Mabuhay! Be recognized and be proud as Filipinos!
Celebrate everything Filipino as Canada for the very first time honours all Filipinos with the designation of June as Filipino Heritage month across the country.
To commemorate this special recognition of Filipino contributions to Canada’s development and progress, the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver is mounting food and travel fair dubbed Proudly Philippines.
The fair will be held at the Robson Square in Downtown Vancouver on Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.
Proudly Philippines is organized also to celebrate the 121st anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine Independence, and the 70th year of Philippine Canada relations.
Attendees at this food and trade fair can expect to find all sorts of traditional Filipino fare – from adobo, lumpia and pancit to travel packages and much more, including cultural performances seldom seen in mainstream entertainment productions.
The Proudly Philippines showcase aims to create greater awareness about the Philippines among Canadians and second-generation Filipinos, while also providing a venue for Filipino families to join in celebrating Philippine Independence Day, Philippine Canada relations, and Filipino Heritage Month.
The declaration of June as Filipino Heritage Month has been done in Canada at different levels of government in past years.
In June 2018, then Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell signed a proclamation designating June every year as Philippine Heritage Month in the province.
Earlier in May of last year, the cities of Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta also declared June as Philippine Heritage Month, with the City of Fort Saskatchewan doing the same on June 9.
In October 2018, Canada’s House of Commons unanimously passed M-155, a motion officially designating June as Filipino Heritage Month across the country.