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Manila Media Monitor -- February 2010

Manila Media Monitor -- February 2010

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Manila Media Monitor is one best brand of Filipino Canadian newspaper in Toronto -- a favorite reading material of the Filipino Canadian community.
Manila Media Monitor is one best brand of Filipino Canadian newspaper in Toronto -- a favorite reading material of the Filipino Canadian community.

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February 2010 Toronto, Canada
Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino IIICOLORFUL
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RP nat’l elections fever on
Welcome to the may 2010 presidential elections!
Sen. Manny Villar BEAUTIFUL PHILIPPINECOLORS: As Culture Philip-pines of Ontario (CPO) per-forms the “Singkil” at theLiving Arts Centre in Mis-sissauga, Ontario on theoccasion, and part, of thedance group’s 25th anniver-sary presentation, Febru-ary 6, 2010, I was remindedof an item included in thequestionnarie that I was re-
quested to ll out aimed at
helping OMNI Televisionartists design the logo for “Front Page Philippines”-- the television media part-ner of Manila Media Monitor.
That specic question asked
about the colors closely as-sociated with the Philippines. I remember having enumerated almost all colors, exhaustingin the process — or choking, if you wish, the space reserved for the answer. See the colorsin the photo? They are as beautiful as the dance number of the CPO, as all the numberswere! The presentation interpreted in dance and music the story of Philippine legend “Mala-kas at Maganda” — the show’s billing title. Front Page Philippines TV is a special event
sponsor of CPO’s “Filipino Day at Canada’s Wonderland” held annually on the rst Saturday
in September.(Photo:Manila Media Monitor; caption: Ace Alvarez)
First Filipino Canadian judgesworn into the Ontario Courtof Justice
ST. CATHARINES, ON-TARIO -- Courtroom number10 at the court house here waspacked January 15 with thebrightest, the smartest and the
Standing proud outside thecourtroom performing his po-lice duties as the assigned copat the door was a Filipino Ca-
nadian Police ofcer from the
Niagara Region. From his fa-cial expression, he could nothide the exuberant joy he felt,later expressing it to the well-wishers outside the courtroom.The day was not only acelebration for the family of 
the rst Filipino Canadian ap
-Presidential candidates’ ral-lies and motorcades continuein and around the Philippinesas election fever rises up, to-gether with campaign postersgoing up side by side at everynook and corner and jinglesblared on the airwaves.Sen. Benigno “Noynoy”Aquino III -- the son of formerPresident Corazon Aquino andformer Sen. Benigno AquinoJr., the Philippines’ democracyicon, and his main rival, Sen.
Manny Villar, red the open
-ing salvos on February 9 in thetight race to succeed PresidentArroyo, and promised a freshstart and clean government forthe Philippines after nine yearsof tumultuous rule dotted withcoup attempts and corruptionallegations.The Philippines Star has re-ported that Aquino, campaign-ing in Concepcion, Tarlac, tookpotshots at Villar.“We all know our opponenthas the money. And thereare those who say thatthe forces of darknesswill come together,” hesaid in his speech. “Thequestion is, will theforce of light be over-powered?”Aquino – who is run-ning under the LiberalParty banner, had an ear-ly head start in popular-ity; thanks to his familyname. Recent opinionpolls, however, put thetwo major candidates ina statistical dead heat,with analysts suggestingthat Villar’s lavish cam-paign spending has allowedhim to catch up.Villar’s Nacionalista Par-ty, which kicked off the 90-day campaign inCalamba, Laguna,downplayed theattacks by Aquinoand the LiberalParty.Villar, 60, whorose from povertyto make his fortunein real estate beforeentering politicssaid, “I am spend-ing my own mon-ey,”Villar narrowlyavoided censure byhis colleagues inthe Senate for his alleged rolein the rerouting of a highwayso that it passes close to his realestate developments. He saidthe charges are trumped up.Aquino has anchored his
campaign on ghting corrup
-tion and restoring the cred-ibility of the judiciary andCongress, which he said havebeen seriously eroded by Ar-
By Marilou BanateJudge Steve Coroza
February 2010
Manila Media Monitor
Vancouver — Moreskilled immigrants toCanada coming from thePhilippines, China, Indiaand the United kingdomwill be able to access thehelp needed to jump-starttheir credential recogni-tion process through ex-panded overseas orienta-tion services, Citizenship,Immigration and Multi-culturalism Minister Ja-son Kenney announcedrecently.“We want newcom-ers to be able to use theirskills as soon as possiblein Canada,” said MinisterKenney. “This fundingwill help them jump-startthe credential recognitionprocess before they ar-rive in Canada. It’s goodfor them and good for theCanadian economy.”The Canadian Immi-gration Integration Proj-ect (CIIP), run by theAssociation of CanadianCommunity Colleges(ACCC), will receive ad-
Government of Canada to fundexpanded overseas foreigncredential recognition services
ditional funding of $15million over the nextthree years to expand ser-vices in those countries.
A new ofce will also
open in London, UnitedKingdom, in the fall of 2011, which will alsoserve various Nordic andArab states according todemand.The CIIP, run by theACCC, began offeringorientation services inthe Philippines, Chinaand India on a pilot basisin early 2007. The exist-ing sites, along with the
London ofce, will offer
access to more than 70%of the selected federalskilled workers aroundthe world. These loca-tions will also offer ac-cess to approximately44% of selected provin-cial nominees around theworld.“To date, close to7,000 people have gradu-ated from the CIIP pilotprogram overseas,” saidJames Knight, Presidentand CEO, ACCC. “Asa result, they are betterprepared to contributeto Canada’s prosperitythrough employment orby starting a new busi-ness. ACCC will workwith our member institu-tions and our many part-ners to expand and enrichCIIP, bringing even great-
er benets to newcomers
and to Canada.”Newcomers reportforeign credential rec-ognition as one of theirtop challenges once theyimmigrate to Canada.As part of the EconomicAction Plan, the Govern-ment of Canada has al-located $50M over twoyears (2009-2010) tosupport a common ap-proach to foreign creden-tial recognition to betterintegrate immigrants intothe Canadian labour mar-ket.Minister Kenney alsospoke of advancementsand successes of the fed-eral government in thearea of foreign credentialrecognition in Canada,including the recent an-nouncement of the Pan-Canadian Frameworkfor the Assessment andRecognition of Foreign
Qualications – a land
-mark agreement betweenthe federal, provincialand territorial govern-ments to speed up foreign
Nominations for2010 PresidentialAwards Now Open
Nominations for theYear 2010 PresidentialAwards for Filipino In-dividuals and Organiza-tions overseas is nowopen.The Philippine Con-sulate General in Torontosaid that nominationsmay be submitted to its
ofce, or directly to the
Commission on FilipinoOverseas (CFO) not lat-er than April 1 this yearto give ample time forthe Consulate’s AwardsCommittee to review,validate and endorse thenominations, which willbe forwarded to CFO byMay 30.Awardees to be se-lected for this year willinclude exemplars of Fil-ipino excellence, individ-uals who have dedicatedtheir work in the serviceof the Filipino people,leaders of communityinitiatives promoting thecommon good, and ad-vocates for the promo-tion and protection of therights of others. Civil so-ciety organizations basedoverseas whose programshave helped improve thelives of others, particu-larly in the marginalizedsectors, will also be hon-ored.The PresidentialAwards for Filipino In-dividuals and Organiza-tions Overseas have sofar been conferred on314 Filipinos and privateorganizations overseas,since its establishment inDecember 1991 by Ex-ecutive Order No. 498.There are four cat-egories of awards to beconferred on Filipinosand private organiza-tions overseas, namely,“Lingkod sa KapwaPilipino (LINKAPIL)Award”, “Kaanib ngBayan Award”, “BanaagAward” and “Pamana ng
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