Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Filipino Youth Transitions in Canada Project (National update) | CTV Winnipeg News
 (CTV News discusses the Filipino Youth Transitions in Canada project.
Congratulations to the featured ANAK Kapatid Mentorship Program)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Hala Bira! Celebrating the Ati Atihan in Winnipeg.

Happy new year everyone! I am back!

It took me a while to figure out what to write. I didn't want to write about Winnipeg's latest deep freeze (even though I know it has been an inescapable topic). I figure it is probably a better idea to write about getting away and enjoying festive hot days. What could be more exotic than a fiesta? What can be more tempting than an imaginary stroll through the Philippine's best known tourist haven, Boracay? Last Saturday, I stopped by the Aklan Association of Manitoba's fiesta, where I got to learn about Western Visaya's ever beautiful province.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Noce Buena and Lotto Max: Faith and Hope this Christmas

Filipino Christmas
Painting by Paulo Borres

On any Sunday afternoon, take a drive down Isabel Street, Sargent or Ellice Avenues; or stop by Garden City Mall’s Casarap stall at the food court. The Filipino stores and restaurants are full with customers dressed in their Sunday best. The smell of ulam and fresh rice fills the air as The Filipino Channel competes to be heard amidst all the noise. Church has let out and Winnipeg looks ever so Filipino.

Now that Christmas is only 5 days away, where can we find most Filipino-Canadians? Do we do anything unique? Perhaps, we will attend church a few days more. Perhaps, we will make a few more stops at the mall. Maybe, this time of year isn’t all that different. But, take a look around and mentally note where the community hovers. I’ve got to say the lottery kiosk might be the next Filipino stop.

Now, I’m not saying all Filipinos like to gamble. What I’m saying is that with this week’s Lotto Max reaching a record jackpot, there are a lot of us hopeful people eyeing the prize. So, it got me thinking about Noce Buena and Lotto Max - the new slogan for Faith and Hope this yuletide season.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Remembering Mandela through our own histories

Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela passed away yesterday at 95 years. He will be remembered as the "Father of South Africa" and a model for peace and moral leadership. No doubt, the world will miss him. He was the only living icon to embody a nation in sacrifice, hope, and reconciliation. In this blog post, I would like to reflect on what his passing might mean for us Filipino-Canadians. I would like to take a brief look into our shared colonial histories and our enduring legacy for identity and freedom. After a brief overview of Mandela's life, I will then explore historic parallels between South Africa, the Philippines, and Canada.