Proud to Be Filipino-Canadian!

I was born in Toronto and have lived most of my life here. Growing up, my parents instilled Filipino values and traditions in me and my siblings. I’ve only had one opportunity to visit the Philippines, my parents homeland. It was then that I could truly appreciate the Filipino culture and my roots. My daughter was also born here. We hope to take her to the Philippines one day.

The Filipino community in the GTA strives to preserve their rich cultural heritage as they build lives here in Canada, thousands of miles from home and in most cases, their families.

It was certainly a fine weekend to be a proud Filipino as the Filipino Adventist community gathered to celebrate Philippine Independence at a cultural event held Sunday, June 5. It was an amazing event showcasing musical and performance talent. The folk dances and the elaborate Filipino costumes were beautiful.

My daughter was invited to perform Bulaklakan or the Flower Dance with 11 other girls. My 6 year old learned the dance sequence in 4 weeks and was so excited to perform onstage. They did an awesome job! I was one proud mother that evening!

The best part about being a Filipino-Canadian is that we live in a city that allows us to embrace our traditions and celebrates them right along with us. Mabuhay!

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