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A Friend's Birthday Opens Door To My Past

Tess Famorca's birthday at her employer's home, Sep 25, 2021. I've known Tess Famorca as far back as 2014 at St. Therese Church in Courtice where I was asked to start our traditional pre-Christmas Filipino Mass we called "Simbang Gabi" by Mother Ulrica (Former Mother Superior) of the Daughters of St. Mary of Leuca. Tess was one of those who joined and supported the 10 day evening masses we celebrated each year from 2014 during the Advent season. A long time tradition in the Philippines now deferred because of the pandemic. Every night we asked for Sponsors to take care of that day's activity including Offertory and the Fellowship that will follow after; a feast full of various foods and Filipino delicacies for everyone. Tess at that time does not have her family yet. They were still in the Philippines while Tess worked on her requirements for her landed immigrant status. I think one time she told me that her Simbang Gabi prayer intentions was for her family to

MP RECHIE VALDEZ: Meeting the Woman of the Hour

In photo: MP Rechie Valdez, WFG-Agnes Miranda, Li Eron at Kalayaan Cultural Centre, Mississauga, On.  Agnes Pasaporte Miranda is a force to reckon with in Canadian community landscape. She and her sister Norma Carpio are a portrait of community service and volunteerism. Their unselfish endeavors in our community, especially in Ontario, made smaller organizations achieved small endeavors into remarkable successes with their unselfish support. Durham Filipino Fest in Durham Region is a tiny witty non-profit organization in its infancy established in 2019 in Durham Region. It has one general mandate; to bring people together. I will compare Durham Filfest as a premature birdling completely bald and unable to fly, obviously needing a rescue. On its infancy, it met a strong opposition from older generations of so called leaders and work so hard to mute it and kill it even on its first event, sabotaging it by telling people not to come and organizing their own event to refrain their own peop