VANCOUVER, CANADA - The new year always brings new hope, opportunities, and changes. “Move” looks like the theme of 2017.
In Vancouver, British Columbia, Filipinos and Canadians make their new year’s resolutions and express their hopes for the year of the fire rooster.
OPM star Joey Albert who is now based in Canada prays for more concerts in Manila and more quality time for her two daughters who are both athletes.
Vancouver’s Assistant Consul General Anthony Achilles Mandap would rather call goals as wishes because, as he says, “The fulfillment rests on the community and not the Consulate alone.” His wish is for the community to have unity and to embark on more productive and socially relevant endeavors.
For Tatay Tom Avendaño, President and CEO of the Multicultural Helping House Society (MHHS), a group that has been assisting immigrants since 1996, every new year is a reason to be optimistic. He continually hopes for new technology, new people, and the growth of MHHS.
Brand Manager for Innovare Health Care Cheska Sarmiento wants to have more confidence and better her writing skills this year. Of course, she wants to look better and be healthier, specifically to lose 15 pounds.
Cris Sotana of Happy Homes Immigration and his wife Naty, a long-time licensed Immigration Consultant, resolve to help more Filipinos immigrate to Canada. The Sotanas are spending a lot of time in the Philippines to enlighten more Pinoys regarding the best way to immigrate to Canada.
A realtor and flight attendant from Manila, Macky Valenzuela, plans to work out more and eat better. 2016 has been so stressful for her that she ended up neglecting her health. She will look for more outlets to release the stress like painting and exercising which have proven results for Macky in the past.
Brother Edz Valdez of Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus District 10277, is committed to making the Knights of Columbus more relevant to young and old people alike. He believes that the principles of unity, charity, fraternity and patriotism will appeal to a lot of people who he expects to bring to the fold of the K of C.
Businessman Christian Cunanan will focus on his solar business. His Plan B is to go back to his former work as a machinist. Madz Mercado plans to organize more and elevate basketball tournaments in Canada.
ETONLINE Manila Editor in Chief -Robbie Pangilinan hopes to tap new partners and clients and write no-holds-barred and inspiring stories for Etonline Manila and Canada and Sportsmanila Vancouver.
Professional photographer Ferdie Lontok wants to go back to the gym to get fit. He prays for more projects in and out of Canada.
Tattoo artist Mayo Landicho will pursue tattoo events in Canada and auction all his masterpiece.
English writer, dramatist, and poet GK Chesterton says, “The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man start afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.”
Here’s hoping for a fresh start this 2017, in Canada, the Philippines, and the whole world.