In 2018, Canada officially designated June as Filipino Heritage Month. The designation is embraced by members of Filipino communities around Canada and the Bow Valley is no exception.
“June 12th is the Philippine Independence day. That's a big celebration for us. This is equivalent to Canada Day, so the 12th is the core of the Filipino heritage month,” said Jyn San Miguel.
San Miguel has lived in the valley for six years. Last year he helped organize a community clean up in honour of Filipino Heritage Month. This year he will be hosting this month’s artsPlace Cultural Learning Circle, Focus on Filipino Culture, in partnership with Settlement Services in the Bow Valley.
“June is about celebrating the hard work and the sacrifices the Filipinos have made,” said San Miguel. “The Filipinos in the Bow Valley also want to be better allies in the community and we want to contribute to help our community.”
During the circle, San Miguel will speak about the history of the Philippines, teach a folk song with the Canmore Singers (San Miguel is a musician and director of the group), but also address discrimination that he and members of his community have faced living in Canada and the Bow Valley.
“The core theme of the circle is just to promote kindness. The world needs more true love. There are many ways we could promote love and kindness. This is just one small way to do it.”
Learn more here - https://artsplacecanmore.com/whats-on/community-events/focus-on-filipino-culture