As the annual Asian Heritage Month celebrated across Canada comes to a close, awareness of Filipino cultural heritage continues to deepen in spring festivities recognizing the long and rich history of Asian Canadians and their contributions to Canada.
Film screenings, cultural and tourism exhibits, and a powerful presentation of Filipino music were among the platforms selected by the Philippine Embassy in Ottawa this year to raise the profile of Filipinos as a visible minority in Canada.
On May 9 and 24, the Ottawa Public Library hosted the screening of Maryo J. Delos Reyes’ Bamboo Flowers and Bona Fajardo’s Iliw loaned by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), through the Department of Foreign Affairs. Both films helped their audiences to better appreciate the core values shaping Filipino identity. The film showings took place under the auspices of the Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society.