Personal geography

This month's National Geographic features an essay by Garrison Keillor about his personal geography. It begins,“When a man lives in one place for most of his life, he doesn’t need GPS.” I'm fascinated with people who have lived most of their life in one place, because this is not the way of my own family—a … Continue reading Personal geography

Meet my grandpa

My maternal grandparents immigrated to Canada when I was about six or seven years old. Those were the days before the internet made such things as email and FaceTime possible. Happily, my grandfather was an excellent correspondent. How I looked forward to getting a fat letter in the mail, addressed to me, with several sheets … Continue reading Meet my grandpa

Filipino dance is thriving in Vancouver

Photos by Leah Villalobos Vancouver-based performing arts group Kababayang Pilipino (KP) gave its 19th season concert on Sunday June 24, 2012 at the Shadbolt Centre’s James Cowan Theatre in Burnaby. Aptly entitled Balik Tanaw (A Look Back), the show offered both a retrospective of KP’s repertoire of folk dance and music, and a nostalgic glimpse of the rich diversity … Continue reading Filipino dance is thriving in Vancouver