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June 30, 2022
Filipino Community Comes Together at UFCABC’s Pista ng Bayan
(Left photo) Consul General Maria Andrelita Austria and Mr. Joel Castillo, outgoing President of the United Filipino Canadian Associations of British Columbia (UFCABC), raise the Philippine flag at the Pista ng Bayan held at Vancouver Art Gallery on 18 June 2022. (Right Photo) Consul General Maria Andrelita S. Austria addresses the members of the Filipino Community. (Photos from Vancouver PCG)
24 June 2022 – The officers of the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver, led by Consul General Maria Andrelita Austria, joined the “Pista ng Bayan” event held at Vancouver Art Gallery on 18 June 2022 in honour of Philippine Independence Day and Filipino Heritage Month.
In her remarks, Consul General Austria said that, “Filipino Heritage Month in Canada is a special event for us as it celebrates Filipinos and their contributions to Canada. We realized that, especially during the pandemic, we showed up when we were needed and where we were needed.”
Pista ng Bayan, hosted by the United Filipino-Canadian Associations of British Columbia (UFCABC), has been a long-time tradition for the community to gather together to showcase the aspects of the Filipino culture. There were various food, business and commercial stallholders at the Pista ng Bayan showcasing their products and services.
The event was also graced by Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan, Vancouver Councillor Colleen Hardwick, and other local government officials. Adding color to the day-long celebration were the various performances from talented local Filipino artists. END
(L-R) Incoming UFCABC President Ms. Annie Miles, Vancouver Councillor Colleen Hardwick, Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan, Consul General Maria Andrelita Austria, outgoing UFCABC President Mr. Joel Castillo and event’s emcee Ms. Cookie Aytona (Photo from Vancouver PCG)