Return of Filipino Street Festival was fabulous

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This article was published 13/09/2021 (511 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

The past year has been difficult for so many people, which is why it was a breath of fresh air to be able to celebrate the two-day Manitoba Filipino Street Festival right here in Tyndall Park on Aug. 29 and 29.

The Manitoba Filipino Street Festival is much more than just an annual weekend of performances and exhibits. It is a time for the community to get together, and celebrate culture and diversity.

I would like to extend a special thank you to all who organized, performed, volunteered, and attended this year’s 2021 Manitoba Filipino Street Festival. We also need to send a grateful shout out to the chairpeople and dedicated volunteers of the MFSF – Ley Navarro and Rowena Oquendo. Without these two individuals planning and organizing all year long, the MFSF would not be the incredible success it is.

Supplied photo Tyndall Park MLA Cindy Lamoureux (second from right) enjoyed a fun evening at the Manitoba Filipino Street Festival, which was held Aug. 29 and 29.

Every year, with the exception of 2020 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an extensive list of exhibitors for those attending to visit and learn from to make the festival a great experience for all.

This year’s exhibits were full of beautiful clothing, educational information, historical and cultural teachings and activities. This year I learned how to crush coffee beans.

It was such a joy to be able to attend an in-person festival while also staying safe by following public health rules.

Similar to other fairs, there was a jumper for children, games for the whole family and great food vendors where you could order buko juice, takoyaki, lugaw, lumpia, pancit, chicke- skin chips, pizza, chicken wings, and so much more. This year, I tried takoyaki for the first time and would definitely recommend it.

My tita Aida is one of the terrific MCs of the festival, and every year she makes the crowd so happy and engaged. Performers included recognized community singers, dancers and even people instructing Zumba.

Again owing to the pandemic, an additional layer of precautions was taken this year, as all visitors were required to show proof they had been vaccinated. I want to thank all the volunteers and security for managing this and allowing us to socialize safely. Our evening ended with fireworks for all to enjoy. Again, I offer a big thank you to everyone who put on such a tremendously successful and safe event.

Cindy Lamoureux

Cindy Lamoureux
Tyndall Park constituency report

Cindy Lamoureux is the Liberal MLA for Tyndall Park.

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