The Talisay Association of Manitoba holds their annual fiesta honoring their patron saint, San Guillermo, every February. This year, Talisay having been massively affected by the Taal eruption, the association decided to turn the annual event to a fundraiser as an extension to the fund drive they held last month.
Last February 8th at the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba, hundreds of Talisenos and guests came to celebrate and ultimately to contribute their time, talent and money for the benefit of their own townsfolks back home in Talisay, Batangas.
Dubbed as Bangon Talisay: Kayang-kaya Basta’t Sama-sama, the event comprised of the annual program with performances, silent auction and potluck except that, this year, the association recognized the donors of the fund drives, held bingo to generate more funds and a “kamustahan” where the officers presented to everybody the financial status of the organization including the donations that they have received from individuals and organizations.
MP Kevin Lamoureux and MLA Cindy Lamoureux were also present to show support.
New officers were also elected. Mel Dimapilis is the new president while Oliver Marasigan is the newly-elected vice president.
Valentine Dinner And Dance For A Cause
Groups of ballroom and line dancers in Winnipeg celebrated Valentine’s Day for the benefit of the Taal victims, last February 14th at the Canton Buffet Food Gallery. Guests who were asked to come in red or black danced the night away at this event organized by Retro Fitness Instructors Mithus Cabrera, Remie Madrigal and Ferdinand Peralta. The event raised over a thousand dollars.