The Manitoba Historical Society will hold its 21st annual multicultural dinner on Tuesday, April 30. This year, the dinner will feature the Filipino community of Manitoba.
"The Manitoba Historical Society has put on its multicultural dinner in partnership with a local cultural organization for more than two decades," says Carl James, a member of the society’s program committee.
James says this year’s dinner will offer an evening of food and entertainment from the Filipino community.
Authentic Filipino dishes such as pancit (rice noodles), lumpia (egg rolls), adobo (a marinated dish of slow-cooked meat), chop suey (vegetables), and sinigang soup will be available. Desserts may include turon (banana fritter), maja (similar to coconut pudding), buko pandan and more.
"Each year a guest speaker tells the story of their people coming to Manitoba, their experiences in our province, and the growth and successes of their community," James said.
This year singer-songwriter and activist Levy Abad will speak on "Understanding Filipinos in Manitoba." Members of the Filipino cultural community will also perform.
"The event has remained popular over the years," James says. "Recent multicultural dinners have featured the Ethiopian, German, Hindu, and Polish communities of Manitoba.
"The Manitoba Historical Society was created in 1879," he adds, "and is the oldest historical society in Western Canada and one of the oldest in Canada. It owns and operates Dalnavert Museum - a designated National Historic Site - and operates Ross House Museum on behalf of the City of Winnipeg."
In the "Our City Our World – Philippines" special section of the Winnipeg Free Press published last year, Dan Lett wrote that Manitoba’s Filipino community had "exploded to nearly 60,000 people."
According to the 2011 census, after English, Tagalog is now the language most often spoken in Winnipeg with 32,585 speakers. It is also, according to the census, the fastest growing language in Canada.
The dinner will take place at the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba at 737 Keewatin St. Reservations must be made by calling the MHS office at 204-947-0559 after April 1 and prior to April 26.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and dinner is at 7:30 p.m. Cost per person is $20 (including taxes) and $22 for non-MHS members.
For more information check out the MHS website at www.mhs.mb.ca
Cheryl Girard is a community correspondent for Riverbend. You can contact her at email@example.com