Filipino-Canadians were among Ace Burpee’s Most Fascinating Manitobans

Brix del Carmen – photo by Travis Golby CBC

They are among the most interesting people in Manitoba who do amazing things and they made it to Ace Burpee’s Top 100 Most Fascinating Manitobans 2022.

Cynthia Reyes: The registered nurse went as viral as anyone has ever gone from this province after her husband, Manitoba’s Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration, Jon Reyes, tweeted a photo of her clearing snow after arriving home from a 12-hour shift on the health-care frontlines. There was a lot to unpack from the viral moment, but Cynthia is a legend from any angle.

Jonato Dalayoan & Marc Gomez: Dalayoan is a designer and the owner of 4two Design Inc. Marc Gomez is the creative lead of hockey branding at True North Sports and Entertainment. They collaborated on the Winnipeg Jets’ Filipino Heritage Night logo and jersey, one of the greatest designs in sports history.

Dr. Gigi Osler: An in-person and online lifeline, Dr. Osler, along with being awesome, was appointed to the Canadian Senate.

Brix Delcarmen & Leila Castro: Brix is the back-to-back winner of the Upo Festival. Castro, one of the administrators of the 204 Filipino Forum and Marketplace, brought the Upo Festival to life in Winnipeg. What is it? A competition to see who can grow the longest and heaviest upo. A vegetable known in English as a bottle gourd, Brix’s 2022 winning upo measured more than two meters long.

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