Four for Manitoba

High-profile Filipino-Canadians vie for Legislature seats

  AIDA.CHAMPAGNE Flor Marcelino
Aida Chapagne
Flor Marcelino
Ted Marcelino Jon Reyes
Ted Marcelino
Jon Reyes

MANITOBA – By day’s end on Tuesday, April 19, we shall find out if the voters elect at least three of the Filipino-Canadians seeking seats in the provincial legislature.

While there have been quite a number of Filipino-Canadians in the past provincial elections who have got their names on the ballot, this may be the first time in the Filipino community’s history where the Pinoy candidates are all relatively popular among their target constituents. Their celebrity may be attributed to their various high-profile community projects that were publicised not only by traditional media but also by the strength of the respective candidates’ penchant to maximize the use of social media.

Four high-profile Pinoy candidates represent the three major parties.

Pacquiao retiring?

  Manny & Jinkee Pacquiao
Manny & Jinkee Pacquiao

WINNIPEG – It was a full house at the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba (PCCM) as local spectators watched on a big screen how Filipino boxing great Manny Pacquiao punched his way to clear a unanimous decision win over Tim Bradley Jr. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 9, 2016.

Unlike Pacquiao’s previous fights, this last fight versus Bradley was not as celebrated by fans around the world. According to reports from ESPN, the ticket sales and pay-per-view were relatively low. The pre-fight fanfare was not as noisy. Even Pacman’s long-time Hollywood fans, i.e. Jimmy Kimmel, Mark Wahlberg, Sylvester Stallone, Keanu Reeves and other luminaries) were not among the arena crowd of 14,665 who cheered as the two fighters completed their trilogy of fights. Many attribute this lacklustre public reaction to Pacquiao’s widely publicised statement about gays. Add to this the fact that the third encounter with Bradley was not for a world title.