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ETIHAD Airways

Alternative Airline Travel From Toronto

You can enjoy exclusive discounts with Etihad Airways that are tailor made only for you.

Effective 1 January, 2021, Etihad Airways will connect to Manila from Toronto 3 times a week with competitive fares.

Schedule effective 1 January,2021:

Up-to-date travel regulations

Travel regulations are changing daily around the world. To make sure that you and your guests stay up to date with all the latest information, we’ve developed a comprehensive 
travel guide.

Please make sure that your guests visit 
etihad.com/destinationguide to understand all requirements before their trip, including COVID-19 PCR testing and other mandatory quarantine regulations. This will make sure that they are fit to fly when they arrive at the airport.

COVID-19 PCR testing is mandatory

All guests must have a COVID-19 PCR test before traveling on any Etihad Airways flight. Tests can be carried out at any government accredited medical facility. Depending on where your guest is flying to or from, the test must be carried out between 48 and 96 hours before their flight departure time.

There are also a number of country-specific regulations that guests need to be aware of, including the requirement of antibody testing.

Read more at  
etihad.com/destinationguide.


You can also find a helpful list of suggested facilities below:

If you are travelling from another province, you must refer to your local department of health website for a list of approved COVID-19 PCR testing facilities


Protection and peace of mind with COVID-19 insurance

Our COVID-19 global wellness insurance cover is just one of the ways we promise to keep you protected with Etihad Wellness. Our cover is included with every Etihad Airways ticket traveling until the end of the year. So wherever you’re guests are flying to, they can travel there with confidence.

Learn more 

Wellness continues to be our main priority

The wellbeing of our guests, teams and partners will always be our main priority. That’s why we launched Etihad Wellness earlier this year, a wellbeing initiative that includes additional deep-cleaning and sanitization, a dedicated team of specially-trained Wellness Ambassadors and complimentary Wellness Kits for all guests on board.

Whether your guests are flying in Economy, Business or First, we’ll make sure that they feel safe, comfortable and protected at every step of their journey.

We’re immensely proud that in August and September, our guests acknowledged our wellness initiatives with a satisfaction rating of 93%.

Flexible travel policies

If a guest tests positive following their COVID-19 PCR test or where travel is restricted by government regulations and the guest is unable to travel, they are also entitled to a full refund.

Find out more 

 

For more information, please visit  etihad.com or contact Account Manager, Tanya Concessao  tconcessao@etihad.ae  or Cell +1 416 458 0792

Josie Monaco Memorial Page

It is with a great sorrow we announce the passing of
Josephine (Josie) Monaco who served with the HFCC Board
for a solid 15 years. Josie brought stern professionalism
in the performance of her job as a Board member and
as an executive team member. HFCC and the Hamilton Filipino
community will certainly miss her greatly.
Our thoughts and prayers go to her husband Joe and their two children Veronica and Jennifer.

Bonner Villabroza CEO & President HFCC

Ernie’s Memorial Page

Sad news: Ernesto (Ernie) Cabling, the father of Hamilton Filipino Golfers passed away Sep. 9, 2020.
Posted on behalf of his family, Edith and their daughter Eileen and son Justine.
Funeral arrangement as follows:
Update: Single day viewing – Sep. 24th, 2-4 & 7-9 @ Bay Garden.
Covid protocol is in effect.
Call Edith to have your name on the list to visit.

by Bonner Villabroza

A Tribute to Shy

A Tribute To Shairah Garrido

The evolution of Shairah Garrido as a singer. From the time she participated and won the Fiesta Filipinas singing contest in 2012 to the time she won Sing Pilipinas and other major contests. This calm, cool, cionfident young lady that sings with a passion has captured the hearts of many.Attribution and Credits in our Youtube Hamilton Comminity Channel. Easy to get there-just type youtube.com then type HFCC Community Channel in the search box.Don’t forget to subdcribe as we will be posting more content and you will be the first to know.

Talent Search

HFCC is on a Talent Search mission.Details: Singing Talent Challenge Search Hamilton and the Golden Horseshoe Triangle ( i.e. Scarborough, Toronto, Oakville, Mississauga, Burlington, Brantford, Cambridge, Niagara Falls).

 

Best three wins.Here are the conditions:
Must be 18-22 years of age.
Not a professional singer.
Song must be acceptable to general audience. Please no objectionable songs.
Song will be recorded via ZOOM.
Song can be in English or Tagalog
By accepting the challenge you agree to abide by the above rules.
Prizes if any, will be as awarded. The main goal is to feature local singing talents online during Philippine Heritage Month.
By participating you agree not to hold Hamilton Filipino Community Centre liable for any damages perceived or otherwise arising from this event.
PLEASE NOTE COMPRESSED TIME-LINE.
To participate:
Go to our website: http://www.hfcc8.ca/
Then click on : Contact Us
E-mail is required.
On Message section : Type in your age and the song you wish to sing and available time for recording.Then hit the Submit button.
Do not use hfcc@cogeco.net e-mail.for this contest. Please give 2 dates and time availability(a.m. or  p.m.)
Deadline: June 20, 2020
Taping starts: June 21, 2020
Each contestant will be featured in the new HFCC Community Channel in YOUTUBE.Thank you.

Philippine independence day 2020

Hamilton Celebrates The 122nd Philippine Independence Day Virtually on June 12,2020

This video is Hamilton Filipino Community Centre’s first attempt to broadcast virtually. Everyone throughout the world  is experiencing the same challenges that COVID -19 has visited upon  us. However we know from history that “this too shall pass”. Moreover Filipinos all over the world have celebrated Independence Day for over a century. This 122nd year is no exception albeit virtually. In Hamilton we  have never missed a celebration. We generally have a two day celebration ( Gala night on Friday) followed up by Flag raising ceremony  with a Catholic Mass on Sunday. but recently we added Saturday to the calendar  as well. The last 2 years we hosted Taste Of Philippines in collaboration with Bernie Carlos . This event was a Food  and Music Festival. This year we would have had a huge Garage sale on HFCC grounds , free of charge to vendors . This video depicts the sequence of events that normally occurs during our celebrations. We hope you will enjoy it. Thank you.MABUHAY ANG PILIPINAS!
Attribution:
Songs
Bayan Ko – Lea Salonga  YOUTUBE
Heartache Eagle’s Cover YOUTUBE
Satisfaction Guaranteed YOUTUBE Audio Library
Video- Philippine Flag waving in wind  YOUTUBE

Addiction

Addiction…why talk about it?

 

 

Note: Green text below are clickable  links.

About the author…

Why talk about addiction? As a community we try to encourage constructive development and promote positive values for all our people, so the subject of addiction may seem counter-productive or at the very least uncomfortable even annoying to some. Let’s face it there is a stigma attached to substance use and abuse. Opinions vary widely on substances, whether they are “legal” or “illegal” or we may have totally different attitudes toward different users. For example,  a middle-age rock star usage seems almost “normal” or not threatening since he/she has the money to pay for the addiction and rehab. We may not be so lenient thinking about people experiencing substance dependency in the city core, we worry about the social cost and criminality that may result. I have to acknowledge that the two examples I just used may reinforce stereotypes and as such, are not a reliable picture of the problem of addiction. In reality problematic substance abuse exists in all socio-economic classes, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. 
               Truly it is not an easy topic to handle. People have differing opinions and different degrees of tolerance, prejudice and discrimination towards people who use substances. This stigmatisation and the feelings of shame and guilt often become a significant barrier to treatment and recovery for the person living with substance dependence.
                We also have to acknowledge that our community members are subjected to the same circumstances that contribute to substance abuse in the general population: stress, depression, mental illness, loss of employment,  physical pain, family problems, life-altering changes and a family history of substance abuse to name a few. Our children and grand-children are influenced by popular culture and may also experience peer pressure. For all these reasons it is valuable to get a better understanding of the problem of substance use and misuse so we can be better prepared to deal with it in a positive and effective manner.
               The following podcast and article are quite enlightening to understand the reality of addiction and the pervasive nature of stigma.
https://player.fm/series/ontario-today-phone-ins-from-cbc-radio-2435025/bobby-ryans-comeback-what-happens-when-you-open-up-about-your-problem-with-alcohol
https://www.chatelaine.com/living/real-life-stories/opioid-addiction-stigma/
               Please send in your comments so we can have a lively discussion. For those who want to probe more deeply I would recommend this publication from Canadian Mental Health Association.
http://www.camh.ca/-/media/files/guides-and-publications/stigma.pdf
Eveline Stewart

COVID-19 and Alcohol

Substance Use during COVID

Canadians drinking their way through the pandemic are far from alone. Alcohol consumption has soared in many parts of the world — and the uptick has some experts concerned that misinformation is playing a role.
Addressing several myths that have been circulating, the WHO counters each of them in its factsheet. “Consuming alcohol will not destroy the virus,” it states. As other health authorities have similarly emphasized, drinking alcohol can actually weaken the immune system, making you more vulnerable to illness. Additionally, “consumption of alcohol will not kill the virus in the inhaled air,” and neither will it purify your mouth or throat.
The WHO also dispels misconceptions around drinking and stress relief. While you might pour a glass of wine thinking it will help you relax, alcohol is known to amplify symptoms of anxiety, depression and other mental disorders. “At times of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, alcohol consumption can exacerbate health vulnerability, risk-taking behaviours, mental health issues and violence,” it said.

by Eveline Stewart

                                                                                                                               CCSUA, 4.28.2020
About the author
My name is Eveline Stewart. I am a French-Canadian who has lived in Hamilton since 2002. My husband David and I have been attending many of your functions over the years. We truly appreciate the love for the family and the community cohesiveness we experienced with you. We have been promoting those values in our work with the Universal Peace Federation and Women’s Federation for World Peace over many years.
I decided to go back to school in 2016 to complete a diploma of Addictions Care-worker through a continuing education program at McMaster University. Additionally, I volunteered at a community treatment program for two years and did a practical experience course at a residential treatment facility. This formation helped me gain knowledge and enhance some skills but I must disclose that I have not acquired the official certification (CACC) from Canadian Addiction Counselors Certification Federation, the addiction workforce regulation body.
I have been inspired by what I have learned and the different approaches used to help individuals overcome this very persistent, problematic predicament. By opening a conversation on the subject we could deepen our understanding and recognize the factors that can improve our community resiliency.
My hope is to submit short articles and different links as a starting point for conversation. This would enable us to have a more informed exchange. I would also like to invite anyone in the community to contribute your knowledge, experience, expertise or questions for the benefit of all. I believe such a collaborative approach would be more enriching and meaningful.  

Some additional information;
After I introduced myself I was asked some questions from the HFCC officers. I think many members have similar questions so I will try to clarify some points.
There was some worry about maintaining confidentiality, a valid concern. In the training for counseling and managing the care of people with addiction issues, the importance of maintaining confidentiality is paramount. We thought it would be better for those with questions or concerns to send their questions directly to my e-mail. This way I can address your concerns and give you proper information. If/when I talk about your area of concern in a speech/article, your name would never be mentioned.
I was also asked if I am expecting to be paid for my contribution to HFCC Facebook. The answer is No! My intention is to support the well-being of the Filipino community: elders, adults and youth. Additionally, because I have not completed all the requirements to obtain the certification from CACCF it would not be ethical to ask for payment.
Hopefully, I will provide useful information for your community, more knowledge and a better understanding of how to deal with and help those in need. I will not offer treatment but can help to connect individuals to the proper sources of care in our community.
You can reach me with any comment, question or concern at evelinestewart7@gmail.com