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Filipino-Canadians in Focus: the Gayos and the McLarens

Leanne Gayo McLaren’s voice—exquisite and divine—soared and lifted everyone’s spirits. For a moment there, it penetrated the fog of grief that hung heavily in the room. It was grief, however, that refused to fester; because more than anything, the Gayo and McLaren families sought to find solace in their happy memories. It was not a …

Nenita Yap, Sprott Shaw Scholar

There were a few stars in the sky, the moon was visible, it promised to be another normal night that night of November 8, 2013. Except that it quickly became a nightmare. Those who lived to tell the tale said it was worse than a nightmare. “Storm surge,” a word unknown in the Philippine vocabulary, …

Here for Good: Aprodicio and Eleanor Laquian

29. That is how many times the Laquians have moved their household. Nairobi, Kenya, Santiago, Chile, Suva, Fiji in the South Pacific, Beijing, China and many cities in between—they have been there and have called it home. They made lovely memories in all of them, but had little or no roots. The restless (by choice …

Filipino-Canadian in Focus: Jose Antonio “J.A.” Tan

J.A. with his favourite painting, “Festivity”.   J.A. held his brush as if it were a talisman and an extension of himself. He then let the colours cascade on canvass, while the camera panned alternately to his hand, his brush, his face. He was immersed in the moment, caught in the words he was trying …

Filipino-Canadian in Focus: Carmelita Salonga Tapia

Carmelita Tapia with her husbamd Ed.   Opportunity reveals itself to those who are ready, and fearless. Carmelita Tapia was both. It was the early 90’s and she had just left the Philippines for Canada, echoing the desire (and lamentation) of many parents: a better future for their children, better than what they would have …

Miguel Syjuco: Ilustrado

  What would you do if you were a poor little rich boy whose only desire was to write—but you can’t—because you are “the burgis writer”, whom no one takes seriously, and your family pushes you to a life in politics, which you abhor? Well, up and leave, of course. And that’s exactly what Miguel …

The 2013 Marshall McLuhan Fellow – Philippines: Eileen Mangubat

  The sun took a short hiatus, days before Cebu’s Eileen Mangubat arrived in Vancouver. On the day of the interview, however, the sun was peeking and people had their sunglasses on. It was a good day to be downtown, where we were meeting. Eileen is the 2013 Marshall McLuhan Fellow – Philippines. The McLuhan …

We have all the advantages of both Asia and the West here: Harper

  VANCOUVER—Security appeared to have been stepped up because of the earlier events of the day. But it was a quiet evening on Monday as members of the ethnic media—some meeting Prime Minister Stephen Harper for the first time—eagerly awaited the prime minister for a roundtable at a downtown Vancouver hotel. Earlier in the day, …

Kids helping kids: a Haiyan story

  Precocious, principled. A kid who forever changes you with her exuberance and sunshine smile. She will rally a whole school behind her cause. She will give you your change, even if it is just one cent. She will save the world. She is Abi. Her world and the Philippines collided because of Haiyan. Her …

Canada is not a hotel: Kenney

  Richmond, B.C.—Mr. Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Development and Minister of Multiculturalism, came to Richmond  to discuss the budget unveiled by Minister Jim Flaherty as Economic Action Plan 2014 but was—understandably—bombarded by questions on the spate of changes on the immigration front. Indeed, media representatives of three of the largest and fastest growing …

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