Filipinos in Winnipeg celebrated their history, culture and liberty during two flag raising ceremonies – one at City Hall and the other at the Philippine-Canadian Centre of Manitoba.
The City of Winnipeg commemorated the start of Philippine Heritage Week during a flag raising ceremony at Winnipeg City Hall on Friday, June 8th.
Mayor Sam Katz along with City of Winnipeg councillors and Philippine Heritage Council of Manitoba members were on hand during the ceremonies as the Philippine national flag was raised above City Hall along Main Street. The recognition included a short address by Mayor Sam Katz that highlighted the contribution Filipinos have made in Winnipeg. As the population of Filipinos in Winnipeg grows, Mayor Katz hinted at the long term potential of Winnipeg to elect a mayor of Filipino descent.
The community flag raising and kick-off celebration was held at the Philippine-Canadian Centre of Manitoba on Saturday, June 9th which was well attended by over 25 community groups and 100’s of community memebers.
The provincial proclamation of Philippine Heritage Week was presented by Hon. Christine Melnick, Minister of Immigration and Multiculturalism. Philippine Heritage Week commemorates the 114th anniversary of Philippine Independence. The celebration kicked off a week-long series of events coordinated by the Philippine Heritage Council of Manitoba (PHCM).
The Philippine Heritage Council of Manitoba (PHCM), Inc. is a non-profit, cultural group comprised of representatives from over 35 member organizations and individuals within the Filipino-Canadian community in Winnipeg.
It works actively to commemorate and celebrate the Philippines’ independence from centuries under Spanish colonial rule (June 12, 1898). Since its inception in 1963, it has branched its role further in the community from week-long events during the month of June to now include year-round celebrations, events, and information sessions in support of heritage, multiculturalism, and positive acculturation.