelin released its Vancouver Guide and Little Bird Dim sum + Craft Beer in Kitsilano is one of those that made it. The 54-seater restaurant is being run by Jonathan Lee, the son of Filipino-Canadian restaurateur Joseph Lee, who owns the iconic

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First Filipino-Canadian anthology introduced in Vancouver book fest

Vancouver, B.C. Word Vancouver features writers behind upcoming book Invisible No More: Filipino Words  Charmaine Y. Rodriguez The extraordinary journeys of various Filipino-Canadians and meaningful stories about their families were compiled into a special book that will be launched this November by Cormorant Books. And for the first time, ‘Filipino Words’ are invisible no more

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Invisible No More: Filipino Words

Updated: Sept. 10, 7:23 P.M. Vancouver Literary fest kicks off this weekend Works of Asian authors, including Filipinos, are among the featured books By Charmaine Y. Rodriguez Word Vancouver, Western Canada’s largest literary arts festival, that brings together established and emerging authors, aspiring writers, literary exhibitors, and book-lovers from across the Lower Mainland will kick

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3 Filipino-Canadians in top immigrants list of 2023

A Crown Counsel, an actor, and nurse-educator are among those with inspiring stories By Charmaine Y. Rodriguez Three outstanding Filipino-Canadians made it to this year’s Top 25 Immigrants in Canada. Multi-awarded retired B.C. Trial Crown Counsel Winston Sayson, comedian and actor Ann Pornel and Registered Nurse, academic and researcher Edward Cruz were among the immigrants

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