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Calendar of Events (updated June 24, 2008)
• PIDC Mabuhay Festival - July 19, 2008
• Kalayaan marks 25th anniversary - June, 2008
• U of Cebu Computer Engineering Batch '94 class reunion - Aug. 2
• Rizal in the 21 st Century TechnoWorld - Sept. 11-13
• Celebrate music with Josie de Leon - Oct. 10


PIDC Mabuhay Festival - July 19, 2008


Bidding her legion of fans in the Philippines a temporary adieu, Ai-Ai de las Alas travels in July to Toronto where the PIDC will roll out the red carpet. Dubbed the Philippines' Comedy Queen, Blockbuster Queen, and Concert Queen, Ms. de Las Alas headlines this year's Mabuhay Festival, flagship project of the Philippine Independence Day Council.

Known for her well-timed ad-libs (and ample supply of double-entendres that make the prude blush), Ai-Ai's fan club has grown wider and globally, especially with her recent box-office hit “Tanging Ina”. Pinoys back home easily warmed up to this drama of a single mother and the joys and pains of managing a family, for they know the movie mirrors Ai-Ai's own life story. The movie was such a hit that the resulting single “Tanging Ina N'yo”---performed of course by Ms. de las Alas---also topped the charts and has become a veritable sorority hymn of motherhood. Now, that makes her the Queen of the Airwaves, too.

Nothing will win the admiration of the Filipino for a showbiz personality faster than a Manila success story that has provincial origins-again, the story of Ms. de las Alas, who hails from the Visayas. Ai-Ai's stellar ascent has its beginnings in Manila's videoke bars (her day job was as a department store sales lady). Steadily, Ai-Ai has proved her success in the movies, television, live concert scenes, commercials, and recording. The Folk Arts Theater was filled to the rafters three times with her successful concerts. “AiAiay... The Greatest Performance of My Life” was standing room only. And this was at the Araneta Coliseum that seats 30,000, still one of the largest in the world.

Ms. de las Alas promises everyone a rockin' good time at this year's Mabuhay Festival which will be held on July 19th at the MTCC South Building - Hall D, 222 Bremner Road, Toronto.

As the festival is also a trade and charity show, PIDC is pleased to announce that with over 100,000 sq ft of space, the convention center can accommodate over 250 booths for exhibitors and concessionaires.

PIDC is the proud organizer of the MABUHAY PHILIPPINES Toronto Summer Festival, Trade Show and Charity Events.

To purchase tickets to the Ai-Ai de las Alas at Mabuhay Festival or arrange for booths, please contact: Minda Neri (416 621-4985), Jun Enverga (416 284-2810), Nene Ticzon (416 736-5068).

Come to Mabuhay Philippines! Toronto Summer Festival. It's your only chance to laugh at a queen.



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Kalayaan marks 25th anniversary

Overall Chair Ralph Logatoc of Kalayaan 2008 and Raffle Chair Benny Decion announced that the Kalayaan Raffle for 2008 is giving away a lot of expensive prizes.

1st Prize is a Caribbean Cruise for 2; 2 nd Prize is a trip to the Philippines for 2; 3rd Prize is a trip to Las Vegas for 2; 4th Pize will be 3 draws of $500 each and 5th Prize are 3 draws of $300 each. This will give donors a lot of chances to win prizes.

Ralph is appealing to the Filipino Community in Mississauga to help raise funds for the Kalayaan 2008 celebration. Tickets are only $1.00 each. The draw will be on June 15, 2008 at 5:00pm at the Kalayaan Picnic at Mississauga Valley Community Centre Park in Mississauga.

Officers of Kalayaan are preparing more exciting activities for the family to celebrate the 25 th Anniversary of Kalayaan.

Proceeds will go to the Kalayaan Cultural Community Centre (KCCC). Donors who buy more than $20.00 can ask for a receipt for tax refund. Order your tickets from Bennie Decion at Cell: (416) 457-9282 / (905) 858-3176 or Ralph Logatoc at (905) 279-3929 or Cell: (647) 688-3929.


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U of Cebu Computer Engineering Batch '94 Class Reunion

CEBU CITY--Batch ‘94 students of University of Cebu-Computer Engineering will hold a class reunion on August 2, 2008, from 8:00 am onwards at Cebu Beach Club, Mactan Island, Philippines. Registration fee: P 400.00 inclusive of lunch buffet. The batch will be looking forward to a full day of wholesome fun, entertainment and raffle draws. Those who are not graduates but enrolled in 1989 and those who graduated in October 1993 are also invited to join the event.

“We are trying to reach to all our classmates to tell everyone about this reunion. Many of our classmates are living overseas so we hope that everyone can attend ,” says Ic Logrono one of the organizers of the event who is now based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. “This is the time they meet their old friends, meet the instructors, join exciting games and bring home lots of give-away items with day of fun and laughter”, Logrono added.

For more information, send e-mail to: or


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Rizal in the 21 st Century TechnoWorld - Sept. 11-13

An array of distinguished Rizalists from different parts of the world are converging in the Greater Toronto Area on September 11 through 13 this year in the first major event of its kind anywhere in the world this century. The gathering is aptly themed “Rizal in the 21 st Century TechnoWorld”.

According to the sponsoring organization - Knights of Rizal Canada which is part of the International Federation of Knights of Rizal – through KORCanada's Chair Sir Fran Pulumbarit, the purpose of the meeting is to establish the relevance of Rizal today by determining exactly what are “Rizalian principles” that are often invoked by many and just exactly how can those principles be applied by individuals in their neighborhood, community, workplace, and in their own family.

Mr. Pulumbarit said that while many people of different nationalities regularly celebrate the birth and commemorate the martyrdom of the foremost national hero of the Philippines, most do not relate to the applicability of Rizal's ideals and philosophies in everyday life. Especially in today's technologically advanced world, Pulumbarit added. Contrary to popular belief, Rizal is no mere historical figure. ”He was a man of all times and a man for all people”, he said.

According to Pulumbarit, as what the featured speakers of the conference will prove, Rizal, if properly understood, can have a life changing impact upon individuals and entire societies in general much like Mahatma Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr. had. In fact, Pulumbarit continued, long before Gandhi and King, Rizal was already advocating such causes as non-violent political change, economic self-sufficiency and recognition of human rights. He just was not as widely known as the other two, said the chair of the Canadian affiliate of the International Federation of Knights of Rizal.

Pulumbarit added the following information: Keynote speaker for the three-day event is University of Western New Mexico's renowned humanities professor Jean Quintero Hall. Philippine-born Hall spent over twenty years of scholarly research on Rizal as a result of which she was given the honor of being “One of 20th Century's Most Outstanding Scholars” and one of “Most Notable Women of America”.

Also presenting a paper on Rizal will be popular University of Santo Tomas Political Science Professor Jose David Lapuz who is concurrently a Commissioner of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Prof. Lapuz is a constant traveling lecturer on International Politics and on Rizal, a subject he has been teaching since 1964. One of his numerous awards is that of one of the Ten Most Outstanding Young Men or TOYM.

The highlight of the gathering is an exhibition of photos of some of the rare manuscripts and documents attributed to Rizal during his stay in Europe, discovered and collected by Belgian Rizal archivist Sir Lucien Spittael. Spittael has the distinct honor of having traced the footsteps of Rizal during the hero's sojourn in various parts of Europe as well as a vast collection of authentic Rizaliana artifacts, writings and works.

Sir Don Brennock of Dublin, Ireland, is another non-Filipino Rizalist who can easily put many Filipinos to shame with his knowledge of Rizal and true appreciation of the value of Rizal's contribution to the world. He will share his personal views in an attempt to encourage those who otherwise would pay lip service only to the “First Filipino”.

Toronto's own Sir Voltaire de Leon, founder of Rizal Society of Ontario (RSO) brings up the rear of the line-up of illustrious admirers of Rizal. Political activist and award winning playwright de Leon will give an insight to the psyche of the man Rizal in an attempt to understand better what drove and guided Rizal in his marvelous works and exemplary life.

According to Pulumbarit, the conference is open to the public and anyone can attend either on his/her own behalf or as a representative of an organization. For details on how to register and for other information, interested parties are invited to call Sir Fran at 905-294-4757 or visit IFKOR's website:


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Celebrate music with Josie de Leon - Oct. 10

That versatile Josie de Leon brings to light another major concert billed "Celebrate Music with Josie" is proof that her passion and dedication to her craft is non-stop. In this concert the best of Toronto's Filipino-Canadian musicians and artists are jointly celebrated as a tribute to the richness of Filipino musicality and as a celebration of the gift of music.

Josie de Leon is Toronto's most sought-after singing diva, a testament to the support of the Filipino-Canadian community for local talents.

Thanks to your efforts, local talents are a thriving breed on the road to being world class.

As music-loving people, we share the belief that music does bring cultures together, that music does promote greater bonds amongst countrymen who choose to live away from their motherland. We are in a fortunate position to help sustain and expand that support through our personal generosity.

This year, Studio Six hopes to bring "Celebrate Music with Josie" on October 10, 2008 at P.C. Ho Theatre, Chinese Cultural Community Centre. As other Josie de Leon concerts, "Celebrate Music with Josie" will be a showcase of artistry in vocals and instruments woven into a music-story worth retelling and reliving.

Interested sponsors may contact Chat Bautista @ (905)7857538 or email at

Mavic Ignacio-Palanca

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