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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 …

Duterte says he “cannot accept an American president,” declares bid for 2016

MANILA — The much anticipated announcement finally came Saturday night from a birthday party in Cavite. In a report from the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo ‘Rody’ Duterte was quoted saying, “My candidacy for the presidency is now on the table.” According to Duterte, Sen. Grace Poe — one of the frontrunners in …

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 …

WATCH: Americans respond to AlDub; learn ‘pabebe’

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,” …

Women’s rights group Gabriela unhappy with ‘It’s Showtime’ over ‘Pastillas Girl’

Women’s rights group Gabriela showed their displeasure over noontime show It’s Showtime’s treatment of Angelica Jane Yap, or more popularly know as Pastillas Girl. In a letter addressed to It’s Showtime‘s executive producer Mark Rejano and the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), Gabriela Secretary General Joan May Salvador cited that the noontime …

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.”

WATCH: CCTV footage of abduction of 3 foreigners, Filipina from PH resort

MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) released a CCTV footage of the moment three foreigners and one Filipino were abducted from an upscale resort in Samal Island in Davao Monday night. According to reports, at least eleven armed men attacked the Holiday Ocean View Samal Resort and seized Canadians John Ridsdel and Robert Hall, …

Caucasian soldier one of the casualties in Mamasapano siege?

MANILA — An 8-minute video of the aftermath of the Mamasapano siege from January has been making rounds online. The video showed one of the casualties who looked like a Caucasian male soldier. The people taking the video were speaking in their native dialect and in English, but referred to the Caucasian-looking man as “Buddy.” …

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 …

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