Seven countries in three days
By Judianne Jayme
WINNIPEG – Folklorama is the celebration of nations. It provides us the unique ability to travel within a two-week time frame, all in convenient venues within one great city! We can see beautiful costumes, learn some history, and sample favourites from that country. This year, I decided to take on a few pavilions for the first week of Folklorama. The second week is my turn to volunteer with the Pearl of the Orient Philippine Pavilion at 364 Dufferin Avenue.
Nayong Pilipino Pavilion
I always think of how lucky we are, as a community, to be given two weeks to share our culture with Winnipeg! My highlight is definitely the hospitality of the volunteers. My family and I enjoyed the cultural dances from Kayumanggi Philippines Performing Arts.
Being a newly established country, this was my first time attending this pavilion. If I could summarize my experience in one word, it would be “passion.” The emcee, in particular, was knowledgeable and proud of his country’s history and the performances they were presenting. It was a humbling experience for me, because I often take for granted how fortunate we are to have a festival like Folklorama in place.