Category: Editorial

Editorial: A time for a new social imagination (January 2018)

A lot of things are happening in 2018.

The year brings a bonanza of noteworthy events that will please everyone, from sports lovers to royalty watchers and movie buffs.

The Winter Olympics is held every four years, and in 2018, the games are coming to PyeongChang, South Korea in February.

In May, a royal wedding will be celebrated in the U.K., with Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle exchanging vows.

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Editorial: Joy to the world (December 2017)

As sang by angels, the first Christmas of the Holy Family in a lowly stable in Bethlehem one December night long ago was about love and peace. Over the years, as varied characters tried to capture the starring role of this religious holiday for themselves, this message of Christmas has become blurred. Old King Wenceslas, the young martyr St. Lucy and jolly old Saint Nick were all outshone by the red-suited Santa with 12 flying reindeers who took Christmas to new heights of commercialization.

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Editorial: Celebrate Philanthropy Day by Giving to Canadian Filipino Net (November 2017)

November 15 is National Philanthropy Day in Canada. It is a day to recognize the philanthropic achievements of volunteers, fundraisers, charities and organizations.

Working together for a common good through donating money or volunteering labour is a defining value of our country. Statistics back this up.

Almost half of all Canadians volunteer. In 2010, 47 percent of Canadians volunteered, an average of 156 hours per volunteer, giving 2.1 billion hours of their time annually for an equivalent 1.1 millions jobs performed through volunteering. (Statistics Canada Giving, Volunteering and Participating Survey, 2010)

The average annual donation in 2010 was $446 per donor.

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Editorial: Salamat (October 2017)

Pasasalamat is never lost on the Filipino, no matter which corner of the world you may find him. It can’t be helped – the spirit of thankfulness is hammered into the Filipino child’s head way before his first birthday, what with “salamat po” being one’s rightful response to a parent’s “Now what do you say?” How many goats have been slaughtered and pigs turned to lechon in thanksgiving for graduating from college or for passing the nursing licensure exam?

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Editorial: Why telling success stories can help define what it means to be a Canadian Filipino (September 2017)

Filipinos come to Canada for various reasons. Whatever those motivations are, Filipinos mostly share a common goal. They want a new beginning, a fresh start.

Their journeys inevitably take them to different directions. Like any other ethnic group, the Canadian Filipino community is a diverse one, and its stories unsurprisingly represent a mix of experiences.

Even though many new Canadians of Filipino heritage find success in their adopted country, their stories are typically unheard beyond a small circle of family and friends.

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Editorial: Filipinos find oneness in community organizations (August 2017)

Bayanihan is a valued tradition among Filipinos. In Philippine villages, its spirit draws farmers to join hands and help each other plow the fields, plant and harvest the rice, maintain irrigation canals, or move a house. It inspires urban dwellers to get together and volunteer to patrol the neighbourhood to keep peace and order or fight fires.

Interestingly, when Filipinos migrate to Canada, the bayanihan spirit continues to permeate their community life through the formation of Filipino associations.