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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TBT (Throwback THOUGHT): Someone comes for a reason; or perhaps, a season

October 22, 2015

By Ace Alvarez

Toronto, Ontario –Back in the mid 80s, someone used to drop by my home in my native Philippines on his drive home from work.

Another told me that someone really wanted me as a friend for whatever purpose he may have for himself.

Figuratvely speaking, someone is represenative today of the people who come into your life — and mine, for a reason; or, perhaps, a season.

… and when fall comes but long after the leaves from trees are gone, then and only then, that someone starts to realize the value of one after the latter left for another season, or reason.

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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

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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.

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On Pride, Prudence, Humility, Usurpation of Authority and Other Human Values

August 8, 2015

By Ace Alvarez

Dedication

My loving and lovely niece, Pipay Baltazar Alvarez (Click photo to enlarge)

My loving and lovely niece, Pipay Baltazar Alvarez (Click photo to enlarge)

This post is dedicated to my lovely and loving niece, Pipay Baltazar Alvarez, who, from time to time, when I would be busy and away from the social media, do leave me private messages to say hello and that she misses “my thoughts on everyday life.” Pipay wrote, “Messages … that you share on the wall inspire my everyday life.”

The last time I saw Pipay was sometime back in the early 80s. She was very young then. She wrote to me once, “my respect to you is so high as my dad’s brother. I love you (and the rest of my uncles from my dad’s side), even if I did not regularly saw you as I was growing up, I know that you are part of my life.”

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Friends, here is an anecdote that I am sharing with you for the lessons that you may derive from this narration:

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When Manuel L. Quezon was the president of what was then the Commonwealth of the Philippines, he dropped by one day at the University of the Philippines, proceeded to the office of Claro M. Recto — described as one of the foremost statesmen of his generation and likewise considered as “the finest mind of the their generation”. Recto was said to ably mold the mind of his contemporaries and succeeding generations through his speeches and writings — a skill described by Filipino writer and television host, Manuel L. Quezon III, as “only excelled by Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Manuel L. Quezon III, is the grandson of the Commonwealth of the Philippines President.

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VIGIL FOR THE “FALLEN SAF 44”, 4 PM, Sunday, March 8, 2015

March 5, 2015
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Toronto, Ontario — Civic leader Mann Nacario relays the message that organizers of the 44th Day Vigil for the Fallen SAF 44 in Mamasapano, Maguindanao (in the Philippines) are inviting Filipino Canadians in the GTA to join the vigil to be held in Filtown (Bathurst St. & Wilson Ave. here) on Sunday, March 8, 2010 at 4:00 PM and pay respect to the Filipino police heroes.

Late afternoon today, Janusz Rey Bautistadevillonmasilungan announced in his Facebook page that specifically, the vigil will be held at the southwest corner lot of Bathurst and Wilson.

Nacario said, also in attendance will be around 30 former PNP officers, who are now living in the GTA, some classmates and friends of the Fallen 44 SAF officers.

Nacario requests the Filipino Canadian public in the GTA to attend and support the vigil. “It is a patriotic duty to pay respect and honor those police officers who gave their lives to our beloved country, the Philippines,” Nacario added.

As a backgrounder on the story on the Fallen SAF 44, please PRESS HERE.

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AFCM Caregivers Ministry, POLO pro-actively move to renew Caregivers’ OWWA membership

February 6, 2015

By Ace Alvarez

Philippine Labor Representative in Canada Leonida V. Romulo (right, standing) goes over with caregivers the benefits of renewing their membership with the Philippines' Overseas Workers Welfare Administration. The seminar, Sunday, February 1, 2015, was organized by the Caregivers Ministry of the Archdiocesan Filipino Catholic Mission in Toronto, headed by Jeanette Rosales. (Ace Alvarez for AFCM/OLA/Click image to enlarge)

Philippine Labor Representative in Canada Leonida V. Romulo (right, standing) goes over with caregivers the benefits of renewing their membership with the Philippines’ Overseas Workers Welfare Administration. The seminar, Sunday, February 1, 2015, was organized by the Caregivers Ministry of the Archdiocesan Filipino Catholic Mission in Toronto, headed by Jeanette Rosales. (Ace Alvarez for AFCM/OLA/Click image to enlarge)

Toronto, Ontario — The Caregivers Ministry of the Archdiocesan Filipino Catholic Mission (AFCM) has gathered caregivers at a recent seminar, providing them an opportunity to renew their life insurance and health care coverage under the Philippine government’s Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Membership Benefits’ Program.

Officers and staff of the Philippine diplomatic mission in Toronto were on hand at the Juana Tejada Lounge of the AFCM on Bathurst Street to assist caregivers who wanted to renew their expired insurance coverage. The AFCM is housed at the “Our Lady of Assumption” (OLA) Parish on Bathurst Street (north of Eglinton Avenue W) in Toronto.

Jeanette Rosales, Head of the AFCM Caregivers Ministry, said the event is one pro-active move to protect the welfare of caregivers.

Rosales said the move is aimed at minimizing, if not totally preventing, another instance where the Filipino Canadian community and various organizations are burdened where to get, or raise funds for expenses in repatriating the body of a deceased caregiver whose membership with OWWA expired.

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