In spites of rain showers on Sun., July 13, the Pangasinan Group of Manitoba, families and friends gathered at Kildonan Park for their annual summer family picnic.
The gathering kicked off with the annual general membership meeting presided over and emceed by Orlando Buduhan, the group’s adviser. The opening prayer was given by past president Ben Ahorro and was followed by annual reports from the group’s current officers.
An election followed for new members of the board of directors to fill positions vacated by members whose terms expire this year.
Newly elected to the Pangasinan board are Anne Barte, Melvin Arabe, Amante Bayuga, Maximo Manangan, Jose Lafiguera, Orlando Buduhan, Jean Buduhan, Peter Estrada, Ben Ahorro, Freddie Sion and Nida Sion.
A potluck lunch with the best of Filipino food was served, featuring Filipino-style pig roast, grilled pork chops, pork and chicken adobo, noodles (pansit), fried chicken, egg rolls, vegetables (pinakbet), goat meat (pinapaitan), appetizers, desserts, home- made rice cakes and cooled drinks.
There were other visitors of Pangasinan heritage present, speaking the local dialect of Pangasinan province in the Philippines.
Pangasinan is one of the biggest and most beautiful provinces in the Philippines where Hundred Island Park, a famous tourist destinations is located.
The Pangasinan Group of Manitoba was founded in 1986 with Manny Cansino as the first president.
This year’s event-organizing committee is looking forward to more fun-filled activities in the next 12 months.
Reyn Cruz is a community correspondent for the Maples.