Today’s Ontario Election Results Brings Me Nostalgia for Live Radio Coverages

June 7, 2018

by Ace Alvarez

(Click this internet photo to enlarge)

Toronto, Ontario — Over (late, as usual) dinner, my conversation with my wife, Gie, touched on the “action” we’ve been missing on days like today.

As most of you know, until 9 PM tonight, Ontarians headed to the polls to elect the candidates who are representing us at Queen’s Park — the provincial capitol building in Ontario and the seat of our provincial government.

I miss those days of action during my radio days back in the mid 70s when I was a Public Affairs and News Reporter/Writer at DWXB-102.7 FM — the Top Business News Station at the time in Metropolitan Manila, Philippines.

Run and operated by INCOMM (Interlink Communication & Commodities), Inc, I was blessed to have been given the opportunity to work at this station with Philippine broadcast greats — the likes of Bong Lapira (then of ABC Channel 5’s “The Big News” and later, GMA 7’s “News at Seven”), who was the company’s President; our Public Affairs & News Director, Herman Magsipok (former Special Events & News Director of the top news station in the Philippines, DZMT News Radio); Tony Yatco (newscaster-sportscaster and famous for his regular starting line, “There they go …” on Saturdays at the San Lazaro, or Sta. Ana Hippodromes’ horse racing events). It was TY (as we addressed Tony) whom Gie credits as the one who gave her first break in broadcast following her graduation from the baccalaureate degree program in Communication Arts of the Philippine Women’s University in Manila, Philippines; Art Galindez (an ad agency big gun and one great DJ at DZWS, the sister pop station of DZMT); Dodi Alba — one very good newsman, who was partnered with Ernie Baron during their ABS-CBN radio news days (and whom I used to listen when I was in high school); and so many notable names in Philippine broadcast; Of course, I would not forget Gene Tesoro, a veteran newsman from the news facilities of the National Media Production Center.

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Remembering my dear brother, Nelson S. Alvarez, on his birth anniversary.

June 2, 2018

By Ace Alvarez

Remembering my dear brother, Nelson S. Alvarez (in photo, standing, left), today on his BIRTH ANNIVERSARY.

The Alvarez Brothers Plus One, Circa 1973 (Click image to enlarge)

Brod Nelson, you have lived your life fully in accord with the teachings of the faith with which our parents passed on to us and guided us with — and which, I witnessed, you practiced in your dealings with your fellowmen, starting with your family.

Your charity and kindness to everyone are unquestionable. My love would always be with you.

Also in photo are (standing next to Nelson) my brother-in-law, Jun Fresnido; brothers Randolph and Ramy.

Seated (left to right) are: (when together) the wacky trio, Bert, Me & Brod B Tony. (I think it shows in this photo, don’t you think?). Not in this photo is our sister, Melinda, because the call for this photo was, “Only the boys.”.

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WHAT A MONTH THIS HAS BEEN FOR ME!

January 3, 2018

By Ace Alvarez

It is with sadness that at noon today, I learned of the passing of my good friend, Adolfo Makuntima Makwiza.

Adolfo Makuntima Makwiza (Click image to enlarge)

He passed away last Friday, December 29, from a heart attack.

Adolfo was a teacher, a television producer, a writer, book author and a musician/composer.

Adolfo and I met in 2002 during a briefing for new independent television producers by the administrative and technical managers of the newly-licensed Rogers OMNI.2 Television. It was therefrom that our beautiful friendship begun.

Adolfo would phone me occasionally to share with me his work: books, CD recordings of music that he composed and, at times, confided with me personal matters affecting him and his family.
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A Note from Rocel: The Best We Got This Christmas (2017)

December 26, 2017

By Ace Alvarez

THE BEST that Gie & I got this Christmas is this personalized greeting — a labor of love truly, from Rocel, the middle child of our very dear friends, Rosemer and her husband, the late Sen. Tobias Jun Enverga.

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After the noon mass on Christmas Day this year, Gie and I spent the afternoon till evening with Rosemer, Rystle, Rocel and Reeza — including, among a few others, Jun’s siblings and their families, Kuya Ernesto N. Guinto/Ate Nini and Kuya Angel/Ate Noni.

It was a prayerful day with peace, bright hopes and optimism for everyone.

We look forward to a HAPPY & BRIGHTER INCOMING YEAR!

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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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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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Heartwarming Thoughts on the Birth Anniversary of my brother, Brod B

April 22, 2017

By Ace Alvarez

My dear brother, Brod B — Then and Now (Click image to enlarge)

Toronto, Ontario — Well, Brod B … I’m following North American Eastern Time, thus, if you find this a bit late in accord with the date and time at the part of the world you are in, I’m not really apologizing, nor, will I. The fact is, even if you say this is late, for me this is not; for what I am celebrating today is your birth, not only your birthday. You have always been a very good sibling to me. So, a BIG BIRTH ANNIVERSARY GREETING TO YOU, dearest brother.

Oh, I can’t really help it, but be nostalgic on this day. Today – and countless times, I remember all those happy times we have had.

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