celebration of the 107th anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine
Independence, the Consulate General hosted a reception on 10 June
2005 at the Rooftop Studio of the Scotia Center in downtown Vancouver.
Present during the celebrations were the Honorable Patrick Wong,
outgoing Minister of State for Immigration and Multicultural Services;
His Worship Wayne Wright, Mayor of West Vancouver; Consuls Generals
of the ASEAN member-countries; representatives from the Protective
Services Division of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; and leaders
of the Filipino community in Vancouver.
reception line at the Scotia Center’s Rooftop Studio: Consul
General Zenaida Tacorda-Rabago;Consul
Raul Hernandez and wife Ana; and Consul Robespierre Bolivar and
After the one-hour
reception, guests were treated to a one-hour cultural presentation
at the Scotia Center theater staged by Kababayang Pilipino of British
Columbia and the Likha-Pilipino Folk Ensemble of San Francisco,
California. The two groups performed excerpts from their joint full
show, entitled “Pagsilang:Birth”, which they staged
the following night at the Queen Elizabeth Theater. Among the excerpts
they performed for the VIP guests were the Tinikling, Cariñosa,
Singkil, and dances from the northern Philippines.
left to right: Consul General Augusto Freyre of Peru, Mr. Etienne
Walter, Consul General Roberto Meza Delgado of El Salvador and his
wife Elsa, Honorary Consul Soemia Butchart of Guatemala, Consul
General Zenaida Tacorda-Rabago, and Dr. Marina Roma-March;
Consul General’s welcome remarks prior to the cultural presentation,
she stated that the Philippines and Canada shared values of democracy
and tolerance and noted that the Filipino community was becoming
more integrated with mainstream Canada. Commenting on the Philippines’
ties with the international community, she emphasized that one of
the priority areas in Philippine foreign policy that is further
strengthening relations with Canada.
General Zenaida Tacorda-Rabago delivering her welcome remarks before
the cultural presentation at the Scotia Center theater;
he delivered on behalf of the provincial government of British Columbia,
outgoing Minister Patrick Wong praised the Filipinos in Canada for
being hardworking and productive members of the community. He also
reiterated his pledge to work towards transforming British Columbia
into a truly multicultural society, even in his capacity as a private
Filipino community organizes various Independence Day festivities
On 11 June
2005, the Consul General delivered the welcome remarks to the “Philippine
Festival 2005” organized by the Filipino Community in the
Greater Vancouver Area at the Plaza of Nations. Also in attendance
were His Worship Larry Campbell, Mayor of Vancouver, and the Most
Reverend Ramon Arguelles, Archbishop of Lipa.
On the evening
of June 11th, Kababayang Pilipino of British Columbia and Likha-Pilipino
Folk Ensemble of San Francisco, California, performed their full
show, “Pagsilang:Birth” to a full house at the Queen
General Zenaida Tacorda-Rabago pose with the performers from the
Kababayang Pilipino of British Columbia and the Likha-Pilipino Ensemble
of San Francisco after the cultural performance.
Sunday, 12 June 2005, the Consulate General sponsored the traditional
Independence Day mass at the St. Patrick’s Church. This was
followed by a thanksgiving breakfast at Josephine’s Filipino
restaurant for the leaders of various Filipino organizations.
General was also represented at the June 12th flag-raising ceremonies
in New Westminster, BC, which is the sister city of Quezon City.
Filipino community in Edmonton and Calgary hosts celebrations
Community in Edmonton held flag-raising ceremonies at the Edmonton
City Hall on 10 June and 11 June 2005. At the June 10th ceremonies,
which was graced by the Honorable Deputy Premier of Alberta and
covered by the local media, His Worship Stephen Mandel, Mayor of
Edmonton declared the week following June 12th as “Philippine
Week.” More than 300 people witnessed the ceremonies. Honorary
Consul in Edmonton, Mrs. Esmeralda Agbulos, represented the Consul
General in the flag-raising ceremony.
tourism coordinator, Ms. Melanie Nakatsui, in cooperation with the
community also organized a picnic on 11 June 2005, where nearly
4,000 people reportedly attended.
On the evening
of 12 June 2005, the Consul General attended an Independence Day
dinner gala in Calgary, Alberta, hosted by Philippine Honorary Consul
General Felixberto Guerrero at the Calgary Westin Hotel. It was
attended by some 300 guests including members of the Legislative
Assembly and the Consular Corps of Calgary and leaders of the Filipino
General Zenaida Tacorda-Rabago and the officers and staff of the
Philippine Consulate General pose after the cultural performance;
of Philippine independence from more than 300 years of Spanish rule
was led by General Emilio Aguinaldo, who would then be installed
as the new Republic’s first president, in Kawit, Cavite on
12 June 1898. During the ceremonies, the Philippine flag was unfurled
and the national anthem publicly played for the first time.
the text of the original Declaration of Philippine Independence.