Filipino-Canadian In Focus

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 …

Assuring Immigrants Canada is the Land of Great Opportunities: Michele Serrano

“Your attitude is the key to your success. Keep your eyes on the prize. Remember your goal and enjoy the ride.” Michele Serrano sums up what she thinks will help Filipino immigrants succeed in Canada. Michele for sure knows whereof she speaks. She is one Fil-Canadian who may have been lucky enough to have stumbled …

Advocate of Indigenous Culture: Clifford Belgica

Advocate of Indigenous Culture: Clifford Belgica An erstwhile traveller having worked different places in the world he ended up with several academic and personal visits to Canada and Vancouver either as a faculty/ speaker or attendee at several conferences such as the Asia Pacific Conference on Disaster Medicine, the World Conference on Disaster Management and …

Navigating Canadian Life Minus the Fears: Mahal Hudson

The Fierce Mahal Hudson Navigates Canadian Life Minus the Fears If you think you are positive enough as a person, wait till you talk to Mahal Hudson. The lady exudes with positivity and great passion for what she does – that is, transforming people to a vibrant and empowered life. But that is honestly, going …

The Lady with Grit: Elle Harris

The Lady with Grit In the Okanagan Valley, she is well known as the “Lady Entrepreneur with the big heart”, being head mover in many fundraising activities for Filipinos in need. When several typhoons devastated the Philippines in the past few years, she spearheaded campaigns to gather as much funds and goods as possible to …

Educator and Multi-awarded Aquaculture Scientist: Dr. Jesse Ronquillo

Who is Dr. Jesse Ronquillo This low-profile scientist is a native of Cagay, Camarines Sur. His mother was from Quezon Province while his father was from Caloocan. At an early age, Dr. Jesse wanted to be an Engineer, while his mother wanted him to become a medical doctor. However, after high school, on his cousins’ …

Helping and Changing People’s Lives: Annette and Victor Que

In life, there are three things that we all wish to have: health, wealth and time freedom. Annette and Victor Que are perfect example of individuals who have achieved what everybody is yearning for. Annette and Victor are healthy, wealthy and have full control of their time. All thanks to USANA, the couple is living …