Updated: Mar 11, 2022
Marietta B. Pangan
Balik Tanaw sa mga Pamana, Kultura at mga Simbolo 2021 Kasarinlan ng Pilipinas at Filipino Heritage Month sa Canada
(In Retrospect to the Heritage, Culture and Symbols 2021 Philippine Independence Day and Heritage Month- Canada)
Despite and in spite are interchangeable and those are the only fitting terms to describe culture and heritage celebrations among the ever-growing collaborative Filipino- Canadian community in Alberta every year.
Since 2011 Filipino Albertans are waving the Philippine flag in the province to celebrate Philippine Independence Day. In 2018 and perpetuity, Filipino Heritage Month was another cordial added celebration.
How Filipinos all over the world celebrate these occasions is an array of choices.
Alberta, in particular, patriotism takes many shapes and forms. Sacrificing time with the family, quiet revolution, silent petition, speaking the language, buying locally made products, waving a flag, wearing a costume, singing the National Anthem, visiting historical sites or even eating authentic Filipino and Filipinized dishes.
Flag Raising Ceremony at Calgary City Hall
Organized by Sulong Kalayaan Society and The Filipino Champions of Canada
Ground Breaking for Jose Rizal Monument
Organized by Filipino Airdrie Association
Street Clean Ups and Singing of Philippine National Anthem
Organized by Canmore Filipino Canadian Society
It may also express it in serving almost two decades of advocating, conceptualizing, creating, trailblazing, organizing, spearheading, collaborating, promoting and introducing to the mainstream people engagement, culinary excellence, cultural enrichment and heritage preservation through dozens of events for the Filipinos, Filipino Canadians and ALL-Albertans .
Community Pantry and Motorcade
Organized by FORM, Alma Armada & Company, SSFGA, CFA, WFCF
Pandemic Heroes Certificate Awarding
Organized by Okotoks Fil-Can Society and Diaryo Alberta Society
Media Coverage, Promotions and Streaming
FCM Live, Pinoy Radio 94.7fm, Diaryo Alberta Digital News
Being true to your country means making a difference, adding value to your roots and inspiring others while continuously serving your community humbly and quietly wherever you are. It is a journey that doesn't start or end in a day.