“Josh” – a documentary short film

Josh Vander Vies

When a dear friend and colleague asked me to contribute an episode to her web series, “Ripple,” it didn’t take long for me to think of the perfect story to tell.

“Ripple” is a web-based TV program that features ordinary people leading extraordinary lives. It’s about individuals who, by virtue of who they are and what they believe in, have had a positive influence in their communities. Josh Vander Vies is one such person.

Josh is an athlete, artist, law student and motivational speaker. He’s a young man with big dreams… but that’s not what makes him special. Josh was born with a disability, that for some, might have been an excuse not to try and excel in life. Josh talks about being nurtured and supported as a kid, which encouraged him to set high goals for himself and achieve them… no matter what.

“Josh” is a documentary short film about one ordinary day in an extraordinary man’s life. It’s a reminder that while we all have challenges to face in our lives, we must “do what we have to do in order to live our lives to the fullest.”

“Josh” premieres on July 1st 2011 on www.ripplemakerstv.com.

Here’s a sneak preview.

Philippine Independence Day in Vancouver

If there’s one thing Pinoys know how to do, it’s to throw a great party!

To celebrate the 113th year of Philippine Independence, Filipinos in Vancouver had not one, not two, but SIX Philippine Independence Day parties all over the Lower Mainland. SIX perfectly wonderful excuses to get together, sing and dance to traditional Filipino music, and of course, enjoy a picnic of all our favorite dishes from home.

I went to three of these parties (you’d have to be a certain politician to go to all six), and I particularly enjoyed the one in Slocan Park, Vancouver. The park was lined with community booths that shared food and treats to visitors, all for free! You can walk around the park and have a plate full of goodies at the end of one round. There was everything from lechon (roasted pig) to pansit (noodles) to puto (rice cakes) and pan de sal (bread rolls). It reminded me of our fiestas back home where people opened their doors and shared whatever they had with everyone.

We have a name for that too. It’s called Filipino hospitality. And I’m guessing that’s the secret behind all these great parties! 😉

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