Filipino-Canadian In Focus

Winning Not All About The Championship Trophy

Two years ago, I envisioned bringing back home a group of special kids to showcase their basketball talent and let them experience the beauty of their ancestral country. With the help of friends, networks, and technology, I got hold of few collegiate and university coaches to schedule exhibition games. I also got in touch with …

Frances Samson: Dancing for Her Star!

It is not very often that one gets to talk to young people of Filipino descent and find them freely speaking of their own dreams, sans the influence of their Filipino parents. Or, may be being born and or having lived on this side of the world has seen a development of a totally different …

The Making of a Champion: Calista Espinosa

In the international arena of wrestling, a Filipino-Canadian teenager is stealing the spotlight from the rest of the world. She bore the Canadian flag at Pan-American Wrestling Championship in Peru. She is the only Filipino in the Cadet Women’s Pan-Am Team and in September, she will be the only Filipino to compete at the Wrestling …

Trinity Wambolt: Plunged into Rockstar Fame in Philippine Soccer and Loving the Warm Welcome of a Second Home

They are called second or third generation Filipinos in Canada or elsewhere in the world where Pinoy immigrants choose to settle. But what do children born of a migrant Filipino parent think of the Philippines? Or, do they even think of the Philippines at all? Regardless of how much or how little these later generations …

Bobby Maglalang: Amazingly Proving There’s Life After 50 as a Canadian Immigrant

Immigrants who come to Canada at age 50 and up are often times beset with doubts and fears that they are too old to start a new career or simply find a job in this side of North America. More often than not, this age group are those who have had successful careers back from …

Edward Edison Antejos: Re-discovering His Pinoy-ness From the Scent of Mom’s Kitchen

A bowl of piping hot rice and salted, dried herring (tuyo, in other words) with salad made of fresh cilantro, tomatoes and onions on the side. Who would think that such simple meal makes this executive sous chef happiest? But the journey to becoming a Fil-Canadian is not that simple. Edward Edison Antejos speaks of …

A Single Mom & Achiever in her Own Field: Lourdes Lugue

Lourdes Lugue is a professional engineer and works as a Senior Process Engineer at Waste & Recycling Services for the city of Calgary. She is also a Part time Instructor at the University of Calgary on Continuing Education Programs. Lourdes appreciates Canada’s management of waste and emphasizes how “we [Canada] have new garbage collection vehicles …

A Woman of Courage: Marissa Velarde

Marissa Velarde has dreamed more than the “impossible dream” and emerged triumphant. By facing the many challenges that came her way head on, she became more courageous and successful. A native of Camarines Sur, Marissa was born and nourished by adventures and challenges. Right after graduating from university, she jumped from various companies and sought …

Connecting to His Roots Through Painting: Patrick Cruz, Artist

Photography Courtesy of Bert Quibuyen His father is a musician who plays in a band; his mother also draws, while his brother is a hairdresser of note. It is all in the genes. That is how to describe best the talent of young Filipino upcoming artist, Patrick Cruz, the winner of RBC Canadian Painting Competition …