Canadian Filipino Karla Comanda is the winner of this year’s Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writer Award in poetry. The announcement was made during the LiterASIAN Literary Festival held in Vancouver last September.
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In 1989, to commemorate the visit of then Philippine President Corazon Aquino,the Vancouver, Filipino community gifted the late president with a life-size oil portrait done by Canadian Filipino artist Edgardo S. Lantin.
Lantin, who was then relatively new in portraiture, basked in the limelight when the visiting president graciously accepted the gift. “The portrait was a labour of love, at the same time a big challenge for me,” the artist said of his work now displayed at the Malacanang Museum.
Social integration is the central theme at this year’s Generation One Art Exhibit by first-generation Asian Canadian artists marking the 21st explorAsian festival, an annual event celebrating national Asian Heritage Month in May.
Grace Chan has over 25 years experience as a voice teacher and coach. She started singing in the pop genre and Broadway musicals before emerging as an opera and theater singer. She has performed on opera stages around the world.
[Note from The Editorial Board: Joseph Planta is the founding editor of TheCommentary.ca, a website that features audio interviews and commentaries. Since 2004, the Vancouver-born, -raised and -based conversationalist has interviewed hundreds of distinguished individuals in the arts, journalism, and politics. Planta spoke to Manila-born and -raised author Miguel Syjuco, whose debut novel Ilustrado was a New York Times Notable Book of 2010. The work also earned Syjuco the 2008 Man Asia Literary Prize, and a Palanca Award for novel in English. With Planta’s permission, the CanadianFilipino.Net is running the interview.]
Serious, educated, and literate members of the British Columbia Filipino community welcomed the arrival of a Filipino Canadian newspaper online, produced, and written by professional journalists and educators.