June 24, 2022

Filipino Heritage Month and Philippine Independence Day Proclaimed in the Cities of Richmond and North Vancouver

Philippine Consulate General’s Labor Attaché Atty. Jainal T. Rasul (7th from left) and Welfare Officer Lilia De Guzman (3rd from left) join Richmond City Mayor Malcolm Brodie (6th from left), BC officials and Multicultural Helping House Society (MHHS) Richmond officers, led by Ms. Marilou Yodogawa (8th from left), during the Philippine flag raising ceremony held on 11 June 2022 at the Richmond City Hall Plaza to mark the Philippine Independence Day. (Photo from MHHS)

21 June 2022 – The Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver participated in flag raising ceremonies and activities held in the cities of Richmond and North Vancouver to celebrate the 124th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine Independence.

In Richmond, Labor Attaché Atty. Jainal T. Rasul and Welfare Officer Lilia De Guzman represented the Consulate at the flag raising ceremony organized by Multicultural Helping House Society (MHHS) Richmond on 11 June 2022.  Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Richmond City Council officers, members of Parliament joined the celebration.  The event started with the parade, followed by the flag raising ceremony, greetings by officials, and performances.

On 15 June 2022, the Philippine flag was raised at the Civic Plaza in North Vancouver.  Consul General Austria joined MLA Mable Elmore, MLA Susie Chant, North Vancouver City Mayor Linda Buchanan, Filipino members of BC Nurses Union, Consulate’s officers, and members of the Filipino Community at the flag raising ceremony. Mayor Buchanan also proclaimed June 12 as Philippine Independence Day in North Vancouver.  The proclamation also cited June as a month dedicated to highlighting the many contributions Filipino‐Canadians have made and continue to make to the social, economic and cultural fabric of communities across the country, including North Vancouver.

In her message, Consul General Maria Andrelita Austria thanked the City of Richmond for recognizing the contributions of Filipino Canadians to the community. She also mentioned the advocacies and programs of the Consulate for Filipinos in British Columbia, Yukon and Northwest Territories.  END

Consul General Maria Andrelita Austria (rightmost) joins MLA Mable Elmore, MLA Susie Chant, North Vancouver City Mayor Linda Buchanan, Filipino members of BC Nurses Union, Consulate’s officers, and members of the Filipino Community at the flag raising ceremony in North Vancouver.

(Left Photo) City of Richmond proclaims June 2022 as Filipino Heritage Month.  (Right Photo) City of North Vancouver proclaims 12 June 2022 as Philippine Declaration of Independence Day. (Photos from Vancouver PCG)

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