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20th Anniversary of Friendship Agreement

November 2nd, 2017 | Posted by fcav in News Updates - (Comments Off on 20th Anniversary of Friendship Agreement)

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Established on October 30, 1997, the objective of the Friendship Agreement was to promote social, cultural and educational exchanges and economic opportunity between the two cities.

Since then, there have been official visits, educational endeavours, twin city signs, donation of goods and money, celebration of Philippine independence in Vaughan known as Filipino Day, granting of a 20 year lease of Patricia Kemp Community Centre by the City of Vaughan to FCAV and many other undertakings.

The eight member delegation headed by Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan was hosted by the City of Vaughan for 5 days and stayed at Springhills Suites, Marriott, Vaughan. The guests

included Mrs. Rebecca Domogan (wife of Mayor Domogan), Atty. Betty Lourdes Tabanda (former Councillor and past Chair of the Sister City Committee)  and husband Engr. Jun Tabanda, Ryan Mangusan (Executive Assistant to the Mayor), Betty Fangasan (Manager, Department of Social Welfare)  Edith Furigay, Asst. Manager, Department of Social Welfare) and Judith Iniguid (Secretary to the Mayor).

The guests toured the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (new downtown of Vaughan) and had a lunch reception at the Eagles Nest.  Both Mayor Domogan and Mayor Bevilacqua signed a certificate to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Twinning, and took part in gift exchanges to the members of the delegation, Members of Council and other officials. The delegation toured McMichael Canadian Art Collection, CN Tower, Casa Loma and Niagara Falls. The guests also visited Aquaculture farm in Erin, Ontario, attended a reception of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce Toronto and listened to the presentations of Canadian Businessmen as well as members of the Philippine Trade Mission in Canada headed by the executive director of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Cora dela Cruz.

The final day of the visit was on October 28th at Patricia Kemp Community Centre (PKCC). Mayor Domogan was interviewed by the Pinoy Radio / MCBN Media Group. There was a ribbon cutting to mark the official opening of a parkette called “Filipino-Canadian of Vaughan Friendship parkette” to be installed at the southeast corner of PKCC. The actual celebration of the 20th anniversary of twinning took place Saturday night wherein the Mayor of Vaughan, Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua and Members of Council, Member of Parliament Hon. Peter Kent of Thornhill, and other Members of Parliament and Members of Provincial Parliament, the Philippine Consul General as well as the residents of the community all attended.

The program was emceed by Rey Tolentino, director of FCAV. Entertainment included a cultural dance by children of the Solid Rock Indigenous, and the St. Paschal String group conducted by Leonina Magtibay performed instrumental string entitled “Anniversary Dance”.  Rev. Mario Lorenzana of St. Paschal Baylon Church led the invocation.

In his speech, Mayor Mauricio Domogan stated that the City of Baguio has a lot to learn from its sister city. He highlighted the innovation of Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) as the Vaughan’s New Downtown.

The Mayor of Baguio also emphasized the similarities between him and Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua stating the same first name, same year they entered in politics, the number of times elected (10) and their service in the federal government / national government and local government. Mayor Domogan pointed out though that Mayor Bevilacqua is much younger and more handsome.

In her remarks, Erlinda Insigne, president of FCAV, welcomed Mayor Domogan and the Baguio City delegation. She emphasized the Filipino-Canadian Association of Vaughan thrived throughout the years in better servicing the Filipino community and FCAV is extremely proud of its accomplishments over the past 2 decades. She also thanked all the officers and members of FCAV whose hard work and dedication throughout the  years made this momentous occasion possible.

Town Hall Meeting

October 12th, 2017 | Posted by fcav in News Updates - (Comments Off on Town Hall Meeting)

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20th Anniversary of Friendship Agreement

September 23rd, 2017 | Posted by fcav in News Updates - (Comments Off on 20th Anniversary of Friendship Agreement)

Filipino-Canadian Association of Vaughan (FCAV)

Cordially invites you to the  20th Anniversary of Friendship Agreement between  the City of Vaughan (Canada) and Baguio City (Philippines). There will be a program, food, music, dances and a cultural show.  It will be a remarkable and memorable evening.

Special Guests:  Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan and company

Saturday, October 28, 2017, Patricia Kemp Community Centre (PKCC), 7894 Dufferin Street, Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, L4K 1R6 fcav pic5(one traffic light north of Centre St – on Dufferin).

For ticket and more information:  Email: fcav@rogers.com , phone: 905-881-4600 / 416-670-4498.

MP Francesco Sorbara at Pinoy Radio Inc. / MCBN Media Group

August 21st, 2017 | Posted by fcav in News Updates - (Comments Off on MP Francesco Sorbara at Pinoy Radio Inc. / MCBN Media Group)

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On Monday August 21, 2017, Member of Parliament for Vaughan-Woodbridge, Francesco Sorbara, dropped by Patricia Kemp Community Centre to congratulate Pinoy Radio Inc./ MCBN Media Group for their official opening in Vaughan and awarded them with a plaque.

In his message, MP Sorbara, commended Neston Von Canton, CEO Pinoy Radio Inc., for choosing City of Vaughan to be their new location. He noted that there is a growing Filipino population in his riding in Woodbridge.

Pinoy Radio Inc. / MCBN Media Group Official Opening!

August 14th, 2017 | Posted by fcav in News Updates - (Comments Off on Pinoy Radio Inc. / MCBN Media Group Official Opening!)

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Pinoy Radio Inc. / MCBN Media Group celebrated its official opening and blessings of their new broadcasting studio at Patricia Kemp Community Centre, 7894 Dufferin St., Vaughan, Ontario on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

The celebration started with Photoshoot, followed by MCBN studio blessings by Rev Fr. Ben Ebcas Jr., ribbon cutting led by Vaughan Mayor Bevilacqua and Consul General Prospero, followed by congratulatory messages, Boodle Fight! (Lunch) and entertainment!

The significant event was attended by friends in the community, business, some VIPs, radio/tv announcers and broadcasters, advertisers and media buyers. Attendees included Philippine Consul General Prospero, Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, Councillor Sandra Racco, School Trustee Luz del Rosario, Stephen Lecce, Michael Tibollo, Miriam Ku , Frank Miele, Monina Serrano Lim and leaders of the community. Energetic Joey Abrenilla was the Emcee.

Pinoy Radio is a Filipino radio station that reaches millions of people worldwide spreading news about the Philippines and around the world. It promotes Filipino tradition and culture. It has interesting programs like “Buhay Immigrante (Life of an Immigrant), Politics, Money Matters, Real Estate, Lawyers and Parralegal Services and many more. It is a source of entertainment and great source of advertisement.

Erlinda, pres FCAV, officially welcome Pinoy Radio Inc., / MCBN Media Group to the City of Vaughan, the Sister City of Baguio City, Philippines and home of more than 12,000 Filipinos.

In his message, Mayor Bevilacqua congratulated Nestor Von Canton, CEO of Pinoy Radio /MCBN Media Group, awarded him a plaque and thank him for choosing Vaughan!

 

Filipino Day

June 16th, 2017 | Posted by fcav in News Updates - (Comments Off on Filipino Day)

The Filipino Day in Vaughan to commemorate the 119th Anniversary of Philippine Independence was celebrated on Sunday, June 11, 2017. The Philippine flag was officially raised at 10:30 a.m. at the Courtyard of Vaughan City Hall. Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Members of Council:  Deputy Mayor  Mario Ferri, Regional Councillor Gino Rosati; Councillors Alan Shefman, Marilyn Iafrate, Rosanna DeFrancesca, Sandra Racco  attended the Flag Raising.  Also attended the ceremony were Rosita Prospero, Consul General, Philippine Consulate, Bernadette Fernandez, Deputy Consul General; Hon. Peter Kent, P.C., MP for Thornhill; Deb Schulte, MP for King-Vaughan, Francesco Sorbara, MP Vaughan-Woodbridge; Gila Martow, MPP for Thornhill; Miriam Ku, outreach advisor to Patrick Brown, Ontario P.C. Leader; Stephen Lecce, MPP PC candidate for King-Vaughan, members of law enforcement and members of media.

Mayor Bevilacqua delivered greetings in behalf of the City of Vaughan and awarded a plaque on the occasion of the 119th Anniversary of Philippine Independence to the Filipino Planning Committee

Consul General Prospero delivered an inspiring message about the Philippines; Hon. Peter Kent, delivered greetings from the PC party of Canada whereas MPs Deb Schulte and Francesco Sorbara delivered messages from the Liberal party. MP Schulte also gave a plaque to the Planning Committee.  As well, MPP Gila Martow delivered a message from Patrick Brown, leader Ontario PC.  She also gave a plaque to the Planning Committee. There was also a message read by Mrs. Monina Lim from the Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Following the speeches by dignitaries were entertainment and lunch featuring Filipino food. The Paschal Strings sang O Canada, Pilipinas Kung Mahal and We Say Mabuhay; the St. Paschal Choir sang Lupang Hinirang and performed Choral Presentation; The Fairhavens Adventist Church performed dance on the bench and the Solid Rock Indigenous performed cultural dance. The celebration was graced by Little Princess 2016 Nazca Castillo and her entourage. The Filipino Day was also attended by community groups and leaders in the community:  Mabuhay Lions Club members and pres Eliseo Galindo; Mrs. Yolanda Ladines, pres MFFC; Mrs. Monina Lim, pres Scarborough FFC; Loo, publisher of  of Filipiniana newspaper;  Ramon Datol, Philippine Courier  and residents of the City of Vaughan.

The City of Vaughan has been declaring Filipino Day in Vaughan to celebrate the Philippine Independence since 2004. This celebration is especially meaningful because the City of Vaughan is a sister city of Baguio.  Vaughan is also the home more than 10000 hard-working Filipinos and a growing Filipino community.

In her closing remarks, Erlinda Insigne, pres FCAV thank Mayor Bevilacqua and Members of Council for declaring Filipino Day again this year and for their continuous support for the growing Filipino community in Vaughan.  She emphasized that “Only together, can we make the Filipino Day in Vaughan happen”.

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Philippine Independence Day

June 6th, 2017 | Posted by fcav in News Updates - (Comments Off on Philippine Independence Day)

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JOIN US AT OFFICIAL FLAG RAISING TO CELEBRATE THE

119th ANNIVERSARY OF PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY

WHEN:         Sunday, June 11, 2017, 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Photo opportunity at 10:00am.

WHERE:       Vaughan City Hall, 2141 Major Mackenzie Drive – at flagpoles near front entrance.

WHAT:         To commemorate the 119th anniversary of Philippine Independence Day, the City of Vaughan will      officially fly the Filipino flag and recognize June 11 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.

WHO:        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
Filipino-Canadian Association of Vaughan
The Paschal Strings / Choir

Filipino Adventist Church
Solid Rock Indigenous Group
Pinoy Radio Inc./MCBN
Maple Baptist Church
Residents and Community Groups           

   Contact:      Linda 4166704498;   Deanna 6479681545;   Jackie 4167329119

B2B Spring Event

April 12th, 2017 | Posted by fcav in News Updates - (Comments Off on B2B Spring Event)

The Filipino-Canadian Association of Vaughan (FCAV) is hosting a B2B Spring Event on Saturday,B2B Flyer, April 22 2017April 22, 2017, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Patricia Kemp Community Centre, 7894 Dufferin Street, Vaughan, ON, L4K 1R6.

It is an opportunity for anyone to promote his/her business. There will be vendors selling products like Filipino food (siopao, siomai), clothing, jewelry, health products, real estate, mortgage, financial planning, networking, etc.

Speaker:  Consul Edna May Lazaro, Philippine Consulate, Toronto

Topics include: Philippine Rights, Dual Citizenship, Business Opportunities and more.

Bring your family and friends. Cost is FREE.

Please share with friends: Facebook, Facebook Messenger, LinkedIn, Twitter, email.

For more information, please contact:

Erlinda Insigne, email: fcav@rogers.com, phone: 905-881-4600, cell: 4166704498

Deanna Patawaran, email: dpatarawan@springhillsuite4svaughana.com

Christmas celebration and Mr. Frank Miele

December 7th, 2016 | Posted by fcav in News Updates - (Comments Off on Christmas celebration and Mr. Frank Miele)

On December 3, the members of the Filipino-Canadian Association of Vaughan (FCAV) celebrated Christmas and took time to appreciate the blessings that they enjoy over the years. They have been fortunate to have Patricia Kemp Community Centre leased by the City of Vaughan for their use and other community use in the next 20 years.

The climax of the celebration was the recognition of the First Honourary FCAV Member which was awarded to Mr. Frank Miele, former City of Vaughan Commissioner of Economic Development who was instrumental in the successful twinning project between Vaughan and Baguio in 1997, and has since contributed countless volunteer hours to the FCAV as its trusted advisor for numerous infrastructure projects, government applications, special fundraising events s and other project management activities of FCAV.

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Official Reopening of Patricia Kemp Com Ctre & Twinning Anniversary

November 3rd, 2016 | Posted by fcav in News Updates - (Comments Off on Official Reopening of Patricia Kemp Com Ctre & Twinning Anniversary)

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