Filipino-Canadian In Focus

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 …

Bloom Where You Are Planted: Fr. Ben Ebcas Jr.

Raised by hardworking parents who instilled the value of earnest work and honest deeds, Father (Fr.) Ben Ebcas Jr.—together with his nine siblings—grew up believing each life is a gift from God and therefore should be cherished. So when Typhoon ‘Uring’ devastated the City of Ormoc, Leyte in November 1991, Fr. Ben knew he had …

Zuraidah Alman: Embracing Philippines in Canada

You may see her everyday on TV delivering news as well as traffic and weather updates for CTV Toronto, but at the end of the day, Filipino-Canadian Zuraidah Alman believes her job—despite the long, strenuous hours—is a privilege. Moving to Canada Zuraidah was only two years old when her family immigrated to Canada to join …

A Colorful Life: Boom Dayupay

In a time when most Filipinos were listening to alternative rock, Filipino-Canadian Boom Dayupay and his hip-hop band Kulay’s arrival to the Filipino music scene was a breath of fresh air. Fresh start in Canada Boom Dayupay and his family migrated to Vancouver in 1977. Up till now, Boom can still recall candid memories from …

A Wider Perspective In Life: Rowena Rozal-Zamora

Born in the quiet province of Tarlac, Rowena Rozal grew up in a big family. Together with her five siblings, her parents provided them with more than just food and a roof over their head. “My parents provided us with a unique foundation in life with their wisdom and profound insight of the human soul,” …

Global Filipino: Jerrold Tarog

“We were trying for something higher, trying to transcend the idea of movie promotions,” Director Jerrold Tarog said of ‘Heneral Luna.’ “We’re making this an act of nation building.”

Rediscovering Passion: Josie de Leon

Josie de Leon has always been a performer. When Josie immigrated to Canada in 1997, she left her family and a promising singing career in the Philippines. “Giving up that career was a tough decision for me, but love won,” Josie said, referring to her Filipino-Canadian husband. Fast forward to today, Josie is now a …