Bits and Snippets of the Philippines

Basic Reading of Global Filipinos

Posts Tagged ‘Toronto

Association Filipino-Canadian Accountants in Toronto

leave a comment » is a sucker for introducing migrant Filipino groups and networks. One such organization is the Association of Filipino Canadian Accountants or AFCA. This non-profit organization boasts 400 members and is affiliated with the National Council of Philippine American Canadian Accountants (NCPACA), an umbrella organization of Filipino accountants from 10 major cities in North America.

Accountants and students alike list the AFCA roster whose jobs as accounting clerks, bookkeepers to accounting managers, controllers and even government auditors. The association also helps in evaluating credentials and qualifications for new immigrant members with Canadian accounting bodies. Free income tax preparation programs for seniors and low income groups, and personalized training on computerized bookkeeping are some the community services AFCA does.

The AFCA was formed in 1978 by a group of six accountants and auditors in Toronto, mostly working at Revenue Canada. After one year, together with five other accountants, they formally called themselves the AFCA. Winston Lim served as its first president. In ten years time, AFCA joined NCPACA. It was only in 1996 that AFCA was incorporated and received the Letters Patent from the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relation in Canada.

Today, the AFCA is organizing its two-day 4th Professional Development Convention on September 26 and 27, 2015, at The Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport. Technical sessions featuring accounting and business topics, and forums on tax, public accounting and politics will run from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on the first day and 8:00 to 12:00 noon on the second day. These sessions will feature dynamic and popular speakers who are highly respected in the accounting and business industry in Canada. Convention fee for members is $150 while non-members pay $185.

For more information, visit their website at

Title photo from


Philippine Airlines to Double Flights to Canada

leave a comment »

The flag carrier of the Philippines is eyeing to double its frequency of flights to Canada very soon, after the successful conclusion of talks between both countries on air flights. The Philippine panel secured seven additional flight frequencies per week to Canada and Philippine Airlines (PAL) will pursue trying to get all these entitlements with the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB). Once approved, the number of flights per week PAL does between Manila and Canada will double from seven to fourteen.

At present, PAL flies seven times a week to Vancouver and three times a week to Toronto with a stopover in Vancouver.

“With the successful conclusion of the government- to- government air talks, we look forward to flying twice daily to Canada and offering our passengers greater flexibility and choice,” said PAL President and COO Ramon Ang in May of this year.


Photo from


Philippine Consultate in Canada will not report undocumented Filipinos

leave a comment »

‘We’re Not Going to Squeal on You,’ RP Labor Official Assures Undocumented Filipinos

By Romeo P. Marquez, Editor, Philippine Village Voice, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Volume 4, Issue no.19, June 21, 2010

Eric Parungao makes an assurance that the Philippine consulate will not tip-off Canadian authorities on the presence of undocumented Filipinos in Toronto.

TORONTO — A Philippine labor official assured dozens of Filipino caregivers attending a local forum here not to fear being reported to Canadian authorities even if they did not have the documentation to work or stay legally in Canada.

“Ang konsulado hindi po nagsusuplong ng mga kababayan. Ayaw natin mangyari yun — na ma-deport kayo sa Pilipinas,” (The consulate does not report on illegals. We don’t want them deported to the Philippines) declared Eric Parungao, Welfare Officer of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office here.

He was addressing the whole-day Newcomers Orientation Conference on Saturday (June 19, 2010) where an estimated 150 Filipino workers and newly-arrived jobseekers were in attendance at the Lady of Assumption Church in Toronto’s North York region.

Read more at Currents & Breaking News

Written by Raffy Pekson II

June 21, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Upcoming Filipino Events in Toronto ON, Canada

leave a comment »

Heart 2 Heart

May 14, 2010, 7:30pm
Massey Hall
Toronto, ON
Ticket prices: $145, $120, $110, $100, $80, $70, $55

Presenting Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid with Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera as special guests. For ticket information, please call Neneng (647-401-5818 or 905-472-5818), Rene (647-401-7363) or Elvie (416-656-8269).

Click to see poster.

Record Breaker

June 11, 2010, 7:30pm
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Hall A, North Building
Toronto, ON
Ticket prices: $125, $100, $85, $50

Presenting Sarah Geronimo with special guests Erik Santos, Charlie Green, Jimmy Marquez and John Prats. For ticket information, please call Ruth (416-720-2602), Lito (416-564-8734) or Sani (647-408-6949).

Click to see poster.

Written by Raffy Pekson II

March 27, 2010 at 8:31 pm