Calling all kababayans: Calgary’s first-ever Fiesta Filipino

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Dr. Christine P. Oriel

The Philippine Festival Council of Alberta in coop­eration with ATB Financial and the City of Calgary will be kicking off the first-ever Fiesta Filipino to be held on September 5.

A free outdoor event host­ed at the Calgary Olympic Plaza, Fiesta Filipino will showcase the famous Fili­pino hospitality and culture with foods, arts, entertain­ments and crafts.

“This is history in the making—the first-ever Fiesta Filipino in Calgary and in Alberta, if I’m not mistaken. Sa ating pagkakaisa, tiyak na tagumpay ang ating matata­masa,” says Prima Anderson, Fiesta Filipino volunteer.

“Having a rich and vibrant mix of culture and different talents in the Filipino com­munity, there will be a great array of entertainment on the ground and on centre stage for sure,” Anderson says.

As planned programming is still a work in progress, Anderson welcomes all ka­babayans to come on board and share their talents.

“This is a good opportunity set before us to be out in the open and show Calgary and surrounding areas who we are, what we know, what do we have culturally, and what we can do as a community.”

ATB customer service manager, Rupert Matilla, echoes Anderson’s senti­ments about banding to­gether as a community to help promote and celebrate the Filipino culture.

“A lot of our staff and cli­ents are of Filipino descent so the response we’ve had, recruiting volunteers and support for Fiesta Filipino, has been very positive so far,” Matilla says.fiesta_filipino

“ATB Financial is proud to be a main sponsor of Fi­esta Filipino because we have a strong appreciation and respect for the Filipino culture and celebrate diver­sity and inclusion.”

ATB will be launching the first Filipino branded MasterCard in Canada this summer. The card’s design will feature one of the main forms of public transport in the Philippines and a symbol of Filipino innovation and creativity, the jeepney.

At their Fiesta Filipino pa­vilion, ATB will be holding a contest with the grand prize of a $2,500 travel voucher to the Philippines. They will also host their own version of popular game show Deal or No Deal with cash and credit prizes.

For more information on Fiesta Filipino, visit their website at www. fiestafilipinoyyc.com.