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Thriving Amid a Global Crisis

Thriving Amid a Global Crisis

Kris Ontong

An online video conference entitled Thrive Even When Life Feels Chaotic and Uncertain was held on March 28. Organized by the Calgary-based podcast, The Immigrant Life, The Canadian Narrative (https://immigrantlife.ca) the free event was

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Altona Turns 125 With a Growing Kababayan Population

Altona Turns 125 With a Growing Kababayan Population

Kris Ontong

In early December of last year, Mayor Al Friesen of Altona extended an invitation to this writer to meet up and chat about the upcoming 125th Anniversary of ‘The Sunflower Capital of Canada’ and

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New Group Champions Multicultural Communities in Eastern MB

New Group Champions Multicultural Communities in Eastern MB

Kris Ontong

A new multicultural group based in Steinbach has been busy making its presence felt in the community. Established in mid-2018, the Eastern Manitoba Broad Alliance for Cultural Enrichment or EMBrACE serves as an umbrella

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204 Neighbourhood Watch Revives Traditional Filipino Caroling, Supports Other Patrol Groups

204 Neighbourhood Watch Revives Traditional Filipino Caroling, Supports Other Patrol Groups

Kris Ontong

A group of kababayans went around the Amber Trails area in Winnipeg a day before Christmas Eve to revive the Filipino custom of house-to-house caroling. Organized by the 204 Neighbourhood Watch, Inc., the event

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Kababayan in Rural MB Communities Celebrate the Holiday Season

Kababayan in Rural MB Communities Celebrate the Holiday Season

Kris Ontong

Yuletide celebrations are in full swing for kababayans living in rural Manitoba. In the province’s third largest city of Steinbach where close to 2,000 Filipino newcomers reside, the South Eastman Filipino Association (SEMFA) held

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Seafood City opens In Winnipeg

Seafood City opens In Winnipeg

Kris Ontong

The much-awaited Seafood City Supermarket in Winnipeg finally opened its doors for business on Thursday morning, November 28. Located in the space formerly occupied by Sears inside the Garden City Shopping Centre, this is

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Kababayans Among Steinbach ToastMasters

Kababayans Among Steinbach ToastMasters

Kris Ontong

A pair of kababayans in rural Manitoba are blazing a trail in pursuit of improved leadership skills and public speaking. Filipino immigrants Cecilia Cajurao and Armielyn Angeles are both residents of Steinbach, the third

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Songwriting Workshop Series for Immigrants Launched

Songwriting Workshop Series for Immigrants Launched

Kris Ontong

A free workshop series about basic songwriting for immigrants kicked off in Winnipeg on October 25, with over a dozen participants attending the inaugural session at the Seven Oaks Immigrant Services office. The workshop

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