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Thursday, September 24, 2009
Spectres of In/Visibility of Filipinos in Canada
Topic: Symposium

"Spectres of In/Visibility" will be held on October 23, 2009, 
from 8 am to 7:30 pm at the University of Toronto.



*Historic National Gathering Aims to Fill the Research Gap on Filipinos in


Toronto, Ontario (September 8, 2009) - Leading scholars will convene to
address the absence of academic and policy discussions on Filipinos in
Canada, the third largest non-European ethnic group in the country.
"Spectres of In/Visibility" will be held on October 23, 2009, from 8 am to
7:30 pm at the University of Toronto.

The symposium's featured speakers will include Dr. Eleanor Ty of English and
Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, Dr. Leonora Angeles of Community
and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia, and Dr. Bonnie
McElhinny of Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies at the University of

According to the 2006 Statistics Canada Profile, the Filipino population in
Canada is estimated to be just over 436,190 people. Although 31% of
Filipinos have university degrees and 72% participate in the labour force,
Filipinos in Canada make $5,000 less than the national average income. The
Filipino community in Canada also has a higher proportion of women compared
to the national population (57% compared to 51% nationally). Many of these
women have come to Canada through the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP), a
federal work program that has garnered considerable attention among
policymakers and in the media in recent months.

The symposium will focus on migration, labour, race, and gender issues, and
will also showcase other topics, such as arts, health, and politics. John
Paul C. Catungal, a graduate student in Geography at the University of
Toronto, says that this broader view is necessary to expand the prevailing
attention on the LCP and youth violence. He notes, "While the experiences of
caregivers and at-risk youth are important, we want to go beyond
stereotypical 'nannies and gangsters' representations and explore the
complexities of Filipino lives in Canada."

"The symposium was developed out of a community need to fill the research
gap on Filipinos in Canada," says Dr. Roland Sintos Coloma, a faculty member
in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education and the only Filipino professor
at the University of Toronto. He adds, "It will be a groundbreaking
gathering. It will bring together a critical mass of scholars throughout
Canada, for the first time, to develop a national academic platform for
Filipino Canadian Studies."

The symposium is free and open to the public. It is organized by Kritikal
Kolektibo, a group of faculty and graduate students interested in Filipino
Studies at the University of Toronto. This event is sponsored by the Social
Sciences and Humanities Research Council and a number of faculties,
institutes, and departments at the university. The registration form and
schedule are available online at


Roland Sintos Coloma, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto
Office Phone: (416) 978-0462

Posted by FEL at 12:31 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, September 24, 2009 12:50 AM EDT
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Friday, September 18, 2009
He Will Be Missed
Topic: Obituary

 COLOMA, Ernesto Domingo (Ernie)

Born August 21, 1934 in Isabela, Philippines and happily married for 43 years to Puring Carlos of Pampanga, Philippines.

He came to Canada in 1968 seeking a better life for his family. Ernesto will be sadly missed by his four sons and one daughter: Randy, Annalyn, Lester, Noel and Norman. Beloved grandfather to Sebastian, Nathan and Serena. Dear brother to Jerry and Matin, Norma and Mario, Oscar and Bien, Gaudencio (RIP), Rolly and Aida and Alex and Norrie.

Missed by friends and relatives in Canada, U.S. and the Philippines. To all the doctors, nurses and ICU staff at Hamilton General and St. Joseph's Hospital, thank you very much for your loving care.

Written by Ernesto - January 2009

Ernesto passed away peacefully on September 18, 2009 at the age of 75 from various medical complications.

Visitation at BAY GARDENS FUNERAL HOME, 947 Rymal Road East (between Upper Gage and Upper Ottawa), HAMILTON (905-574-0405) on Monday, September 21, 2009 and Tuesday, September 22, 2009 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Vigil Prayer Service will take place on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 8 p.m.

Funeral Mass at St. Margaret Mary Parish, Hamilton on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 10 a.m. followed by Interment at Mount Hamilton Cemetery. Please sign the Online Book of Condolence at


Posted by FEL at 6:29 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 8:41 PM EDT
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Friday, January 16, 2009
Snow Clearing Off HFCC Sidewalk
Topic: HFCC Affairs

Hi folks,

Last Monday, January 12, 2009, we assembled group of volunteers to remove snow and ice off the sidewalk of HFCC in compliance with the City By-Law or else we would have been ticketed or fined heavily.

 Apparently, without our knowledge, two notices were served to our place. First, Saturday Jan. 10th at around 1:00 pm – form letter was shoved into our mail slot; second, Monday Jan. 12th 1:00 pm, Rey Viquiera found the second notice posted at the front door of HFCC with the warning that should the inspector find the place not done on his next visit that we will be ticketed and could be charged as non-compliant.

Today’s issue of Spectator, page A15, under the Action Line of Al MacRURY, “Sidewalks covered in snow or ice can cost you money” , explains fully this municipal by-law and the possible consequence for non-compliance.  Have a look at it if you have the chance.

The emergency crew was assembled right away and by 7:00 pm we had the sidewalk cleared off snow and ice.  We just averted getting charge or ticketed. In the old days, Abe Estrabillo, when he was still with the City Department of Works, he usually called me if a notice is just about to be served to us. Since Abe retired, we don’t have an advocate anymore. Our sincere “thank you” to the volunteers of the day, they are as follows: Rey Guibao, Buddy Guevarra, Nat Sadsad, Rey Viquiera, Joe Monaco, Fil Santos, Jun Policarpio, Ben Baliat and this writer.

Action plan to address future events.

·         While we are waiting in the procurement of a snow blower, Rey Viquiera agreed to clean the sidewalk every time there is a need at $25 per occurrence. This is still on line with the previous arrangement with G.T.Tallara, $25 for him to remove the snow from the sidewalk in addition to him plowing the parking lot.

·         Snow blowers are out of the stock at the moment from any supplier.

·         We are pursuing the best way where to store the Snow Blower. One neighbor volunteered his back garage as our storage.

·         We will try to find another venue.

 Bonner Villabroza

HFCC President & CEO

Posted by FEL at 7:04 PM EST
Updated: Friday, January 16, 2009 8:36 PM EST
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Friday, September 5, 2008
Dialysis Machines for the Philippines
Topic: HFCC Affairs


Posted by FEL at 12:52 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, January 16, 2009 8:35 PM EST
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Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Hamilton Filipino Community Center Calamity Relief Fund.
Topic: HFCC Affairs
Presentation of cheques to the recipients of Hamilton Filipino Community Center Calamity Relief Fund.

On June 10, 2006, during the celebration of the Philippine Independence at Chandelier Banquet Center in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, an official presentation of the cheques were made to the two selected recipients.

The first recipient, picture below, Leyte Association of Ontario in support of their project to provide housing to the mudslide victims of Guinsagoon, Leyte. The amount is $3000.00 half of the $6000.00 collected during the fund raising drive in January and February of 2006. Receiving the cheque are Mana Choling Covacha representing LAO and Fel Marpa a local Leyteno and member of HFCC Board. Flanking the pictures are: Bonner Villabroza President & CEO and HFCC Board members: Erica Villabroza, Ernie Estrabillo, Naty Dayap, Dr. Dodong Cabilan, Della Labastida, George Santos and Jun Policarpio.

The second recipient, the Worldwide Church of God, or Develop Asia Foundation Inc. The $3000.00 goes directly to trust fund paid directly to specific schools to help those identified displaced students who lost one or both parents in the disaster. The honorary recipients are: Fil and Goyliaw Santos, both members of HFCC. Flanking them are members of HFCC Board: Nila Tallara, Anita Uy, Leti Sahr, Estela Guevarra, Jimmy Ravarra, Restie Pineda, Josie and Joe Monaco, Sally and Rey Viquiera, Tony Viquiera and Dan Estrabillo.

HFCC President & CEO Mr. Boanerjes T. Villabroza

Posted by FEL at 12:49 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, July 26, 2012 9:47 PM EDT
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Thursday, February 2, 2006
Topic: Pinoy Keglers

Posted by FEL at 3:55 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, February 2, 2006 4:03 AM EST
Monday, February 16, 2004
Topic: HFYC Fundraiser

Come show your support to the Hamilton Filipino Youth Committee

WHEN - Saturday February 21, 2004 7pm
♦ Dance Showcase 8pm
♦Cash Bar
♦ Food, Fun, Prizes
COST - $10 per person
WHERE - Hamilton Filipino Community Center (HFCC) 1275 King St. East

Contact Rachel Viquiera 905-578-1171
or Shella Estrabillo 905-741-9533

Posted by FEL at 9:41 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, June 8, 2004 5:02 PM EDT
Thursday, February 12, 2004
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Welcome
I've made this Community BLOG for the intention of getting participation from our resident Kababayans. I hope we have some measure of success in this endeavor and for all other forthcoming event announcements. All clubs and associations should take advantage of this available opportunity to communicate between groups and also with their members.

Anyone interested can post their comments on subject matter in issue. These inputs can be used also as some sort of an archive of individual's commentary contribution that can be recalled.

A Word of Counsel:
Never be afraid to try something new.
Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark.
A large group of professionals built the Titanic

Posted by FEL at 3:13 PM EST
Updated: Friday, February 20, 2004 12:44 AM EST

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