Community Round Up May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, March, April
(updated June 18, 2008)

Issue May 16-31, 2008
• An Evening with Pilita
• PIDC Mrs. Philippines pageant raised $7K for the poor
• Domenic Garcia de Vera turns 3
• Barlett-Harrison wedding
• First Communion for Serena and Jacob
• Orion's 7th birthday
• Taurus Tots
AGO's Director and CEO at the NEPMCC meeting
House of Embroideries and Crafts new store location
Celebrating The Feast of Divine Mercy (Brampton group)
Issue May 1-15, 2008
• Rep. Satur Ocampo interviewed by Steve Paikin
• Challenger congratulates winner
• MNE! MINE! MINE! A photo exhibit of Alex Felipe
• PATAC concert at Ryerson University
• Festival of Fire at Ontario Place
• Rep. Ocampo's stop over visit to BALITA's Ruben Cusipag

Community Round-Up


Issue May 1-15, 2008


Rep. Satur Ocampo interviewed by Steve Paikin

The Agenda host Steve Paikin of TVO interviews Rep. Satur Ocampo
on April 18 in Toronto.


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Challenger congratulates winner


Jess Cabrias (left), the anchorman of Talakayan radio program and consultant of One Philippines , congratulates re-elected President Tenny Soriano of the Philippine Press Club-Ontario (PPC-O) and BALITA columnist after the April 19 election.



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MINE! MINE! MINE! A photo exhibit by Alex Felipe


MINE! MINE! MINE! A Photo Exhibit by Alex Felipe, shown above with some of his works, was held at Ryerson Student Campus Centre on April 26. Felipe went to Marinduque, Philippines where he saw and documented with photos the devastation on the environment and its impact on the local people brought by the mining operations of Placer Dome Barrick Gold, a Canadian company.


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PATAC concert at Ryerson University

PATAC Concert held at Ryerson Polytechnic University April 26 featured, among others, musical artist and songwriter Levy Abad who sang his own old and new compositions on the political crisis in the Philippines.

Philippine Advocacy Through Arts and Culture (PATAC) concert also featured from left, Belinda Corpuz, Mithi Esguerra, Theresa Fajardo, Cynthia Palmaria, Paulina Corpuz, Lyla Palmaria-Luciano (partly hidden),
and Isabela Corpuz.

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Festival of Fire at Ontario Place


Ontario Minister of Tourism Peter Fonseca speaks in a press conference April 21 at Diversity Media Services. Fonseca announced new changes to the 2008 Canada Dry Festival of Fire at Ontario Place which runs June 28 (theme: South Asia), July 1 (Canada Day), 3 (Latin community), and 5 (Grand finale) this summer.


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Rep. Ocampo's stop over visit to Ruben Cusipag


Rep. Satur Ocampo (with necktie) stops over to visit Ruben Cusipag, Publisher and Editor of BALITA, at the latter's rehab centre in Toronto. Ocampo was on his way to the Pearson International Airport to leave for Manila after a hectic 10-day visit of Canadian major cities. Cusipag was a leader of a campaign for the release of Ocampo from political detention during Marcos's martial law regime. From left, Ben and Paulina Corpuz, Hermie Garcia, Roger Sta. Mina, Ocampo, Rick Esguerra, Tess Cusipag and Pura Velasco. Ruben Cusipag, seated.

BALITA's Ruben Cusipag and Philippine Reporter's Hermie Garcia hold each other's paper when Rep. Satur Ocampo (right) visited Cusipag on his way to the airport on April 18. At left is Mila Astorga-Garcia.

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Issue April 16-30, 2008
Party List Parliamentarians Visit Toronto

Rep. Luz Ilagan and Rep. Crispin Beltran receive gifts of appreciation from Dr. Philip Kelly after the guests spoke at York University, April 7.


Rep. Satur Ocampo of Party List Bayan Muna receives Certificate of Appreciation from Philippine Press Club - Ontario at Madden Hall, University of Toronto, April 13, 2008. From left, Tony Sicat, Butch Galicia, Tenny Soriano (President, PPCO), Ocampo, Mila Astorga-Garcia, Hermie Garcia, Bert de Lara, Jojo Taduran. Plaques held by Soriano and Mila Garcia are for Reps. Luz Beltran of Gabriela Women's Party and Rep. Crispin Beltran of Anak Pawis.
PHOTO: Jonathan Canchela

With First Quarter Storm
comrades and friends.

PHOTO: Jonathan Canchela

Part of the audience pose for photo
with Rep. Ocampo at U of T.


AUDIENCE at the Pulong Bayan with Rep. Satur Ocampo on Sunday, April 13, 2008 at Fr. Madden Hall, University of Toronto.


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Retiree Cora Calixterio

Retiree Feted: Cora Calixterio (centre, front row), until recently with the Legal Services Branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General, was feted by friends at a gathering held at Red Lobster (Atrium on Bay). With her in photo are husband, Dom Calixterio, and co-workers Willi Singson, Josie del Rosario, Cora Tanaka, Elma Sparkes, Nitz Sarmiento, Cesar Dacanay, Pat Sayo, and Rose Salvani.


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PIDC-ANCOP/Gawad Kalinga Housing Project

RICKY Cuenca (right) of ANCOP/Gawad Kalinga and Jun Enverga of Philippine Independence Day Council (PIDC) explain their housing for the poor projects in the Philippines at the Almusalan of the Philippine Press Club-Ontario (PPCO).


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Composer Jun Dadivas' tribute to Christina Calayca

COMPOSER Jun Dadivas is continuously writing and composing songs in tribute to Christina Calayca, the missing girl since August 6, 2007, who was lost while jogging with three friends at the Rainbow Falls Provincial Park at Terrace Bay, Ontario. Dadivas is collaborating with musical arranger Mon Torralba to record his musical compositions which will be interpreted by Toronto's Filipino singers. PHOTO: JOJO TADURAN

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Winnipeg's Volunteers of God

WINNIPEG'S VOLUNTEERS OF GOD. Photo shows the members of the Volunteers of God whose apostolate is to bring the devotion to the Divine Mercy to homes of Filipinos in Winnipeg, Manitoba. At extreme right is Fr. Kevin Smith with Roman Collar and Alma Sevilla (exteme left front row). (jotadz)


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Issue April 1-15, 2008
Darius Ciria's concert successful

DARIUS Ciria (right) with Mikey Bustos at ‘Traces of Love' concert,
March 8 at QSSIS Banquet Hall in Scarborough.


Darius Ciria's ‘Traces of Love' concert has proven its worth, strength and commitment which was embraced by his supporters and fans on March 8 (Saturday) despite the strong snow storm.

It was held a the QSSIS Banquet Halls in Scarborough.

The concert featured sensational singers from Toronto who have been dubbed as Toronto's musical treasures that include Josie de Leon and Mikey Bustos, the Canadian idol finalist. Of course, the lady “Elvis Presley”, Zena Zagala, rendered her rock and roll songs.

Darius Ciria's concert has given life to the back-up singers -- vocal instructor Mavic Ignacio Palanca, performer/director Kristine Tan, newcomer Ruth Morales, and Miss Saigon's Alvin Alba.

The surprise production number, a medley of motown music, was performed by Karen Tan, Rodney Ronquillo and Cheryll Samson.

The Band was composed of Mon Torralba, lead guitar; Nato Buzon, bass; Jun Vidal, drums; and Mike Ombao, keyboard.

Romeo Ayson Zetazate (PRESS RELEASE)

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Bodybliss patients win round trip airline tickets

From left: Ellen Candeza MOC Office Administrator, grand prize winner
and Mercy Rementilla, Chief Operating Officer.

Three long-time Bodybliss patients were very happy winners of the recently concluded “Passport to Happiness” promotion sponsored by Bodybliss Group of Clinics.

Gina Arroyo (Duncan Mill Ortholine), Lai Chun Wah (Markham Orthopedic Center), and Emerita Lopez (Bioform Health) each won one roundtrip airline ticket to the Philippines.

Arroyo, who works part-time in retail, has been a Duncan Mill patient for eight years now. Because of her work, she goes to the clinic at least twice month, and has availed of the physiotherapy service, and products like orthotics and compression stockings. Winning has made the idea of going on holidays in the Philippines more accessible. “I was there last year, but it was more of a family obligation,” she says. “ Kung uuwi ako ngayon , for pleasure. Bakasyon talaga .”

Postal worker Lai Chun Wah has never won anything before this raffle. An orthotics patient at the Markham Orthopedic Center for three years now, he has never been to the Philippines, and is very pleased with his prize.

For Lopez, a free airline ticket has just made her original plan of going back to the Philippines in the fall sweeter. “Gagamitin ko yan,” she says. “Ang balak ko kasi talaga magbakasyon around October or November.” One of the earliest patients at Bioform Health in Mississauga, Lopez says custom orthotics has corrected her flat feet, and made her walk faster.

The soon-to-be-retiree was tasked with picking the ballots, and was surprised when she drew her name the third time. She credits Matteo, her two-month-old grandson, as her lucky charm. “I think tumaas ang presyon ko sa excitement,” she recalls. “P ero suwerte talaga ang apo ko .”

Launched last June 2007, over 3,500 people participated in this promotion. “We were thinking of ways of making our patients happier, and since almost 90% of our patients are originally from the Philippines, we decided to raffle tickets there,” say Mercy Rementilla, chief operating officer of the Bodybliss group.

Gift certificates worth $100 were also won by Mark Spencer, Leslie Johnson, Jose de Castro, Vazhapilly Thomas, Glen Luclucan and Mary Ann Hipolito.

Custom orthotics and orthopedic shoes are often included in the benefits of medical insurance plans. Consult with your family doctor, or see podiatrist for a professional opinion. Take the pressure off your feet now, and see our caring professionals for FREE consultation. No referral necessary for initial consultation.

For more information, please call Bodybliss Physiotherapy and Orthopedic System (416 224 9900), Duncan Mill Ortholine(416 445 3555), Markham Orthopedic Center(905 470 7131), Bioform Health (905 670 0204) and Orthopedic and Orthotic Appliances (416 321 8541).


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Mentor Talents Production and
Toronto's Musical Treasures

Teresa Mendoza Torralba (2nd from right), president and executive producer of Mentor Talents Production, is shown in photo together with some of the musical treasures of Toronto, Ontario, which include Karen Tan (2nd from left), Cheryll Samson, and Zena Zagala. They are discussing their next musical show.
(PHOTO: jotadz)


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