by Gemma Dalayoan | Photos courtesy of Linda C.Dalayoan and Neil Berces
The Philippine Independence Ball was held on July 15, 2018 at Marlborough Inn. Perla Javate, Chairperson of the Philippine Heritage Council (PHCM) gave the opening remarks while Fr. Darrin Gurr did the invocation. The “Hiyas”Jewel Awards went to two community associations: Manitoba Association of Filipino Teachers Inc.( MAFTI) and Magdaragat Inc. that have worked in the preservation, promotion or sharing of Filipino culture and language.
MAFTI awardees: Genalyn AseronTan , current MAFTI president; Lolita Oandasan, founder of MAFTI, award accepted by Genalyn on her behalf .Gemma Dalayoan and Victoria Cabrera.
Magdaragat awardees: Gil Buenaventura, Artistic Director of Magdaragat Inc., Nerissa Mabel Goldie Garcia and Manny Reyes.
Entertainment throughout the evening included I Am a Filipino by Cecilia Berces; Interpretative dance by Jeselia dela Cruz, Lynette. Trinidad, Jenica Reyes, Calia Pacle, and Neil Berces. Vina Dimyuga ,Youth Ambassador General of Magdaragat, sang the song for the interpretative dance with flag bearers Goldie Garcia, JenniferOmaga, Ruby Adriosula and Lauren Orobia. Duet by Dr. Tricia Bernabe and Dr. Julie Maniate. Paul Ong who also sang the two national anthems and a final closing vocal solo.