Filipino Journal Adventure Club members Bles Balverde and Jaina Medida braved the cold winter weather on Louis Riel Day to check out Festival du Voyageur along with thier families. Filipino Journal photographer, Star Roxas also joined in on the action with her family.
Jaina Medida: “It’s truly amazing. We lived here in winnipeg for 3years now and it’s our first time to visit the Festival du Vorageur. We enjoyed the Ice maze, playground, food, souvenir booths and of course the Amazing Ice sculptures. We watched different shows as they showcase Aboriginals culture and their talents. As new immigrants, It’s always Nice to know Canada’s history and to embrace the winter festivals. BON FESTIVAL. HE HO!!”
Bles Balverde: “After 24 years, I finally experienced Festival du Voyageur for the first time. It was quite an experience, learning something about the Voyageur fur tradings past, French heritage and culture. We toured inside The Fort Gibraltar. We enjoyed watching the wood curving demos, craft displays and the blacksmith’s craftsmanship. Listened to the explanation of how Beaver hat’s are made from felted beaver fur. We wondered around the Kids Playground, took some fun pictures and watched families having awesome time with their Kids. Too bad we didn’t bring a sled. Tobogganing would have been a blast. Didn’t had the chance to taste the maple taffy or buy the Voyageur sash, but that would have to wait till next year. Thank you to Filipino Journal for making this happen and for letting me wear the Pinoy custom made capote! Looking forward in making it a yearly event with families and friends.”
Photos by Bles Balverde ,Camille Soldevilla, Jainalyn Medida, Star Roxas and Ron Cantiveros | Filipino Journal