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FMAACI’s Folk Night – pandemic edition

Photos by Alex Canlapan

In its aim to explore and develop creative approaches in the preservation, promotion and blending of Filipino music with Canada’s multi-cultural environment, The Filipino Music and Arts Association of Canada, Inc (FMAACI) held their “Folk Night” on November 27, 2021, at the Filipino Seniors Group Event Hall at 49 Euclid Avenue, in Winnipeg.

FMAACI founding president, Ernesto Ofiaza Jr., delivered the opening remarks and acknowledged the unending support of their avid sponsors, donors, collaborators, as well as the viewers, despite the pandemic. He briefed the audience that the two-hour English and Filipino folk music night would have two parts, Gig 1 and Gig 2.

In Gig 1, Manny Araullo sang Musika ang Buhay (Asin), Tayo’y mga Pinoy (Heber Bartolome), and I Have to Say I Love in a Song (Jim Croce). Zaldy Ordonez performed Sa Paskong Darating, Probinsiyana, and Ama Namin. Levy Abad sang Wondering, Old Photographs, and his original composition, Dito sa Winnipeg. Double D, the duo of Daniel Tabo-oy Jr. and Dario Javier performed The Boxer, The Sound of Silence, Teach Your Children, and they accompanied FMAACI’s treasurer Jun Isla with the song Puff the Magic Dragon.

For Gig 2 Vina Dimayuga sang Anak and Al Santos had two songs, Both Sides Now and Last Thing on My Mind. Larry Velasco sang Balita (Asin), Dahon (Asin), Bridge Over Troubled Water, and Danny’s Song. Arman Reyes performed Sweet Baby James, Handy Man, and Sana’y di Matapos ang Pag-ibig.

A raffle draw ended the event with thanks to the many generous sponsors.

Ofiaza also introduced his fellow officers: Levy Abad –vice president; Paige Dimayuga – secretary; Jun Isla – treasurer; Ernie Pionela – auditor. Board members include Jojo Yso, Daniel Tabo-oy Jr., Jet Tabuena, Kris Ontong, Jogin Tamayo and Alma Ganaden. The FMAACI Juniors ad-hoc board members are: Hazel Papelleras, Clare Shann Blanco, Maria Tined, Justine Baxa, Ramir Tabing, Nico Bryle Alfafara, and Angelica Placido.

FMAACI was founded in 2014 as a federally registered, non-profit organization, and initiated the First Filipino Folk Music Festival that same year at the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba. Ernesto Ofiaza Jr.