Philippine Heritage Week 2017 – June 9 to 18, 2017

The Philippine Heritage Council of Manitoba (PHCM) Inc. would like to invite you to the 2017 Philippine Heritage Week, with multiple events being held almost every day during the week beginning on June 9, 2017, and through to June 18, 2017. The celebrations are held the week of June 12, Philippine Independence Day.

On Friday, June 9 there will be a Philippine Night at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute (DMCI, 720 Alverstone) at 5 pm, which will feature cultural dance performances and local talents from DMCI, a fashion show of staff, and a piece on various uses of the malong.

The kick off for this year’s Philippine Heritage Week is the Flag Raising and Opening Ceremony on Saturday, June 10 at the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba (PCCM, 737 Keewatin), with community organizations, citizens, elected officials and key dignitaries in attendance. This will be followed by an event the next day, Sunday, June 11 at 2 pm to Welcome Our “Bagong Dating” (newcomers) to Canada and our province, also at the PCCM.

On Monday, June 12 –the day the Philippine nation declared independence from Spain 119 years ago, there will be a Community Envisioning Event at 7 pm. On Tuesday, June 13, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will be hosting a Citizenship Ceremony for new Canadians at 1:30 pm; later that day, at 6:30 pm, there will be a Cultural Exchange between the Chilean and Filipino communities to foster dialogue and celebrate shared experiences and culture. The community envisioning event, citizenship ceremony and cultural exchange will all be at the PCCM.

On Wednesday, June 14, in DMCI’s Multipurpose Room (720 Alverstone), multiple generations will be able to mingle at PHCM’s Evening with Lolos and Lolas, starting at 5:30 pm. Anyone, children, grandparents or grandchildren regardless of age, are encouraged to attend and partake in the fun activities, food, prizes, and conversations circles that will be facilitated by the organizers.

One of the highlights of the celebrations is the Philippine Independence Ball, which will be held at the Marlborough Hotel at 331 Smith on Friday, June 16 at 6 pm. Tickets are $40.00 and multicultural attire is encouraged. The second weekend will then wind the week down with reflection, at the Celebration of Faith, 1:30 pm on Saturday, June 17 at the PCCM.

This is to celebrate the fact that the Philippines is known as Asia’s most predominantly Christian country.

Philippine Heritage Week will culminate with Picnic in the Park, from 11 am to 4:30 pm on Sunday, June 18 at Assiniboine Park. It will start with a mass, a lunch at 12 noon, and fun games and entertainment for all to enjoy.

Everyone is welcome. All events, except the Philippine Independence Ball and DMCI’s Philippine Night, are free.