March Community Round Up
Issue March 16-31, 2008
• FMWM join International Women's Day, March 8
• Caregivers share thoughts on "Modern Heroes, Modern Slaves"
• Active Filipino Ladies in Toronto
Issue March 1-15, 2008
• Caregivers musical stage play at PPC-O's Almusalan Forum, Feb. 23
• Consulate Rally, Feb. 29
• Miami audience gives standing ovation for Brampton's Jasmine
• Birthday Trio - Feb. 19
• Dionne Marie Conche's Grand Debut, Feb. 16
• Josie de Leon' Valentine Fundraising Concert, Feb. 16
• Jun and Rosemer Enverga's 25th Wedding Anniversary
• Family Day Dinner of National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada, Feb. 18
• Ground Breaking Ceremony for PIDC Toronto GK Village

Community Round-Up


Issue March 16-31, 2008


FMWM join International Women's Day march


A contingent from Filipino Migrant Workers Movement join the march
onToronto streets during International Women's Day on March 8.


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Caregivers share thoughts on
"Modern Heroes, Modern Slaves" movie


Caregivers share experiences and thoughts during the film showing
in Thornhill, Ontario of “Modern Heroes, Modern Slaves”


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Active Filipino Ladies in Toronto


Two of the active Filipino ladies in the Filipino community in Toronto, Ontario are shown in photo. Melinda Parreno Rustia (right) is president of the Kol Hope Foundation and past president of the Asociacion Negrense who is also a founding member of the Philippine Press Club Ontario; and Rogelia (Nene) Castillo (left) is the incumbent president of the Asociacion Negrense and past executive vice president of the Featinean Association of Toronto.


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Issue March 1-15, 2008


Caregivers musical play at PPC-O's Almusalan


CAREGIVERS stage part of a musical play about workplace abuse, at Almusalan Forum of Philippine Press Club-Ontario Feb. 23 at Casa Manila inToronto.


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Consulate Rally, Feb. 29


BRAVING the snow and minus 20s temperature: Philippine Consulate Office on Eglinton Ave. East was the site of a rally calling for the ouster of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, on Feb. 29.


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Miami audience gives standing ovation
Brampton's Jasmine Ragual


Jasmine with Miami Beach
Mayor Matti Bower.


Jasmine with Brampton
Mayor Susan Fennell.


With Brampton Symphony Principal Conductor Maestro Robert Raines.


MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA--Once again, our petite, eleven-year-old Bramptonian, Jasmine Ragual, was the surprise soloist with the Brampton Symphony Orchestra (BSO) during its first of a kind concert in Miami Beach, Florida on February 3, 2008. The plush and fully renovated Colony Theatre was the venue of the concert, hosted by Mr. Miami Beach, Michael Aller and attended by dignitaries from both cities including Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell and Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower. Proceeds of the said concert benefited the SoBe (South Beach) Music Institute. Jasmine was introduced by Maestro Robert Raines as the “not-the-average-size performer and Brampton's own little princess” before her angelic rendition of “Castle on a Cloud”, a part sung by Cosette in the world-renowned Broadway musical “Les Miserables”.

The Miami audience indeed loved her performance and gave her a standing ovation. The concert dubbed as “Postcards from Abroad” featured performers from both countries including: stylist-vocalist singer Toni Anderson; tenor soloist Salvatorre Gambino; soprano soloist Iris Rodriguez, harpist Andrew Chan, young violinist Roderick Hyuhn Chan; percussionist Amin Kargaran, trumpeter Oscar Montoya, violin soloist Tomas Cotik, cellist Beata Szuka, pianist Ronald Greidanus, vocalist Jose Luis Amaro, and of course the 65-piece BSO ensemble, with its principal conductor Maestro Robert Raines.

On November 3, 2007, Jasmine had her first performance with the BSO as their special guest soloist during their 21st Season's Opening concert at the Rose Theatre in Brampton. Mr. Raines was impressed by Jasmine's professionalism and how she engages the audience which prompted him to invite her to join them into this week-long Florida tour.

For Jasmine, it was an experience that she will truly cherishes. She enjoyed the Miami heat while strolling the sandy beach , the warm reception by the city of Miami Beach at the grand Bass Museum, the surprise boat cruise, the shopping and her first airflight with her mom. Best of all, young Filipino-Canadian as she is, she was just so honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to share her musical talent with such a pool of great artists both here and abroad.

From the Federation, our kudos and more power to you Jasmine!

The Federation of Filipino Canadians of Brampton is a registered, non-profit organization of individuals and associations whose main objective is the preservation and promotion of Filipino culture, heritage and traditions. For more information, please contact the Federation at (905) 796-0573.



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Birthday Trio

BIRTHDAY TRIO & guests: From left: Makaio Carling, Ethan Mariano (turns 5) Jaden Principe (back), Miguel Garillos (turns 3), Santiago de Vera (turns 5 ),
his brother Domenic and Isaiah Loden.

Feb. 19, 2008 Birthday Party in Scarborough


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Dionne Marie Conche's Grand Debut


The Imperial Room of Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto was full of excitement that night when about 250 of Dionne Conche's family members, relatives, friends and schoolmates celebrated her 18th birthday on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008. The cotillon was breathtaking, the 18 roses ritual was impressive, the speeches were emotional and the cake was huge. (81?? Will somebody turn around that cake?)


From left: Dad Deolito, brother Daren, Dionne, sister Danielle Mae and mom Marina Conche






Extended family


Friends and schoolmates


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Josie de Leon's Valentine Concert


JOSIE DE LEON sings at the Valentine fundraising concert
“Love is a Wonderful Thing” produced by E.C. Productions at
Kalayaan Cultural Community Centre, Feb. 16.


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Jun and Rosemer Enverga's 25th Wedding Anniversary


Fr. Fernando Suarez, a Catholic priest from Mississauga and known for his healing powers, was in the Philippines recently. He is joined in this photo
by Jun Enverga and Rosemer Enverga who renewed their wedding vows to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They had two ceremonies. The first was officiated by Msgr. Joano at Shangri-la Makati followed by dinner and
dance at the Rizal Ballroom on Jan. 12. The second ceremony was officiated by Fr. Fernando at the Monte Maria Shrine Site in Batangas. Reception followed at the site on Jan. 21, 2008. With them are daughters Rystle, Reesa and Rocel.


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Family Day Dinner of NEPMCC


FAMILY DAY dinner of National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada, Feb. 18. From left: Shabnam Janani, Associate Editor, Salam Toronto Weekly; Mila Astorga-Garcia, Managing Editor, The Philippine Reporter; Thomas Saras, President, NEPMCC; Peter Konidis, owner of The Greek Grill; Stephanie Williams of Weekly Gleaner.


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Ground Breaking Ceremony


Ground Breaking ceremony for the PIDC Toronto GK Village held in the town of Jose Ma. E. Panaganiban headed by PIDC president Jun Enverga (second from right) and Liason Officer Rosemer Enverga (in black) with GK Ancop Canada president Ricky Cuenca (fourth from left).


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