Filipino-Canadian In Focus

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 …

Keeping Grounded to her Filipino Roots: Jocelyn David

Early Life Joycelyn’s family lived in Santa Rosa, Laguna in the early 1970s. Her grandfather worked for CN Rail as a Machinist, and her grandmother was a nurse. When they migrated to Canada, they were blessed with seven children, led by her mother Restita Espiritu. Later on, her parents moved to Edmonton, Alberta which became …

A Man for All Seasons: Tomas Avendaño

To many, he is “Tatay Tom”, the man behind the Multicultural Helping House Society on Fraser St., Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the man who dreamt of guiding and helping new Filipino migrants in Vancouver settle in their new country; a man who is very passionate in helping our “kababayans” integrate into Canadian society and …

An Immigrant Story: Nagsusumikap ang mga Bagong Imigranteng Mag-ipon para sa Kolehiyo

Sa ekonomiya ngayon, ang Filipina-Canadian na nagtatrabaho sa pangangalaga ng kalusugan na si Bing Orense ay nagsusumikap na mag-ipon para sa edukasyon ng mga anak niya. Naglalagay pa rin siya ng $150 bawat buwan para sa dalawang anak niya – si Jenny, 15, at si NJ, 12 – sa kaalamang ito ay makabuluhang pamumuhunan sa …

Multifaceted Gem of a Filipina: Cora Dela Cruz

Public servant, business woman, student, awardee, mother, wife, Filipina. Cora Dela Cruz is all that and so much more. As the Executive Director of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, a mother of two kids and a widow of one, she continues to yield to her calling in the service to entrepreneurs in …