Unifying cultures and communities in Winnipeg

Culture Card is an arts, cultural media, and entertainment company that brings different generations and cultures together to create communal unity.

“We created Culture Card with Bayanihan in mind,” says Valen Vergara, co-founder of Culture Card and board member of Manitoba Filipino Business Council. “The Filipino custom Bayanihan represents unity, cooperation, and community – that’s how we view Culture Card.”

Vergara and his fellow co-founder, Arturo Orellana want to work toward unifying and exploring different cultures Winnipeg has to offer.

“Winnipeg is such a great city because of how multicultural it is, it’s something to be proud of,” say Orellana. “The main goal of our project is to highlight the cultures our city offers.”

Orellana says Culture Card makes people feel like they’re home again because their events showcase tradition and integrate all generations.

Dalagita 2017 is one of these events – Dalagita celebrates the Filipino community through fashion, food, music, and dance. This event takes place on May 12, 2017 and features prominent Filipinos Jeremy Senaris, Tiffany Ponce, and Kelvin Ong.

While Culture Card looks to connect Winnipeg’s cultures, it also encourages its users to explore Winnipeg. Culture Card grants users exclusive treatment like discounts to events at Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and more.

“Imagine as a newcomer coming from the Philippines having access to this project for free,” says Vergara. “As a newcomer, you might not know the city yet or know what to do, Culture Card solves that – it delivers useful information to get out and explore right to your cell phone.”

Culture Card mobile app is available on iPhone and Android mobile devices for free and delivers everything you need to explore your city and the cultures it offers.

“Culture Card keeps you informed, keeps you active, and keeps you excited, not just about events, but about Filipino culture and the other amazing cultures in Winnipeg” says Vergara. “It’s communal unity.”