Today’s Ontario Election Results Brings Me Nostalgia for Live Radio Coverages

June 7, 2018

by Ace Alvarez

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Toronto, Ontario — Over (late, as usual) dinner, my conversation with my wife, Gie, touched on the “action” we’ve been missing on days like today.

As most of you know, until 9 PM tonight, Ontarians headed to the polls to elect the candidates who are representing us at Queen’s Park — the provincial capitol building in Ontario and the seat of our provincial government.

I miss those days of action during my radio days back in the mid 70s when I was a Public Affairs and News Reporter/Writer at DWXB-102.7 FM — the Top Business News Station at the time in Metropolitan Manila, Philippines.

Run and operated by INCOMM (Interlink Communication & Commodities), Inc, I was blessed to have been given the opportunity to work at this station with Philippine broadcast greats — the likes of Bong Lapira (then of ABC Channel 5’s “The Big News” and later, GMA 7’s “News at Seven”), who was the company’s President; our Public Affairs & News Director, Herman Magsipok (former Special Events & News Director of the top news station in the Philippines, DZMT News Radio); Tony Yatco (newscaster-sportscaster and famous for his regular starting line, “There they go …” on Saturdays at the San Lazaro, or Sta. Ana Hippodromes’ horse racing events). It was TY (as we addressed Tony) whom Gie credits as the one who gave her first break in broadcast following her graduation from the baccalaureate degree program in Communication Arts of the Philippine Women’s University in Manila, Philippines; Art Galindez (an ad agency big gun and one great DJ at DZWS, the sister pop station of DZMT); Dodi Alba — one very good newsman, who was partnered with Ernie Baron during their ABS-CBN radio news days (and whom I used to listen when I was in high school); and so many notable names in Philippine broadcast; Of course, I would not forget Gene Tesoro, a veteran newsman from the news facilities of the National Media Production Center.

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A Piece of Wisdom for Ontario Provincial Election 2018

June 5, 2018

By Ace Alvarez

Elections Ontario Logo (CNW Group/Elections Ontario)

Toronto, Ontario — Before the election held recently affecting an organization we were closely involved in, I sought advice from the Rev. Mr. Bob Rosales — a Deacon in the Archdiocese of Toronto and one of the stalwarts in our organization to whom to cast our unit’s vote from among the four candidates for an important position in our organization.

I found Deacon Bob’s opinion very fair. He opined: “From among the four candidates, let me cite just two. ‘X’ is a good friend of mine and ‘Y’ is not. But if we take the qualifications to the position that they are running for, ‘Y’ is more qualified for the office.”

I mention this having in mind Thursday, June 7 when Ontarians — 18 years of age and citizens of Canada, will go to the polls and elect a government who will lead the province in the next four years.

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Remembering my dear brother, Nelson S. Alvarez, on his birth anniversary.

June 2, 2018

By Ace Alvarez

Remembering my dear brother, Nelson S. Alvarez (in photo, standing, left), today on his BIRTH ANNIVERSARY.

The Alvarez Brothers Plus One, Circa 1973 (Click image to enlarge)

Brod Nelson, you have lived your life fully in accord with the teachings of the faith with which our parents passed on to us and guided us with — and which, I witnessed, you practiced in your dealings with your fellowmen, starting with your family.

Your charity and kindness to everyone are unquestionable. My love would always be with you.

Also in photo are (standing next to Nelson) my brother-in-law, Jun Fresnido; brothers Randolph and Ramy.

Seated (left to right) are: (when together) the wacky trio, Bert, Me & Brod B Tony. (I think it shows in this photo, don’t you think?). Not in this photo is our sister, Melinda, because the call for this photo was, “Only the boys.”.

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‘For all this, thank you so much, sir!’ (Mr. Teodoro F. Valencia)

May 28, 2018

By Ace Alvarez

The man in photo is TEODORO F. VALENCIA — the Dean of Philippine Journalism.

Teodoro F. Valencia (Courtesy: National Press Club of the Philippines/Click image to enlarge)

The photo was shared on Facebook awhile ago by Jojo Taduran — a veteran print and broadcast journalist in the Philippines (and now based in Toronto).

I have not come across anyone from the old world who did not know Ka Doroy. One who tuned-in to DZMT Radio on the AM Band those many years for news and commentary on current events would easily recognize Ka Doroy’s distinctive voice from his daily broadcast, “Over a Cup of Coffee”.

One tuned in to Channel 5 TV early morning those years would also see Ka Doroy with his signature column, “Over a Cup of Coffee”.

Opening one’s daily broadsheet, “Manila Times” and later the martial law-days newspaper, “Daily Express” and later, “Manila Bulletin“, one would not miss reading Ka Doroy’s daily column, “Over a Cup of Coffee”.

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WHAT A MONTH THIS HAS BEEN FOR ME!

January 3, 2018

By Ace Alvarez

It is with sadness that at noon today, I learned of the passing of my good friend, Adolfo Makuntima Makwiza.

Adolfo Makuntima Makwiza (Click image to enlarge)

He passed away last Friday, December 29, from a heart attack.

Adolfo was a teacher, a television producer, a writer, book author and a musician/composer.

Adolfo and I met in 2002 during a briefing for new independent television producers by the administrative and technical managers of the newly-licensed Rogers OMNI.2 Television. It was therefrom that our beautiful friendship begun.

Adolfo would phone me occasionally to share with me his work: books, CD recordings of music that he composed and, at times, confided with me personal matters affecting him and his family.
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The Amazing Dedication of PCCF Volunteers

December 27, 2017

By Ace Alvarez

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Gie and I were amazed with the dedication that the men and women of the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation (PCCF) give of themselves and their time to their volunteer work for the good of the community and the organization’s charitable causes; that regardless it was a statutory holiday in Canada on Tuesday, December 26 — and even given the weather and road conditions around us, they were present in the planning meeting, that Gie and I have been privileged to participate in and opened its door to. 

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A Note from Rocel: The Best We Got This Christmas (2017)

December 26, 2017

By Ace Alvarez

THE BEST that Gie & I got this Christmas is this personalized greeting — a labor of love truly, from Rocel, the middle child of our very dear friends, Rosemer and her husband, the late Sen. Tobias Jun Enverga.

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After the noon mass on Christmas Day this year, Gie and I spent the afternoon till evening with Rosemer, Rystle, Rocel and Reeza — including, among a few others, Jun’s siblings and their families, Kuya Ernesto N. Guinto/Ate Nini and Kuya Angel/Ate Noni.

It was a prayerful day with peace, bright hopes and optimism for everyone.

We look forward to a HAPPY & BRIGHTER INCOMING YEAR!

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