by Dr. Porfiria Pedrina
The Philippines commemorated its 118th Declaration of Independence Day from Spain on June 12th, 2016. Filipinos all over the world, including those who are residing here in Winnipeg, celebrate annually its Independence Day.
On June 8th, 2016, Seven Oaks Filipino Employees Association (SOFEA), Seven Oaks School Division and Maples Collegiate proudly held another momentous event in connection with Philippine Independence and Heritage Day Celebration.
The program involved not only its students and the schools in Seven Oaks School Division but also the Seven Oaks community, from the very young to senior citizens. An exhibit showcased the Philippine culture and traditions. Dr. Porfiria Pedrina, SOFEA president shared to the audience the mission-vision of the association as well as the different projects they have undertaken so far. While Rica Facundo, a student from Maples Collegiate read a brief history of Philippine Independence Day.
Capturing the huge audience’s attention were the students special dance numbers and special song numbers. As well, a skit from Cine-gang drew the hearts of the young ones in understanding how courtship is done the Filipino way.
Many students and parents feel closer to their roots and proud of their heritage when they see such enthusiasm, love and passion from this festive atmosphere and from the way the participants perform and deliver their lines. Indeed, the celebration is worth repeating.
Photos courtesy of Max Santiago