Toronto’s own Pinoy Boy, social media sensation Mikey Bustos came home to enjoy some time off after the viral success of his Despacito parody, titled, I Wear Speedos.
Even as a young boy growing up in Manila, Michael had an inquisitive mind. He was full of questions often catching his parents and teachers off guard and grappling for answers to such questions as “How does one know what the real time is?” He enjoyed reading science books and was fascinated with airplanes wondering what keeps them up in the air and why they must move so fast to stay airborne. His young dream was to invent something, be it a process or a product.
In an event organized by the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration studies Dialogues at UBC, one speaker’s words resonated with me deeply.
Newly minted Lt. Colonel Joseph Nonato, commanding general of the Royal Regiment of Canada is the latest source of pride of the Canadian Filipino community.
Last June, Nonato officially took the reins of the Canadian Army’s primary reserve regiment, one of the oldest army regiments in the Canadian Forces, which traces its roots to 1862. The Royal Regiment of Canada counts the Prince of Wales as honourary colonel-in-chief.
My parents were born in the Philippines and immigrated to Canada in the 1970s. My sisters and I were born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and were raised in Vancouver, BC. We were lucky enough to spend a lot of time in the Philippines as we grew up. We were exposed to Filipino ways of living first hand.