An event in Toronto will honour a Filipino hero who waged the first revolution in Asia against Western colonialism.
The Andres Bonifacio Festival, or Bonifest for short, celebrates the life of the founder of the Katipunan, the underground organization that fought to free the Philippines from Spanish colonial rule.
Bonifacio and his Katipuneros formally launched the armed revolution against Spain on August 23, 1896.
Bonifest will feature works by Canadian Filipino writers and artists at the Toronto city hall on November 17, 2019.
The event, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will also feature a presentation by Manila-based Filipino journalist and 2019 Marshall McLuhan awardee Patricia Evangelista.
Bonifest is organized by the Filipino Canadian Writers and Journalists Network (FC-WJNet).
The event’s sponsors are the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada, and Pluma, a collective of Canadian Filipino writers.
The festival will also see the launch of a poster titled ‘The Struggle for Philippine Independence’.