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This article was published 06/07/2022 (328 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

On behalf of The Maples constituency, I extend my cordial greetings to our Filipino-Canadian community for this year’s celebration of the 124th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine independence and the first Filipino Heritage Month in Manitoba. Bill 205, the Filipino Heritage Month Act was unanimously passed by the members of Legislative Assembly and the NDP proudly supported its passing.

I was happy to participate in various events held by organizations such as the Philippine Heritage Council of Manitoba, Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba (PCCM), Manitoba Association of Filipino Teachers Inc. (MAFTI), Filipino Music and Arts Association of Canada and others. It was great to be able to rekindle old celebration and traditions after two years of not gathering.

The month-long cultural celebration was full of fun, food, and fantastic programs. This was also an occasion for me to learn more about Filipino culture and Filipinos contributions to our province.

I attended many different events throughout the month. I enjoyed attending the Pinays MB Recognition luncheon and mini cultural event at Maples Community Centre. On June 4, I was privileged to take part in the flag-raising ceremony and MAFTI cultural event at PCCM followed by The Philippine Independence Ball at the Marlborough Hotel. I also attended the Manitoba Filipino Street Festival and the cultural presentation at the Philippine Independence and Heritage Day Celebration on June 10 at Maples Collegiate. The Youth Recognition awards hosted by the Knights of Rizal at Waterford Green Village Centre was another highlight. On June 25, I also attended the Multi-Cultural Music & Arts Gathering for Peace, Healing & Reconciliation at the Maples Collegiate Student Commons, which was put on by Filipino artists.

Filipino Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate Filipino Manitobans and their contributions to our province, as well as learn more about Filipino culture and history. It’s also an opportunity to have fun, eat good food and build lasting relationships. I am already looking forward to next year’s celebrations.

Again, I wish everyone a Happy Philippine Independence Day and Filipino Heritage Month.

Salamat po!

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Mintu Sandhu

Mintu Sandhu
The Maples constituency report

Mintu Sandhu is the NDP MLA for The Maples.

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