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New organization aims to support Filipino music and arts in Canada

Officers of the Filipino Music and Arts Association of Canada ad hoc committee with Minister of Multiculturalism and Literacy, Flor Marcelino. (Clockwise from left) Marlyn Martinez, Grace Layug, Joe Yso, Al Santos, Hon. Flor Marcelino, Rey Sangalang, Paul Morrow, Bernadette Agpalza, Flavy Agpalza Jr. and Ernesto Ofiaza Jr. July 20, 2014. Photo by Levy Abad.

WINNIPEG – A new association is currently forming that aims to support Filipino music and arts in Winnipeg and, eventually, throughout Canada.

The first project of the non-profit organization, called the Filipino Music and Arts Association of Canada Inc. (FMAACI), is the inauguration of their annual free festival of Filipino music and arts slated for this coming November at the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba (PCCM). While the first concert will emphasize Filipino folk music, the group plans to expand its scope to include other forms of Filipino music as well as wide variety of arts including painting and cuisine.

Currently an ad hoc committee of musicians and educators helms FMAACI, headed by Ernesto Ofiaza Jr. of the Manitoba Association of Filipino Teachers Inc., as president; Jose Yso, vice president; Grace Layug, secretary; Maryln Martinez, Treasurer; Al Santos, business manager; and board members: Paul Morrow, Bernadette Agpalza, Daniel Tabo-oy, Fernando Dalayoan, Crisanto Bilibli, and Allan Pamplona. FMAACI invites interested volunteers to join and lend their talents, whether artistic or administrative, to help in their events.

According to Ofiaza, the objectives of FMAACI are: to discover and develop talents in music and arts; to establish and build relationships among Filipino artists through networking and mentoring, academic and artistic programs, and special recognition; to share Filipino music and arts in the community and to ensure their continuity for the next generation.

Breakfast fundraiser

A breakfast fundraiser will be held at the PCCM on Saturday, August 16, in support of the first annual Filipino Music and Arts Festival in November. A $10.00 ticket buys a delicious Filipino breakfast from Salakot Restaurant

(PCCM, 737 Keewatin Avenue) and a taste or patikim of the entertainment to be enjoyed at the festival in November.

For tickets to the August 16 Breakfast Fundraiser, find the Filipino Music and Arts Association of Canada Inc. on FaceBook and on Twitter at