CANADA – For the first time, the Filipino community in Vancouver mounted its first float and participated in the annual parade during Canada Day celebrations downtown over the weekend.
It was definitely a picture of diversity for the celebration of Canada's 145th birthday, and kababayans did their part in showcasing Filipino culture.
The Filipino group proudly waved the Philippine flag, alongside Canada's flag. There was music and dance from the local Ati-atihan and Igorot group and a big bahay kubo on the float.
Kababayans also wore colorful costumes and Filipiniana attire during the parade.
Community leader Jojo Quimpo, who organized the group, said it was not hard to put together the group as many kababayans were excited to take part in what is considered the highlight of Canada Day celebrations in Vancouver.
Quimpo added that event organizers were actually the ones who invited the Filipino community to take part in the parade, a sign of the growing presence of Filipinos across Canada.
Being the 3rd largest community in Canada today, he said Filipinos will now be joining all mainstream events in the city annually.
This also marks the start of more summer events for the community where a big Filipino parade will be closing some of the streets in Vancouver in August.