The Filipino diaspora in Canada is counting down the days until its culture and heritage is celebrated once again this June.

In Winnipeg, the recent monthly meetings of the Philippine Heritage Council of Manitoba (PHCM) have helped determine the venues and schedules for the planned events for Filipino Heritage Month:

Flag Raising
June 03, 2023, Saturday, 8:00 am Assembly
Philippine Canadian Centre of MB, 737 Keewatin St.

Celebration of Faith
June 08, 2023, Thursday, 6 pm onwards
Philippine Canadian Centre of MB
737 Keewatin St.

Philippine “Florante at Laura” Live Reading and Music Evening
June 10, 2023, Saturday, 7 to 9 pm

Welcome to Newcomers / Picnic in the Park
June 11, 2023, Sunday, Time: 1 to 6 pm
Tyndall Park Community Centre, in Partnership with Tyndall Community Market 

Philippine Independence Ball
June 17, 2023, Saturday, 6:00 pm.
Victoria Inn & Convention Center, 1808 Wellington Ave.

Sharing Circle with Indigenous Friends
June 21, 2023, Wednesday, 5 pm-7 pm
Garden City Collegiate Student Commons, 711 Jefferson Avenue
St. Winnipeg

Multicultural Music and Arts Gathering
June 30, 2023, Friday, 5 to 8 pm
Maples Collegiate Student Commons, 1330 Jefferson Avenue

The umbrella organization of various Filipino regional and community associations in the province, PHCM held its March meeting at the soon-to-open branch of Kapampangan resto Kabalen in the North End, while the meeting the following month took place on the 22nd at the PCCM multipurpose hall.

In line with PHCM’s 20th founding anniversary this year, a special live reading of ‘Florante at Laura’ will be staged at the PCCM on June 10th. The epic poem penned by Filipino patriot and poet Francisco Baltazar is hailed as a Philippine literary classic.

The production is directed by Ronald Mervin Sison and will also feature famed Filipino dance troupe, Magdaragat Philippines. Sison appears in the promotional video below.

“Many hands make light work,” remarked PHCM President Perla Javate at the April meeting. She echoed John Heywood’s famous quote in acknowledgment of the well-attended gathering where event partners and representatives of various member-associations were in attendance.

Photo credits:

  • Kabalen photos – Gani Casalla
  • PCCM photos – Maggie Chan-Urbano