Category: Editorial

The Me Too phenomenon as a watershed moment for the women’s rights movement (March 2018)

This year’s celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8 comes on the heels of an unprecedented reckoning against sexual predators.

Powerful men have been falling from their perches in the wake of the Me Too campaign that has empowered women to break their silence.

The social media hashtag #MeToo caught fire in the fall of 2017 following allegations of sexual harassment against now disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

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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.

Category: Editorial

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?