Volunteerism has become the mantra of the officers, advisers and members of the Quezon Province Association of Manitoba (QPAM), as shown lately last January 3rd 2015, when QPAM led other Filipino organization to volunteer at the Winnipeg Harvest. One would remember that last December 2014, QPAM joined the Manitoba Filipino Business Council’s “Bayanihan” at the same institution; and one would not forget, the induction of the current officers and advisers of QPAM was held also at Winnipeg Harvest, sans long gown, barong and dinner-dance; and count this, they spent volunteer times at Siloam Missions, and during the MaCCFA’s/Red Cross fund raising initiatives for Haiyan (Yolanda) victims in 2013; and on this coming Saturday, Jan. 10, at 7:30 to 10 a.m.a breakfast fund raising tagged as “Tara Na’t Mag-agahan” will be held at the Canton Food Gallery, 1111 Logan Ave.at McPhillips St., from 7:30 to 10 a.m.. Only $10 per person; $6 for kids, 4 to 12 years old. The proceeds will be for QPAM’s”Tulong Sa Kalamidad”, an initiative to extend help to the typhoon “Hagupit (Ruby) victims in Quezon Province.
“The tenacity of the Quezonians to help the less fortunate, in many ways, is a quality of leadership nurtured by openness and transparency of the officers, advisers and members, that after 25 years of existence, the association has become more determined, firmed in their purpose to help others,” Rod E. Cantiveros, one of the advisers and founders (Ugat), says. “We stay together for many years, and we are even much stronger to pursue other initiatives to help our kababayans in Quezon and in the Filipino community.”
“I do believe that if there is sincerity in purpose, consultative in governance, oneness in purpose, credibility in leadership,and faithful adherence on the “bayanihan” spirit, any group or association can survive with the test of time, and I do thanks our officers, advisers, members and volunteers, to be with us in our volunteerism,” says Maggie Chan-Urbano, QPAM presidednt, “QPAM is only a one big family, and I am lucky to have the Quezonians here in Manitoba working together, and have fun.”
Last January 3, Saturday, 2015, it looked like the best way to celebrate the New Year, QPAMs together with the volunteers from the Philippine Canadian Guardian Brotherhood Inc. (PCGBI) Winnipeg Chapter, namely, Carlo Peregrino, Wilfred del Rosario, Margarito Aguila, Abdon Chan along with Arlyne Jutiz and Maneth Amapro of FCTPAM; and Rebecca of the Winnipeg Harvest. With “Kapit-Bisig” as their rallying motto, the volunteers, in spite of bitter cold last Saturday, spent their time to help and to serve the less fortunate Winnipeggers.
And for the “Tara Na’t Mag-Agahan” this coming Saturday, Jan. 10, tickets are available by calling Jun Arquero: 204-963-5782 or Maggie “Maan” Chan-Urbano: 2304-229-3363.