Envisioning our future
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Maui Zamora, one of the many participants at the Envisioning conference, presents the History & Context Canvas

WINNIPEG – The Philippine Heritage Council of Manitoba (PHCM) hosted a conference dubbed: Just imagine… Envisioning Celebration for Manitoba’s Filipino community on March 7, 2015 at the Skyview Ballroom of the Marlborough Hotel.

One hundred twenty members of the local Filipino community attended the conference.

“There was a good cross-section of people who participated … from diverse sectors, various ages, the old and the new with distinctive immigrant experiences. Each one was asked “to imagine” how our community would be in the year 2030 or 15 years from now,” said PHCM president Perla Javate.

"I think I'm gonna like it here"

École Leila North Community School’s production of Annie Jr.

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L-r: Artistic director Darren Roy; Melody Cacao as Grace; Kaiya Biluan as Annie; Josh Jamora as Mr. Warbucks; & musical director Rebecca Brown. Photo by Rey-ar Reyes

WINNIPEG – Pilipino Express was treated to a musical evening at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP) for the production of Annie Jr. as presented by École Leila North Community School. As an aside, I had done my student teaching at this school, and I was involved in their 2012 production of Alice in Wonderland Jr., so I came with background knowledge of the amount of work that goes into a production like this.There is a lengthy process of auditioning, casting, after-school and lunchtime rehearsals, as well as the creation of costumes, backdrops, and sets. This entire process is made possible by dedicated staff members who volunteer their time and efforts for the production, as well as the students themselves who use their strengths – from the talented cast members to the backstage crew, to the makeup and hair teams, and even the photographers and promoters. In total, it was announced that there was an estimated 120 students involved between the two separate casts and crew.