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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“Faith can move mountains”

July 31, 2015
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By Ace Alvarez

After Christine’s presentation, Abdelkarem asked her, “You didn’t show us if the market you are targeting in Scarborough (Ontario) will be able to sustain your start-up business for the long run.”

I interjected: “Christine, you know how you can get an estimate of the market that you are targeting?

“Christian churches in Toronto seat an average of 1,200 people. Go to the websites of the Christian Churches in the area that you want to serve. Get the number of services that each church conducts over one weekend. One-third of the people attending in each of those services are of South Asian descent. Multiply that number with the number of weekend services, times the number of churches, thus, you will have an idea of the size of your market.”

Christine started flipping back her presentation to the first slide, which serves as the cover title of her presentation. While doing this, she was saying, “To me, it doesn’t matter how big, or small the market is.”

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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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God in all His wisdom said, “Just build a better you.”

July 18, 2014

By Ace Alvarez

Toronto, Ontario — As I prayed last night for the 298 people aboard the Malaysian Airlines MH!7 fired upon yesterday with the ground-to-air missile over Ukraine, I was discerning at the same time the logic behind such dastardly act against innocent people by whoever were behind it.

If only I could do something about it and remedy all the troubles in this world. But how?

It is said that whatever one feels is the voice of God within. In my heart, it seemed that I heard a response, through a reminder of the following which I read three decades back from the private library collection of my longtime, and very dear friend, Bobbie Nunez (then of Paranaque City, The Philippines, and now living in the USA):

Of unknown authorship, it read:

“Build a better world, said God
”And I asked how?
”The world is such a vast place and so complicated now
“I am small and useless
”What can I do?
”God in all His wisdom said, ‘Just build a better you.’.”

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Now, calm over that event, I just offer this world and its peoples, a better me – that I have worked myself to be through the years.

 

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL FATHERS!

June 15, 2014

The family is a basic social institution, where male parenting has a very important role to play. Thus, today, we honor all fathers.and celebrate fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.

As a father myself, I realize the enormous duty and lifetime commitment that we, fathers, have on our roles to our family and society. As fathers, it is our moral obligation to continue instilling values, discipline and respect on our children; to teach them, guide them and care for them, so that when time comes that they should be out there and live their lives with their respective basic family unit, a wholesome society is thereby created – defining the quality of people of our state.

One world-renowned Filipino nationalist said that “The school is the book in which is written the future of a nation.” I say, we, fathers – and mothers alike, are the first schools of our children!

TO ALL FATHERS, HAVE A HAPPY ONE TODAY!

OMNIBUS PATRES LAETUS HODIE!

Ace Alvarez
Toronto, Ontario

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