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.

Read the rest of this entry »

Advertisements

The Amazing Dedication of PCCF Volunteers

December 27, 2017

By Ace Alvarez

(Click image to enlarge)

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. 

Read the rest of this entry »


EULOGY on Senator Tobias ‘Jun’ Enverga

November 26, 2017

(An Insight from One Who is Attributed by People As the Closest Personal Friend of Senator Jun, delivered late afternoon today during the Visitation with the Enverga Family at the Highland Funeral Home, Scarborough, Ontario Chapel)

By Ace Alvarez

Note to Readers: This Eulogy is limited only to my personal friendship with the late Senator Jun Enverga and does not cover his initiatives, nor work he did in the Senate of Canada for the betterment of his fellow Canadians — which were covered in eulogies delivered by his fellow politicians in the Senate and other levels of government in Canada. 

***

Sen. Tobias ‘Jun’ Enverga

He was attributed as the First Filipino Canadian to have been elected in office in Toronto.

He was attributed as the First Filipino Canadian to have been appointed to the august halls of the Upper Chamber of Canadian Parliament — the Senate of Canada.

These were just two of the countless ones that have been attributed to the late Jun Enverga in his work acting in several capacities as, firstly, a community advocate and leader; secondly as a Catholic School Board Trustee for Ward 10 in the City of Toronto; and thirdly, as a Senator in Canada.

Jun’s accomplishments in life have had always been aligned to one of his mantras: “God, Community, Country.”

Read the rest of this entry »


Remembering Ben Viccari — a very good friend, mentor and a father to me

July 2, 2017

By Ace Alvarez

Toronto, Ontario — Today, in what could have been his 99th birth anniversary, I remember writer, journalist & broadcaster Ben Viccari, who was a very good friend, a mentor to me in Canadian multiculturalism and who was a second father to me, too.

Wherever you are, Ben, please know that I haven’t forgotten you; your innate goodness on, close support for, and encouragement to me.

I offered the Holy Mass I heard today for your eternal tranquility.

Thank you so much for all what you have done for me and for all your fatherly love and care.

Ace Alvarez, Madeline Ziniak and Ben Viccari (Courtesy: Manila Media Monitor/Front Page Philippines TV /Click photo to enlarge)

In photo, Ben Viccari – at the time president of the Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA), an all-inclusive national association of publishers, editors, writers and other professionals engaged in print, radio and television, making a point before Madeline Ziniak, Executive Director of CEMA and at the time, Vice President for National Television of Rogers Media, Inc., and me. The meeting occurred shortly before passing on the gavel to me as the elected successor to Ben for the presidency of CEMA.

More on Ben Viccari on Wikipedia.

***

To connect with Ace Alvarez on Facebook, PRESS HERE.


The 2015 Canadian Federal Elections: a Moral Compass by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

October 16, 2015

By Ace Alvarez

Toronto, Ontario — One legal principle that is universally-recognized is that “the laws of man are based from the laws of God.”

This being so, I re-share here what Deacon Bob Rosales of the Archdiocese of Toronto already shared within several closed groups on Facebook to help guide in our choice on which political party to lead us in the next four years. I find, however, that the Guide would be of greater benefit sharing the same to a larger audience, hence, this repost.

You may find the GUIDE by pressing HERE.

The 2015 Federal Election Guide was prepared by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Meanwhile, on my premise here that “the laws of man are based from the laws of God,” I need not establish the truth about the statement just cited. For purposes, however, of those who may want additional knowledge on legal history, the following may add to your understanding:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_law

On Biblical passages, one may refer to Romans 13:1-14 ESV

***

To connect with me on Facebook, PRESS HERE.


A SIMPLE RULE TO GUIDE YOU IN ELECTING A GOVERNMENT TO LEAD OUR CANADA IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS

October 14, 2015

By Ace Alvarez

Toronto, Ontario — The federal elections in Canada are five days away. Are you still undecided on who to put at the House of Commons to represent you and your riding?

Most voters do not even understand how the leadership of the government is formed in Canada.

In Canada and other parliamentary systems of government elsewhere, such as in the United Kingdom Australia and New Zealand, the Prime Minister is not directly elected by voters. They are a Member of Parliament and voted to office by the constituency, or riding, that they sought office as the representative of such riding to the legislature. One who becomes a Prime Minister is usually the leader of a political party. They only become a Prime Minister if their party — either on its own, or as part of a coalition or by another arrangement, ends up forming the government, and on whom more than one half of the members of the legislature has reposed confidence in.

In Canada, the leader of the political party who wins the most of those seats after elections is then automatically installed as Prime Minister.

Read the rest of this entry »


From an expert, here’s why parents must get closely involved with the Catholic Education of their Children

August 29, 2014

Toronto, Ontario — The kind of governance that every state has depends on the formative values that our leaders have been reared in by their parents, teachers and the people they have been with in constant company, because all these people somehow have influenced them.

It is said that the youth is the future of a nation. As first teachers, parents have great responsibility on the children and the youth of today. After, parents, the teachers are next whom school children look up to. Some of us might even notice that our kindergarten and early grader kids would at times tell us, “No, it’s not so. My teacher said that ….” This only proves that, as one internationally-known statesman, Dr. Jose P. Rizal, said, “The school is the book in which is written the future of the nation.”

Read the rest of this entry »