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.

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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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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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“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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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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