KALAYAAN 2017: 119th Philippine Independence Day Celebration

By on June 5, 2017

Filipino Community Events Commemorating the 119th Anniversary of Philippine Independence. (Photo: Consulate General of the Philippines in Vancouver/Facebook)
Filipino Community Events Commemorating the 119th Anniversary of Philippine Independence. (Photo: Consulate General of the Philippines in Vancouver/Facebook)


PH Consulate General in Vancouver Announces month-long celebration of Philippine Independence and friendship with Canada

The Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver is pleased to inform the Filipino-Canadian community in British Columbia, Yukon and the Northwest Territories of the various events to commemorate this year’s 119th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence and the 2017 Philippines-Canada Friendship month.

Leading the month-long celebration is a series of Philippine flag raising ceremonies in the Cities of Vancouver on 3 June; Richmond on 10 June; North Vancouver; New Westminster and Yellowknife, NWT, all on 11 June 2017.

Dinner and dance events are also being organized by the United Masskara Cultural Society on 3 June at the Vancouver Alpen Club; the Victoria Filipino Canadian Association on 9 June at the Island Wok Restaurant in Victoria, BC; the Filipino Association of British Columbia (FABC) on 10 June at the St. Patrick’s Recreation Centre; and the Circulo Cagayano Association of BC also on 10 June at the Holiday Inn Broadway. The United Filipino-Canadians Association in BC (UFCABC) will hold its gala dinner on 17 June at the Westin Bayshore Hotel.

Majority of the festivities are happening on the weekend of 10-11 June such as FUNtastic Canada by the Multicultural Helping House Society Richmond 55+sers at Richmond Cultural Centre; SPIDs Annual PID celebration at the Bridgeview Park Community Centre; and the Fiesta Filipino by Club Filipino Okanagan Shuswap at Vernon Recreation Centre in Vernon, all scheduled on 10 June. The Royal City Sister City Society’s Independence Day celebration with parade at the Quay in New Westminster is on 11 June while MVPACES’ 2-days Philippine Days Festival is set on 10-11 June at the Waterfront Park in North Vancouver.

While most of the PID events are in June, some activities are also spread in the early weeks of July such as the New West Multicultural Festival on 1 July at the New Westminster Pier Park, 5th Anniversary of Philippine Historama on 8 July at the Michael J. Fox Theatre and the UFCABC’s Pista Ng Bayan’s Festival of Festivals on 9 July at the Memorial South Park, Vancouver.

Consul General Neil Frank R. Ferrer encourages everyone, Filipinos and Canadians alike, to join in this year’s month-long celebration of Philippine Independence and friendship between the Philippines and Canada.

What: Independence Day Dinner and Dance

Where: Island Wok Restaurant, Victoria BC

When: June 9, 2017

What: FUNtastic Canada

Where: Richmond City Hall Plaza, Richmond Cultural Centre

When: June 10, 2017

What: 9th Annual SPIDS Phillippine Independence Day Celebration

Where: Bridgeview Park Community Center, 12560 115 Ave, Surrey, BC.

When: June 10,2017

What: FABC Dinner and Dance

Where: St. Patrick’s Recreation Center, Vancouver

When: June 10, 2017

What: Fiesta Filipino

Where: Vernon Recreation Centre, Vernon BC

When: June 10, 2017

What: KALAYAAN 2017: Dinner and Dance Gala

Where: Holiday Inn Broadway, Vancouver

When: June 10, 2017

What: 2017 Philippine Days Festival Theme: “PILIPINAS 119 celebrates CANADA 150”

Where: The Waterfront Park, North Vancouver

When: June 10-11, 2017

What: New Westminster Flag Raising, Thanksgiving Mass and Parade

Where: St. Peter Catholic Church (Mass); Friendship Garden City Hall (Flag Raising); Boardwalk, River Market, Quay

When: June 11, 2017

What: Philippine Flag Raising Activity (Proclamation of Philippine Day) by the City Council of North Vancouver, Headed by His Worship, Mayor Darrell Mussatto

Where: Civic Plaza, North Vancouver (14th and Lonsdale)

When: June 11, 2017

What: 119th Philippine Independence Day Consular Reception

Where: Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, Vancouver BC

When: June 12, 2017

What: UFCABC Gala

Where: Westin Bayshore Hotel

When: June 17, 2017

What: New West Multicultural Festival

Where: New Westminster Pier Park

When: July 1, 2017

What: 5th Anniversary of Philippine Historama

Where: Michael J. Fox Theatre

When: July 8, 2017

What: Pista ng Bayan: Festival of Festivals

Where: Memorial South Park, Vancouver

When: July 9, 2017

For more information on the events, go to: Consulate General of the Philippines in Vancouver Facebook