by Tony Surtida & Marilda Kane

The Council Of Edmonton Filipino Associations (CEFA) has been around since 1989.  It has always been, and continues to be, an instrument of harmony among Filipino-Canadian associations in our city. The Council utilizes a transparent approach to its operation and believes that being unbiased is essential towards inter-societal relationships. Also integral to CEFA are communication, optimism, compassion and empathy.   Above all else CEFA is a family, an assemblage that strives to work collaboratively to celebrate and support the voice and aspiration of the Filipino Community in the greater Edmonton area.

Thru the years, CEFA has spearheaded the Philippine Independence Celebrations employing a variety of activities all intended to bring focus to this very important event.


On June 22, 2019, the Council of Edmonton Filipino Associations (CEFA) celebrated the 121st Philippine Independence Day at the River Cree Resorts and Casino, Enoch.   It was a celebration unlike any we did before.  We went all-out….. live-band, DJ, décor, and the food were plentiful and surprisingly very good.  Everyone had a wonderful time (many stayed until the band played their last selection!).

We will be hard-pressed to duplicate what we accomplished this year, but we will do our best to bring an even bigger event next year.

The Executive Officers, Advisers and countless and dedicated CEFA volunteers wish to thank all our supporters, patron and donors for your support.  We also wish to thank our sponsors, particularly Rick Mallett of James H. Brown & Associates, Mr. Rob Victoria of the Honda Club, Stephen Bosch of Desjardin Insurance, Shirish Chotalia, Art & Science Dental, Dental Oasis and Swish Dental without your financial support we would not have been able to pull this off.  Thank you, one and all!