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Valentine Concert: An Intimate Acoustic Show

I’ll have a major concert on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011 @ 2pm at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts (SeeMap) presented by P & O Productions.  As the title of the show implies, it will be an intimate afternoon between you, the audience, and I with some guest performers.

Though it’s still for early next year, it will be here sooner than you think.  Major recipient for this concert is the Magnificat Charismatic Prayer Community, to help with the continuous upkeep and maintenance of our place of worship at Regina Mundi in Newmarket, ON.

You can order and reserve your tickets as they are now available to order on-line directly through their Box Office.  Tickets are $40 & $56 (incl. HST).  The Box Office has a really cool ordering visual as you can see exactly your seat location (that you reserved) and how the stage looks like from where you’re seating.

Spend an afternoon with me to help start your Valentine’s Day.  Take care everyone and hope to see there!

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Posted by on October 2, 2010 in Entries


Lydia Paje Ballesteros

After a prolonged battle with heart problems and diabetes, it is with deep sadness our family announces the passing of my mom, Lydia Paje Ballesteros on July 31, 2010 at Mississauga Trillium Health Centre.  She was 76 years old.

She was the musical director of the Magnificat Community Music Ministry.

A devoted wife of Manuel for 53 years; cherished mother of Suzanne (Eugene), Marc (Elsa) and Michael; adored grandmother of Marianne, Chris and Jodi, Lydia will be fondly remembered by those whose lives she touched for her unselfish devotion to her family, her gregarious outlook on life and her true love for music.  She will be deeply and sadly missed.  She is now interred at Assumption Catholic Cemetery in Mississauga, ON.

Thank you to everyone who supported us through our time of grief.

The Ballesteros and Tan Family

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Posted by on August 10, 2010 in Entries


Ride to Conquer Cancer: 2010

This coming weekend, June 12-13, 2010 will be my third and final year to do the Toronto to Niagara Falls bike trek for Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.  My wife and I wish to thank you, all our supporters, for the past three years in a row that I participated in this fundraising for cancer research.  Thank you to all who had been with us since the start and by being a repeat sponsor.  I’m especially grateful to everyone who supported me on my final year, for your faith and belief in me and the cause.

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A few days before the ride:  I hurt my back Monday morning doing a simple backyard chore.  This chronic back problem has been with me for many years.  Just my luck, only 4 days before the ride!  Since I have a degenerative disc on my spine, a simple chore like what I did or a wrong turn or twist can trigger the pain.  I will have these attacks ever so often.  Don’t know if  back surgery will cure this but for now, I don’t want to take a chance.  Whenever these attacks happen, I am usually on my back and takes about 5 days to recover!  I was hoping to get some more last few days of riding time before the weekend event but now, I’ll have to take it easy.

Update:  I still managed to do the ride.  The back pain was still bad, but bearable.  I was stiff the whole time but didn’t want to end my last effort on my back.  The excitement of the ride helped me get my mind off the pain and was especially true at the Finish Line in Niagara Falls.  This was also the first time my mom made it to the ride event and see me finish.  She had been ill the previous years.  It was good to see her there!

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Posted by on June 7, 2010 in Entries


Ride to Conquer Cancer: 2009

It was another successful ride from Toronto to Niagara Falls this past weekend.  There were 3,530 cyclists who participated and with the help of all the donors, raised $14.5 million for cancer research that weekend!  Thank you so much for your support.  See pictures of that event by clicking here.

“Riding My Bike” on YouTube

Why I Ride to Conquer Cancer?

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Posted by on June 15, 2009 in Entries


“Riding My Bike” CD on the Memorial Day Float parade

Connecticut Challenge float ride through the streets during Memorial Day parade with “Riding My Bike” song playing along.

The “Riding My Bike” song was used by the Connecticut Challenge team of the American Cancer Society to promote their bike ride on July 25, 2009 at Fairfield, CT during their Memorial Day parade float.  The song was played throughout their holiday parade.

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Posted by on May 28, 2009 in Entries


CD promoted at the Philadelphia Bike-A-Thon

At the start of the bike ride, riders begin to cross the Ben Franklin Bridge, Philadelpha, PA, USA

(Photo taken from the American Cancer Society Bike-a-thon Philadelphia site)

The “Riding My Bike” CD is also promoted by the American Cancer Society Philadelphia Bike-a-thon event.  For each CD sold, $5.00 will be donated to their event.

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Posted by on March 11, 2009 in Entries


The Gift of Christmas

The Magnificat Charismatic Prayer Community presents a Gala Concert entitled, “The Gift of Christmas” (Pasko ng Pilipino) at the Imperial Oil Auditorium, Ontario Science Centre on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008 at 7:30pm.

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Posted by on November 2, 2008 in Entries


Ride to Conquer Cancer 2009

The success of The Ride to Conquer Cancer last year showed how many people were touched by this life altering disease and why so many are willing to help find the cure. Many more lives will be affected unless a cure can be found. That’s why even how many millions of dollars were raised from last year’s ride, the fight continues and along with many others, I am back to do it all over again in 2009!

On June 13-14, 2009, I’ll be participating in a 2-day major cycling event benefiting Princess Margaret Hospital, Canada’s leading institution devoted to cancer research and care. It’s a bike ride, over 200 kilometres, from Toronto to Niagara Falls. It will be a challenge in a number of ways, but with my bike, perseverance, and your generosity, it can be done!

2009 with Elsa

“Riding My Bike” on YouTube

Why I Ride to Conquer Cancer?

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Posted by on October 1, 2008 in Entries


“Riding My Bike” CD now Available

New CD, “Riding My Bike” almost a year in the making, is now available.  Just click the “Buy Now” button below to get your copy online.  The 16-track CD was inspired by last summer’s “Ride To Conquer Cancer” (June 21-22, 2008) benefitting Princess Margaret Hospital to continue the funding  for research to find the cure to cancer.

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Posted by on September 27, 2008 in Entries


Single & Photo collage on YouTube

Watch this slideshow on YouTube and hear the carrier single, “Riding My Bike” in its entirety by clicking below.

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Posted by on July 29, 2008 in Entries