A Friendship Circle formed by all the guests, led by Dr. Rey Pagtakhan and Perla Javate, capped the program celebrating the 121st Independence Day celebration last June 22 at the Marlborough Hotel.
All the guests, mostly in native dresses, joined hands and encircled the whole Skyview Ballroom while Paul Ong sang which had given more inspiration to the bonding of oneness of every guest. They swayed with the music and one would feel as if you were a genuine participant of the celebration. Such a great way to extend more friendship while celebrating the 121st Independence Ball.
Bibak Canao dancers together with the officers and members of the Philippine Heritage Council of Manitoba, opened the program. Paul Ong sang the “Pambansang Awit: while Dr.Tricia Magsino Barnabe sang “O Canada”. Acknowledgements and welcome by Perla Javate, president of PHMC and prayer before meal was said by Fr. Darrin Gurr, Parish priest St. Gianna Parish.
John Eisma and Miguel Carlos performed the duet while the members of the Manitoba Filipino Teachers Association performed a cultural dance. Dr. Tricia Magsino-Barnabe and Rochele Kives rendered solo songs and a singkil and rural dances performed by Synergy Dance Troupe.
Short messages were delivered by Ronald Opina, honorary consul; Kevin Lamoureux, MP for Winnipeg North, for the Federal; Cathy Cox, Minister for Sports, Culture and Heritage, for the province and Council Vivian Santos, acting deputy mayor for the City of Winnipeg.
Reflections of a newcomer was delivered by Pastor Vi Cuarto, Filipino United Community Church.
Bibak Association of Manitoba and the Quezon Province Association of Manitoba received cultural awards for the continuous promotion of their cultural richness. MLA Jon Reyes, St. Norbert, distributed framed copies of the Province of Manitoba’s Declaration of the Filipino Heritage Month of June.
Special thank yous to the Gold Sponsors: Scotia Bank and Manitoba Government and General Employees Union (MGEEU); Silver- Royal Bank of Canada (RBC); Bronze, Vickat Automotive Group, Safeway/Sobeys, Mosaic Entertainment Centre; Topher’s No Frills and Maneet and Charmaigne Real Estate Team.
Tyler Magnaye of Virgin Radio,103 FM, was the emcee. The public dance up to the wee hour of the morning.
Photos by Noni Manalili