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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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. 

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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.”

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IGNORE SIGNAGE AT YOUR OWN PERIL

April 27, 2017

By Ace Alvarez

Since the 70s through even mid 2000s, the zoo keeper did his best to feed and tend to the animals at the zoo, regardless that he himself had a farm to attend to.

The zoo keeper has since retired from that role to devote his time fully to his own farm and flock.

Having been away for almost twelve years, the retired zoo keeper decided to visit the animals at the zoo again recently, bringing food stuff in a plastic bag.

He tried to feed the animals only to find his hand oozing with blood.

While trying to reach for his hankie to wrap his hand around with, the retired animal lover’s attention was drawn to the sign he has had always known was there, but simply ignored all those times: “DO NOT FEED ANIMALS”.

“Yes, they’re wild, as I’ve always known they were then. But I don’t regret having ignored the sign,” he thought.

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One Key

February 17, 2016

By Ace Alvarez

Toronto, Ontario — The things of immediate use for me on a daily basis are assigned their pocket in any among my winter coats I use for the day.

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Waking up on the cold winter morning today, I stepped out outside, but was surprised that the spare key for the car was not in the left front pocket of my coat, nor in any of its pockets. I stepped back inside, wondering if my wife Gie took it by mistake, ‘though, I doubted if she had it.

Not wanting to bother her while she was having time for herself either in church, or at our local grocery store, I opted to wait for her, and, in the meantime, took a shower.

Still bothered by the disappearance of the car key from my coat’s front left pocket, something came up to me while I was dressing up – and which gave me a smile.

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Flora’s Appeal to the Public

February 1, 2016

By Ace Alvarez

Toronto, Ontario — Friends, I am sharing the following link to you as requested by Flora – the matriarch of the family who became close to me and my wife.

Flora’s townhouse here was gutted to the ground by a fire last January 8.

Flora is asking for financial help aimed at raising $10,000 to clean up the place. In a private message requesting that I share her plea, Flora said that while the unit was insured, the insurer would only pay the minimum amount and that she and her family would have to pay the contractor for the clean-up.

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A Heartwarming Story of Simple Caring for a Stranger

November 14, 2015

By Ace Alvarez

Toronto, Ontario — I’m re-sharing this beautiful video story of simple caring, shared by Oswald Tugadi — the principal of printing and graphics company, PromoBee Enterprises, on Facebook from its original post on the same social media at “The World’s Funniest Video”. To see the video, PRESS HERE.

The video shared by Oswald on Facebook reminded me of a boy who was about 10 years old back in the late 70s, who approached me while I was eating lunch at a small restaurant on Ylaya Street in Divisoria, Manila in the Philippines, offering to shine my shoes.

I asked the boy if he had lunch yet. He said “no”, explaining that he had to do his work before attending elementary class in the afternoon.

I asked him to please sit and join me, and asked the waiting lady to serve what the boy wanted for lunch.

Four years later, while I was parking my car in front of the Santo Niño Church in Tondo, Manila, a young man approached me, saying, “Sir, how are you? Do you remember me?”

I replied, “I’m sorry, but I don’t?”

He said, “You remember that boy who offered to shine your shoes four, or five years ago at that restaurant in Divisoria? I am that boy.”

I was so surprised. The boy has grown so tall that I didn’t recognize him. He told me that he was to graduate from high school. After a few more pleasantries, he offered to watch my car while I was away.

The late U.S President John F. Kennedy once said, ” … the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

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Ego, Jealousy, Third-Party Influences Fail Wisdom

October 31, 2015

By Ace Alvarez

Wikipedia describes Wisdom “as the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight. Wisdom has been regarded as one of four cardinal virtues; and as a virtue, it is a habit or disposition to perform the action with the highest degree of adequacy under any given circumstance. This implies a possession of knowledge to apply it to the given circumstance. This involves an understanding of people, objects, events, situations, and the willingness, as well as the ability to apply perception, judgment, and action in keeping with the understanding of what is the optimal course of action. It often requires control of one’s emotional reactions (the “passions”) so that the universal principle of reason prevails to determine one’s action. In short, wisdom is a disposition to find the truth coupled with an optimum judgment as to what actions should be taken.”

As a person ages, one seems to have acquainted one with oneself and whatever science or art or course of action one engages in. UNFORTUNATELY, even when adults are parts of what the public may regard as belonging to a respectable organization, occupational or professional discipline, a failure to exercise wisdom comes into play, especially, when ego, jealousy and third party influences set in.

PRESS HERE for the link to one of the best scenes in motion picture that exemplifies FAILURE OF REASON in an adult (in the case of Mr. Trask [James Rebhorn], Headmaster of Baird School — an all boys boarding school with rigorous classes and expensive enrollment in New Hampshire, USA)..

In the society we live in, Mr. Trask is a personification of those lacking reason (or wisdom if you will), because of his ego, selfishness and blind submission to the dictates of a third party..

I urge readers of this post to read in between the lines and apply the lessons here in their daily lives. I urge to do similarly when watching and listening to the audio-visual link.

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