Canada

By Robbie Pangilinan

Vancouver - He knew from the start that he wanted to travel the world with her. It was her whom he wanted to spend the rest of his life with.

Jeffrey J. Seitz and Mary O Sea met in a bar in Calgary, Alberta in 2003. A mutual friend, who was Jeffrey’s massage therapist at the time and had a crush on him, brought Mary with her that night.

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At first, Greyson Gritt of the Yellowknife music group Quantum Tangle thought a friend was playing a prank when they rang up early Thursday morning saying the band's equipment had been stolen from a van.

"My first reaction was like 'Ha ha. That's a funny joke. How's your day going? What's up?'" said Gritt.

And then the news sunk in. Nope, not an early morning joke.

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by Robbie Pangilinan

Journey lead vocalist and one of the Philippines’ finest performers celebrated a milestone with a one-of-a-kind concert at Massey Theatre, New Westminster BC.

Arnel Pineda, the tireless rocker, left the crowd of mostly Filipino fans in awe as he performed 24 hits across genres and generations such as Nirvana’s “Smells like Teen Spirit,” Deep Purple’s “Highway Star,” Eric Carmen’s “All by Myself,” Van Halen’s “Jump,” Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die,” The Police’s “Message in a Bottle,” Brian Adam's "Please forgive me," and OPM songs.

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By Tom Choy

Vancouver, British Columbia

“You hit a homerun not by chance but through preparation.”   Roger Maris

Cipriano “Zip” De Guzman , the Philippines’ up and coming, debonair Baritone par excellence has won the First Prize of the 2016 and 2017 American Protégé International Vocal Competition at the Carnegie Hall( Weill) in New York City.

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by Marlon Bernardino

JELVIS Arandela Calvelo, the country’s hottest non-master player, will be seeking two more International Tournament before the year ends.

The Dasmarinas, Cavite native Calvelo tallied 7.0 points on six wins, 2 draws and a loss in 9 outings and settled for 3rd overall in the 2017 Canadian Open Chess Championship (Under 2200 section) at the Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada last July 6 to 16, 2017.

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by Robbie Pangilinan

Vancouver - The Filipino-Canadian community’s well-loved figure Tatay Tom has just recovered from pneumonia after his Toronto trip last month. He is now eating and getting stronger.

“I think it was airborne. Or maybe I got this from somebody I met in Toronto,” said the 88-year-old founder, President and CEO of the Multicultural Helping House Society (MHHS), a group that has been assisting immigrants since 1996.

Tatay Tom With newly elected, the fourth NPA member of council, Hector D. Bremner and wife Virginia Austria Bremner at Multicultural Helping House. (Photo by Angelo Siglos)

The MHHS, formerly Filipino-Canadian Support Services Society (FCSSS), has already helped more than 200,000 Filipinos with its respite housing, training and counselling facilities, settlement and employment services, and special programs for youth, senior citizens and families.

Consulate General Neil Ferrer with Tatay Tom

I am an avid fan of Tatay Tom, not only of his advocacy, but also of his personality. He is still sharp, identifying a person’s background and history just like a walking Google guy. I met Tatay Tom in 2012, and since then he has become my father in Canada. I worked with his son in Manila before. Tatay Tom is an honorary member of ETONLINE Metropolitan as I sought his permission before establishing this digital online company.

He is not entertaining guests at the moment but Tatay Tom indulged me with this intimate interview. With his mask on, he thanked me for my continuous support to MHHS here and in the Philippines. His family is requesting for continuous prayers for him.

Tatay Tom is the recipient of many awards and citations, including the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee medal (2002) for his contribution to supporting new immigrants to Canada; the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), where he was the only Filipino-Canadian among 60 recipients recognized for their significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community in Canada; the Banaag Palanca Award (2012) given to him by President Benigno Aquino III; and the Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism (2014) in recognition of his lifetime of achievement in building an inclusive, welcoming community for those starting a new life in Canada. REPORTS FROM TOM CHOY 

*Photo by Angelo Siglos

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