“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.

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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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THOUGHT FOR EVERYONE THIS CHRISTMAS DAY:

December 25, 2014

By Ace Alvarez

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Toronto, Ontario — Mid this morning, as someone in my family continued to wrap gifts, I was asked if the items are okay to give to one particular recipient, saying, in part, “You know her, she’s so materialistic that she gives side comments on the items she gets on Christmas.”

I said, “You know, just give whatever you could afford and coming from the sincerity of your heart. At her age of 73, she must know the true meaning of Christmas.

“Who knows, your action might be the one to wake her up from the materialism engulfing her person,” adding,.”You know, at one point in a person’s life, an experience serves to awaken another and concentrate on what really matters in life.”

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May peace, joy and love that this Season brings engulf upon our persons — family, friends and foes alike, MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

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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.”

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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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A REMINDER TO THE SUCCESSFUL YOUTH OF TODAY:

June 24, 2014

Canadian rock star and Sum 41 frontman, Deryck Whibley, says, “I had pretty much just damaged everything.”

(By CBCNEWS.CA)

With Commentary by Ace Alvarez related to the story as follows:

The story by CBCNEWS.CA, “Deryck Whibley:  ‘I had pretty much just damaged everything’,” reminded me of my conversation with Filipino actor and singer, Tirso Cruz III during the inauguration of  Hotel Mirador in Ermita, Manila, The Philippines years ago.

During that conversation, “Pip” as he is widely known in the entertainment industry, became successful in his career. The movies that he usually did early his career were mostly musical, co-starring with Nora Aunor. Theirs is regarded as the most famous love team in Philippine Cinema; although the story line in all the movies he was doing during those times, one after another, were the run-of-the-mill type, they did not require a script.

Pip said that during those times, he fell into drinking alcohol. He said that on days that he was home, his drinking would usually start at 10 AM – the time that he usually woke up; and yes, he has not eaten breakfast yet. Friends would sometimes join him, thus, drinking would continue to late nights, or until the wee hours of the morning. Drunk, he usually slept in the couch, and when he woke up the following morning, the same routine went. At his movie shootings, Pip said, he usually fell asleep in between takes, and when it was his turn, he would ask, “Huh! Direk, ano ang gagawin ko (what am I supposed to do)?” and would proceed to improvising a dialogue with his co-star.

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