Sunday, October 31, 2010

Jun Enverga gets elected as Catholic Board Trustee

Indefatigable Jun Enverga won as Catholic Board Trustee in Ward 8 in Scarborough. He is the first elected Filipino in the city of Toronto. He won by around 37 votes. Had other Filipinos known that there are two ballots, he would have won by a bigger margin. There is a ballot which lists down the candidates for the Catholic school board where Jun's name is included and there is a ballot which lists down the candidates for the public school board where Jun's name is not included. I got the ballot which has the public school board candidates and I did not see Jun's name. However, when I saw the boundaries for ward 8 and I live within those boundaries, I thought it was a mistake because I did not see Jun's name on the ballot.  Only when somebody pointed it out to me at Jun's thanksgiving (giving thanks, not the holiday) party did I found out that there were two listings. personally, I ws disappointed that i was not able to vote for Jun because I was given a different ballot based on where my name was listed on the voting list. 

However, all is well as Jun Enverga won long after the newspapers have gone to press.

Congratulations to Jun Enverga and his whole family, who deserves all the accolades for helping one another. His wife Rosemer, daughter Rystle, Reeza and Rocel deserve as much credit for the ahrd work they did in getting Jun elected.

Daughters Rystle, Rocel and Reeza helped behind the scenes.

Jun with wife Rosemer checking out the list at the thanks-giving party.

The Knights of Columbus poses with Jun.

Oswald Tugadi and wife Issa congratulates Jun on his victory.

The packed party room shows how popular Jun is with the Filipinos and Canadians. 
Gie Alvarez, Sylvia Nebres, Ace Alvarez and Rafael Nebres dropped by to congratulate Jun on his win.

Jun giving thanks to everyone who helped him in this campaign.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Gawad Kalinga is Launched

Gawad kalinga launched thier Canadian operation October 29, 2010 with a presentation at the historic St. Lawrence Hall attended by the Filipino community and also Canadian supporters. There is something

Gawad Kalinga Tony Meloto talks with young people interested in the social program.

 about social programs that attract young ones to the movement, specially Gawad Kalinga. Not only that, there is a side 

Tony Meloto talks with Jojo and Bing Querubin.

effect when you succeed. People from every walks of life gravitate towards you. This guy is a magnet. He was invited by the government of 

Tony Meloto poses with admirers.

China to talk about Gawad Kalinga. "As you know, China is trying to house 

Tony Meloto addresses the attendees.
millions of their own people and they want ideas onhow it can be done," he said. However, the usual crowd of university and even high 

Tess Concepcion, Vigi Santiago, Dr. Victoria Santiago and Mike Saavedra wait for Tony meloto to speak. 
school students were not in abundance in this gathering. The crowd was 

Philippine Chamber of Commerce's Rafael Nebres and Oswald Tugadi poses with GK Chairman Pidoy Pacis.

composed of community people that you always see when there is an issue of significance that affects the local community or our fellow Filipinos back home. However, Agnes Manasan did say 

Abby Cervantes and Klein Santaolaya listen to Tony Meloto's ideas.

that the a group of University of Western Ontario students did  

Volunteer Agnes Luat is happy to help GK. 
sign up to spend time in the Philippines and help, learn and 
Joy Alinea checks out the items for auction.
observe about Gawad Kalinga.Well, there were some beautiful and young ones in 
Pamana choir serenade the crowd with their singing.
attendance and volunteers helping out as you can see.  There were also
Gina Capistrano and iris Cudel-Petines help out during the presentation.
entertainment numbers like the Pamana choir and singers from the 

Chyrell Samson and Charis sings...
community like Chyrell Samson and Rodney Ronquillo, the husband and wife team who

while Chyrell's husband, Rodney Ronquillo plays the piano.
make beautiful music together.

Lauren MacGillivray and Frank Switzer of Sunlife Financial are sponsors of GK in the Philippines.

And representatives of corporations that are helping out GK in the Philippines. As in Sunlife Financial above. Mr. Switzer relayed the story of a Filipino boy who approached him and asked about Sunlife in Canada. "Is there Sunlife in Canada too," the boy asked him. Sunlife has become aloyal partner to Gawad Kalinga in the Philippines that some think that it is a local corporation. 

Ting Pacis poses with Thuy Nguyen.

Then, there is the wife of chairman Pidoy Pacis, who do their turn helping out. Above, she poses with Thuy Nguyen, the girlriend of his son Clyde.

Thuy Nguyen poses with Clyde Pacis.

Above is Clyde Pacis with Thuy. Clyde handed me his card. Apparently Max's Chicken of the Philippines is coming to Canada.

Tony Meloto is surrounded by PIDC President Minda Neri (IN GREEN) and Kol Hope's Melinda Rustia (IN RED).

It never seizes to amaze me that Tony Meloto cannot take a few steps without anyone wanting to talk to him and have their picture taken with hime. This kind of admioration is reserved for pop stars coming from the Philippines.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Girlie Padillo's Pamisa for her dad

Girlie Padillo had a pamisa for her dad at St. Bartholomew. Afterwards, she had a pakain fioor the guests at the Jesse jr restaurant on Sheppard and Brimley.

Girlie Padillo is joined by Drs. Solon and Josephine Guzman, daughters Angeline Grace and Annemarie Princess, Solon's mom Zeny.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Annemarie Princess Guzman's 5th Birthday

Drs. Solon and Josephine Guzman celebrated their elder daughter's 5th birthday last October 10, 2010. Annemarie Princess was surrounded by family and friends and it was a very enjoyable time with a very friendly and lively magician performing tricks for them. There was also clown painting and making balloon animals and a pinata. Here are some of the pictures.
Annemarie Princess blows the candle to her cake as sister Angeline watches.
It was a mad scramble for candies as the pinata is broken.

The magician hands a rabbit to Annemarie to pet.

Children have their picture taken with Annemarie Princess.

The priest blesses Annemarie.

Here, she is joined by grandmas Alice and Zeny.

Dancing the Hawaii-5-0 with her sister Angeline.

The magician makes the kids laugh.

beautiful girls Naomi Macapagal and Inah Canlapan.

Marita Lee and Alma Torreno

Grace Macapagal gets her picture taken also.

A clown makes a balloon for a child.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

FV Foods 10th Anniversary Celebration

FV Foods celebrated their 10th anniversary with a little fiesta at their parking lot at their Warden Avenue location. The place was fine. The parking lot was converted into a little plaza with a stage. The weather was perfect. It was sunny but not hot for an Autumn Sunday last October 10.  Fun, food and friends combine to make it a very happy occasion.

I still remember it when it started. It rented a small space on Manville Avenue, a stone's throw away from the current location.  It was just a manufacturer and wholesaler with no retail operation yet.  It actually shared a space with a catering company. One will operate by night, while the other took over by day and I already forgot which one had the day or night shift. Then, it moved to the front with a small retail operation while the baking was done at the back. It did not take long and it moved to a bigger location, now at Warden which is now it's headquarters. Three more locations followed and the rest is history.  Time flies fast in this country.  And for Melchor Galeon and Flor Vendiola, it did seem fast.

To Mel and Flor, congratulations. It was a great 10-year ride and may the ride continue for many more years to come.
Flor and Mel cut the the FV Foods 10th anniversary cake.
Host Philip Beloso introduce the two entrepreneurs who made it all happen.
The Panaligan family enjoy the festivities. From left, singer Tess, Ampee, mom Genelie with Nadeene and Aubrey.
Nadeene and friend enjoy the party with a friend.

Zena Zagala does her Elvis impersonation.

Alan Ocampo, supervisor of FV, Dean Kristoffer Tijam, Chyrell Samson and Melchor Galeon of FV pose for a pciture.

DK Tijam serenades an FV worker at the anniverary party.

Mel and Flor pose with friends.

The hotdogs were actually good. It tasted like the hotdogs I used to eat in the Philippines.

Performer Inah Canlapan is interviewed by and host Philip Beloso.

Action Honda manager rafael Nebres enjoy the festivities with wife Sylvia.

Singer Nora Licop entertains the crowd.

Mel poses with Inah Canlapan.

Business goes on inside the FV Foods store.

Sago to quench your thirst.

Philip Beloso, Ed Joaquin, Flor, Gie and Ace Alvarez and Mel take a breather inside.

Pandesal eating contest for the guys.

Pandesal eating contest for the girsl.

Tess Panaligan sings halo by Beyonce.

Zena Zagala, Teresa Torralba, singer, Jojo taduran and mon Torralba enjoy the festivities.

Dispensing gulaman to the hungry masses.