Winnipeg Jets’ Filipino Heritage Night
The ceremonial puck drop featured Winnipeggers Hanna Pagdato, Jordy Wyant and Larissa Pagdato. Gil Buenaventura, Executive Director of Magdaragat Philippines, joined the young Filipino Canadian athletes on the ice.Photo by Graeme Wyant
The Winnipeg Jets hosted the second annual Filipino Heritage Night during their game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, January 13, 2024. Despite the extreme cold weather warning, the enthusiasm inside the Canada Life Centre was electrifying.
The game celebrated Winnipeg’s vibrant Filipino community by showcasing Filipino culture, cuisine and community collaborations.
The ceremonial puck drop featured Winnipeggers Hanna Pagdato, Larissa Pagdato, and Jordy Wyant who recently represented the Philippines, winning Bronze at the Union Women’s ice hockey tournament in the United Arab Emirates. Currently, Hanna Pagdato plays starting goalie in New Brunswick, Larissa Pagdato is a coach for True North youth foundation, and Jordy Wyant plays university hockey in Minnesota. Gil Buenaventura, Executive Director of Magdaragat Philippines, joined the young Filipino Canadian athletes on the ice.
The evening’s entertainment featured music influenced by Filipino culture.
Members of the Rainbow Stage musical Ma-Buhay! sang the national anthems. Magdaragat Philippines performed during the intermission.
Game presentation featured digital media elements created by students of Sisler High School’s CREATE program, an entertainment arts training program.
Jets gameday hosts were joined by 92.7 CKJS radio personalities Donna Natividad-Arenas and Tyler Magnaye, who spoke Tagalog during the in-game presentation.
Filipino food favourites were featured at concessions throughout Canada Life Centre.
Regrettably, the game ended Winnipeg Jets’ eight-game win streak and their 14 game points streak as they were defeated by the Flyers 2-0.
Source: nhl.com/Photos by Larry Pagdato and Graeme Wyant