• Page Views 2684
  • publisher1

    The president of a new umbrella organization representing several Filipino groups criticized what he considers as an attempt to subvert efforts to forge unity in the community. Joel Castillo, who was elected as the founding president of the United Filipino Canadian Associations of B.C. (UFCABC), was reacting to an editorial published in the July 2015 edition of the MetroVan Independent newspaper that was written by its publisher Steve Marshall.

    Marshall claimed that Castillo became involved in the formation of UFCABC in early 2015 because he lost in the election for the presidency of another organization, the Filipino Association of BC (FABC), two years earlier or in 2013.

    “The issue of putting up an organization where I made myself president is not true at  all,” Castillo said. Castillo described Marshall’s assertion as hurtful and demeaning to his person and integrity.
    “How can Steve Marshall say such a thing? I only want to be of service to the community. What have I done to deserve such spiteful words?” Castillo said.

    Castillo also said that Marshall is driving a wedge among Filipino community groups comprising UFCABC that are working for a common purpose.

    “Filipino associations are living the spirit of bayanihan, which is a Filipino tradition of helping each other, in coming together at UFCABC. Bayanihan is a virtue that Filipinos value dearly. I’m not sure if Steve Marshall understands what bayanihan means,” Castillo said.

    Castillo said that getting elected as president of a new organization didn’t even enter his mind when he got involved in the new organization.

    Castillo said that early this year, the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver decided that because of its heavy work load, it is relinquishing its leadership in the organizing of the yearly Pista ng

    Bayan at Vancouver’s Slocan Park to celebrate Philippine Independence Day. He said that the consulate invited Filipino associations and known community figures to a meeting to pass on the responsibility of putting together the Philippine Independence Day event.

    “Everybody was given the chance to join and volunteer,” Castillo said.

    All heads of recognized Filipino associations were given  due notice and an opportunity to serve as volunteer or member. These included associations that Marshall mentioned in his editorial. Narima dela Cruz of the Surrey Independence Day Society (SPIDS) was invited to the first meeting presided over by the consulate general but she did not show up. Alvin Relleve of the Metro Vancouver Philippine Arts & Culture Exposition Society (MV-PACES) showed up at the meeting. Carlito Pradas, who defeated Castillo by only (1) one vote for the FABC presidency, was present at the meeting. Marshall’s wife Luisa did not show up at the meeting.

    “Neither of them cannot now question the legitimacy of the proceedings because they were given due notice and ample opportunity to participate,” Castillo said.

    Castillo said that the first meeting called by the consulate was followed by more meetings among community members who chose to participate and volunteer, leading to the eventual formation of UFCABC.

    “I didn’t even expect myself to be the president until I was elected by the body,” Castillo said.
    Castillo was elected president in a meeting that was facilitated by Deputy Consul General Anthony Achilles Man- dap of the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver.

    Castillo also said that when the consulate started the Pista ng Bayan event many years ago, he had been involved in the project. He continued to be involved in this initiative even after the consulate decided it was passing on the responsibility to community members.

    publisher

    The UFABC led the successful celebration of Philippine Independence Day at Vancouver’s Slocan Park. The celebration was followed up by a well attended gala dinner at Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver.

    Castillo said: “Some people are out to destroy UFCABC because they are threatened by the unity of this organization.”

     

    Photo: Joel Castillo, founding president of the United Filipino Canadian Associations of B.C. shares a light moment with Deputy Consul General Anthony Achilles Mandap of the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver.

    Share

    Related Post

    Related Blogpost

    Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 22 January 2021
      2 days ago No comment

      Stars celebrate Angel Locsin’s Philippine Red Cross recognition

      Fellow celebrities congratulated actress Angel Locsin for receiving the “Spirit of Philanthropy” award from humanitarian organization Philippine Red Cross. The 35-year-old actress shared a picture of her holding the certificate and expressed her gratitude to the organization she is an ambassador of. “Thank you @philredcross,” Locsin wrote as a ...

    • 22 January 2021
      2 days ago No comment

      Philippines sees warm ties between Duterte, Biden

      Joe Biden was sworn in Wednesday (January 20) as the 46th president of the United States. Biden took the oath in Washington DC, saying the “will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded”. “We’ve learned again that democracy is precious and ...

    • 22 January 2021
      2 days ago No comment

      COVID-19 hospitalizations, death rise in Canada

      Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said on Wednesday (January 20) that hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19 continue to rise. In a statement, Tam said that hospitalizations and deaths are “still increasing”. “Provincial and territorial data indicate that an average of 4,737 people with COVID-19 were ...

    • 21 January 2021
      2 days ago No comment

      ABS-CBN, TV5 team up to bring ‘ASAP Natin ‘To’ to nationwide viewers

      Beginning January 24, ABS-CBN’s “ASAP Natin ‘To” will reach more Filipinos nationwide as it joins the Sunday programming of TV5, through a landmark partnership between the two networks. ABS-CBN Corp. made the announcement in a disclosure filed with the Philippine Stock Exchange on Thursday. The long-running concert variety show, ...

    • 20 January 2021
      3 days ago No comment

      JUAN ON JUAN:Rosette Correa starts new series for ReyFort Media Group

      Rosette Correa starts new Juan on Juan series for ReyFort Media Group Rosette Correa wears a lot of hats in the local community with a singular vision of uplifting Filipino Canadians. Correa, a multi-media journalist, anchors Philippine News Canada-Balitang Vancouver, a prime TV news program aired over Shaw Multicultural ...

    %d bloggers like this: