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A VERSATILE WRITER (be it straight or creative writing) on all media platforms and highly-recognized by his readers, peers, numerous individuals and organizations in the private and public sectors for such gift and talent earned from years of experience and academic training, the following are some notes occasionally sent through Facebook, email and other means, to the author, Ace Alvarez, by some of his readers and admirers. The notes include those at the time that he run as a Trustee for Ward 12 of the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) in the October 2014 local elections:

Hon. Steve Coroza, Justice of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario:

“I want to acknowledge the following people: “… Mr. Ace Alvarez,….  You are all role models and I have learned through you that great things can be achieved if one works hard for it. (August 1, 2013 during his Swearing-in Ceremony)

Maria Nellie Bautista, Artist and Businesswoman:

“Thank you Ace, I considered it a great privilege to receive a … greeting from you.With your big achievements, still you’re so humble, a human being and really down to earth, I admire you so much! … I’m your fan who is proud of you because you’re a man with brain and a goodheart. Thank you for being there for me. More power to you!” (April 11, 2013)

“Ace, I’m your fan in your journalism reports and I like your comments and/or opinions in issues. You’re really a good man with values.” (November 7, 2013)

Ayson Cruz, works in the health care education industry:

“Your welcome… Tito Ace, kung okay lang na tawagin kitang Tito… Anyway, sana one of these days we’ll meet again, you know you’re one of my idols … I’ve known you for so long, … But its been a while, kaya siguro di nyo n ako natatadaan. (You’re welcome, Uncle Ace, if it’s okay with you for me to call you Uncle. Anyway, I hope to meet you again one of these days. You know you’re one of my idols … I’ve known you for so long … but it’s been a while, thus, the reason why you probably don’t remember me anymore.) [July 19, 2014]

Connie Landicho Celino, Works in the Computing Industry:

“… excellent writing skills I found in your site; very motivating. This is why I want to support you and vote for you. God Bless.” (June 27, 2014)

Dr. Ashleigh Molloy, Former teacher, principal and Toronto Catholic education board-wide adminstrator; and currently a Professor at York University:

“I have known Ace Alvarez for many years. His candidacy (for Trustee, Ward 12, TCDSB) brings forth a Catholic vision of education that sees faith as its center. His journalistic background ensures that decisions will be reached through careful analysis. Ace would bring to this role a diligent work ethic coupled with unquestionable integrity. I am proud to offer my support for him as a Catholic school trustee.”

Ruby Guiyab, Catholic School Parent Volunteer, Ward 12, Scarborough, Ontario:

“Tito Ace, you are a sensible and credible media person in our community. It’s the truth and hats off to you! (April 30, 2013)

Bobbie Nunez, Health Care Worker:

“Thank you very much Ace for sharing your thoughts and genuineness. We all need to make ourselves better. May your sincerity rub on all of us. Be contagious, my friend! We all need an Ace in our lives! God Bless!” (Friday, July 18, 2014)

Rose Marquez Chavez, Works in the Health Care Industry:

“If we can afford, or have courage to change the world to make a better place to live…We all need someone like with an ACE Of HEART!” (Friday, July 18, 2014)

Nieves Eswagen Mangante, Businesswoman:

“You are well-respected in the community, Ninong Ace! … you are reliable.” (May 1, 2013)

Anna Estrada Rejante, Singer-Entertainer:

“Just to add… I believe you are the first Fil-Can journalist to be commended on “Ms. Kris Aquino’s TV show.” (May 2, 2013)

Alberto Rodil. Awardee, The RBC Top 25 Immigrants (2014)

“I am campaigning for you so that there will be Filipino leaders in government. I know that you are qualified and will really do good.” (Sunday, July 20, 2014)

Dr. Gina Valle, Ph.D., Leading Expert in Diversity and Multiculturalism:

“Ward 12 would do well to elect you as a trustee, Ace. I am familiar with your Ward because there is an excellent French school there …With thanks. My best wishes to you and the family.”(July 9, 2014)

Ethelrida Cumpio Zabala Laza, Works in the banking sector:

“You have the leadership and the vision Ace Alvarez. Praying for your success, and wishing you all the very best. God bless you!” (May 5, 2014)

 Kriss Jones, Government employee; community and civic worker:

“It is time that we have someone stand in the gap to bring back the God-fearing vail back into the schools. I know Tobias ‘Jun’ Enverga made some positive changes, but Ace the rest is up to you now to take one more step forward in God’s Grace and divine blessings to take it to the next level. God chooses his stewards wisely, now he will put you to work now. God Bless, you have my undivided support.” (April 29, 2014)

Cynthia Maramba Veloira, Government employee:

“You are a good man…. May our Lord God bless you to win this election. More power to you!” (June 15, 2014)

Frank Plata Crawford, Knights of Columbus Council # 12582, Our Lady of Assumption Parish, Toronto, On.:

“Ace, we belong in your riding and you already have my family votes.” (Sunday, July 13, 2014)

 Poulos Penelope, Housewife:

“For sure you are the best candidate in that position with your credentials and dedication to the community. May God use you mightily and always be in line with His Words and teachings and He will direct your path.” (March 26, 2014)

Analie Ledesma-Servanez, Self-employed as a Financial Advisor:

“I never met you yet,  Ace Alvarez, but I think you’re a good person. (October 22, 2013)

Consuelo Hernandez Nakayama, Works in the food sector:

“Just do what is best for the community.” (March 23, 2014)

Hunny Chona Stinson Irechris, Beauty Queen and Civic Worker:

“A great leader!” (May 5, 2014)

 Hernani de Leon, Civic Worker/Volunteer:

“Let’s go for Ace!” (July 13, 2014)

 Arlene Gutierrez, works in the Dental Industry:

“I will be campaigning for you …”.(June 29, 2014)

Christian Alvarez, son:

” … You have given up your lavish life to protect the future of your children. You have been betrayed by many people of the past, but yet you do not hate, but rather thank for the lessons learned. You have shown me what a strong faith can do, and that hard work is the only way to attain anything. You have never once cheated or took the easy way out; or never once abandoned your family. You have given us more material things than we can ever need; but most of all you have given me the tools to survive in this life on my own. You have given me more memories than I could ever hope for, and each day you always get up to try. There is no way I can ever repay you for the love, the patience and happiness you have given. I am forever grateful for you as my guardian. You have not only been a father, but a loving Dad.”

(Letter to dad Ace, Father’s Day, June 2008)

Rachel Ferma Panganiban, Private Sector Employee:

“Your contributions to the community are great and to be recognized by our kababayan.”  (August 21, 2014)

Forte Gerardo, Former Philippine Trade Representative to Canada (now Businessman based in Aurora, Ontario):

— Note addressed to both Ace and Gie —

Thank you once again for your abiding goodness to us. We are so fortunate to enjoy your friendship and honestly your influence as well. We wish for you and your family best of Health and Blessings from above; Contentment and Harmony …. Keep up your leadership as a senior media couple in our community and in the Canadian ethnic media as well. You give much pleasure and benefit to so many. (Sgd. Forte & Sal in a handwritten note sent December 25, 2010)

Bob Rosales, Knights of Columbus San Lorenzo Ruiz Council # 8809 and Faithful Navigator, Assembly of Infant Jesus:

“My friends, here is a candidate who is a great defender of our faith. We need him in the Catholic School Board to ensure that our children are properly taught especially in the ways of our Catholic values, teachings and traditions.

“Please cascade this email to your relatives and friends and ask them to support Mr. Ace Alvarez.

“Thanks and God bless.” (August 13, 2014)

Trish Ghem, del Pilar, Fashion and Special Events Model:

“ … my dear friends I am asking you and your friends to vote for Ace Alvarez for Trustee, Ward 12, TCDSB. Your vote will be a big help for our community. (Saturday, September 6, 2014)

Li Eron, Magazine Publisher:

“If you are in Mr. Ace Alvarez’s ward, please vote for him.” (Saturday, September 6, 2014)

Normita Canlas, Religious Organizations Leader/Volunteer, Civic Worker:

“Dear Friends in Ward 12. Please let’s help Bro. Ace Alvarez by voting him on Oct.27, 2014, Thanks God Bless!” (Sunday, September 7, 2014)

Michelle Feliciano-Marcelino

“Good luck, Mr. Alvarez, I pray that you win. The TCDSB definitely needs someone who can identify the factors that would help these schools to progress more. God Bless.” (Sunday, September 7, 2014)

Bobby Hernaez, Entrepreneur:

“Ace has been my friend since our elementary years at a Catholic school, I have known him practically all my life to be an honest and hardworking man and a devout Catholic.

I am very very sure that he will be an asset to whatever he chooses to be. I support him 100%. (August 24, 2014)

Bro. Don Quilao, Religious Leader:

[In a Letter to the three big organizations of the general membership of Catholic Charismatic Renewal Council Formation Institute, Archdiocese of Toronto (CCRCTor); the Alliance of Filipino Catholic Charismatic Prayer Communities (AFCCPC); and, Filipino Canadian Catholic Charismatic Prayer Communities (FCCCPC) on August 25, 2014]

“… my dear sisters and brothers in the communities of FCCCPC, AFCM and CCRC. I hope you are all well.

“Election is just around the corner (October 27), and pretty soon we will exercise our responsibility and duty to vote for the people in the government and in our School Boards.

“I am unconditionally recommending three candidates for the positions of Trustee in the Toronto Catholic School Board:

1.. Mr. Joey Abrenilla – Ward 5 (North York)

2. Mr. Emmanuel Yanga – Ward 7 (Scarborough & North York)

3. Mr. Ace Alvarez – Ward 12 (Scarborough)

“They are practicing & devout Roman Catholics who strongly support the idea of sustaining and maintaining the Roman Catholic Teachings and values in our Catholic Schools. They are active in supporting and defending the Church.

“There are approximately 93,000 students in our 200 Catholic schools, so obviously a lot of students will be affected by the type and quality of Trustees who will be in the School Board. Our children are the future of our communities and our country. Children who grow up in the love of God in the Catholic schools and the Church will likely grow up to be compassionate, respectful of the environment, of life and other peoples of all religions.

They will be excellent leaders of our communities and our country in the future.

“I, therefore, strongly urge you, your families, relatives and friends, to vote for these candidates as Trustees in our Catholic School Board. We need their presence in the Board.

“Thank you very much and God bless.”

Bro. Don Quilao
Head Servant, Filipino Canadian Catholic Charismatic Prayer Communities (FCCCPC) – Eastern Canada
Board Member, Alliance of Filipino Catholic Charismatic Prayer Communities (AFCCPC) – North America
Director, CCRC Formation Institute, Archdiocese of Toronto
Chair, Education Ministry, Archdiocesan Filipino Catholic Mission




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