2017 Year in Review Photos

Honouring Sr. Sto. Niño
The Ati-Atihan Festival is one of the most colourful and vibrant festivals in the Philippines. Aida Champagne, Rhiz Aco and Aireen Miaral in colourful Ati-Atihan costumes. The Aklan Association of Manitoba continue to celebration the tradition of honouring Sr. Sto. Niño every January. The celebrations include booming drums, indoor “street dancing” and members shouting “Viva Senor Sto. Niño”!- February 5-20, 2017

Talisay Fiesta 2017
Talisenos commemorated the miraculous patron saint San Guillermo during the 2017 Talisay Fiesta celebrations at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall. The Talisay Association of Manitoba celebrated its 41st anniversary and fiesta.- February 20-March 5, 2017

Winter Chill
Winter Chill- Shovelling snow has been a daily routine for most Winnipegers including Filipino Journal photographer, Brian Mesias. Over the month of December, southern Manitoba has been hit hard with at least four snowstorms dumping over 70cm.- January 5-20, 2017

Community Pioneers
Pinays MB celebrate International Women’s Day by honouring outstanding Filipino women and have made significant contributions to the fabric of our growing community. The recognition luncheon celebrated the contributions of the late Mrs. Rosalinda Natividad-Cantiveros, Mrs. Erlinda Magnaye Ramos and the Garment Batch of 1968, represented by Linda Tesoro, Danilo Sevilla and Linda Mauricio. From left to right: Honourary Consul (Tourism), Ronaldo Opina; Ron Cantiveros (Filipino Journal, accepting award on behalf of the late Rosalinda Natividad-Cantiveros), Danilo Sevilla (Garment Batch 68), Linda Ramos (Gelyn’s Wedding Lounge), Linda Mauricio (Garment Batch 68), Linda Tesoro (Garment Batch 68) and Perla Javate (Pinays MB).- March 20- April 5, 2017

Bonjour Léo LaTuque
The Auxtero family spent a day at Festival du Voyageur and ran into the festival fun loving mascot. Léo LaTuque is a giant red toque and despite the spring-like weather during this year’s festival, there were a lot of activities for everyone. – March 5-20, 2017.

Dr. Magsino Tribute
The Quezon Province Association of Manitoba (QPAM) honoured Dr. Romulo F. Magsino during their recent gala celebration. The tribute celebrated Dr. Magsino’s accomplishments, achievements and life-long contribution to the community. Leah Enverga Magsino and Dr Romulo F. Magsino Sr., members of the Magsino families, QPAM members and Senator Tobias Enverga were part of the celebration event.- April 5-20, 2017

Outlet Shopping Spree

Ready, Set, Shop! It’s opening day at Winnipeg’s new Outlet Collection and Amy Natividad, Auwie Calabio, Evelyn & Ed Zaragoza were the lucky shoppers that received $30 gift cards before the doors to the new mall opened at 10am Wednesday, May 3. The outlet mall features 400,000sqft and 100 retailers including a 15-restaurant food court. – May 5-20, 2017

Spring Fishing

It’s warming up this spring in Manitoba and Kayla Labaupa is getting a head start on fishing season. Follow Kayla’s fishing adventures this summer in her father’s Angler Management features. See page 20 for complete story.- April 20-May 5, 2017

Let the games begin!
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Olympian Cindy Klassen officially called the opening of the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg last weekend at Bell MTS Place. The Canada Summer Games is celebrating their 50th Anniversary. The games run from July 28 to August 13, featuring 16 sports, over 250 events, 4,000 athletes and coaches.- August 5-20, 2017

Keeping The Faith
Lizelle Mendoza (center) and her Team Faith MS Walk crew participated in the 2017 MS Walk at the Forks on Saturday, May 6. Over 148 teams composed of 1437 walkers participated in the 2.5km/5.0km walk and raised over $295,000 in support of Multiple Sclerosis research.- May 20-June 5 ,2017

Kultura Kids
The kids were out to show off thier Filipino-Canadian heritage during the 2nd Kultura Filipino-Canadian Night hosted by Manitoba Association of Filipino Teachers Inc. (MAFTI) at Shaunessy Park School. Students from several central Winnipeg schools presented Filipino heritage inspired dance and musical ensembles.- June 5-20, 2017

Midway Thrills
It’s that time of year when carnival rolls into Red River Exhibition Park to provide thrills and adventures for everyone! Filipino Journal photographer, Bryan Mesias took to the skies in the popular Wave Swinger ride this year and accompanied by Marianne Madrid and Edel Barrera.- June 20-July 5, 2017

Queens Coronation
The Manitoba Filipino Street Festival crowned their new Queen and Queen Bulilit during their annual coronation evening at Canad Inns Polo Park. Congratulations to Dasha Quintana, 2017 Manitoba Filipino Street Festival Queen and Alessadnra Datuin, Bulilit Queen. Front row (l-r): Ayanna Maxcyn Gualdrapa, Alessandra Datuin, Sheryllynn Padua Policarpio, Katrina Czarina Salazar and Miley Deceraign Carino. Back row (l-r): Caressa Barcega, Jeanny Villordon, Jysl Pagkatipunan, Dasha Quintana, Rachelle Gonzales, Jolly Ann Huertas, Christine Cosino, Meaddah Limuaco.- July 20-August 5, 2017

Pembina Valley Pinoys
Filipino culture and heritage was on full display as members of the Pembina Valley Pinoy group represented all regions of the Philippines during the annual Winkler Harvest Festival. Filipino communities are growing and thriving all across Manitoba.- August 20-September 5, 2017

Winnipeg Wins NABA Juvenile Championship
The NABA Winnipeg Juvenile boys basketball team returned home as champions after competeing in the 30th annual NABA tournament in Manheim, Pennsylvania. The Fil-Am and Fil-Can NABA tournament had over 15 competing delegations from across the USA and Canada.- September 20-October 5, 2017

Street Festival Promotes Vibrant Community, Culture & Cuisine

Manitoba’s Filipino community brought it’s vibrant colours and fun to Memorial Park last month at the 2017 Manitoba Filipino Street Festival. The 6th annual festival and parade attracts over 10,000 visitors making it one of Manitoba’s largest cultural festivals.- September 5-20, 2017

Happy Canada 150
Happy 150th Birthday Canada! More than 3,600 people decked out in red t-shirts gathered on Portage & Main to kick off Canada Day celebrations for Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s annual living flag event. The BIZ changed up the living flag to a living maple leaf as part of Canada 150 celebrations. Canada Day celebrations took place all across the city including the familiar hot spots – Osborne Street, The Forks and Assiniboine Park.- July 5-20, 2017

Max’s Restaurant Set to Open in Winnipeg Fall 2018
Max’s Restaurant signature fried chicken is coming soon to Manitoba. Max’s Restaurant set to open in St. James in the fall of 2018. Max’s Group and Alibin Group Inc and partners (left to right): Arnel Alibin, Sheila Bernardo Alibin, Calvin Polet (Neptune Properties), Hipolito Alibin Jr., Bill Rodgers (Max Group Inc), Frank Alibin and John Alibin. Photo by Ron Cantiveros | Filipino Journal- October 5-20, 2017

Kitchen Kumite Culinary Fundraiser for Cancer Care Manitoba
Allan and Amanda Pineda hosted their first Kitchen Kumite fundraiser for Cancer Care Manitoba and raised $3,000 during the two-day culinary competition. Chefs Paul Eccles and Chris Gama from Clementine were crowned the first ever Kitchen Kumite champions.- October 20-November 5, 2017

OFSAM Celebrates 40th Anniversary
The Original Filipino Senior Association of Manitoba (OFSAM) celebrated their 40th Anniversary in style with the crowning of OFSAM Queen Clarita Ortega Nazario. Photos courtesy of Norman Padilla.- November 5-20, 2017

6th Annual MFBC Gala Awards
The Manitoba Filipino Business Council (MFBC) honoured outstanding business owners at their 6th Annual Gala Awards held at the Fairmont Hotel in Winnipeg on Friday, November 10, 2017. Congratulations to all nominees and winners.- November 20-December 5, 2017

WAAY Season 21: Baskets of Fun
Court is now in session with more than 300 kids registered to play in the upcoming WAAY basketball 2017-18 season. WAAY continues to provide kids with an opportunity to have fun, be active and learn from team play. WAAY games are held every Sunday at Gordon Bell High School.- December 5-20, 2017