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Carveth Culture Club celebrated the Philippines in August

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The beauty and wonders of the Philippines were on full display last August by the Carveth Culture Club.

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Part of the Carveth Care Center, a retirement home and long-term care home in Gananoque, the club selects a location to study each month. August is the Philippines.

Home to some of the happiest people in the world, the Philippines boasts world-famous natural wonders like an underground river and rice terraces, incredible dive sites rich in biodiversity, colorful public transport, unique cuisine and festivals. animated shows that showcase its colorful culture.

Lucita Abinuman-Mariano was born in the Philippines 62 years ago. She still has family there, but currently lives in Ontario and works as a personal support worker at the Carveth Care Centre. She came to Canada in 2006 with her husband and two children who attended high school in Toronto.

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Her fondest memories of the Philippines are graduating from college in 1980 from an accounting program; winning Queen of the Fiesta Celebration in 1975; watching his father, Manuel, become a licensed attorney; and finding his first love in high school.

Asked about the difference between Canada and the Philippines, Lucita noted, “Canada is very progressive while the Philippines is a third world country. Moreover, in the Philippines, hospitalization, doctors’ fees and medicines are not free. Filipinos are dying of disease. Most of this COVID time.

Lucita would like to retire to the Philippines for culture and values. The country also has thousands of pristine beaches and a low cost of living. Filipinos are known to be warm and hospitable.

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“You will see us smiling or laughing, very cheerful and accommodating with visitors,” says Lucita. “English is our second official language along with Filipino. It is not difficult for English-speaking foreigners to maneuver in the Philippines.

According to Lucita, “Filipinos love food and have a multitude of parties that take place almost every month.”

Filipinos are proud of their family and celebrate Christmas for a long time. Most are religious.

“As of August, we hear Christmas carols”, explains Lucita. “Our mood is turning festive, with many people shopping and in high spirits.”

Clearly proud of where she was born, Lucita notes, “We’re very resilient. In times of calamity, we Filipinos always manage to rise to the challenge. For example, we manage to migrate to foreign countries like Canada to find or improve our career so that we can help our poor families back home in the Philippines.

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Glory Mendoza is also PSW at the Carveth Care Center. She arrived in Canada in May 2007 and immediately started a PSSP course in Toronto. She moved to Gananoque in 2016.

“I really miss being in the Philippines because of our culture,” says Glory. “We are happy and ready to help others even if we have little. We are truly connected to our families.

Asked about the difference between Canada and the Philippines, Glory said, “The cost of living in Canada is extremely high compared to the Philippines. Cultures are different and time. I would prefer to return to the Philippines for my retirement because I cannot afford to live here in Canada.

Carveth Culture Club was delighted to celebrate the beauty and wonder of the Philippines in August 2022. To learn more about living or working at our home, visit

by Catherine Reynolds, mmarketing manager for Carveth Care Center

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