By Leila Castro
In the middle of the 1.3 kilometer-walk, little Sagalas started getting cranky and opted to be carried by their parents. A sight that made other participants and spectators laugh, because it was very Filipino. “It felt like home, specially that Manila Road is one of the streets in the route. The parade was at least 150 meters long, it caused long traffic in the streets of Adsum and Jefferson. But everyone was happy including those inside the cars trapped in the traffic, they were enjoying the festive and colorful atmosphere of the event,” a parent of a Sagala narrated.
Three weeks before the event, the number of registered Sagalas had reached 50 persons and was still growing, while at least 30 Konsortes had enlisted. At the last minute, organizers decided to get the permit to bring the Santacruzan to the street. In previous years, parade was done in the sidewalk. On May 26, the day of the Santacruzan, over 300 people gathered at Maples Community Centre after the parade to enjoy the food, games, and raffle draws. There was also live painting by artist Jogin Tamayo, and free non-alcoholic cocktails prepared and served by certified bartender Emjay Aureada.
Notable people in the community graced the event with their presence — Old Kildonan Councillor Devi Sharma, St. Norbert MLA Jon Reyes, Point Douglas Councillor Mike Pagtakhan, past long time President of MAFTI Gemma Dalayoan, President of MAFTI Genalyn Tan, PHCM President Perla Javate and Seven Oaks School Division Chairman of the Board of Trustees Derek Dabee.
This year’s Hermana Mayor and Hermano Mayor are Rene Castro and Leila Castro. Fernando Lacandula and Rosette Lacandula are the Hermanito and Hermanita. Holding the coconut fruit which is the symbol of Quezon Province and stunning in ethnic crown (handcrafted by the Hermana), Bb. Niyogyugan Nikkole Ara led the parade. Nikkole’s mother is from the Chionglo clan in Lucena City, and the multi- awarded movie director Mel Chionglo is her grandfather.
Below is the list of the Reynas and Konsortes:
•Reyna De Las Flores is Beth Olesco with Konsorte Rodel Olesco
•Reyna Emperatriz is Social Media Personality Mary Mallari or Mareng M of Ayos! with Konsorte Raffy Mercado
•Reyna Elena I is Maegan Mapuyan with Konsorte Dylan Bagsic
•Reyna Elena II is Gaby Fronda
•Reyna Elena III is Jenny Mercado-Asi with Konsorte Kean Mapuyan
•Reyna Fé is Toni Bobongo with Konsorte Blake Paguio
•Reyna Esperanza is Kyle Canlapan with Konsorte Chris Barlaan
•Reyna Caridad is Adel Mina with Konsorte Daniel Joaquin Castro
•Reyna De La Paz is Samantha Cahatol with Konsorte Jc Navallasca
The highly successful event was a result of the bayanihan effort by the members of Quezon Province Association of Manitoba and 204 Neighbourhood Watch, and generosity of sponsors. The major sponsors of the event are: Bakerite, Rodel Olesco of Birchwood, Reignzhel Auto Sales and Repair, AIM World and Climacosa Services, Realtor Nino Chan.
Special thanks to: Evelyn Pao of Canton Food Gallery, 204 Live Music, Mark Gacer, Pinoy Photographers of Winnipeg (PPW), MIX Private Bartender Emjay Aureada, ALARK CO Pinta! Paint Series, Manitoba Filipino Journal, Pacific Welder & Motive Power Services – Edmonton Alberta (Mr. Allan Zoleta), Sarbit Insurance and Travel Agency, Manitoba Filipino Street Festival, Aristocrat Restaurant & Catering Ltd., UMAC Express Cargo
Photos by Nelson Manalili, Anthony Lapuz, Norman Padilla, Rod Cantiveros and 204 Winnipeg Live.