The Filipino Day in Vaughan to commemorate the 121st Anniversary of Philippine Independence was celebrated on Saturday, June 8, 2019. The Philippine flag was officially raised at 10:00 a.m. at Vaughan City Hall. In attendance were Members of Vaughan Council: Deputy Mayor Mario Ferri, Regional Councillors Gino Rosati and Linda Jackson; Councillors Marilyn Iafrate, Sandra Racco and Alan Shefman. Also in attendance, were Hon. Peter Kent, P.C., MP for Thornhill; Deb Schulte, MP for King-Vaughan; Francesco Sorbara, MP Vaughan-Woodbridge; Gila Martow, MPP for Thornhill; Stephen Lecce, MPP for King-Vaughan; Miss Manila 2019 and entourage, associations, residents and members of the community
MPs Deb Schulte and Francesco Sorbara both presented their respective greetings as well as, greetings from the Right Hon. Prime Minister Trudeau. In his greetings, Prime Minister Trudeau stated that the foundation of the relationship between Canada and the Philippines are built through many generations of cultural bonds. The Prime Minister acknowledged there are more than 837, 000 Canadians of Filipino origin that call Canada home.
Likewise, MP Peter Kent presented his own greetings as well as, the greetings from Hon. Andrew Scheer, Official Leader of Progressive Conservative, Canada. Hon. Scheer stated that it was the previous Conservative government that received more immigrants from the Philippines than from anywhere else in the world. He also noted that the Filipino community is one the fastest growing communities in Canada and that Filipino Canadians are resilient and hard-working citizens. In addition, MPPs Gila Martow and Stephen Lecce brought their own respective greetings.
Following the speeches by dignitaries were entertainment and lunch featuring Filipino food. Philippine Heritage Band played Lupang Hinirang and O Canada followed by Stand-Up Performance; St. Paschal Choir sang “Ay, Ay, Ay O Pag-ibig” and “Tagumpay Nating Lahat”; and the Solid Rock Indigenous performed a Cordillera cultural dance.
The celebration was also successful due to the coordinated efforts of the Planning Committee namely: Erlinda Insigne, pres, Filipino Canadian Association of Vaughan (FCAV); Aurelia de Lara, pres, Philippine Heritage Band (PHB); Jackie Cristini, director, FCAV; Leonina Magtibay, St. Paschal Choir; Marilyn Baguilod, Solid Rock Indigenous; Gizele Mirasol and Nestor Von Canton, MCBN Media Group /Pinoy Radio Inc.