Youth Empowerment Program


YEP, which stands for Youth Empowerment Program (under the Philippine Festival Council of Alberta), is a community that provides opportunities for Filipino – Canadian youth’s personal, social, and professional development.


YEP offers FREE bi-weekly workshops at Arts Commons for youth’s ages 13- 25 yrs old.

You can register for the workshops on Eventbrite, just search YEP!

Join YEP on the free workshop dates this coming August 11 and 17! YEP is also at Fiesta Filipino showcasing various youth games and activities at the YEP Zone. Sali na!

Check us out on:

Follow us on Facebook: YEP FF- Youth Empowerment Program, Instagram- yepyyc

Twitter- yepyyc

Contact us: or leave us a message on our Facebook


In collaboration with a good friend of mine, Mikko Tamarra of ConMiTaco we put together a recipe for you to all try. This vegetable empanada is a feature dish in his future pop-up events and makes a great light snack for sharing. Follow his Instagram account @ConMiTaco for all of his future events! My signature chicharrons will also be featured in the menu!

Vegetable Empanada (makes 10)


For the Empanada dough:

(Note: for the best results, look for PAN brand corn meal. You can find it in your local Latin grocery store!)

2 ½ cups hot water

2 cups PAN white corn meal

1 tsp salt

For the filling:

4 potatoes, boiled and mashed

1/2 onion, diced

1/2 lb mushrooms, cooked and chopped

1 clove garlic, diced

1 cup grated cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

4 cups of oil for frying



  1. Prepare all the ingredients and let cool. Combine. Begin heating oil over medium heat, to approximately 180°C. (Note: make sure ingredients are cool before adding the cheese)
  2. For the dough, combine the salt and corn meal. Slowly whisk the water into the meal and mix until it becomes a smooth dough. Trying balling the dough and pressing it flat. If the edges crack, the dough is too dry and add a little more water.
  3. Separate the dough into 10 equal parts and roll into balls.
  4. In between two sheets of saran wrap, roll out the dough into flat circles.
  5. Fill each circle with about 2 tbsp of filling and fold in half. Seal the edges by pinching them and/or using a fork.
  6. Fry a few at a time until the empanadas are a golden brown. Remove from oil and place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain off the excess oil.
  7. Serve with a side of fresh salsa (included below) and enjoy!

Salsa Recipe:

Blend the following ingredients:

2pcs Ripe Roma tomatoes

Quarter White Onion

Cilantro (to your personal liking)

Juice of 1 lime




When somebody is dizzy or off balanced, aside from making room for air, cries for water are urgently heard.  Water in this case is viewed as a remedy, a palliative perhaps, to bring the affected person back to his or her full senses.  It has this magical power of restoration, of rebound, of bringing back to life what is temporarily incapacitated.

In the bible itself, water is always mentioned as a cleansing, a redemptive symbol that washes away dirt literally and symbolically.  Water in abundance is free flowing, seeks its own level, and permeates believers’ inner world to refresh and revitalize. Security of adequate stored water or natural bodies of water like the oceans, seas, rivers, lakes, brooks, waterfalls, streams, springs, oasis, and even man -made fishponds put peace and contentment in all creatures.  No wonder, communities are built and established proximate to these wonders of nature. What is presumed here is these bodies of water are potable and safe for human and animal consumption. Originally, this is the case, but man’s wanton and careless use of water safety has jeopardized its purity and potability.  This aspect can be discussed further later. For now, an acute awareness is brought to the fore for realistic action on each one’s part.   

On the contrary,scarcity of it wilts and shrivels persons and objects.  Drought and famine with catastrophic lack of water can slay humans, animals, and plants alike.  On the flip side of the coin, too much of it results in raging torrential floods, mudslides, and flash floods with devastating tragic results.  The touted climate change is a big factor that merits a different discussion.

The healing characteristic of water in the physical sense is obvious. What’s fascinating is its ethereal characteristic in the spiritual sense.  Water becomes a symbol that man can identify with on the surface level, which then drills through the inner world.  When there’s a balance of this healing water in one’s inner world, the cleansing comes in the form of forgiveness, humility, and compassion. The equilibrium comes in the form of a general sense of peace and contentment that’s unexplainable and better savored than questioned or dissected.

Water for the soul is there for the taking but if one purposely evades it, it becomes elusive and unreachable.  The divine provides and man has to seek and refresh his being with healing water.  Only then will it transform man to his original state of purity and goodness.

Ang buwan ng Hulyo ay makahulugan dahil bakasyon ng mga kabataan sa eskwela, pamamasyal sa ibang lugar, kasayahan, picnic at iba pa.  Sa isang banda ay mayroon ding nagsusumigasig sa pag -aaral sa pagkuha ng advanced subjects, pagkuha ng mga hobbies sa sining, kultura, sports, o pambahay na mapapakinabanagan. 

Ito ang panahon ng pagtutu-on ng pansin sa ibang mga pinagkakaabalahan tulad ng pagbabasa at pagsusulat.  Gayundin pwede rin naman na maging titser, mentor, o tagasubaybay sa mga nais matuto ng mga aralin na kailangan ang repaso.

Huwag kalilimutan ang mga kasama sa tahanan na nangangailangan ng pansin o bonding na tinatawag.  Ito ay sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng oras at panahon. Ibalanse lang ang sa pamilya at kaibigan nang ang lahat ay sumaya at makihalubilo.




Picture those tiny critters we call ants as they file in line, carrying their individual share of the food loot, towards a common storage area. Just watching this systematic and streamlined operation of each one pulling together to provide bountiful food for everyone is a perfect example of cooperation. As well, take the example of bees as they collect their honey from the accommodating flowers. As a team, they build the honeycomb with the queen bee orchestrating the working system. We can gather insight from these creatures of nature about work, cooperation, and working seamlessly with no words, just tactile touch of antennas or body smell for recognition.

These examples belie the basic truth that: communication or language is not only spoken words but usually and effectively also body language and gestures. It is said that our muscles or nerves have memories which react spontaneously to stimuli. The reflex reaction is uncontrolled and will bring out a pleasant or bad counter action dependent on the past experience triggered.

Words are cheap. Yes, eloquence and articulateness are admired traits. Yet the more important is the sincerity and action that concretise what was said. As it’s said, it’s just an empty clanging of gongs or cymbals if no LOVE accompanies the speech. This is not to discredit those who are vocal or are masters of the spoken word. In contrast, it is truly a gift to express oneself with sincerity and conviction bolstered by appropriate action.

I quote from author Robert K. Greenleaf who elaborated on this term Servant Leadership: “. There is a soul searching to be done to really get to the core meaning of servant leadership. New elders are those who choose to live in ways characterized by a vitality that is grounded in a deep sense of servant leadership. In pondering new elderhood, we reflect on four centre- saving and savoring questions:

What is my role?

How can I serve?

What do I care about?

What is my legacy?

The good life is a proactive pursuit of the qualities that engender vitality, not just for the satisfaction of the individual, but also for the common good of society. The four flames of savoring life, which are intrinsic to the good life are: identity, community, passion, and meanings.


Kalalagpas lang ng Pagdiriwang natin ng Araw ng mga Ina, Nanay, Ima, Mom. Ito’y hindi lamang isang araw ng panandaliang ligaya kundi   habang buhay na pagtanaw sa kabutihan at pag -aaruga ng bawa’t pusong Ina. Sana maski na sa bansang banyaga na ito ay dala ntin ang kinaugaliang paggalang at pagmamahal sa liwanag ng tahanan. Akuin natin ang magandang mga kaugalian ng Canada at Pilipinas sa pakikitungo sa ating mga magulang.,


Calgary Ballerina Accepted to Juilliard




By Chelsea Tan

Briana del Mundo set her sights high at the age of nine when she first visited The Juilliard School in New York.

“I was going to New York for Broadway Intensive, where I got to perform on Bbroadway with a set of dancers,” she says. “We visited Juilliard and I promised myself that I would go to that school when I grew up.”

She first started dancing at the age of four with companies such as the Alberta Ballet and the YYC Dance project, which gave her the chance to perform across America. At the age of nine she won a scholarship through a dance competition, and just two years ago she was chosen to backup dance for Justin Bieber at his concert in Winnipeg.

This fall del Mundo is set to start her first semester in Juilliard with a concentration in dance. She flew to San Francisco this February to audition and got the call for acceptance earlier this May. The audition process was challenging, she says.

“There was a ballet, modern, and solo round,” says del Mundo. “Then they have you learn a repertoire and see how you adapt to learning information. From there you do the interview. They cut people within each round and it went from 60-70 to nine people at the very end.”

del Mundo says she is looking forward to everything as she gets ready to leave for Juilliard. I can’t wait to meet people from around the world and share my art with them,” she says.“Juilliard brings in world-renowned guest choreographers to teach and I’m eager to learn from them. There’s so many opportunities for me to explore and discover who I am.”

It hasn’t been easy balancing school and training, but Del Mundo has found a system that works for her.

“I train everyday and dance from 5 to 9 p.m. and on weekends I train from 9 a.m until 3 or 6 p.m.”

del Mundo is set to graduate from Bishop Carroll High School this June.

8 Things to do in Alberta in Summer


Kayak and Take Pictures at Lake Louise

Enjoy the view at Waterton Park

Relive the Dinosaur Days at Royal Tyrrell Museum


Hike the Candian Rockies

Dare to go Whitewater Rafting at Kananaskis River

Explore Jasper and its SKywalk

Cool Down at World Waterpark

Take a part at different festivals


40th Sacredotal Anniversary


On April 28,  2019, a momentous and historic event in the Filipino clergy and the faithful community was the 40 th ordination anniversary of 4 priests.  They were classmates in the seminary of Virac, Catanduanes Philippines.

Two serve in the Calgary parish  – Fr. Ben Marino and  Fr. EdmundVargas, Fr. Vince Borre from Victoria B.C. and Fr. John Tubale from Regina, Saskatchewan.

Vicar General Fr. Wilbert Chin Jon concelebrated mass with 8 priests and a deacon.

Bishop William McGrattan said grace at the reception with a full house attendance at St. James Church Hall with parishioners from Calgary and Edmonton.

The event was coordinated by the Filipino Catholic Society of the Diocese of Calgary – FCSDC in partnership with El Shaddai group.



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