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Biography

 

Active in advocacies both at the international and domestic level, he served as the convenor and chair of the “Global Filipino Nation” and “Global Filipinos Canada”, respectively. He had served as Director of the “Canadian Multi-cultural Council—Asians in Ontario” and active in several civic or religious organizations such as the Knights of Rizal, Knights of Columbus and Lucena Association of Ontario. In addition, he was the founder of the “Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation (PCCF)” in 2010, helping and donating monies for charity both in Canada and the Philippines.

He received his Bachelors of Arts in Economics at one of the leading universities in the Philippines, Letran College. Following his arrival in Canada, he pursued his graduate studies and earned his Masters Certificate in Project Management at Schulich School of Business, York University. He also studied at Centennial College in Toronto and received a Computer Studies Certificate. For over thirty years, he worked as project manager for the Bank of Montreal.

 In 2008, he was the recipient of the “Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino (LINKAPIL)” presidential award given to him by the former president, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

He was elected as Trustee for Ward 8 of the Toronto Catholic District School Board in 2010, which made him the first Filipino-Canadian elected to public office in the city, and the first member of a visible ethnic minority elected to the Board. While serving on the Catholic District School Board, besides his many hours of volunteer work to several organizations serving the needs of different communities, two unexpected and one of the highest awards or recognitions was given to him. Last year, 2012, he was one of the recipients of the “Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal” for his exceptional and meritorious service. Seeing his generous character and ability to serve the common good, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed him to the Senate.

A faithful husband to his wife Rosemer, and a loving father to his three daughters.