Category Archives: Prerogative

NEWS FROM MANILA Canadian Garbage Traded for Filipino Nurses?

~ A respected journalist in Manila alleges that the garbage issue Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was confronted with during the ASEAN summit in the Philippine capital a week ago had something odd in it. An Ontario-based company had shipped 106 container vans of hazardous waste to Manila in 2013-2014 under the pretext that it’s recyclable plastics. Some… Read More »

Businessman Sings Praises to Press Club

“To recognize bullshit, nose is better than ear.” ― Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity   TORONTO – Retired teacher Tony San Juan sends a copy of a keynote address by Alfredo “Pidoy” Pacis in his capacity as Gawad Kalinga Canada chairman and requests that it be posted or published in Balita, the largest Filipino newspaper in Greater Toronto Area, where I also write.    In my seven… Read More »

My Seafood City Experience

“A moment’s beginning ends in a moment” ― Munia Khan TORONTO – The coming of Seafood City to Canada, specifically in Mississauga in the Greater Toronto Area, has somehow revived memories of my former hometown of San Diego, California from where the supermarket giant began in 1989. It has three stores that carry the name Seafood City in San Diego… Read More »

TASTE OF MANILA Festival Could Unify, Strengthen OFWs

~ A Philippine lawmaker who visited Toronto last month for the Taste of Manila (ToM) street festival has found inspiration and a platform to advocate for strengthening mechanisms to unify and protect overseas Filipino workers, particularly those in Canada. Taking note of the recognition of ToM by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Congressman Anthony M. Bravo urged in a privilege speech in Manila “to… Read More »

The Warmonger and the Peacemaker

~ A left-leaning tabloid publisher might have initially succeeded in sowing discord among three old friends and their families as he pursued his self-serving agenda to promote his propaganda sheet. The truth has finally come out months later as one of the supposed antagonists personally admitted the unintentional wrongdoing and apologized for whatever it caused the other party.… Read More »

LARGEST STREET FESTIVAL Taste of Manila as Unifying Force 

“A hand fought best when it made a fist.” ― Guy Gavriel Kay   TORONTO – The Taste of Manila (ToM) street festival has come and gone. Everyone – from the organizers to their guests, especially those coming from the Philippines, to the vendors and their thousands of patrons – looks happy, and why not? (Video at:   From its first year… Read More »

UNRAVELLING THE CLANDESTINE BABOY Official in Tobias Enverga’s PCCF Repudiates Boycott Move

~  The crack within the normally tight-lipped organization established by Tobias Enverga is finally showing. One official of his Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation has repudiated the inclusion of her name in an underground movement to sabotage Balita, the city’s largest Filipino newspaper, further reinforcing the widespread suspicion that Balita Boycott (or BaBoy) is contrived. The revelation came as a surprise… Read More »