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Keeping The Legacy Alive: Rosemer Enverga To Run For PC Nomination In Mississauga-Centre

For the last 4 years of Simbang Gabi, the late Senator Enverga gave his undying support to this Christmas tradition. This year in his absence, Rosemer Enverga and their children filled that void.  Photo by Li ERON at St. Therese Church, Courtice in 2017 with Pablito Leonardo during the Offertory. The news of the late Senator Enverga's wife vying for the PC Nomination as MPP in the riding of Mississauga-Centre surprises me. Although someone already told me about her name floating as a potential PC Candidate tossed by Filipino leaders in said riding, I was still taken aback not because she is not qualified for the job she is vying for, but I thought it could be too early to thrust herself into  this kind of battle. But with the departure of the previous Candidate for reasons we do not know, it may have been fate that puts Rosemer Enverga in a road we all wanted her to be; Service and Representation. With the eternal departure of her husband who has served our community to the

Academic Award Of Excellence: She Made It!

The Graduate and the Award of Excellence Filipino family tradition dictates that the youngest male sibling will inherit the family home built by the parents. Our youngest just had it long before our parents left us. My mother died suddenly while I was working abroad in 1996. I left home in 1990 after the devastating earthquake that hit Manila that year.  I mean, I left a couple of days after standing outside the Manila coliseum where the ground shook violently under my feet. I was a very angry human being at that time of my life running away from home.  That made my leaving easy. I was separated from my family since then. When our youngest brother married, I wasn't there anymore so I have not known much about his wife. But they live with my parents as tradition adheres. Along the course of my overseas journey, wounds have healed so I made a few homecomings. One of those I had the chance to snap a photo of young Aireen (inset) with my Nikon camera. My brother have two chi

Human Rights Advocates Tipping The Scale On One Side

INTERNET PHOTO The chaos of the martial law under President Marcos puts everyone inside a tunnel. Political foes and insurgents with so much trauma hardly see the light of day. Those decades of political oppressions left a scar so deep to the victims of oppressions, they have no other way but to look at it and run their fingers through it every single minute of their life and moving on from the past becomes impossible. I can't blame them. Especially those who were then students, whose only platform was to carry placards and march on the streets to air their political views and grievances. Rallyists, demonstors, these are old tactics that may work or fail and it causes violence to erupt in magnitudes producing rebellions that caused so many lives lost. The Marcos regime was clearly silencing dissidents in massive degree where massacres were documented. This was martial in the minds of the many victims. When people power drove the Marcoses out of power, Cory Aquino, whom

DJ Regina Sosing And How Our Path Had Crossed

The call to attend the first Golden Balangay Awards last year by one of the Organizers may have been dictated by destiny. Sometimes in some invites, I'd lay in bed thinking what goodness it will bring me if I will attend. I am that horrible when laziness to drive around Toronto chained me in my bed and then I will fire up several excuses. But that call made me get up and drove all the way to the flashy BMO venue where elegance was obviously blending with the occasion. One more thing, my access was VIP. At the end of the event, a delicious buffet awaits at the after party. The roast beef cuts were thick cooked in medium rare. When I forked one, two slices came along and somebody stab it to help me out. A familiar face, the  Filipino child actor turned Toronto Police was beaming on me, Don Laurel, trying to hold the other cut of the juicy beef roasts.  Although I loved the abundance of all those goodies, I still am not comfortable drowned in a sea of people where I don't kno

Loyalty And True Friendship A Privilege

@ Casa Manila for Mely Titus birthday, March 12, 2018 My father was a good man. He raised us the way any children should be. It was also him that I saw what compassion is in the midst of nothing. But he has one flaw, not in his character as a well respected teacher and community leader, he did not develop openness in the family. I don't remember we talked about our own personal feelings as his children. We kept our personal life on our own. I felt it was shameful to share. My parents were innocent of what was missing in our family, the time of sharing intimate feelings and disillusions in the world. With Eve Calma of EveCalmasKitchen Youtube Channel, March 11, 2018 My siblings may not have any problem with it. I didn't have any problems with it until I was a teen. I  felt I was different, emotionally different. There was something nagging in my head and my heart, confusions I have no one to talk to. My mother was an innocent woman and complicated issues are not for

Liza Silagan's Voice Pummeled The Hearts Inside The Premiere of Mangarap Ka Films

The singer and the Lyricist of the song "Dream"... First, let me thank my wonderful friends, Fay Graves of the Leonard Annual Memorial Fundraiser and Prez (Bayanihan Club of Simcoe County) Mely Titus for giving their personal support to Judith Gonzales first theatre film Premiere at Toronto Centre for the Arts this afternoon. Also, to my friend Amy Basingan for taking two friends for the showing. The theatre was nice and classy. The filmmaker, Judith Gonzales, was greeting the guests as they trickled in. All major casts graced the showing of the first Fil-Canadian made films, Mangarap Ka.  As soon as the lights dimmed, the setting showed one of Ontario's familiar landscapes of trees at whose grounds carpeted by fallen leaves and the white sands of the beach. The story is what we all can relate into as immigrants and the fight to stay in Canada. Stories that at times become heartbreaking. It's a true story of Kivan and Tina whose love blossomed even if the

Pinoy Radio: An Online Platform

A collaboration coming soon... Life's journey is full of many surprises. Like pregnant mothers, one can just have a miscarriage and suddenly lost their baby for many reasons. A dream plan can just go horribly wrong or become untimely? But that's what people are, like a child in the womb, once it reaches its month of maturity, it must come out to the world and see the light of day. I've been devoting my time to my soon to be published book. At the same time, trying to polish a finished story before I will give it to the hands of a Videographer willing to shoot it as a documentary film from scratch and from a zero financing scheme until someone will refuse to shoot her/his part because the dough must be on the table. I hope not....until the eggs are hatch on its perfect timing. Plan B in effect...and a must. Aside from all these "shooting the stars" scenario and daydreaming is just a part of life. A pursuit we all need to keep in order to keep us busy posit

Samantha Gavin Made It To The Grand Finals Of Long & McQuade

Samantha Gavin at a concert in Oshawa in 2017 The motif was mint green (Or something like that) at a wedding where I was asked to capture in 2004. During the reception and as the wedding event was waning, this very young girl took the floor with her songs, and yes, she was wearing the wedding motif gown that I thought was a little  loose on her making her look so cute. That was the first time I saw Samantha Gavin which I think she was only 9 y/o at that time. If I am not mistaken, her mother hails from Mindanao, Philippines. "Sammy" as she is fondly called, is noticeably an aspirant singer, if I am to look back at that wedding reception where she eventually closes that evening's curtain with the mic on her hand. As a community leader and blogger, my path crossed a couple of times and her mom eventually became a friend. Then I noticed Sammy became visible in the local music scene at our community. She belongs to a musical group and she trained at a local entertain

Dreams Of Better Tomorrows Can Be Tragic

The body of an OFW in Kuwait found in the freezer arrived in the Philippines. (Internet photo: Copyright to its author.) OVERSEAS FOREIGN WORKERS knew the uncertainties of it all. The moment you stepped out of your doorsteps to work abroad, there is no guarantee what lies ahead. Filipinos are highly intelligent, but our sense of fear of losing what we work hard to achieve makes us vulnerable. No Filipinos wanted to leave home. But poverty and the need to earn a decent living drives us to try our luck. The goodbyes are always painful, a tragic homecoming is the more unbearable. I recalled in 1990 on my first departure to the territory where a fellow OFW, a mother to a one month old baby at the departure area. Her husband brought their infant and put the baby on her mother's lap before boarding the plane. The sobbings of a mother haunted my overseas journey, even now. That separation from a mother's bosom to a child, and the mother's emptiness was truly difficult t

Conservative Party Convention And The Media

The media frenzy during the Conservative Party's  Convention in 2017.  I came from a country where corruption is the order of the day. From all sectors of the government down to the military, everyone were trying to outdo each other with power. Canada offered me a different perspective; that corruption is at its very low level, if any. For the last 20 years of my being a Canadian, I spend most of my time being visible in the community, as a Volunteer and as writer, bringing issues affront. When I arrived in Alberta in 1998, I founded an organization for Caregivers, in Edmonton. We were able to change the landscape of the lives of Live-In Caregivers by making them embrace the many opportunities in Canada. They slowly emerged from their life in the basements at their employers homes and started going back to school to pursue their respective careers. Even when I moved to Ontario to be closer to  my relatives, my ties of my network in Alberta remains strong. It isn't ju

A Local Talent In Toronto On Indie Film

Charlene Franco- Salehinejad as "Mary"  on her first supporting role on a film. [Erratum: Charlene's role is "Myrna" and no "Mary" on 'Forced To Let Go' film] There is a reason why I had to pry open every important casts of characters on "Forced To Let Go" true-to-life story of "Mangarap Ka" films because I wanna make sure this film is worthy of our time and support. Google paid for my blogs so who cares about the production staff, the stars of this film if I come out short of motivation to support this film? I cannot sugarcoat my narratives in case they will withdraw from patronizing my blogs or community events. We need  to construct the framework in which this film is made of in terms of its emerging artists. Because I don't believe on utilizing famous actors and actresses. Beginners and first-timers are best because this is where innocence and genuine emotions flow. It's like knowing Liezel Malicay who pl