Filipino cultural centre wins unanimous support from Vancouver city council

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  • Vancouver city council has expressed full support for the development of a provincial Filipino culturalcentre.

    In a unanimous vote Wednesday (June 14), councillors endorsed the planned establishment of the multi
    use facility in Vancouver.

    The measure was contained in a motion brought forward by Councillors Lenny Zhou and Rebecca Bligh.

    “The Filipino community has made significant contributions to the city of Vancouver in a wide variety of
    area including arts and entertainment, sports, healthcare, and nursing, and have greatly enriched the
    cultural fabric and cultural diversity of our city and contributed to the growth and development of its
    economy,” the motion reads.

    Addressing his fellow councillors, Zhou noted in the chamber that the creation of a Filipino cultural
    centre is “long overdue”.

    Zhou’s outlook was shared by Bligh, who stated: “The time is now.”

    Councillor Lisa Dominato noted that there is “resounding support” from all levels of government for a
    Filipino cultural centre.

    Dominato also said that the initiative presents an “opportunity for a legacy piece” in the city, home to a
    rapidly growing Filipino community.

    Councillor Christine Boyle indicated that the city can help facilitate the development of a centre through
    rezoning and other measures.

    Councillor Mike Klassen called for immediate action to build a “shining beacon” for the Filipino
    community.

    For her part, Councillor Adriane Carr commended Filipinos for their strength in number and spirit.

    The motion submitted by Councillors Zhou and Bligh noted that community members have “long

    identified the need for a Filipino Cultural Center to enable local celebrations and cultural performances
    and to help connect Filipinos born in Canada to their heritage and ensure that younger Filipinos remain

    connected to their roots”.

    The measure likewise recalled that B.C. Premier David Eby has instructed Lana Popham, Minister of
    Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, and Mable Elmore, Parliamentary Secretary for AntiRacism Initiatives,
    to advance emerging museum programs and proposals, including a provincial Filipino cultural centre.

    The successful motion directs Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim to write B.C. Premier Eby, Popham,
    Elmore, and Dominic LeBlanc, federal Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and
    Communities, in support of a cultural centre.

    The cultural centre is envisioned to host spaces for cultural performances and art exhibitions, affordable
    housing, sports facilities, offices, tech and innovation hub, language school, and seniors’ care and
    childcare.( Carlito Pablo)

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