On Thursday, September 14, 2018, I held a reception at the Manitoba Legislature to recognize the 50th Anniversary of the Philippine Garment Workers Association. Back in 1968, one of the first wave of Filipino immigrants to Manitoba came from the garment industry which included my father Reynold Reyes. On behalf of Premier Brian Pallister, I was pleased to recognize the Philippine Garment Workers Association and extend congratulations on their 50th Anniversary.
I was also pleased to present the Premier’s certificate of recognition to the President, Armand Tesoro, at Saturday’s Philippine Garment Workers 1968-1969 50th Anniversary & Reunion which was held at CanadInns Polo Park. It was a historic event that brought people from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, California and of course Winnipeg. It was great to see everyone to hear your stories when you decided to leave your homeland and make Canada home back in 1968.
I am truly thankful to my dad and to all of you for taking that chance. Congratulations on this milestone. Mabuhay! – Jon Reyes, MLA ST. NORBERT
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