Activism & Community Building/Community News

Filipina Trafficking Survivors Launch a Co-op—And They Own Their Jobs
Yes Magazine
December 23, 2015
“After Judith Daluz escaped from an abusive employer and reunited with her children, she struggled to make ends meet. So she started a cleaning business with other Filipinas—where she’s her own boss…”
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FFCB to host holiday gala dinner in support of Peel Memorial
The Philippine Reporter
October 28, 2015
“The Federation of Filipino Canadians of Brampton are among a growing group of community leaders who are passionate about supporting local health care. The Federation will host their first annual ‘Thank You Christmas’ Formal Gala in support of the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness…”
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Fil-Canadians welcome new consul general in Toronto
The Philippine Inquirer
June 3, 2015
“North York, Ontario – Filipino Canadians welcomed the newly appointed Philippine consul general to Toronto at a Kapihan hosted by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association Toronto…” 
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Group in Alberta Celebrates Consular Campaign Success
The Philippine Reporter
October 24, 2014
The campaign for a consular office in Alberta celebrates that it has been recognized as being in need of a full-time Filipino Consulate. “We will continue to put pressure to the Philippine government to make sure it prioritizes Alberta as the situation of TFWs worsens…”
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Philippine Heritage Band marks 35th year
The Philippine Reporter
October 9, 2015
Photos from the 35th Anniversary of the Philippine Heritage Band based in the GTA…
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Migrante Alberta lauds Coalition for Consular Office
The Philippine Reporter
March 28, 2014
With a growing number of Filipinos (both permanent residents and temporary foreign workers) in Alberta there have been increasing pressures for the Department of Foreign Affairs to open a consular office based in Alberta…
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Information Session for Kababayans
The Philippine Reporter
May 10, 2013
An information session on topics such as consular services, dual citizenship, settlement services, domestic violence and human rights for Filipino migrants was held in Toronto….
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When a migrant worker dies suddenly, a community takes charge
The Toronto Star
May 21, 2012
The Toronto Filipino Community stepped up to repatriate Girlie Gioqunio’s body to her family in the Philippines. ‘The government has a role to play in securing and protecting its nationals in a situation like this. These workers bring in $17 billion a year to the country in remittances…”  
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Ethnic mapping 3: Filipinos third largest group in Metro Vancouver
The Vancouver Sun
October 17, 2011
The community of 80,000 Filipinos in Metro Vancouver is the second largest visible minority in the area. This ethnic enclave holds a growing influence… 
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Support growing for ‘Three Amigos’
The Pilipino Express
December 16, 2010
“A National Day of Action has been organized for December 18th in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal to create further awareness about the case of the Three Amigos.” Antonio Laroya, Arnisito Gavialo and Ermie Zotomayor were arrested on June 24, 2010 for working at a gas station in Manitoba without work permits. Local church and advocacy groups have rallied in support… 
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Filipinos debate their identity, how they fit in
The Toronto Star
February 28, 2009
Cultural identities of the older generation of immigrants from the Philippines and their Canadian-raised children are discussed at the first State of the Filipino Union meeting at the University of Toronto. “On one side, university educated Filipinos with accents fled Ferdinand Marcos’s martial law in the 1970s for Canada and found themselves in jobs as nannies, cleaners and settlement house volunteers. On the other, university-educated Filipinos who speak rusty Tagalog and came as toddlers or were born here, and feel neither completely Filipino nor completely Canadian…”  
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Arts, Education, Culture & Youth Organizations Connecting with the Philippines

Pantayo Bridges the Filipino Diaspora with their Take on Kulintang
Noisey Vice
January 15,2016
Appropriating indigenous culture involves privilege—it means benefitting from an experience while skipping out on a lived history of oppression. Inspired by the kulintang traditions of the indigenous Maguindanoan and T’boli peoples…
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Youth react to Young Fil-Can Leaders Summit
The Philippine Reporter
October 9, 2015
Several youth are interviewed on issues surrounding Filipino-Canadian cultural identity after the second annual Young Filipino-Canadian Leaders Summit hosted in partnership with the Philippine Consulate General of Toronto and the Philippine Embassy in Ottawa…
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Student service trips to PH changes lives
The Philippine Reporter
October 9, 2015
24 high school  students from the Toronto Catholic District School Board go on a service trip to the Philippines to aid villages affected by poverty…
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PH film featured at Toronto International Film Festival
ABS-CBN News
September 18, 2015
“The Toronto International Film Festival celebrated its 40 years, and three films from the Philippines made the cut…” 
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Fiesta of all fiestas regale Filipinos on Toronto 
The Philippine Daily Inquirer
September 10, 2015
“David Pecaut Square in Toronto became a full blown Filipino plaza in fiesta mode on August 29 and 30 because of the Mabuhay Philippines Festival 2015, produced and organized by the Philippine Independence Day Council…”
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Filipino’s dance mainstay in Toronto off to Azores festival
The Philippine Daily Inquirer
August 12, 2015
“A staple of the Filipino cultural scene in the Greater Toronto Area, Filipina Dance Troupe of Canada, flew to the Azores, Portugal to preform at an international dance fest…” 
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Pinoy Fiesta Vancouver
Pinoy Fiesta Vancouver Canada
August 9, 2015.
The Pinoy Fiesta in Vancouver, BC is an annual festival to celebrate the Filipino culture… 
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Toronto’s ‘Taste of Manila’ festival awaits hungry throngs
The Philippine Daily Inquirer
August 8, 2015
Described as “the little festival that grew”, Toronto’s Taste of Manila featured over 50 vendors of Filipino cuisine and street food…
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Vancouver exhibit showcases Canadian and American artists with Filipino roots
The Georgia Straight
July 30, 2015
“A Vancouver exhibit brings together Canadian and American artists of Filipino ancestry in a five-day show called Pagtitipon. Translated as “a gathering” in English, pagtitipon is a Tagalog word evoking a communion of kindred souls…”
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Filipino Canadians campaign for Tagalog language education in B.C. public schools
The Georgia Straight
June 8, 2015
“Filipino Canadians held a news conference at Slocan Park to launch a campaign to have the national language of the Philippines offered as an elective in secondary schools…”
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Opinion: Action needed to support Filipino youth 
The Vancouver Sun
June 1, 2015
“Canada needs to work harder to empower the lost generation of Filipino-Canadian youth. These are young people left behind as their mothers took job offers in Canada under the federal live-in caregiver program that was launched in 1992. These are the children who eventually joined their mothers in Canada but soon found themselves embroiled in problems, such as their parents divorcing, financial struggles, or the complexities of adapting to a new school or new culture…”
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Filipino Canadian film and panel tackle LGBT issues and religion
The Georgia Straight
March 14, 2015
Joella Cabalu’s short documentary ‘StandStill’ is aimed to address the immigrant experience on homosexuality. LGBT issues and religion in the Filipino Canadian community were further discussed on the panel of ‘Queering the Filipino Diaspora in Canada’…
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Taste of Manila
Toronto Star
August 25, 2014
Pictorial of Toronto’s Taste of Manila…
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Filipino students adjust to new parents – their own
The Toronto Star
June 1, 2013
There are several social and cultural hurdles faced by children and parents separated by care work. “Some say [these] children go through separation twice, first when their parents leave, then again when they leave their grandparents — creating a generation of “lonely lolas” (grandmothers) back home…”
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At Reel Asian International Film Festival: Filipino musical, horror and animation
The Philippine Reporter
October 30, 2009
Toronto – Reel Asian proudly presents new films by Filipino directors…
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Filipino festival offers food and aid
The Toronto Star
August 17, 2007
The seventh annual Mahubay Philippines! Festival at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre is known as one of the largest celebration of Philippine culture in Canada. Filipino food, music and dance are intertwined with social justice causes and philanthropy…
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Getting noticed is half the battle
The Toronto Star
August 16, 2007
The Filipinos Making Waves festival at Harbourfront Centre on Lake Ontario highlights the rich culture and growing presence of Filipinos in Canada.
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Park picnics festive, warm and very tasty
The Toronto Star
August 6, 2007
Stories from park picnics at Ashbridge’s Bay Park: “You can bet that a Filipino park picnic will include a rice cooker”…
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Stage gives visibility
The Toronto Star
May 1, 2007
“There isn’t any focus on youth of colour and we are trying to fill that gap,” says Aquino, producer of CrossCurrents – a festival featuring emerging and established artists of colour…”
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Church Groups & NGOs

GK Canada honours builders of homes for typhoon Yolanda victims
Phil star Global
January 5, 2016
“Gawad Kalinga Canada (GKC) recently honored 19 organizations and private individuals for their major contribution to the organization’s rebuilding efforts in Leyte province in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan…”
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Gawad Kalinga Canada unveils new anti-poverty partners
The Philippine Inquirer
December 8, 2015
“The Canadian branch of a renowned anti-poverty organization in the Philippines unveiled a tripartite partnership for sustainable development at a recent meeting of donors and supporters…”
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Virgin de Barangay anniversary celebration at MFFC
The Philippine Reporter
October 28, 2015
“The Virgin de Barangay of Scarborough held their anniversary with Holy Mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. Joel Pabilona at the St. Marie De Leuca convent in Markham…”
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PCCF (Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation) 5th Anniversary Pictorial
The Philippine Reporter
October 28, 2015
Photos from the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation 5th Anniversary…
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Selling a dream that can come true
The Philippine Inquirer
September 27, 2015
“After building numerous Gawad Kalinga homes and communities, Mr. Meloto has started the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm and the SEED Program, where youth from impoverished families have the opportunity to build and find their dreams…”
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Gawad Kalinga: Time for an independant assessment 
The Rappler
June 1, 2015
Sylvia Estrada Claudio addresses doubts surrounding the Gawad Kalinga community in terms of gender roles within the family, reproductive rights, and contradictions in development. “What is its analysis of the causes of poverty that would make it say that its programs truly address poverty? Does it allow contraceptives in its communities and as part of the health programs it provides?…” 
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Racism, sexism, and the curious case of Gawad Kalinga’s Tony Meloto
The Philippine Inquirer
May 25, 2015
“A movement that mobilizes people, including those from the middle class, to build homes for those who are struggling, to take on the problem of poverty, can be a force for good. There’s always the risk of creating a cult-like organization with an annoying and counter-productive ‘we-are-the-saviors-of-the-poor’ attitude, especially if that movement doesn’t bother to address issues of inequality and social injustice at the root of many of the country’s problems…”
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Canadian Baptist Church Holds Conference in Philippines to Encourage Filipino Pastors
The Christian Post
March 4, 2015
“A Canada-based Baptist church had the burden – not to evangelize, but to encourage, empower and equip Filipino pastors in their respective missions and ministries in the Philippines. Solid Rock Baptist Church, a local and independent church in Alberta, Canada recently held its fourth Pastor’s School conference las week from February 23-27 at the Tagaytay Mission Camp…” 
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GK funding 106 homes for Haiyan survivors
The Philippine Reporter
December 5, 2014
“Gawad Kalinga Philippines is constructing a total of 106 houses for the survivors of typhoon Haiyan in the province of Leyte and Iloilo from donations coursed through Gawad Kalinga Canada…”  
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Welcome to Sorsogon, Philippines
World Vision Canada
December 2, 2014
“The Sorsogon community is home to more than 90,000 people… illegal fishing practices, inadequate waste removal, and overfishing have destroyed the coral reefs and decreased the fish supply…”
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Filipinos bring a resurgence to Regina’s Catholic churches
CBC News
September 23, 2014
The increasing number of Filipino immigrants to Saskatchewan is challenging and changing the traditional Regina Catholic Church. “‘Our congregation has grown I’m sure by 25 to 30 per cent because of the immigrant population,’ said Father Lorne Crozon, the Rector of Holy Rosary Cathedral…” 
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Local man to help in Philippines
Nugget
November 26, 2013
“Canadem is a non-profit agency which works to advance international peace and security through the rapid mobilization and management of experts committed to international service. It bills itself as Canada’s civilian reserve…” 
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Grant to help children in the Philippines
World Vision Canada
November 19, 2013
World Vision Canada received $2 million from the Government of Canada grant to bring support to victims of Typhoon Haiyan…
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Renal nurses group helps Pinoys in Ontario, PH
The Philippine Reporter
November 9, 2012
The Filipino Renal Nurses Association of Ontario (FRANO) strive to “give back to the community more to the people who are confined to the different hospitals not only in Toronto but also in other parts of the Philippines.” Working with Gawad Kalinga, FRANO also hopes to emphasize aid for “homeless Kababayan and victims of calamities in the Philippines…”
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Gawad Kalinga summit in Toronto targets 100,000 volunteers
The Philippine Inquirer
June 29, 2012
“700 delegates from North America, Europe and Asia attended the two-day summit held at the Allstream Center in Toronto.Twenty-five percent of North American GK village sponsorships come from Canadian partners, which account for 80 villages…”
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Gawad Kalinga volunteers gather in Canada for global summit
GMA News Online
June 11, 2012
“Volunteers of the Philippine non-government organization Gawad Kalinga (GK) held their fourth Global Summit in Toronto, Canada from June 8 to 9…”
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Friends of Jesus Christ fundraising concert
The Philippine Reporter
April 8, 2011
The congregation of the Friends of Jesus Christ in Scarborough Ontario aims to raise renovation funds by holding a concert that will feature contemporary Filipino folk dances among others…
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APO endorses Gawad Kalinga
The Philippine Reporter
May 1, 2004
After 17 years, APO staged a comeback to Toronto at the International Centre in Mississauga. APO encouraged the crowd to read the brochure distributed by ANCOP International Canada, Inc, sponsor of  Gawad Kalinga project in the Philippines…”
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Alumni Associations

UNEP alumni to host dinner dance
The Philippine Reporter
November 9, 2015.
“The University of Northeastern Philippines Alumni Association in Canada headed by President Jose Emila Jr. will be hosting this special social event on November 24, 2012 at the Garnet A. William Community Centre.”  
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UP alums in Toronto tee off for scholarship, professional chair
The Philippine Daily Inquirer
August 22, 2015.
“The UPAA Toronto Scholarship and the UPAA Toronto Professional Chair are available at the College of Science in Diliman and are administered by the UP Foundation Inc…”
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Alpha Phi Omega Alumni Association of Toronto host family sportsfest
The Philippine Reporter
July 24, 2015.
“The Alpha Phi Omega Alumni Association of Toronto hosted its annual Family Sportsfest…” 
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Central PH U alumni marks 35th year
The Philippine Reporter
April 26, 2013.
“The Central Philippine University Alumni Association of Greater Toronto Area Chapter together with their friends and supporters marked their 35th anniversary with a grand gala dinner dance, induction of officers and fund raising at the Mississauga Grand Banquet Hall and Conference Centre…” 
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UST Alumni celebrate UST’s 400th Anniversary
The Philippine Reporter
November 11, 2011. 
“The UST Alumni Association of Ontario hosted a Gala to commemorate the 400th year anniversary of the founding of their Alma Mater…”
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Philippine Colleges and Universities Alumni Association’s Summerfest
The Philippine Reporter
July 22, 2011.
Photos from the Philippine Colleges and Universities Alumni Association’s Summerfest.  
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Calling all Jose Rizal U Alumni (Former Jose Rizal College)
The Philippine Reporter
June 10, 2011.
JRU graduates in the GTA are called to take the opportunity to join the JRC/JRU Alumni organization… 
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UP Alumni Association, Toronto marks UP Centennial
Atin Ito Philippine Newsfeature
November 18, 2008
“The Kapihan focused on how Filipino-Canadians can help those “back home” and the Filipinos in Canada…”
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It’s a ballroom blitz
The Toronto Star
February 4, 2007.
“For Filipinos in Toronto, the latest dance craze is nothing new. They’ve been gathering to enhance communities ties and practice their own blend of ballroom… They come to support the Ateneo Alumni Association Canada, a Toronto-based non-profit organization. Proceeds go to the university scholarship fund for needy students and also the Gawad Kalinga ‘to give care’ project…” 
Read more. 

Caregivers & Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)

Caregiver Action Centre replies to MP Adler
The Philippine Reporter
October 6, 2015
The Caregivers Action Centre made up of current and former live-in caregivers from the Philippines, Japan, Latin America and Indonesia send a message to Mr. Mark Adler. “As long as us migrant workers have temporary immigration status, we are vulnerable to abuse…” 
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Deregulation for further migrant labour promotion
The Philipino Express
August 1, 2015
Aksyon Ng Ating Kabataan (ANAK) welcomes guest lecturer Antonio Tujan Jr. to Winnipeg for the Philippine Summer Institute 2010 at the University of Winnipeg. “Antonio Tujan Jr. is a social activist who has worked on Philippine and International issues for more than 38 years. The current International Director of IBON Foundation, he is a researcher, writer as well as the Director of the Institute of Political Economy (IPE)…” 
Read more.

Low acceptance and backlog stifles foreign nanny program
The Toronto Star
May 16, 2015
“Advocate accuse Ottawa of secretly trying to kill the foreign caregiver program with new demands and costs and by dragging its heels on permanent residency…” 
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Live-in Caregiver Program faces nine questions
The Vancouver Sun
May 25, 2014
“many questions are arising about Canada’s unique Live-in Caregivers Program – including whether too many foreign domestic caregivers are coming to work only for their extended families, whether it leads to poor economic outcomes and whether the LCP has, in the words of an immigration department document, become a ‘hidden form of family reunification’…” 
Read more.

Partial moratorium on TFW program
The Philipino Express
May 1, 2014
“The debate around Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFPW) has intensified in recent weeks as allegations surfaced that some companies, most notably some McDonalds restaurant franchises, have been hiring foreign Filipinos and turning away Canadian applicants… Jason Kenney, Minister of  Employment and Social Development, ordered a moratorium on the use of the worker program for the entire food services sector on April 24, 2014…” 
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Filipino Nannies: The Cost of Caring
Pacific Rim Magazine
2013
Marilou Tuzon, a Filipino care-worker in Vancouver is interviewed: “I was no longer connected to my kids. The children were not open to me. I was away from them for a long time, and we didn’t get used to each other…” 
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Nanny nation: From the Philippines, with love
The Toronto Star
January 6, 2012
“Thousands of GTA nannies hail form the Philippines, providing vital low-paying care for vulnerable Canadians as their own families wait at home…”
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Temporary foreign worker controversy strikes Filipinos
The Vancouver Sun
October 17, 2011
Trends showing an increase of predominantly Filipino temporary foreign workers to fulfill labour shortages. “Economists and other scholars are pointing to at least two major problems… One dispute is over the over exploitation of often vulnerable foreign workers. The second conflict centres on whether foreign workers are hurting productivity and keeping down wages of Canadians.
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Fundraising, Philanthropy & Development Assistance

Other Typhoon Yolanda Donations and Fundraising Events
The Philippine Reporter
November 22, 2015
Details on relief efforts towards Typhoon Yolanda victims organized by ABS-CBN foundation: Sagip Kapamilya, The Filipino-Canadian Association of Brantford (FCAB), The Philippine Advancement Through Arts and Culture (PATAC), Leyteño Association of Ontario and Gawad Kalinga Canada. 
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Canada funds tourism project in Philippines
Asian Pacific Post
May 20, 2014
“26 Philippine hotels, resorts, and various tourism industry associations have received skills development grants to upgrade the quality of services of their respective tourism workers. The grants scheme program, established by the Department of Tourism, forms part of the Improving Competitiveness in Tourism project administered by the Asian Development Bank and funded by the Government of Canada…” 
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I didn’t even have to think, I immediately said yes
The Filipino Post
April 1, 2014
An interview of Canadian Forces Major Jay Manimtim from Rosario Cavite on issues surrounding Typhoon Haiyan. “I felt really compelled to help, being born and raised here in the Philippines. I felt a deep connection…”
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Updates on GTA Fundraising and Relief Efforts
The Philippine Reporter
December 6, 2013
An update on smaller community-based events in the GTA aimed to provide relief efforts for Typhoon Haiyan.
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Toronto Community Housing Staff Network Raises over $3,400 in support of PH Typhoon Disaster Relief
The Philippine Reporter
December 6, 2013
The Filipino Kababayan Network congregated to raise money, used clothing, canned goods and non-perishables for aid towards those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. “The network will direct all funds raised to Gawad Kalinga Canada…” 
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Canada Ups the Aid to the Philippines
The Filipino Post
December 3, 2013
An additional $15 million is promised by the Canadian government to provide aid for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
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Vancouver Law Firm Assists Typhoon Victims
The Filipino Post
November 25, 2013
“Miller Thomson LLP will offer pro bono immigration legal services to those who have been significantly affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines…” 
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Storm hits home but hope swells with fundraising relief efforts
The Philippine Reporter
November 22, 2013
“Migrante Canada launched the “Sagip-Migrante Fund Drive” to garner financial support for victims of Typhoon Yolanda, ‘Donations will go to our team led by Migrante International that is now deployed to assist in the affected areas bringing with them essential needs such as rice, canned goods and bottled water and setting up soup kitchens…'”
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Aid operation hampered by scale of destruction
The Filipino Post
November 18, 2013
“Poor communications and access difficulties are still hampering relief efforts in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which made a devastating landfall in the Philippines last week killing some 10,000 people…” 
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Group wants suspension of Canada’s Aid to the Philippines
The Asian Pacific Post
July 8, 2010
A Vancouver-based group strongly recommends ‘”the suspension of financial aid, military training, sales of military equipment and all forms of support to the Philippine military until concrete actions are taken to put an end to the the extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, and arbitrary arrests and detention” as a response to President Benigno Aquino III.
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GTA reaches out to Manila flood victims
The Toronto Star
September 29, 2009
While Manila reels from one of its worst ever tropical storms, a Toronto paramedic is flying over to lend a hand and a Scarborough MP is calling on Ottawa to commit $5 million in humanitarian aid…”
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Ibaan Fundraising Project
The Philippine Reporter
September 16, 2009
Project taken on by the Ibaan group in Scarborough, Ontario to transport computers to the Ibaan Batangas Central Elementary School. 
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Fair Trade, Business & Small-scale Entrepreneurship

PHL artisinal ice cream forays into export market 
The Manila Bulletin
November 2, 2015.
“Carmen’s Best International Co., a local artisanal ice cream brand, is setting up an ice cream factory at the Laguna Technopark to export its handcrafted products.” Carmen’s ice cream is being served on selected PAL flights, including ones to Canada…
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Exporters urged to tap Canada’s ethnic health, specialty care products market 
The Manila Bulletin
November 2, 2015
“Manufacturers of ethnic health and personal care products have been urged to explore opportunities for these items in Canada, which has a growing appetite for these kinds of products given its multicultural society…” 
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Casa Manila’s kamayan feast a taste of the Philippine tropics: Review
The Toronto Star
October 7, 2015.
“Kaman is Tagalog for ‘hand-to-mouth communal dining’, a promise of a released meal understood by Toronto’s 100,000-strong Filipino community…”
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Learn to make Kanto’s tapsilog, a Filipino breakfast of champions
The Toronto Star
September 23, 2015.
‘Kanto’ chef/owner Diona Joyce shares her recipe for tapsiolog as well as her story of immigration to Canada. “Joyce is a self-taught cook who owns a catering company and a takeout spot called Kanto in Market 707’s retrofitted shipping containers at Dundas and Bathurst…” 
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Filipino Canadian paper celebrates 25th anniversary
The Toronto Star
April 21, 2014.
“Hermie and Mila Garcia, political prisoners under a dictatorship, did odd jobs to fund their own paper (The Philippine Reporter), which celebrated its 25th anniversary…”
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Filipino fast-food chains taking off in Toronto
The Toronto Star
November 4, 2013.
“Despite the large Filipino presence in Toronto and other Canadian cities, the country’s food has flown under the radar.” FV foods, Max of Manila and Jolibee are making waves in the Canadian food market…
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Lamesa Filipino Kitchen: Review
The Toronto Star
August 24, 2014.
Lamesa Filipino Kitchen is a representation of the evolution of the Filipino community in Toronto. Owner Sibilano and chef Boquila “were united by their desire to elevate Filipino food to the next level…”
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Filipino fair trade advocate visits Toronto
The Philippine Reporter
September 1, 2006.
Labradores and Salditos, two Filipino fair trade entrepreneurs visit the Canadian National Exhibition to promote Philippine fair trade food products….
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Remittances

Harper announces support to improve remittance services
The Philippine Reporter
April 21, 2015
The Harper government’s plan to launch a remittance service and price comparison website. “Canada ranks among the ten largest outbound markets in the world, with remittance flows totalling an estimated U.S. $23.1 billion transferred in 2014…”
Read more.

NDP MP, MPP to table bills to cap remittance fees
The Philippine Reporter
April 21, 2015
Plans from the NDP government to lower remittance fees. “‘Currently, families are forced to pay fee of up to 20% or higher to send money back to their families’ said NDP Industry Critic Peggy Nash…”   
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Remittances: 24$ billion a year sent home from Canada
The Vancouver Sun
July 31, 2014
“Every day, thousands of immigrants and migrant workers in Metro Vancouver head to the nearest money transfer outlet to send money home…These remittance centres are the unassuming face of a globalized money transfer industry that has tripled in value in a decade — to $529 billion a year, according to the World Bank…”
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Money from expats built the Philippines. Did it also ruin it?
The Toronto Star
June 30, 2014
Government officials hail overseas workers as “modern heroes,” but remittances come with a cost. They make politicians complacent as Filipinos pay for health care, education and other services the government arguably should be providing…  Most of all, the departures strain the country’s social fabric: children are separated from their mothers and fathers for years, left to be raised by grandparents and aunts and uncles…”
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$24B left Canada in 2012, here’s what happened to it
The Toronto Star
June 20, 2014
“In Pozorrubio, an agricultural city north of Manila, remittance money has had a multiplier effect. Residents have used remittances to start businesses like daycares, Internet cafes and car rental services. Donations from abroad have helped to finance a rural health centre and have paid for the city’s fire truck…”
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Falling remittances foretell gloomier consumption, growth
The Philippine Reporter
June 26, 2009
” Remittance from overseas Filipinos continued to slow in with year-on-year growth of just 2.2% in April which is down from 3.1% in March and 4.9% in February, according to newly-released data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)…”
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OFW remittances to the Philippines to fall in 2009
Bulatlat
March 1, 2009
Remittances Slowing Amid Rising OFW Deployment. July 22, 2009.
“While government economic managers report that overseas Filipino remittances are increasing, actual remittances or transfers are in fact slowing…”
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