July 16 - 31,  2017  twittercanadian filipino


Maple Bamboo Network Society (MBNS) is a registered non-profit society and publisher of Canadian Filipino Net (CFNet)

Prod Laquian - Founding Chairperson and Editor, CFNet and Director, MBNS
Prod LaquianProd Laquian is Professor Emeritus of community and regional planning at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He was a former director of the UBC Centre for Human Settlements. After retiring from the university in 2000, Laquian served as acting director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Special Program in Urban and Regional Studies in Cambridge. He was also resident scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC, a consultant at the Asian Development Bank on China, and a coordinator for a study of basic urban services in 700 cities and towns in 16 Asia Pacific countries, which was funded by United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) in Barcelona, Spain. Laquian has degrees in public administration, cum laude, from the University of the Philippines, and a Ph.D. in political science, major in urban studies, from MIT. He has authored 20 books and numerous articles on urban planning, governance and delivery of urban infrastructure and services.

Eleanor Guerrero-Campbell
- President/CEO and Director, MBNS
EleanoGuerreroCampbellEleanor Guerrero-Campbell is a city planner, community champion, and writer. She came to Canada in 1977 with a degree in English and Comparative Literature, and a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, both from the University of the Philippines. She went on to work as a planner manager in Edmonton in Alberta, and Surrey, Richmond and Vancouver in British Columbia. Guerrero-Campbell co-founded the Multicultural Helping House Society, where, as executive director, she established programs to assist newcomers in Canada. As chief executive of the Minerva Foundation for B.C. Women, she managed leadership programs for women in various stages of their careers. She currently co-convenes the City of Vancouver's Immigrant Partnership Program Committee on Access to Services. Her first novel Stumbling Through Paradise: A Feast of Mercy for Manuel del Mundo depicts the struggles of a Filipino family's immigrant journey in Canada through three generations. Eleanor is a recipient of many awards including Vancouver Civic Merit Award (the only Canadian Filipino to receive this awar thus far) and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service.
More details about Eleanor and her novel can be seen at www.eleanorguerrerocampbell.com

Eleanor R. Laquian - Vice-President and Director, MBNS
Eleanor R. LaquianEleanor R. Laquian has written four best-selling books, and co-authored four others with husband Prod Laquian. She has served in various capacities at the University of British Columbia’s Institute of Asian Research: manager of administration and programs; editor and chair, publications committee; and primary researcher of the Asian Immigration to Canada project. She has a degree in journalism from Maryknoll College in the Philippines, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of the Philippines. She has worked with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Health Organization and the UN Information Center. She was a researcher and bureau manager of The New York Times in Beijing, China from 1984 to 1990. She and Prod have visited for work and pleasure over 100 countries. They immigrated to Canada in 1969. They have been married for over 50 years.


Lara Honrado - Board member, MBNS

lara honradoLara Honrado is the principal of Georgetown Strategy Consulting, an integrated  public affairs, communications and stakeholder engagement firm based in  Vancouver. She served as Director of Community Relations for Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson from 2009-2015 and is passionate about engaging underrepresented communities in public life. She began her career in Washington, DC as a reporter covering Capitol Hill  for a national newswire service. She went on to work with Nobel Peace Prize  Laureate Muhammad Yunus as media director of the first global summit on  microfinance. Since then she has served in senior communications and government relations roles in the corporate sector and previous to her work in the Mayor's Office, was co-founder a multicultural cultural communications  and stakeholder engagement firm. She has served on a number of nonprofit boards focused on intercultural/intergenerational social change and social entrepreneurship and is a lifelong  patron of the arts. She was educated in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. She is a graduate of the University of California Irvine. She is an Action Canada Fellow and  currently resides in Vancouver.

Clayton Campbell - Legal Advisor, MBNS
Clay CampbellClayton Campbell is a practising lawyer for over 30 years. He is the founding lawyer of the legal firm Campbell Redmond Barristers and Solicitors. He is also a former Councillor of the City of Surrey.





Canadian Filipino Net staff

Mary Ann Reyes-Mandap – Managing Editor
Mary Ann MandapMary Ann Reyes-Mandap has over three decades of experience in journalism, public relations and corporate communications work, and was a staff member and writer for Mr. & Ms. Magazine, Malaya, and Free Press in the Philippines. While living in San Francisco in 2003-2007, she worked as Associate Editor of Philippine News, the oldest and most widely circulated Filipino newspaper in the United States, and as Editor of the Filipino Insider Magazine. In Vancouver, she is associate editor of Dahong Pilipino and had worked as community news editor of Philippine Canadian Inquirer. She has also authored a book, the soon-to-be published Lakbay: Immigrant Seniors Find Their True North. She took up Bachelor of Arts in Communications (major in Journalism) and Master of Arts in Asian Studies from the University of the Philippines (Diliman), and was granted scholarships by the Japan Foundation and the Local Scholarship Program of the Philippine Civil Service Commission. She likewise earned the California Health Journalism Fellowship from the Annenberg School, University of Southern California.

Emmy Buccat - Social media manager
emmybuccatEmmy Buccat is a donor relations professional at the University of British Columbia’s Development and Alumni Engagement office. She supports the communications, stewardship and events team in keeping donors informed, involved and engaged. She moved to Canada in 2008, bringing 10 years of experience in marketing communications, public relations and event management for brand FujiXerox and Speedo. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Santo Tomas, Asia’s oldest university, and a certificate in integrated marketing strategy from UBC’s Sauder School of Business.


 Arlene Wright - Webmaster
a wrightArlene Wright is an independent website designer. She has developed sites for various companies  over the last 10 years.


Provincial Correspondents

 Lucille Nolasco
Lucille NolascoLucille Nolasco started her career in broadcast media as a researcher and writer for ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs Department in the Philippines. She was part of award-winning programs such as Magandang Gabi, Bayan, Assignment with Teddy Locsin, Jr., Companero Y Companera with the late Senator Rene Cayetano and The Correspondents.In Winnipeg, she is a well-known voice in the air through her radio program, “Afternoon Pasada” over at CKJS 810. CKJS is the only multi-lingual station in Manitoba, where over 60,000 Filipinos reside, majority of them in Winnipeg. She has contributed articles to The Filipino Journal, The Winnipeg Sun, and Pilipino Express News Magazine. Lucille is a proud Bulakenya, and is a licensed Zumba instructor.

Emmie Joaquin

EMMIE JOAQUINIn 2005, Emmie Joaquin, and colleagues Rey-ar Reyes and Paul Morrow, established The Pilipino Express Inc., and began publishing the Pilipino Express News Magazine in Winnipeg. She is currently the company’s president, and the news magazine’s editor-in-chief. Joaquin was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for media and community service. She earned her degree in broadcast communication from the University of the Philippines. She worked in media and public relations before immigrating to Canada in 1988. In Winnipeg, Joaquin produced and co-hosted the daily morning drive-time show, Good Morning Philippines on CKJS Radio 810 AM. She also produced and hosted the daily weekday afternoon show, Manila Sound and the Saturday show, Tunog Pinoy Pang Sabado. After almost 15 years in radio broadcasting, Emmie left CKJS in December 2003 to serve as special assistant for communications for then Federal Minister of Western Economic Diversification, Dr. Rey Pagtakhan. She also had a brief stint as executive assistant to then Deputy Mayor and Councillor Mike Pagtakhan on the City Council of Winnipeg in 2005.


Dr. Mike Rayel
Newfoundland and Labrador
Mike RayelDr. Mike Rayel — author, entrepreneur, and psychiatrist — has helped many individuals and families with their mental health and family issues. Aside from his clinical practice, he has dedicated his time in writing articles and books, such as the Shrink Series, publishing webinars in mental health and emotional intelligence, and creating educational games and products to promote emotional health. Certified in psychiatry with a sub-specialty in geriatric psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine, he has written a number of psychiatry review books designed for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology certification examination. He loves the great outdoors, sports, music, politics, and photography. For details about Dr. Rayel, visit www.drrayel.com.



British Columbia *

Dulce Amba Cuenca
Dulce Amba CuencaDulce Amba Cuenca Dulce Amba Cuenca is a lawyer in British Columbia, and was also admitted to the Philippine Bar prior to immigrating to Canada in 1996. She has worked in the field of human rights, and employment and labour law since 2006, for which she has travelled across B.C. and the Yukon, representing workers and human rights complainants. She is a grateful immigrant who got her first job in Canada in 1996 by volunteering. She is passionate about civic engagement and contributing to the community. She served as Trustee of the Richmond Public Library Board for eight years, and is currently a member of the Board of Richmond Cares Richmond Gives. She also volunteers with Access Pro Bono. She believes that volunteerism completes any immigrant's integration in the community and unites people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal.


GK Limcangco
GK LimcangkoGK Limcangco moved to Vancouver from Manila in 2005. She loves exploring new places, things, and ideas. In her free time, she contributes to various print and online publications because writing makes her feel complete.

- Marieton Pacheco
- Irene Querubin
- Melissa Remulla-Briones

Ontario *

Joe Zagala
JoeZagalaJoe Zagala is an active participant in Greater Toronto’s Filipino community. He is a past president of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association (Toronto), former vice president of the Kalayaan Cultural Community Centre, a former (and only Asian) director of The Riverwood Conservancy, and one of the original organizers and a past president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce Toronto. He is a holder of chemical engineering and master’s in business administration degrees from the University of the Philippines. He held high positions within large corporations in Canada, including vice president for Global Business at CipherSoft Inc. He is managing director of Lily Framarc Management Consultants based in Mississauga, Ontario.

Marisa Roque
Marisa RoqueMarisa Roque has a master’s degree in communication from the University of the Philippines. She has written for the Philippines Herald, Asia Philippines Leader, Philippine Free Press, and Philippine Daily Express. She has also performed editing and managerial tasks with the Office of the President and the Department of Education in the Philippines. Her responsibilities included editing transcripts of speeches of the President of the Philippines. Her work experience also includes a stint with a United Nations agency. In Canada, she has served as production editor in the development of educational materials. She coordinated the preparation of textbook manuscripts, and supervised copy editors. She has owned and operated a number of businesses. She has been a realtor with Century 21 Heritage Group since 1996. She can speak Spanish and French.

Rose Tijam
Rose TijamRose Tijam lives in Toronto. She is a founding member of the Philippine Press Club of Ontario. She is serving her second term as president of the press club in 2016. She is a former president of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association Toronto. She was associate editor of two community publications. She worked for 25 years at a social work setting for women, and continues to do so on a part-time basis at a crisis line service for women. She graduated from the University of the Philippines. She has a master’s degree in communication.


- Jo Flach
-Tony San Juan
- Philip Kelly
- Veronica Silva-Cusi

Quebec *

Maria Ana Olaguera
Maria Ana Olaguera
Maria Olaguera is a bibliophile, culture buff, editor, font geek, foodie, and writer. She has lived in Manila and Vancouver. She's now based in Montreal.