City of Burnaby proclaims June as Filipino Heritage Month; Local Filipino community invites all to June 24 Filipino fest

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  • Burnaby The City of Burnaby made history at the last June 5th Council meeting when it
    proclaimed June as Filipino Heritage Month. Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley issued the
    proclamation and presented a copy of it to a strong delegation of Filipino community leaders that
    represent a broad crosssection of the Filipino community.

    The Proclamation cites the 125th Anniversary of Philippine Independence on June 12th and the
    “tireless efforts, service and contributions of the Filipino community to many facets of
    Burnaby’s social, economic and cultural life” as among the reasons for the Proclamation that was
    read by Burnaby Councillor Maita Santiago, who is the first Filipino Councillor in Metro
    Vancouver.

    “It’s important that as a city we take steps to acknowledge, recognize and celebrate the many
    cultural communities, like the Filipino community, that contributes so much into making
    Burnaby a fantastic place to live, work, play and study in,” said Santiago who also noted there is
    a Filipino heritage exhibit at Burnaby City Hall until June 30th.

    After the Proclamation, the Filipino delegation headed to Burnaby Civic Square in Metrotown to
    launch their plans for the “Pinoy Festival: Panahon na para Magsaya” to be held on June 24 from
    10am to 7pm.

    The Pinoy Festival is organized by the Burnaby Filipino Cultural Society, the Pinoy Festival
    Alliance and the Mabuhay House Society in cooperation with many Filipino community
    organizations.

    “Along with our culture, our festival will also highlight our many Filipino organizations who
    work hard to build community and connections amongst each other and with all British
    Columbians. They represent groups based on their provinces or regions in the Philippines,
    alumni organizations, sports leagues, cooperatives, seniors, youth, students, religious formations
    and advocacyoriented organizations. For one day a snapshot of our community will be
    represented at the Pinoy Festival and we invite everyone to come and join us!” said Ianne Penala,
    President of the Burnaby Filipino Cultural Society.
    market with small businesses and vendors, Filipino cultural performances and dances, and live
    Filipino bands. Festivities will start with a Community and Street Dance Parade at 10am,” he
    added.

    Among the dance groups is the Red Filos, composed of four Filipino youth, who perform a hip
    hop twist to the traditional Filipino tinikling dance. They are the recent champions of a Tinkiling
    2.0 Dance Challenge by the Philippine Consulate in Vancouver.

    “We’re proud to be one of the organizers of this great event. It will be a showcase of Filipino
    culture and pride. And it’s an opportunity for our community to come together and strengthen our
    efforts to achieve our longstanding dream of a Filipino cultural centre. Through the Pinoy
    Festival, we are building our unity. We are building our home,” said Sammie Jo Rumbaua,
    Mabuhay House Society CoChair. The Mabuhay House Society is a nonprofit committed to
    creating an intergenerational Filipino cultural centre in the Lower Mainland.

    Confirmed dignitaries include Philippine Consul General Arlene T. Magno, Burnaby Mayor
    Mike Hurley and councillors, MLAs Anne Kang and Janet Routledge and also invited are MPs
    Jagmeet Singh and Terry Beech.

    The participating organizations are: the United Filipino Canadian Associations in BC, Intercity
    Basketball League, Benguet Society of BC, Cebuano Society of BCCanada, Circulo
    Pampangueno, SocCSKSarGen Community BC, Sinaitenians of BC, Grupo Ilocano Association
    of BC, Adamson Alumni AssociationVancouver, Zambales Association BC, Masskara Society
    of BC, One Filipino Cooperative of BC, FilCooperative One Housing Society, Tau Gamma Phi /
    Sigma BC Regional Council, Alpha Phi Omega Alumni Association of BC, New Westminster
    Philippine Festival Society, UP Alumni Association of BC, Diversity and Inclusion Support
    Group of BC, National Pilipino Canadian Cultural Centre NPC3, Filipino Students Association
    SFUFSA, Sliced Mango Collective, Tulayan, Philippine Nurses Association of BC, BIBAK
    BC, Aklanon Sto. Nino Association, INARTE Society, Golden Gift from the Heart, Filipino
    Canadian Cultural Heritage Society BC, PhilCAS of BC, Pinoy Pride Vancouver, Seniors
    Brigade Society of BC and Knights of Columbus of BC & Yukon.

    Major sponsors are the Burnaby Firefighters and BCGEU, Minor Sponsors are University
    Canada West, Vicki Buechler and Gina Bactol and Media Partners are ReyFort Media, TFC and Omni Television

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