UPDATE: May 3, 2020
Patricia Kemp Community Centre (PKCC) remain closed until further notice.
We observed the statement issued by Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua on March 13 implementing precautionary measures against COVID-19 to close all community centres and other City of Vaughan facilities.
We asked the City of Vaughan if Patricia Kemp Community Centre (PKCC) is included in the closure. The reply was “this facility is independently run therefore it would not be restrictive to closing.” In addition, we were advised to check the York Region health website and take all precautionary measures like wash hands, use hand sanitizers, be vigilant and ensure there is no crowd over 250 in attendance.
After careful consideration, the Board of Directors decided to close PKCC effective Monday, March 16, 2020 at 9 a.m. until Monday, April 6, 2020 at 9 a.m. This is to ensure that we are aligned with the City of Vaughan’s implementation of precautionary measures to ensure our users and the community at large stay protected.
The 22nd Anniversary of Twinning between the City of Vaughan and Baguio City was celebrated on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Patricia Kemp Community Centre, 7894 Dufferin St., Vaughan, Ontario, Canada.
In October 30, 1997, “Twinning” otherwise called “Friendship Agreement” between the City of Vaughan, Canada and Baguio City, Philippines was signed. This inception marked the 1st Friendship Agreement between the governments of the Philippines and Canada in the province of Ontario. Its objective was to promote social, cultural and educational exchanges and economic opportunity between the two cities. The Filipino- Canadian Association of Vaughan or FCAV is very proud to have been the catalyst for this historical achievement.
Since then, there have been official visits; educational student exchanges; participation in centennial celebration of Baguio City; yearly celebration of Philippine Independence in Vaughan known as Filipino Day; construction of the Twin City Monument Sign in Baguio City; Vaughan Fiesta Extravaganza to celebrate Filipino heritage and the granting of a 20-year lease of Patricia Kemp Community Centre to the Filipino-Canadian Association of Vaughan by the City in October 2012.
FCAV is grateful to Mayor Bevilacqua and Members of Council, Hon. Peter Kent, MP for Thornhill, Hon. Michael Tibollo, MPP for Vaughan-Woodbridge; Deb Schulte, MP for King-Vaughan; Francesco Sorbara, MP for Vaughan-Woodbridge, Gila Martow, MPP for Thornhill for their support.
As well, FCAV is thankful for the support of the Philippine Consulate headed by the Hon. Orontes Castro who attended the event.
Likewise, FCAV is indebted to its officers, members and advisers, especially Professor Frank Miele, whose hard work and dedication throughout the years made the momentous occasion possible.
The program was emceed by Von Canton, CEO of Media Group /Pinoy Radio. Entertainment included a cultural dance by the Solid Rock Indigenous; Filipino martial arts by instructor Gary, PUNITE; line dancing by FCAV seniors and Zumba headed by instructor, Aurora Laurel. The DJ was Ryan Orlanda, host of Pinoy Radio.
The 22nd Anniversary of Twinning was indeed a remarkable event.
Guro Gary Garduce (center) with Punite Martial Arts Students
Punite Martial Arts Demonstration
Solid Rock Indigenous Group Performance
Solid Rock Indigenous Group Performance
Participants of the basic computer training held their graduation at Patricia Kemp Community Center on Sep. 7, 2019 The training was funded by the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). Regional Councillor Gino Rosati of the City of Vaughan awarded the certificates to the graduates. Some of the participants were not able to attend the ceremony. The instructor was Sonny Martinez (CPA, CGA).The assistant was Attila, Apps Eng. The Filipino-Canadian Association of Vaughan, headed by Erlinda Insigne, pres, applied for the funding.
The biggest Filipino-Canadian summer event yet in the City of Vaughan, dubbed as “Vaughan FIESTA EXTRAVAGANZA 2019” will be held at Dufferin Clark District Park Grounds on July 20 and 21, 2019, Saturday and Sunday.
“Vaughan Fiesta Extravaganza 2019” is a summer event that celebrates Filipino Heritage in Ontario and across Canada that will promote multicultural awareness and appreciation of Philippine heritage. This is one way of recognizing the achievements of the Filipino Community that has contributed to the social and economic fabric of Canada. It should be noted that the City of Vaughan is a sister city of Baguio, Philippines and home to more than 13,000 hard-working Filipinos and a growing Filipino community.
The main highlights of the festival are: Non-Stop Entertainment and Musical Extravaganza, Food Expo, Filipino Heritage Exhibits, Cultural Dance Presentation, Bumper2Bumper Auto Show, featured TFC Kapamilya Stars and celebrity guests and more.
We are bringing together Filipino entrepreneurs, artists and cultural groups from Canada and will showcase Philippines’ best in mainstream venue in the City of Vaughan. Part of the proceeds will help to renovate Patricia Kemp Community Centre, the home of the Filipino-Canadian Association of Vaughan (FCAV).
For more information, please visit: www.vaughanfiestaextravaganza.ca; www.fcav.ca; PinoyRadio.Com www.facebook.com/fcav.vaughan or call : 905-781-6165 (Von), 647-395-4503 (Joey );416-670-4498 (Erlinda)
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.
JOIN US AT OFFICIAL FLAG RAISING TO CELEBRATE THE 121st ANNIVERSARY OF PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY!
Saturday, June 8, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Photo opportunity at 10:00 a.m.
Vaughan City Hall, 2141 Major Mackenzie Drive – at flagpoles near
front entrance (Southeast of Keele and Major Mackenzie)
To commemorate the 121st anniversary of Philippine Independence Day, the City of Vaughan will officially
fly the Filipino flag and recognize June 8 as Filipino Day. The City of Vaughan is a twin city of
Baguio, Philippines. Following the flag raising, program and entertainment will be held at the Courtyard
followed by lunch featuring Filipino food.
Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua, P.C., Mayor and Members of Council
Hon. Rosalita Prospero, Consul General, Philippine Consulate, Toronto
Hon. Peter Kent, P.C., Member of Parliament, Thornhill
Deborah Schulte, Member of Parliament, King-Vaughan
Francesco Sorbara, Member of Parliament, Vaughan-Woodbridge
Gila Martow, Member of Provincial Parliament, Thornhill
Michael Tibollo, Member of Provincial Parliament, Vaughan-Woodbridge
Stephen Lecce, Member of Provincial Parliament, King-Vaughan
Filipino-Canadian Association of Vaughan
Philippine Heritage Band
MCBN Media Group / PINOY Radio Inc.
The Paschal Strings
Greenhills Christian Fellowship
Solid Rock Indigenous Group
Residents and Community Groups
Contact: Carol 4164539348; Aurelia 6478955583; Jackie 4167329119; Linda 4166704498
Filipino Heritage Month
On Wednesday, October 31, 2018, members of the Filipino community from Toronto and GTA travelled to Parliament Hill, Ottawa to witness the passing of Motion M-155 declaring June as Filipino Heritage Month. M-155 was unanimously passed in the House of Commons with a vote of 290 for Yes and 0 for No, officially designating the month June as Filipino Heritage Month across Canada.
M-155 was introduced to the House of Commons by Zalma Sahid, MP Scarborough Centre. It was first read on October 1, 2018 and was unanimously passed on October 31. The passing of M-155 in the House of Commons officially recognizing June as Filipino Heritage Month was indeed a historical milestone. In her speech, MP Sahid recognized the vital contributions of Filipinos to the Canadian society. She noted that there is a lot of Filipinos in her riding.
The idea of Filipino Heritage month was first conceived by Paulina Corpuz, a community leader from Scarborough. On November 2017, the City Council of Toronto passed a motion introduced by Councillor Neethan Shan of Scarborough-Rough River declaring June as Filipino Heritage Month in Toronto. It was followed by Toronto Catholic District School Board proclaiming June as Filipino Heritage Month on May 17, 2017. The proposal, supported by the Philippine Consulate in Toronto, was presented by School Board Ward 8 Trustee, Garry Tanuan.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined the delegation to address the group. In his speech, he recognized the contributions of Filipino-Canadians to Canada and he urged to continue to work together. However, he noted that with so many Filipino friends, there is no Filipino MP and he looked at the delegation.
The reception was held at Wellington Building, just across the Canadian Parliament. It was hosted by MP Salma Zahid for the Filipino Delegation. In attendance were several MPs including Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen who addressed the delegation.
In her address, Her Excellency Petronila Garcia, Ambassador to Canada, pointed out that there are more than 900,000 Filipinos in Canada and the Filipinos are among the fastest growing immigrants in Canada.
At the reception, we were delighted to see Mr. Francesco Sorbara, MP for Vaughan-Woodbridge and Mrs. Deborah Schulte, MP for King-Vaughan both supported the Motion M-155.
We are very grateful to MP Salma Zahid who sponsored the Motion M-155 and worked so hard for its passage. As well, we are thankful to all Members of Parliament who supported it. Definitely, the passing of Motion M-155 declaring June as Filipino Heritage Month across Canada was truly a historical milestone to all Filipinos.
The Filipino-Canadian Association of Vaughan (FCAV) and BIBAK jointly organized a fundraising event to be held on Saturday, October 20, at 6:30pm, Patricia Kemp Community Centre (PKCC), 7894 Dufferin St., Vaughan.
The fundraising event entitled “ Bangon Kordelyera – Hope for Itogon” is in conjunction with the 21st Anniversary of the Twinning between the City of Vaughan and Baguio City, Philippines. It includes Dinner-Dance, Silent Auction and Raffle Draw.
All donations will go to the victims of Typhoon Mangkhut / Ompong in Itogon, Benguet province. Proceeds from the ticket sales will to go fixing PKCC gym roof.
FCAV is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1990 to promote community spirit among Filipinos, assimilate Filipino culture and values into the Canadian society and participate in civic and social events within the community. FCAV was instrumental in the realization of Friendship Agreement between City of Vaughan, Canada and Baguio City, Philippines.
BIBAK is a community-based organization of Filipino Canadians in Ontario from the 5 provinces of the mountainous Cordillera Region, namely, Benguet, Ifugao, Bontoc, Apayao and Kalinga. Philippines.
Among the BIBAK provinces, Itogon which is located in Benguet incurred the most number of casualties. It was reported more than 100 people dead caused by the landslides and many more wounded, injured, missing, and houses damaged. Most of the people killed were miners and 80% came from Ifugao. Their families and relatives have camped at the foot of the mountain refusing to leave until they bring home their body of their loved ones.
Should you or your organization wish to donate and support the event, please refer to the attached Flyer and click to the links:
General Admission – Dinner Dance sale tickets link
Donation only link – this is for people who might not be able to attend and just want to donate.
Philippine Canadian Friendship Parkette located south of Patricia Kemp Community Centre (PKCC) was unveiled on Saturday, September 8, 2018. The attendees included Consul Edna Mae Lazaro of the Philippine Consulate; Regional Councillor Gino Rosati; Frank Miele, FCAV Adviser; community leaders and the Filipino-Canadian Association of Vaughan (FCAV).
The Parkette was funded in part by the City of Vaughan thru the Canada 150 Community Grant in 2017. FCAV requested the funding to beautify the south corner of PKCC by naming it a parkette called Philippine Canadian Friendship Parkette. It was supposed to be installed last year during the celebration of Canada 150 Anniversary, however, it was delayed.
The Parkette sign has the logo of the City of Vaughan, Baguio City and FCAV. It is a testament of Friendship between the City of Vaughan (Canada) and the Baguio City (Philippines) – sister cities since 1997.
FCAV will be beautifying the parkette by installing benches and landscaping it. The parkette will provide FCAV members and the general public a place to enjoy such as picnics and small gatherings to promote social interaction and friendship.
In addition, the Filipino Canadian Association of Vaughan sign was installed beside the sign Patricia Kemp Community Centre facing Dufferin Street. Also, the address number: 7894 was affixed.
We would like to thank the Mayor and Council Members, particularly Regional Councillor Gino Rosati, and Staff for their continued support. Most especially, we would like to thank Frank Miele, FCAV adviser, for working so hard to have the signs installed just in time before the Anniversary of Twinning.