CANADIAN Ambassador Peter Sutherland PRESIDENT ARROYO FOR THE FATHER HE NEVER SAW: Maribel Valdez was just a few weeks away from giving birth when the Hacienda Luisita massacre took place, claiming among other victims her husband Jesse. The little boy with her, lighting a candle along with other relatives of Hacienda Luisita martyrs, is the two-year-old son Jesse never saw. PHOTO: TED ALCUITAS NORA ANGELES speaks on “A Call for Social Justice” at CASJ general membership meet. MIKE LEITOLD reports on fight against racism and Coroner bias at Jeffrey Reodica Inquest. Women hoping to work overseas as domestic helpers are taught basic first aid at a government run program in Manila in this Sept. 20, 2006 file photo. Every day some 3,000 Filipinos move abroad for work. Nearly three quarters of those newly hired workers are women taking jobs as maids, nurses and entertainers, mainly in the Middle East and other parts of Asia such as Hong. From left, Mila Astorga-Garcia, Flor Dandal, Mithi Esguerra, two members of Ugnayan ng Kabataang Pilipino sa Canada, Hermie Garcia and Edwin Mercurio. Part of the membership attending the CASJ general meeting. JOSIE with her back up vocalists (from left) Mavic Ignacio-Palanca, Ross de Leon and Chyrell Samson. JOSIE de Leon decisively vibrant to the last note. ANGIE Bansil Photo below: A United Way fundraiser held at Metro Hall Thursday, Nov. 30, featured the holiday creations of Kalayaan Garcia de Vera, a Toronto visual artist who recently launched her personally designed jewelry, with her signature trademark, Kalayaan. De Vera’s one-of-a-kind creations are being sought by a Toronto art gallery shop, a bridal boutique, and a Toronto spa and beauty shop. De Vera, right, is shown modelling her own creations with Katrina Silverio at the recent fundraiser . DR. DANTE Simbulan, center, at the Meet the Press forum with the Philippine Press Club-Ontario and Rizal Society of Ontario. From left, front, RSO Chair Voltaire de Leon, Patty Simbulan, Dr. Simbulan, Livvy Camacho and Guy Camacho. Others in photo are Butch Galicia, Zorayda de Leon, Rowena Santos, Tenny Soriano, Hermie Garcia, Ricky Caluen, Mila Garcia, Ace Alvarez and guests. Dr. Simbulan autographed copies of his book, “The Modern Principalia: The Historical Evolution of the Philippine Ruling Oligarchy.” THE ESAAA MULTI-CULTURAL MUSICAL SHOW - The finale number of The ESAAA singers which include Emilio Vieira, Shauntelle Hayes, Alyssa Salamat, Aileen Muan, and Andres Sierra rendering the song “One Love,” during their multicultural musical concert Nov. 18 (Saturday) at the Armenian Banquet Hall, North York, while waving the flags of their countries of origin namely the Philippines, Italy, Columbia, St. Vincent, and Grenadines. (PHOTO BY MIGUEL CADUCIO) - Romy Zetazate DARRELGamotin NADINE Villasin DIRECTOR Romeo Candido GRAND OPENING of Celsa’s Barangay Store at 1464 Dan-forth Ave. (1 block west of Coxwell Subway), last Wednesday, Nov. 22. At right are owners Peter and Celsa Stiegler with guests. DR. DANTE SIMBULAN, author of the book “The Modern Principalia: The Historical Evolution of the Philippine Ruling Oligarchy,” at the Meet the Press on Friday, Nov. 25. AT THE MARKHAM CIVIC CENTRE, after Dr. Simbulan’s talk at the Council Chamber, from left, Hermie Garcia, Mila Garcia, Voltaire de Leon, Zorayda de Leon, Patty and Dante Simbulan, Markham Councillor Alex Chiu, Alice Chiu, Livvy Camacho and Guy Camacho. Dr. Simbulan with part of the audience at the Markham Civic Centre reception. Dr. Dante Simbulan with family and relatives in Toronto. At right are Dr. Annette Simbulan and Ed Simbulan. Dr. Simbulan spoke at the Meet the Press forum at Cusina restaurant, Fellowship Dinner at Kalayaan Hall in Mississauga, Council Chamber at Markham Civic Centre and at his book launch at Munk Centre, University of Toronto. Philippine Heritage Band impressed the crowd during the 2006 Santa Claus Parade in Toronto. URBIZTONDO ASSOCIATION OF CANADA - The officers and board members of the Urbiztondo Association of Canada pose for a souvenior photo during their reunion recently in Toronto. Seated from left: Maricel Abad, Rebecca Frias, Xina Ira Palisoc, Terry Mariano, Elvira Aquino, and Dorothy Rosario. Standing from left to right are Robert Cacapit with son Roel, Rolly Datuin, Pangasinan Association of Canada (PACA) President Willie Rapanan, Jesus Calicdan, Jr. Ador Vicente, Eddie Solomon, Raul Mondero, Oscar Rosario, Urbiztondo Association of Canada President Quintin Palisoc, Richard de Vega, and Conrado de la Cruz. (MARCELO DIOQUINO) SILAYAN’s Halloween and Masquerade Ball THE LAZARO FAMILY, led by Eric and Pat Lazaro, held a reunion to celebrate the recent birthday of eldest son JP. From left, clockwise, are JP, May, Jenny Parvatam, Claire and Ashwin Parvatam, Eric, grandkids Sara and Adam, and Pat.
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