Filipino-Canadian In Focus

Global Filipino: Cenen Milan Jr.

What do running and books have in common? Cenen “Mac” Milan Jr. surely knows the connection. From the outside, Mac looks just like the typical guy who loves going to the beach and enjoying the white sand, a guy whose favorite meal is pasta and Coke, gets a little choked up watching “Notting Hill” or …

Global Filipino: Hanz Florentino

Being young and successful ain’t just for the yuppies behind Facebook or Google, one Filipino is not-so-slowly and surely making his mark in the field of financial management and entrepreneurship. Hanz Florentino, with internet marketer Janmck Hilado, published his first book in the Philippines entitled “Rick, Real, and Radical”–selling over 500 copies in 10 days. …

Filipino-Canadian in Focus: Lixmila Serrano

It would be fitting to call someone a “superwoman” if she can successfully juggle five businesses, organizing events and concerts, being an active community member, and having a family. But for Lixmila Serrano, it’s a normal day. Lixmila’s life is nothing short of a typical Pinoy teleserye, the only difference is, she lived—and lives it—everyday. …

Filipino-Canadian in Focus: Diona Joyce

It is impossible to walk along a street in the Philippines without encountering the perpetual line of various street food—from deliciously charred barbecue and isaw, to crunchy proven, to the unchanging taste (and price!) of fishball, to the ever-so-tempting kwek-kwek. You can even wash down the myriad of roadside treats with a glass of buko …

Filipino-Canadian in Focus: Echavez Siblings

Echavez siblings Lee, Anja, Mia, and Gino aren’t just performing artists, they’re Flamenco dancers. And while not everyone might not be as familiar with this style as they are, they share their passion for Flamenco through every cante (singing), every toque (guitar playing), and every baile (dance). “A Happy Accident” Born and raised in the …

Filipino-Canadian in Focus: Jason Godfrey

He’s one of those guys that are too good to be true. He is (in Derek Zoolander’s words) “really really ridiculously good-looking,” he’s funny, he’s witty, he acts and writes and poses professionally. What more could you possibly ask for? Well, why not throw in being a professional traveler? First Taste Jason Godfrey is a …

Global Filipino: Carissa Villacorta

2007 was a big year for Carissa Villacorta. She was just your regular neighborhood publisher, traveling to and fro New York and California in the line of duty, until she lived her personal philosophy: believe, begin, become. In October 2006, she launched her first book “Surreality” and was soon acclaimed because of her literary genius …

Global Filipino: Anna Meloto-Wilk

When it comes to all-natural beauty and top-of-the-line cosmetics, none other than Anna Meloto-Wilk’s Human Heart Nature (HHN) have taken the country by storm since its conception since 2007. Daughter of Gawad Kalinga founder Tony Meloto, Anna found the “Pro-Philippines, Pro-Poor, Pro-Environment” company with her husband Dylan, a British national, and her sister Camille. Modest …

Filipino-Canadian in Focus: Jon and Cynthia Reyes

“Family first.” Jon and Cynthia Reyes said that the best advice they were ever given is to put their family first. After all, this is what their relatives did when they first came to Canada as part of the pioneer Filipino community in Winnipeg almost four decades ago. Pioneering the Filipino-Canadian Community “Jon’s dad came …

Filipino-Canadian in Focus: Rosemer Enverga

Philanthropist, wife, mother, friend, Filipina. Rosemer Enverga is all that and so much more. As the wife of Senator Tobias Enverga Jr. and mom to their daughters, she continues to serve the Filipino community in Canada at the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation, which her husband founded in 2008 – roughly 25 years after moving to …