29 years
Community Service
News Magazine
Operated by couple Eddie Flores and Orquidia Valenzuela
News and Views of the
Filipino Community Worldwide
Ambassador Gatan’s Portrait Session with the Philippine Artists Group of Canada

By Michelle Chermaine Ramos
February 28, 2014


Ambassador Leslie Gatan and Mrs. Debbie Gatan hosted a private birthday luncheon for Mrs. Gatan organized by Beth Vasquez at Tako Sushi in Mississauga on February 22, 2014 where the Philippine Artists Group of Canada joined them with their families.

The celebration continued at the LVAC gallery in Etobicoke where the couple spent the rest of the afternoon having their portraits sketched. Joining the artists for her first live sketching session was Consul General Junever Mahilum-West who became an honorary PAG member last year and impressed everyone with her artistic skills in portraiture.

PAG artists present at the lunch and portrait session were: Rolly Abarilla, Jun Afable, Teody Asuncion, Marissa Buyco Corpus, Jhun Diamante, Gene Lopos, Romi MananQuil, Omel Masalunga, Toots Quiachon, Michelle Chermaine Ramos, Mark Edison Salinas, Frank and Nelia Tonido.

About the author Michelle Chermaine Ramos:

Michelle Chermaine Ramos is a multi-disciplinary artist in various art forms including visual arts, multimedia, jewelry design & creative writing. As a self-taught artist, she became a published cartoonist at the age of 11 and continued to draw comic strips for local magazines for the next 3 years. After trying realism, she discovered there was nothing more rewarding than taking on the challenge of painting realistic portraits and symbolic illustrations.
Torn between her love for creating things and her interest in technology, she found a middle ground and graduated with honors in New Media Design from Centennial College, Centre for Creative Communications. Her work has been exhibited in various shows & galleries in Toronto including the Royal Ontario Museum & the Japanese Canadian Cultural Center and included in the private collections of celebrities such as Juno nominee Jelleestone and legendary singer/songwriter Paul Anka.

As a jewelry designer, she brings her eclectic taste into her handmade designs for Filipino and international celebrities including Nia Vardalos, Sam Milby, Tony Gonzaga and Gerald Anderson.

Active in Toronto’s arts and culture scene, she has worked in fashion backstage as a show assistant and as a model on the runway and in photoshoots for Canadian designers. She also currently works as a broadcast show host and writer covering Filipino Canadian news in Toronto, Canada.

For more info: http://www.michellechermaine.com/

    MoreMasalunga and Afable Present San ‘To Art Exhibition at Toronto Philippine Consulate
    Michelle Chermaine Ramos

    Two award winning Filipino artists of the Philippine Artists Group of Canada opened their two-man art exhibition at the...
    More30 Top News in 2017 in the Ontario Filipino Canadian Community
    Tony A. San Juan

    "Ang simoy ng Pasko ay nandito na, wika nga". T'is also the season of the year for recollection and reflection.  To me it's a quick review of news highlights in the the great Pinoy community hereabout. Here' s what I gathered and considered, arguably or unarguably, as the top stories over the months in the year 2017....
    MoreA jolly festive Christmas party 2017 by Stichting Kapitbahayan in the Netherlands
    Angel Axinto

    One Christmas party after the other. A week after the jubilant BISDAK Christmas Party in Woudenberg, Stichting Kapitbahayan held their Christmas party last Saturday, December 9, 2017. With De Kade, Bar and Restaurant in Spijkenisse, as the venue, the celebration was filled with dancing, Karaoke singing, statue dance, and raffle draws....
    MoreCrossover Canada captures 5th MVP Cup IHSBC in Malaysia
    Emar Sy

    Crossover Canada captured the 5th MVP IHSBC in Malaysia by beating defending champion Darwin High School of Australia 79-68. Denzel...
    Mga Gintong Kwento ni Rene Calalang

    HAYOP sa chicks si Bruce. Hindi lamang mabilis ang kanyang bibig kung hindi mabilis pati ang kanyang mga kamay. Wala...
    MoreMaster of Art: Romeo ‘Romi’ MananQuil
    Thessa Sandoval

    To his colleagues and friends in the industry, he is known as the “Maestro” (master). Having spent most of his...
    By: Orquidia. Valenzuela,  as reported by Myrla Danao

    Businessman Jaap van Dijke, chairman and two board members, Myrla Danao and Dr. John Deen of Con Amor foundation in...
    Orquidia Valenzuela Flores

    Sixty-three children from age three to six years, in the very poor community of Don Manuel village in Barangay...
    MoreHistory of the Filipino Community in the Netherlands
    Orquidia Flores-Valenzuela

    Every story has a beginning and our story begins when a Cavitena accompanied her aunt to sail to another continent....
    MoreArt Creations
    Vicente Collado Jr.


    Many believe formal training is a prerequisite to quality in painting. Not a few will agree with me one can...

    Contents posted in this site, muntingnayon.com, are the sole responsibility of the writers and do not reflect the editorial position of or the writers' affiliation with this website, the website owner, the webmaster and Munting Nayon News Magazine.

    This site, muntingnayon.com, the website owner, the webmaster and Munting Nayon News Magazine do not knowingly publish false information and may not be held liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages arising for any reason whatsoever from this website or from any web link used in this site.