Author: Ricky Castellvi

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Ang Umaakyat na Presyo ng mga Pagkain nitong Pandemya

TORONTO – Isang kaibigan ko ang pumuna ng presyo ng Big Mac, na pag kumakain ka nito parati, di mo mapupuna ang presyo pero kung ikaw ay yung taong tulad ko na paminsan minsan lang kumain ng Big Mac, malamang magulat ka sa babayaran mo. Nitong nakaraang mahigit na isang taon, hindi ako kumain ng Big Mac hanggang ilang araw na nakalipas nang bumili ako ng dalawang Big Mac meals at nagulat ako sa binayaran ko – mahigit $23! Sabi ng kaibigan ko, mas makakatipid ka kung may coupon ka, konti sa kalahati ang babayaran mo. Ang sa akin naman ay gaano kadalas nagbibigay ng coupon para sa Big Mac.  (more…)

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The Rising Food Prices during this Pandemic

TORONTO – A friend once commented on the price of a Big Mac, that if you eat it regularly, like once a week, you don’t notice the price increase because it’s in the cents. But, if you order it, say, once every six months, or in my case, in a gap of almost two years because of the pandemic, you feel the crunch, as I did when I ordered two Big Mac meals three weeks ago. I paid $23 and some cents! My friend then added, it’s good if you have the coupon because you pay just a little over half of the regular price. The question that begs answering is, how often does Big Mac come up with coupons. (more…)

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 “TIFF 2021”: sinisikap natin na makabalik sa dating pamumuhay

TORONTO – Mayroon malaking pagitan sa harap nang Roy Thomson Hall. Dati rati mayroon mahabang puting tolda kung saan nag titipon ang mga potograper nag una Han kumuha nang litrato nang maga sikat na artista nadumaraan sa pula karpet. Sa ngayon ang makikita mo ay maga tao na may hawak na tali nang aso na linalakad, at pinupulot ang poo poo sa David Pecaut Square. Tahimik ang lahat. (more…)

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TIFF 2021: We are trying our best to go back to The Real Normal

TORONTO – There is a gaping hole in front of Roy Thomson Hall. Where there was once a long white pitched-up tent where the media elbowed each other to get a word in edge-wise to famous celebrities as they graced the red carpet, there now stand dog walkers picking up poop in David Pecaut Square. It is quiet. No screaming fans, no flash photography. But all is not lost. (more…)

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Ang hatol na ibinigay: 1st Degree Murder at panggahasa. Wastong hustisye na karapat dapat

TORONTO – Kapag ang Isang karumaldumal na krimen ay naganap malapit sa tahanan, ito ay nag dadala nang malakas na dagot na parang Isang lindol sa buong kumunidad nang Filipino-Kanadian nang Toronto. Laluna sa malalapit na kaibigan at maga kamaganak at nang marinig nandito sa Kanada, kapag ang asawa ang biktima, ang kalahating may bahay ay unang suspetsa. Kasindak sindak ang pang yayari subalit, pakikiramay ay unang nanaig sa mga kababayan. Medyo nakahiga lang nang konti ang komunidad nang mahuli ang Isang suspek nagagalan Yostin Murillo na ang lahi ay isang Costa Rican.  (more…)

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Life with no parole for 22 years for intruders who killed mom of three

TORONTO –  When a grisly and gory crime hits close to home, it sends a shock wave to the whole Filipino-Canadian community of Toronto, especially to closer friends and relatives of the victim hearing for the first time that when a partner is murdered, the surviving partner is always the suspect. Tragic as it may be, the initial reaction is for everyone to send in their condolences. Only after Yostin Murillo, a main suspect of Costa Rican background, was arrested were friends and relatives of the couple able to breathe a sigh of relief.  (more…)

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Ang birus na mas mataas makahawa kaysa Kobid-19

TORONTO – Noon taon 2018, mga taga Ontario ay nag rehistro nang 835,175 na mayroon mahigit na isa ang pag aari nang tirahan ayon sa statistik Kanada. Noon Hulyo 2020, tayo ay katatapos palang nang unang dagsa nang Kobid. At ang CTV ay nag ulat na “Katteges ari arian pambenta ay nag taassan sa dahilan ang mga Kanadiano ay nag tratrabaho sa mga liblib na lugar.”  (more…)

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A virus that has a fatality rate higher than COVID-19 

TORONTO – In 2018, 835,175 Ontarians were recorded as “multiple property owners” by Statistics Canada.  In July 2020, we were just getting over the First Wave and CTV was reporting:  “Cottage real estate market heats up with more Canadians working remotely”.  In April 2021, the Globe & Mail reported that “in Toronto, as many as 1 in 5 homeowners own more than one property”(more…)

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Code Red Para sa mga Mamamayan ng Mundo

TORONTO – Nung Mayo nitong taon na ito, maraming mga manok at mga isda ang nangamatay sa Dagupan, Philippines, dahil sa tinding init na umabot sa 52 Celsius. Nitong tag araw sa Canada, ang baryong Lytton sa BC, ay uminit nang matindi na umabot ng 49.4 Celsius, tapos nasunog  ito sa sumunod na araw. Nung 2018, dalawang kamaganak ko ang bumiyahe sa San Francisco para makipagkita sa mga pinsan na dumadalaw galing sa Pilipinas. Nang pababa na ang eroplano nila, kitang kita nila ang mga sunog sa California. Paglabas nila sa hantungan, puro usok ang naamoy nila at nangailangan silang magsuot ng maskara. Nung huling araw nila sa SFO, yung mga cable cars na likas na San Franciscan ay hindi pinahintulutan na umandar dahil sa alikabok at mababang aninag sa dadaanan ng mga ito.  (more…)

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Code Red for Humanity

TORONTO – May 12th of this year saw chickens and fishes dying from the heat in Dagupan City, Philippines. The temperature that day registered at 52 Celsius. Early this summer, Lytton, BC, registered a record high of 49.4 C. The following day, wildfire devastated the village. In 2018, two relatives travelled to San Francisco early November to meet up with their cousins who were touring the US. While their plane descended for landing, they could see wildfires from the plane window. When they stepped out of the terminal, smoke was in the air. They had to wear masks. This, in SFO, in November. On their last full day in that city, the cable cars, which give SFO its character, stopped running for the day. The streets of San Francisco were covered in dust and visibility was so low, operating a cable car became risky, given that this is done manually. (more…)

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Kanseladong Pagdiriwang – Toronto Mawawalan na naman nang halagang $8.35 Billion


TORONTO – Sa kasalukuyan sa isang lugar, mayroon 18,000 sukat na talampakan na bodega, mayroon mga tapetang pang lamesa at 5,000 silya napupuno nang alikabok at naluluma. Kung mayroon kang isang okassion, kailagan mo nang sibleta, kutsara’t tinidor, lugar para sa mga tao para upuan. Mga maliit na bagay bagay na marahil di natin binibigyan nang pansin dati rati. Ito’y maga bagay na bumubuo sa isang okassion nang isang industria na malapit nang mag wakas dulot, nang Kobid-19.  (more…)

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Cancelled Events – Toronto stands to lose another $8.35 billion 

TORONTO – Somewhere out there, in an 18,000 square foot warehouse, table cloths and 5,000 chairs are rotting away. When you have an event, you need napkins, cutlery, places for people to stand, places for people to sit.  Things like these, which you may never have paid much attention to before, in their own small way, contribute to the fabric of the Events Industry – on the brink of extinction, thanks to COVID-19.  (more…)

Filipino GTA Health & Medicine

Ang Panganib ng Opioid Habang May Pandemya

Bago mag pandemya, may nakausap akong kaibigan na nagtatrabaho sa Eaton Centre. Pagka ang shift niya ay bago magsara ang tindahan na pinapasukan niya, nakakatagpo siya paglabas niya sa mall ng mga tao kakaiba ang kilos, na alam niya na may ininom o ininiksiyon sa katawan. Sabi niya, hindi siya nagaalala sa mga taong nakatira sa kalye. Ang inaalala niya ay mga “druggies” dahil nangmomolestiya sa mga hindi kakilala at sa pamamaraang hindi kanaisnais. (more…)

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Bitcoin Mahirap Intindihin 

Noon Bieyernes 25 nang Hunio 2021 ang pagunahin balita na umuugong sa Google ay Kryptokuransy (1) Ethereum, Dogecoin, BNB, XRP, (2)- maga pagalan parang planeta, diretsong galing sa siansiya pangisip-na nag dudulot nang kaguluhan o pag kasindak. Sa lahat nang ito ay ang Bitcoin. Kunting pagka takataka? Ang 52-lingo taas nang Bitcoin dating $64,863. Noon 9:06 Bieryernes nang umaga nang 25 nang Junio 2021 ito ay bumagsak pag baba nang $33,100.54. Maga experto sa prohekto sinabi na ang bagay na ito ay lalong lalala. (more…)

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Bitcoin is a Bit Hard to Understand 

On Friday, June 25, 2021, the number one news trending in Google was cryptocurrency.  Ethereum, Dogecoin, BNB, XRP – sounding like names of planets, straight out of science fiction – were causing quite a stir, if not panic.  At the centre of it all was Bitcoin. Bitcurious? The 52-week high of Bitcoin had been $64,863.  At 9:06 am on Friday, June 25, 2021, it plummeted down to $33,100.54.  Experts project that things are going get worse. (more…)

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Ang Panlimang Pinakamalaking Kalakal-Panluwas ng Canada

Nang bumisita ang aking ina sa Toronto nung dekadang setenta, ito ang binigay niyang impresyon sa siyudad: napakalamig at maraming puno. Datapwat pumanaw na siya, aking naaalala siya ngayong sumusulat ako tungkol sa mga punongkahoy. Ipinanganak at lumaki ako sa lungsod ng Manila na konti lang ang mga puno. meron meron naman isang matandang Acacia na malapit sa amin na ginagamit na tagpuan o palatandaan ng mga tao. (more…)

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Canada’s Fifth Largest Export

When my mother returned to Manila from her visit to Toronto in the early 70s, she was asked of her impressions about the city, to which she gave the following observations: it is too cold and the city is a forest. My mom is gone now yet I think of her as I write this piece. Like her, I’m an urbanite. Born and raised in Manila where trees were a rarity when I was living there, I can only remember one big tree near our place – an Acacia tree. It was so old that people used it as a landmark when giving directions. (more…)

Community Filipino Health & Medicine Opinion

Tindahan nang Kanabis – Esensial?

Ang katapusan mundo ay parang nasa atin na nitong Marso 2020, nang ang maga iskuwelahan at maga tindahan ay sabaysabay nag sarado. Samantalang makikita ang mahabang pila ay makikita na palaki nang palaki sa harap nang tindahan kanabis Armsterdam. Sa Toronto noon unang dagsa, sa pakiramdam mo ang grosaring tindahan lang ang nakabukas. Iyon at ang tindahan lang nang kanabis. Parang ang kanabis ay lumalabas ito’y nasa listahan nang importanteng pagagailagan. Sa pag bisita harap harapan sa iyong pamily doktor ay hindi nasama sa listahan. (more…)

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Cannabis Shops are Essential – Agree?

“The End of the World” was upon us in March 2020 and as schools and shops were shuttering up, long lineups built up in front of cannabis cafes in Amsterdam . In Toronto during that First Wave, it felt like the only place open was the grocery store. That, and the cannabis shops . Somehow, cannabis made it to the list of essentials . In-person visits to your family doctor, did not . (more…)

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Tindahan na Paupahan sa Kalye na Pinamimilhan ng mga Mayayaman

Meron 17 na tindahan ang nagsara sa Bloor, 8 nito ay may karatulang “Prime Retail for Lease” sa mga dingding nito. Ang nabanggit na kalye ay lugar na mamahalin na tindahan katulad ng Louis Vuitton at Hermes. Mula nang tumungtong ako sa bayan na ito nung 1974, hindi ko pa maalala kung kailangan ganito karami ang nagsarang tindahan ng mga damit. Pero nalulungkot ako sa pagkawala ng Gap sa kanto ng Bay at Bloor kasi doon ako namimili ng mga bagong polo shirt ko at mga pan-regalo ko pag pasko. (more…)

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Prime Retail for Lease

On a stretch of 1.9 kms, sandwiched between Yonge Street and the Royal Ontario Museum, lies the posh district of Bloor Street where the rich buy their Louis Vuittons and Hermes. These days of the pandemic, 17 stores or boutiques are closed, 8 of which have the sign “prime retail for lease” stuck to their windows. Never in my Canadian life, since I first set foot here in 1974, has there been that many vacancies, until now. While I can’t remember which boutiques ceased operating in Bloor, one store stood out for me — the Gap which is not even high-end but had 3 levels of shopping space which I would visit when I needed new shirts or items for Christmas gifts. (more…)
Filipino Science Technology

Satelight Kommunikasion

Parang hindi pa sapat ang ating maga problema na dinaranas tumitigin sa atin balikat sa Kobid 19, ngayon kailagan pang tumigin sa langit sa pag bagsak nang racket . Manok na Maliit pagarap na “Ang Lagit ay Babagsak” ay hindi nakakatawa. Ang 100 talampakan haba nang instil na raket sinabi na walang paganib na Ito ay masusunod sa pag pasok nito sa atmuspir ipagpatawad mo ang akin pag tanong: Sino ang may risponsibilidad kung ang isang bagay ay magkaluko lumabas sa ispase? Mas nakakakilabot na tanong, ano ang mangyayari sa kataohan kung tayo ay mawalan nang importanteng satilite? (more…)

English Science Technology

What Would Happen If We Lost Satellite Communications?


As if we did not have enough on our plates looking over our shoulder for COVID-19, we now had to look up to the sky for a falling rocket. Chicken Little’s pleas of “The Sky is Falling!” – not so funny. The 100 foot Chinese rocket, claimed to pose no risk as it most likely would burn up in our atmosphere upon re-entry, begs to ask the question: Who is responsible for things that go awry in Space? More chilling, what would happen to humankind if we were to lose a vital satellite? (more…)

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Halaga nang Wifi’s

May isang emplado tawagin natin sa pagalan na Susie, pumasok para maga trabaho nakita na walang wifi. Tumawag siya sa kompania nang tulong pero walang sumasagot.

Sa madali niyang pag iisip nakakuha siya nang kanilang email sa selular na telepano. Pero kunti lang ang magagawa nang selular telepano para paandarin ang isa opisina sa buong araw pang samantala.

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“Wifi’s Worth”


An employee, let’s call her “Suzie”, showed up for work only to find that the Wifi was out. She phoned Tech support, but no one was in.

Thinking quick on her toes, she managed to get some emails across by turning on “Cellular Data” in her cell phone. But there is only so much you can do to keep the company afloat for a regular work day by buying time on one’s cell phone. (more…)

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Matinding Galit sa Himpapawid

Meron akong matagal nang kaibigan na naging empleyado ng isang kompanyang panghimpapawid. Retirado na siya. Pagkatapos ng 46 anos na pagsisilbi, hindi na niya kailangan bumagon nang maaga para lumipad, kumain ng agahan sa gabi, matulog hindi sa gabi kundi sa araw dahil sa iba’t ibang oras sa mga pinupuntahan niya. At nakakasiguro ako na nagpapasalamat siya na tinganggap niya ang gintong relo na ibinigay sa kaniya ng kompanya ngayong may kaguluhan na nangyayari sa himpapawid. (more…)

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Air Rage

I am old friends with a recently retired airline crew member of a flag carrier of an Asian country. He does not regret his decision to stay on the ground after 46 years of flying. For once, he does not have to deal with wakefulness at night, inability to sleep long hours during the day, eating breakfast at dinner time, and leaving for early morning flights because of various time zones. With the recent goings in air travel, I’m sure he is just thankful he accepted that prized gold watch given to retiring airline crew. (more…)

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Ang kampus nang Unibersidad nang Toronto

Maraming ginagawang trabaho sa kampus nang Unibersidad nang Toronto, St George downtown, kampus. Mayroon bakod ang King’s College Circle; kahoy na bakuran proteksion para sa makahulugan puno. Parang ang mundo ay binaligtad. Alam ko na para ako nakakita nang balon. Binubunkal ang lupa nilayuan nang buto para tumubo iisang bagay na maganda. A kondo siguro? Kung ang maga bata ay nasa bahay, bakit nila inaapura bigyan itong kampus na ito nang makabagong mukha. (more…)
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“Giving a Campus a Face-lift for a Post-COVID-19 World”

There is a lot of construction going on at the University of Toronto St. George downtown campus.  There are fences around King’s College Circle; wooden boards protecting historic trees.  The earth is upturned; I could have sworn I saw a plough.  They are sowing the seeds for something better to come.  A condo, perhaps?  If the kids are all at home, then why are they rushing to give this campus a makeover? (more…)

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50 Taon nang Pandemia

Noon 10 nang Hunio 2021, BBC ay nag ulat na may bagong na diskubre na maka pagpababa sa Dengue impeksion nang 77%. Ang “World Mosquito Programme” sumubok nang experimento kung saan ang lamok na impeksion sa Wolbachia bakteria na kinalabasan nang Dengue birus (DENV). Itong Wolbachia-lace lamok at ang kanilang itlog ay pinakawalan muli sa Yogyakarta siyudad nang Indonesia. Ang “World Mosquito Program” pinagmamalaki inulat na ang pag subok ay nag resulta nang 86% pag bawas nang maga Dengue nauuspital. At sa mundong na mayroon pang kalusugan pag aalaga ang sistema ay wala nang biglang pag bagsak nang sa KOBID-19 pandemia pina baba ang kabuoan pag hihirap sa hospital gumagawa nang malaking kaibahan. (more…)

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The 50-year-old Pandemic

On June 10, 2021, BBC reported that a new discovery reduces the rate of Dengue infections by 77%.  The World Mosquito Programme performed an experiment whereby mosquitoes were infected with the Wolbachia bacteria that outcompeted the Dengue virus (DENV).  These Wolbachia-laced mosquitoes and their eggs were re-released into Yogyakarta city in Indonesia.  The World Mosquito Program proudly reported that this trial results in an 86% reduction in Dengue hospitalizations.  And in a world that has health care systems non the verge of collapse from the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing the overall burden on hospitals makes a big difference. (more…)

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Justice of the Peace, Delano Vasquez Europa

Delano Europa ay nakapagtapos nang bilang isang mang ba batas na digree sa San Beda College sa Pilipinas noon 1970. Bago siya magimigrate sa Kanada Delano Europa ay mambabatas nang 13 taon sa Pilipinas. Siya ang munisipio korte husgado. Siya ay kinilalang at binigyan nang plaqueng karagalan bilang isa sa sampung pinakamabilis na mag litis sa buong Pilipinas. Siya ay isang batas na guro nang 17 taon sa St. MaryUnibersidad sa probinsia nang Nueva Viscaya. (more…)

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Honourable Delano Velasquez Europa – Justice of the Peace

Delano Europa is a graduate of Bachelor of Law degree at San Beda college Philippines in 1970. Before immigrating to Canada Delano Europa is a law practitioner for 13 years in the Philippines. He is a municipal trial Court Judge. He was recognized and awarded a plaque as one of the top ten fastest deciding judge in the Philippines. He is also a law instructor for 17 years at St. Mary’s University in the province of Nueva Vizcaya. (more…)

Filipino Technology World News

Tumingala sa ulap

Noon ika 8 Hunio 2021, ang enternet ay bumagsak. CNN, ang New York Times, ang UK gobbiyerno, Amazon, PayPal, ang Financial Times, Bloomberg News, Reddit, Spotify, Twitch, Verge, kasama ang libo libong iba ibang gobbiyerno, balita, at sosial midya web cites- lahat ay nahulog sa grrd. Ang kanluran hemisphire ay kasalukuyan nasa panaginib lupa at halos lahat tayo ay hindi pa nakakapag umagang kape. Lahat ay nangyari halos bago mag ala 6 nang umaga “EDT.” (more…)

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Head Up in the Clouds (Computing)

On June 8, 2021, the internet broke down. CNN, The New York Times, the UK Government, Amazon, Paypal, the Financial Times, Bloomberg News, Reddit, Spotify, Twitch, Verge, along with thousands of other government, news and social media web sites – all fell off the grid. The western hemisphere was still in dreamland; most of us had not even had our morning coffee yet. It happened just before 6 am EDT. (more…)

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Makakatulong ba sa pagasenso ng bayan ang pagtanggal o pagsira ng mga estatua?

Noon isang taon mayroon isang dating cenator at TB komentator na tinanggal nang CNN dahil sa kanyang sinabi “Tayo’y bumuhay nang bayan parang wala…mayroon tayong maga katutubong Amerikano pero…wala masyadong katutubong Amerikano sa Amerikano kultura sa grupo nang maga batang konsebativo nag pulong noon Abril para makinig sa kanyang pananalita tungkol sa maga rehiligion kahalagahan nang Uropian maninirahan sa US. (more…)

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“Does Removing or Defacing Statues Heal a Nation with a Dark History?”

Last month, a former US senator and tv commentator, was dismissed by CNN when he said “We birthed a nation from nothing … we have native Americans but … there isn’t much Native American in American culture” to a group of young conservatives gathered in April to hear him speak about the religious values of European settlers in the US.
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