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December 22, 2018 - January 7, 2019 Philippine Showbiz Today 21 WCC Christmas Party WCC (Willingdon Care Centre) Annual Christmas Party was on December 16, 2018 at Juvy’s Bar ‘n Grill. It was a cele- bration of eating, drinking and having fun to celebrate the holiday season with a Live band The Dynamix Band headed by Jojo Quimpo their band leader, as special guest. (Photos by Christian Cunanan) PICPA - PICPASKO Christmas Party The Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA)-Vancouver Chapter celebrated their 16th annual C h r i s t m a s  p a r t y  l a s t December 15, 2018 at the Bonsor Recreation Complex in Burnaby. PICPA Vancouver’s Christmas celebrations will now be known as PICPASKO -  coined from PICPA and PASKO and their theme this year is a nostalgic “Noche Buena.” Their celebrations coincided with the start of the midnight mass being celebrated in the country. True to the theme, freshly cut bamboo tree adorned the banquet hall, Christmas tree adorned with traditional star lanterns and capiz shells, native products were on display which were donated by Marissa Velarde and ruffled to lucky winners. Bandaritas were all over the hall and favorite Pinoy cuisine from Cabalen was served. What is a Filipino the celebrations without Lechon Cebu, donated by Mr. Bert Parungao of T-1 Mobile. The famous Taho was also served at the desert section and the members, family and friends Zumba the night away. P I C PA - Va n c o u v e r membership appreciated the support of the community and inviting everyone to their next themed celebrations. (Photos by Christian Cunanan) Statement for International Migrants Day 2018 Ottawa – The Hon. Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; the Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs; and the Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development, today issued the following statement: “Since 2000, the United Nations has designated December 18 as the International Migrants Day. It marks an opportunity to recognize all migrants’ contributions to their home and host countries, as well as the importance of respecting human rights. As a country of immigrants, Canada is especially pleased to mark this important day. In today’s world, migration is a fact of life, as people move around the world in larger numbers than ever before. Last year, there were some 258 million migrants worldwide, a 50% increase since 2000. Most international migration is conducted through regular channels without incident. In December 2018, Canada was proud to sign two international agreements: the Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. These Compacts represent a significant milestone for the international community in its responses to migration challenges and opportunities. We would like to especially commend the critical work of Louise Arbour on these important agreements. The Compact will not, as some have stated, affect any country’s sovereignty to control its borders or migration policies. Canada remains committed to support a global approach to migration which is based on facts, stands up for human rights and works to eliminate gender-based violence. The Global Compact on Migration provides a voluntary framework for countries to address and reduce the risks for vulnerable migrants.  Canada will always encourage international cooperation, in order to address the challenges of irregular migration and harness migration’s benefits. We also welcome the recent endorsement of the separate Global Compact on Refugees, an important step towards increased international cooperation in support of the 25.4 million refugees worldwide. Diversity and migration are part of our national identity and a source of strength and social cohesion. On this International Migrants Day, Canada remains committed to working with the United Nations and other partners, at home and abroad, to make migration work for all and meet our common goal of a safer, more inclusive and prosperous world.”●