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Celebrating the rich tapestry of Filipino heritage

PHOTO WITH WAB

Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew warmly welcomed the choir composed of young students attending the Filipino Bilingual Program at Meadows West, teacher Loreta Genota and Vice-Principal Paul Ong to the inaugural Filipino Heritage Month Kick Off at the Legislative Building, June 1, 2024. The children sang the Tagalog version of O Canada. Photo courtesy of Donna Natividad-Arenas of 92.7 FM CKJS. Photo by Rey-ar Reyes.

Filipino Heritage Month is celebrated every June in Canada to commemorate Philippine Independence Day on June 12 and to recognize the contributions of Filipino Canadians. In Manitoba, this celebration is marked by various programs that highlight the rich culture, traditions, and significant contributions of the Filipino community to the province’s growth.

“The Filipino community is one of Canada’s fastest-growing populations. With more than 900,000 people, it is the third largest Asian community in the country. Filipinos have made positive and meaningful contributions to Canada. Due to their recognized expertise in nursing and health care, they are strengthening Canada’s health care system and supporting the well-being of Canadian families. Beyond health care, Filipino Canadians have made their mark in various fields including politics, sports, the arts, finance, and social justice,” said Canadian Heritage Minister Kamal Khera on Filipino Heritage Month.

The Philippine Heritage Council of Manitoba (PHCM), led by President Perla Javate and in partnership with the Knights of Rizal, continues its cultural celebration with a Reading of Noli Me Tangere on June 19 at the PCCM. The annual Philippine Independence Ball will follow on June 22 at the Victoria Inn. On June 26, a Sharing Circle will be held at the PCCM. The month-long celebration will conclude with a newcomers’ picnic at Assiniboine Park, featuring multicultural music, arts presentations, and Filipino food. This year’s PHCM theme is Bayanihan…Pamana Sa Kabataan. “Community Spirit, our legacy for our youth.”