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Inay! (Mother!) Guilt. Regret. And Unconditional Love!

On Mother’s Day (and most days), with three children of my own, my mother always returns to my thoughts. By Rizalina Guilatco Carr Vancouver, B.C. While I am jealous of the love and time my younger siblings afforded our mother, they didn’t know her the way I used to – before I had so many […]

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Vancouver’s own Manila Grey, Ruby Ibarra, etc. perform at 1st Lapulapu Day Block Party

Vancouver, B.C. Filipino chieftain’s  legacy celebrated Teodoro ‘Ted Alcuitas Renowned Filipino-Canadian artists Manila Grey and Filipino-American rapper Ruby Ibarra are among top performers in the first Lapu-Lapu Day Block Party on April 27. The star-studded event from 41st to 48th in Vancouver will feature other performers including 2x Grammy-nominated John Concepcion, Jeremy Passion, Gabe Bondoc,

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First Filipino Canadians: seamen but not settlers (Part 2 of 4)

By Joseph Lopez Nootka Sound in the 1700s was a rugged remote international port – a major source of sea otter pelts valued as fur in China and Japan.  Hence, Russian, American, and English ships called upon there with some frequency. A review of the exploration history of the Pacific Northwest relates the return of

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Celebrated author Karl Gaspar reviews ‘Magdaragat: An Anthology of Filipino Canadian Writing’

  “And these “perpetual departures” have made our ancestors wanderers beyond our shores. “Filipino Canadians have to navigate between two opposite poles as they cross the national boundary into a foreign land. And once again, this involves a deep longing for one’s roots, even as they get uprooted and needed to adjust to a new

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Book : ‘Magdaragat’ launches successfully in Toronto

Updated: March 22, 2024, 4:09 PM Toronto, Ontario  Landmark book ‘Magdaragat: An Anthology of Filipino Canadian Writing’ well received  in Toronto Ricardo J. Salise Caluen

 After a four-year wait since the project’s inception in 2020, Magdaragat – An Anthology of Filipino-Canadian Writing was formally launched in Toronto on Wednesday (March 20) at Ben McNally’s Books,

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Sino ang kauna-unahang Pinoy? Finding the first Filipino to settle in Canada

First Filipino Canadians: The Search Begins (part 1 of 4) By  Joseph Lopez If you look at history books and online sources as recent as 2019, all of them will say that the first Filipino immigrants in Canada arrived in the 1930s, mostly settling in Winnipeg, Manitoba. So I left it at that. Until…. Serendipity

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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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