June 14, 2023

Filipino Heritage Month and Philippine Independence Day Proclaimed in New Westminster, BC

Team PCG Vancouver, led by Consul General Arlene T. Magno, with the members of the Filipino community after the parade at the Friendship Garden in New Westminster. (Photo by Christian Cunanan)

11 June 2023 – The Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver, led by Consul General Arlene T. Magno, joined the Royal City Sister City Society in a parade and flag raising ceremony held at the Friendship Garden in the City of New Westminster on 11 June 2023 to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence.

The Philippine flag was raised by Consul General Magno, together with Acting Mayor Nadine Nakagawa, Councillor Maita Santiago, Councillor Ruby Campbell, and Royal City Sister City Society President Annie Jalac-Miles.

During the program, Acting Mayor Nakagawa read the Filipino Heritage Month and Philippine Independence Day Proclamation signed by Mayor Patrick Johnstone. The Proclamation cited “June 12 as a day to reflect on the many contributions Filipino‐Canadians have made to the economic development of Canada.” The Proclamation likewise acknowledged the contributions made by the Filipino Community particularly to the City of New Westminster, which is the sister city of Quezon City.

In her message, Consul General Arlene T. Magno said that this is an opportune time to celebrate the achievements and aspirations of the Filipino community who contribute to the social and economic development of Canada. END

(Left Photo) L-R: Consul General Arlene Magno, Acting Mayor Nadine Nakagawa, Councillor Maita Santiago, Councillor Ruby Campbell, Royal City Sister City Society President Annie Jalac-Miles and Mr. Peter Siglos during the flag raising ceremony at New Westminster. (Photo by Christian Cunanan) (Right photo) Ms. Annie Miles presented the Filipino Heritage Month and Philippine Independence Day Proclamation signed by Mayor Patrick Johnstone to CG Arlene Magno. (Photo by Vancouver PCG)

CG Arlene Magno delivers her keynote address before the members of the Filipino community. (Photos by Christian Cunanan)

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