Filipino-Canadian In Focus

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 …

Defying Odds, Making a Difference: Winston L. Sayson, Q.C.

“There is no shame in hard work.” From a wise father to his young son, these words resonated with Winston Sayson when he was growing up. He shares his inspiring story of perseverance and success with the Philippine Canadian Inquirer. More Opportunities, a Better Future Winston was born in Manila, Philippines in 1963.  He grew …

Global Filipino: 16 Lessons on Art, Life, and Success from Manuel Baldemor

Everyone loves a success story. When award international award-winning Filipino painter/sculptor/printmaker/writer/book illustrator and philanthropist Manuel D. Baldemor recently toured Canada, he sat for an interview with PMNTV about his humble beginnings and his adventures around the world as the most travelled artist with his work for UNICEF.  I also had the privilege of collaborating with …

Defying Gravity, Defying Odds: Ethan David

Recently, I had the privilege of  interviewing newly crowned ‘Vocalist of the World’, Ethan David. Ethan competed in the World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) — and won — with the song “Defying Gravity” from the hit musical “Wicked.” According to Ethan, he chose the song specifically for its inspiring message. The road to such …

Global Filipino: Dr. Deo Baraan

For many medical professionals, traveling is a luxury that nobody has time for. But for Dr. Amadeus Baraan, it is a necessity to keep him sane. Fondly called ‘Deo’ by friends and family, he fell in love with traveling—oddly enough—in medical school because he believes “youth only comes once.”   Traveling ‘keeps me sane’ “My …