May 2008


This is a quick follow-up on the piece I blogged last week about the accidental death of Rep. Crispin Beltran, a celebrated Filipino activist and politician.

Last Saturday, 24 May, Bayan-Ontario, Migrante-Ontario, and other Filipino human rights groups had a memorial to his memory at the University of Toronto. I wanted to share some images of this event. (more…)

Saturday night was a busy night. First there was Catherine Hernandez’s great “Scarborough Stories” at the Centre. Then came the massive blow up at Passion, “Closer.” (more…)

Ka Bel leading a rally in Manila, Dec 2007.

Early Tuesday morning, progressive Philippine congressman Crispin Beltran (better known as Ka Bel) died after he sustained head injuries after a fall from the roof of his home that he was reparing. He was 75.

Ka Bel was one of the congresspersons (along with Satur Ocampo and Luz Illagan) who came to Canada in April of this year to talk to the community and the Cdn Parliament about the human rights problems in the homeland.

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