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Beautifying the Philippine Friendship Parkette

June 18th, 2020 | Posted by fcav in Events | News Updates - (Comments Off on Beautifying the Philippine Friendship Parkette)

This was the picture of the Friendship Parkette last year (2020)
We have received a grant to beautify the Philippine Friendship Parkette from the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). The aim of our project is to support our seniors  by promoting socialization, mental health and physical health through gardening the area which includes planting flowers, shrubs, vegetables near the Friendship Parkette Sign. This grant also includes  line dancing and Zumba exercises which gets seniors moving in a fun way.

Due to COVID-19, we had to post-pone the start of the project to June 15 2020. We had a maximum of five volunteers, at a given time, due to the restrictions and guidelines recommended by health officials.We also had safety measures in place  such as mandatory masks, gloves, and a physical distance of at least two metres between each individual.

We have purchased and received donations in the form of shrubs, flowers, a handful of vegetables and other plants to beautify the friendship parkette and its’ surroundings. We have also created a small vegetable garden that will help get out seniors active and engaged.

We would like to thank Frank Miele, and Jackie Cristini who spearheaded the beautification of the Philippine Friendship Parkette. Likewise we would like to thank FCAV volunteers like Tony I, Gary G, Joel M, Sonny M, Atilla M, Gloria D, Pastor Nars Tuyading and his crew from the Maple Baptist Church. In addition we would like to thank Giselle Mirasol, who donated $100 for the project.

 

 

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VIRTUAL Vaughan Fiesta Extravaganza 2020 July 18

June 3rd, 2020 | Posted by fcav in Media | Vaughan Fiesta Extravaganza 2020 - (Comments Off on VIRTUAL Vaughan Fiesta Extravaganza 2020 July 18)
The biggest Filipino-Canadian summer event yet in the City of Vaughan, dubbed as Vaughan FIESTA EXTRAVAGANZA 2020 (VFE).” This year due to COVID-19 we are celebrating VFE VIRTUALLY or ” Virtual Muna” on July 18 2020 from 5PM EST.
“Vaughan Fiesta Extravaganza 2020” 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 around 15,000 hard-working Filipinos and a growing Filipino community.
The main highlights of the festival are: Non-Stop Entertainment and Musical Extravaganza, Cultural Heritage Exhibits, Cultural Dance Presentation, featured Celebrity Guests, Games and more!
We are bringing together Filipino artists and cultural groups from Canada that will showcase Philippines’ best in a virtual 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.assn or call : 905-781-6165 (Von), 647-395-4503 (Joey );416-670-4498 (Erlinda)

Photos of Vaughan Fiesta Extravaganza (VFE) 2019

July 26th, 2019 | Posted by fcav in News Updates | Vaughan Fiesta Extravaganza 2019 - (Comments Off on Photos of Vaughan Fiesta Extravaganza (VFE) 2019)

Mindanao is the theme of Vaughan Fiesta Extravaganza (VFE) 2019. It is the second largest island in the Philippines. Majority of Filipino Muslims live in Mindanao. There are 13 non-Muslim indigenous groups in Mindanao, one of them is the “Manobo” tribe from Agusan province. Agusan is the hometown of Joey Abrellina, one of the producers and organizers of VFE 2019. Von, Gizele and Joey in colourful Manobo attire.Volunteers at Vaughan Fiesta Extravaganza 2019 Gate
Government Officials
Eric Santos, celebrity,  picture with audience
Scroll presented by MPP’s Gila Martow and Michael TibolloPhilippine Independence Day Council beauties
Filipino Canadian Associations of Vaughan officials 

Remarkable Masters of Ceremony, Gizele Mirasol, Philip Beloso and Kristianne Pascual!

For more information, please visit: www.vaughanfiestaextravaganza.ca; www.fcav.ca; PinoyRadio.Com www.facebook.com/fcav.vaughan

Filipino Heritage Month

November 4th, 2018 | Posted by fcav in Events | News Updates - (Comments Off on Filipino Heritage Month)

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.

For more information, please visit: www.fcav.ca and www.facebook.com/fcav.vaughan

FCAV Gala Night Photos – August 16, 2014

August 25th, 2014 | Posted by FCAV in Events - (Comments Off on FCAV Gala Night Photos – August 16, 2014)

Courtesy of Frank Miele

Wishes from the Government of Canada and Parliament

June 14th, 2014 | Posted by FCAV in Events - (Comments Off on Wishes from the Government of Canada and Parliament)

We thank the Government of Canada and Parliamentarians for their warm wishes on our 116th anniversary of Philippine Independence.

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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Philippine Independence Day:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on Philippine Independence Day:

“Today, I extend warm wishes to the people of the Philippines and to all Filipinos in Canada and around the world celebrating the 116th anniversary of Philippine Independence.

“Our country is home to one of the largest Filipino communities in the world, with well over half a million people identifying themselves as Filipino-Canadians.

“The Filipino community continues to make enormous contributions to our country in many areas of endeavour, helping to build a stronger and more prosperous Canada while further improving our bilateral relationship with the Philippines.

“I remember the warm welcome I received during my first visit to the Philippines in 2012, where I expressed our Government’s commitment to deepening the friendship between our two countries.

“I was particularly pleased with the way the Government of Canada, the Filipino-Canadian community and the Government of the Philippines worked together to address the tragic aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on Panay Island and other affected areas last year. The Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund was a success and I am proud of Canadians’ generosity and the role they played – together with our Government and Canadian charities and organizations – in helping the people of the Philippines recover from the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I wish all those celebrating today a very happy Philippine Independence Day.”

Minister Kenney Issues Statement to Celebrate Philippine Independence Day:

“Today, I extend my best wishes to Filipinos in Canada and around the world as they celebrate Philippine Independence Day.

“It was 116 years ago today that the Filipino people proclaimed independence from more than three centuries of Spanish colonial rule. On this day we celebrate the independent, optimistic and vibrant spirit of the Filipino people, and we commemorate the sacrifices of their national heroes.

“Canada benefits from a hard-working and growing Filipino community. The Philippines is one of the largest source countries for newcomers to Canada, and Tagalog is Canada’s fastest growing language. Canadians of Filipino origin are making tremendous contributions to our country’s success.

“Moreover, Canada continues to strengthen our friendship with the Philippines, as demonstrated by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to Manila in 2012, and more recently by our contribution to recovery efforts following the tragedy of Hurricane Haiyan.

“As Minister for Multiculturalism, I encourage all Canadians to join with their Filipino neighbours in celebrating Philippine Independence Day and learning more about our country’s vibrant Filipino community.

“Mabuhay!”

 

Statements in the House of Commons from Members of Parliament Marking Philippine Independence Day:

Mark Adler, Member for York Centre (CPC):

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Today I’m pleased to welcome a delegation of Filipinos from across Ontario to Parliament Hill to celebrate the 116th anniversary of Philippine independence. The visit was marked by the flag of the Philippines being raised on Parliament Hill as songs were sung and children danced. We are so fortunate in Canada to have so many Canadians of Filipino descent. In fact my riding of York Centre has one of the largest Filipino communities in Canada. They are a community of great warmth, strong family values, and hard work, and we welcome them all to our Canadian family. This was demonstrated no better than when Typhoon Yolanda struck the Philippines devastating the country and causing substantial loss of life. Families were uprooted from their homes. Canadians and our Government rallied behind our Canadian Filipino family with financial assistance to the tune of $170 million. It is a testament to the Filipino community that so many Canadians of all ethnic backgrounds donated to help their Filipino friends and neighbours. On behalf of the residents of York Centre, I say (speaking alternate language).

Andrew Saxton, Member for North Vancouver (CPC): 

On June 12th Filipino Canadians across the country celebrate a very special occasion: Philippine independence day. And today marks the 116th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine independence from Spanish colonial rule. In my riding of North Vancouver, we host the largest Philippines independence day festival in British Columbia, organized by the Metro Vancouver Philippine arts and cultural exposition society. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the diversity and rich cultural heritage of the Philippines. Booths filled with tantalizing aromas from traditional food and drinks, offer everything from chicken adobo to sweet pastry. Local businesses showcase products and services making it another great opportunity for the whole community to come together. This is a wonderful day to spend with family and friends, an important day to celebrate the strong ties that our two nations share. Having recently visited Manila, I can say more than ever just how similar our values of freedom, peace and democracy are. To all, I say (speaking alternate language).

Official Flag Raising – 116th Anniversary Philippine Independence Day

June 11th, 2014 | Posted by FCAV in Events - (Comments Off on Official Flag Raising – 116th Anniversary Philippine Independence Day)

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    Location: Vaughan City Hall Courtyard   
   June 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM 
 
 
 
Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Members of Council joined the Filipino Canadian Association of Vaughan and special guests at a   flag-raising ceremony to mark Sunday, June 9 as Filipino Day and to commemorate the 115th anniversary of Philippine Independence Day.
 
The City of Vaughan is a twin city of Baguio, Philippines.
 

 
Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Members of Council with representatives of the Filipino Canadian Association of Vaughan

Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Members of Council with representatives of the Filipino Canadian Association of Vaughan

Philippine Heritage Band performed in the Civic Square at City Hall in celebration of Filipino Day.

Philippine Heritage Band performed in the Civic Square at City Hall in celebration of Filipino Day.

 
                                                          
 
Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Members of Council with representatives of the Filipino Canadian Association of Vaughan

Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Members of Council with representatives of the Filipino Canadian Association of Vaughan

More Photos:

The pictures at the Filipino Day in Vaughan can be viewed at: Inspirasyon Photo .

To view, Click View Your Event Photos, then Click Flag Raising. Should you want any or some of the pictures, please contact: Ino Sanchez, Tel: 647-893-8847; email: inspirasyonphotography@yahoo.com

Patricia Kemp Community Centre

February 25th, 2014 | Posted by FCAV in Events - (Comments Off on Patricia Kemp Community Centre)

 

                                     Patricia Kemp Community Centre (PKCC)

The City of Vaughan has given the Filipino Canadian Association of Vaughan (FCAV) a chance to have a community centre at Patricia Kemp Community Centre (PKCC) located at 7894 Dufferin Street, Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, L4K 1R6.

One of the conditions of the 20 year lease is for the Filipino Canadian Association of Vaughan to raise the amount of $200,000 by October 31, 2014. This amount will be used to renovate, to expand and to beautify PKCC.

To date, we already have the amount of $65,000 and expect the amount to increase to $75,000 with pledges by end of March.  We also have a commitment from concerned benefactors amounting to $40,000.  However, we are in need of $85,000 more. It would be greatly appreciated if your group, association or business could commit in the amount of $5,000 as a sponsor, hosting a benefit dance or concert, selling raffle tickets, buying tickets for the gala night or simply donate to help us reach our goal.

In return, Filipino-Canadian Association of Vaughan will:

  • Inscribe your name or your association on the mural;
  • Issue a tax deductible receipts;
  • Recognize the benefactors, patrons, sponsors and supporters;
  • Give preference to use the community centre.

Should you choose to donate, a pledge form is available with various amounts. Please encircle the amount of your choice and send to us a cheque payable to Filipino Canadian Association of Vaughan.

For more information, please contact any of the following:

Rey Tolentino:    647 504 8403, rey.tolentino@yahoo.com,

Lurvie  DeBlois:  416 669 5025, rdblois@rsgc.on.ca

Jimmy Queddeng: 416 999 4344, jimmy.queddeng@outlook.com

Linda Insigne:     416 670 4498, einsig0277@rogers.com