Meet The Team

About us


Kyrah Karish Lucaten Miranda She/Her/Hers

Hi, I'm Kyrah Miranda | Team Lead/Editor

Migrating to Canada at a young age, I experienced firsthand the challenges and triumphs of adjusting to a new country. I struggled to find resources to support and guide me during this transition. Despite the challenges, this experience has taught me about the complexities of migration, education, mental health, and the value of diversity. I believe that this project can be a step towards providing better assistance for newcomers and those thinking about migrating to Ottawa, Canada.

Education: Carleton University, Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology and minor in Law

Occupation: Communication and Administrative Assistant (Philippine Centre Canada)


Gerlino Dominic Furbeyre Tamayo  He/Him/His

Hi, I'm Earl Tamayo | Editor

Having grown up in several countries throughout my life, I know  how difficult it is to move to a completely new environment, let alone adjust to it. Letting go of familiar faces and places then saying hi to unfamiliarities is extremely challenging. I hope that this project will be of aid to those who have taken the courageous step of moving out of their comfort zones to immigrate into Canada, whether for new opportunities or other reasons.

Education: University of Ottawa, Bachelor of Science with specialization in Biomedical Sciences (Summa Cum Laude)

Occupation: Economic Assistant for the Embassy of the Philippines in Canada, Ottawa


Penelope Joy Villanueva Lagera She/Her/Hers

Hi, I'm Penelope "Pen" Lagera | Marketing Director

As a first-generation immigrant who understands the difficulty of uprooting your life and moving to another country, I think this project is pivotal in building a bridge for Filipinos looking to not only migrate in Canada, but to also build their life there. This project provides the support that is much needed by our community.

Education: University of Ottawa, Bachelor of Social Sciences in Political Science and a Minor in Criminology (Graduating in June 2024), Carleton University

Master of Arts in International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs with Specialization in International Organizations and Global Public Policy (Incoming September 2024)

Occupation: Junior Policy Analyst with Public Services and Procurement Canada, Strategic Policy Sector in the Acquisitions Branch

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Henry Renato Calasanz He/Him/They/Them

Hi, I'm Henry Calasanz | Treasurer

Hi, my name is Henry Renato. This project means a lot to me, as a 2nd generation immigrant I see the importance of the Filipino community in Canada everyday. I also grew up in a home where my mom held her own immigration law office, so I often saw first hand just how important it is for kababayans to help each other. Especially for new immigrants to Canada. I hope this project will serve as a welcoming embrace from the existing Filipino community in Canada for the new Filipino immigrants to Canada.

Education: Grade 12 High School Student

Carleton University, Bachelor of  Public Affairs and Policy Management (Incoming September 2024)

Occupation: Cashier and Kitchen Staff at Coco Fresh Tea & Juice


Céleste Guo Li Xuan Duguay She/Her/Hers

Hi, I'm Céleste Duguay | Website Administrator

This project initially caught my attention from a technical perspective. However, the more I learned its details and implications, I understand the significant impact this will make in the Filipino immigrant community here in Canada. As the website administrator, my goal is to ensure that all the efforts of my team members are easily accessible on the website and ensure its long-term sustainability.

Education: University of Ottawa, Honours Bachelor of Science with specialization in Computer Science and minor in Digital Cultures (Currently Enrolled)

Occupation: Student with Public Services and Procurement Canada, Human Capital Management Solutions Branch