First, Jollibee came to Canada in December of 2016 and in February, Tim Hortons arrived in the Philippines. Last February 28th, Manilenos get to taste Canadian’s “double-double” coffee as Tim Hortons opened its first in the Philippines (as well as in Southeast Asia) at Uptown Place (Bonifacio Global City) in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig.
In the past 2 days, Jollibee, Philippines’ largest fast food chain released it’s new Kwentong Jollibee Series which broke the Filipinos’ heart and the social media world.
Winnipeggers are thrilled and excited upon learning that Jollibee will open it’s first branch in Canada in Winnipeg. When the news came out about the opening of Jollibee, Facebook and other social media sites were bombarded with posts about it; when the management finally put up the “Opening Soon” signs,
Buwan ng Wika (Week of the Philippine Language) falls on the month of August in the Philippines, so I thought of writing something about my country’s National Language — Filipino. When we just came to Winnipeg, one of my worries was my children will not be able to communicate to other kids, as both of my son who was 4 years old and my daughter who is one at that time knew very few English words.
Just recently, a senior couple I know left to visit Philippines. Both of them are former Filipino citizens and were naturalized Canadian, every year, they always travel to the Philippines just before winter starts in Canada and would stay in the Philippines until spring.
In the past 7 years, I have always been sharing how my family and I faced the challenges that we have encountered here in Canada and the advantages (and disadvantages) of settling down here. Though I have some articles that I wrote pertaining to my fellow Filipinos, I have never really talked about Philippines, the land where I came from.