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Emmie Joaquin      Who's our latest BFF?

It was raining non-stop this past weekend as we put this issue of Pilipino Express to bed. For many people, it was a perfect time to just stay indoors, sleep, read a book, watch TV, do the laundry or work on chores at home. For many Filipino organizations it was not so perfect but the fiestas and social gatherings pushed through in spite of the inclement weather.

It was also a very hectic weekend for politicians and their campaign teams. Of course, the two strong contenders for the Liberal Party nomination to represent the federal riding of Winnipeg North – Pt. Douglas Councillor Mike Pagtakhan and Inkster MLA Kevin Lamoureux – were busy renewing ties with Filipino friends and acquaintances at the Alapan Fiesta in Crescent Park. And, after a long absence from Filipino events, the incumbent city mayor was also seen in Crescent Park shaking hands and tasting Filipino food. It’s time to woo the Pinoy votes again!

The Civic Election will be in October while a federal by-election may be called sooner than we think for the Winnipeg North riding. Expect to see more political candidates wearing our traditional Barong Tagalog or kimona and trying to be our community’s latest BFF’s (best friends forever) in the months ahead, especially during Philippine Heritage Week this June and Folklorama in August.