On Canada Day a look at People-to-People Connections in Canada-Philippine Relations
Category: Commentary

On Canada Day a look at People-to-People Connections in Canada-Philippine Relations

Since the 1960s when Filipinos started arriving in Canada in large numbers, they had managed to become seamlessly integrated in Canadian mainstream society. In fact, in 2012 when Canada Census revealed that Tagalog (the Philippine national language) was the fastest growing non-official language in Canada, it was news to most Canadians.

Our Values as a Nation Have Changed

Our Values as a Nation Have Changed
Category: Commentary

The Philippines can really be amazing to “foreigners” like us who come home to visit our uber-ly hospitable friends and relatives. Hosts just can't make us comfy enough and impressed enough. They take us to the latest and greatest and prepare nothing but the best in order to impress their hard-labouring, toilet-cleaning, subway-riding cousins from Canada.

Funding cuts to education hurt students and the community

Funding cuts to education hurt students and the community
Category: Commentary

I came across an article on your website by Linda Torio. It was published on September 16, 2017 and entitled “Adult Education Program Now Tuition-Free for Graduated Adults”Adult Education Program Now Tuition-Free for Graduated Adults”. This is not the only article posted on your website about the education system in British Columbia. On February 16, 2017, you posted a commentary piece by Kevyn Malong entitled “School Overcrowding Limits Learning”.

Stereotyping and racialization, a constant Canadian Filipino struggle

Stereotyping and racialization, a constant Canadian Filipino struggle
Category: Commentary

Editor: In February of this year, a possible strike and walk-out by custodial staff was averted when a tentative deal was struck between union and management at the Capilano University. Capilano Courier, the university’s campus newspaper, ran a feature detailing the event and its participants, particularly the union membership the majority of which were of Filipino heritage. The feature’s writer, Carlo Javier, shares with us his thoughts on the matter being a Filipino immigrant and a university student. Below is a link to the article: http://www.capilanocourier.com/2018/03/13/cleaners-immigration-janitorial-work-filipino-canadian-identity/

On what it means to be a Filipino

On what it means to be a Filipino
Category: Commentary

When I asked my children what they wanted for dinner one evening, they said, “We want Filipino food.” That gave me pause, because at their age, it never occurred to me to qualify what I eat. Everything I ate was Filipino food.