August 1, 2018

The subtlety of change: a quiet transformation

by Johsa Manzanilla (Published in Pilipino Express August 1-15)

Johsa Manzanilla and Guezz Lois Quizon
at the Dakota Collegiate convocation
James Andrew Aviso presenting Glenlawn Collegiate
graduate Sabrina Paras with her award

Growth. It may seem slow, as if it’s taking forever, or it’s not happening – but rest assured, it is. Think of a time when a Tita whom you hadn’t seen in awhile exclaimed, “Ay! Malaki ka na!” To you, it may seem you haven’t grown, you haven’t changed, but to her, and to others, transformation is evident.

ANAK as an organization has been around for 12 years, developing resources like books, videos, music, and mentorship programs. By fostering a love for education, we can tell our own stories in the academe and in mainstream narratives. As volunteers, we are committed to empowering Filipino-Canadian youth through capacity building and providing both a safe space to process our thoughts on identity and a platform from which to amplify our voices.

June 18, 2018

Philippine Heritage Week 2018

Philippine Heritage Week 2018

Philippine Heritage Week 2018 was a success! We kicked off the week at the flag raising at city hall and ended the festivities with a beautiful gala with tons of activities and events in between. The crew had the opportunity to meet our community, and celebrate our culture. Thank you to the Philippine Heritage Council of Manitoba and the Manitoba Filipino Street Festival.

[click here for some of the photo highlights from the week]

June 1, 2018

Sweets to celebrate

by Vizlumin Cabrera (Published in Pilipino Express June 1-15)

A fantastic way to introduce a foreign culture to anyone is by sharing its food. With Manitoba being home to more than 70,000 people of Filipino descent, it’s no surprise that the traditional flavours of our cuisine have made its way into the hearts and onto the plates of many non-pinoy food lovers. While the savoury umami flavour of patis, and sharp notes of sinamak and sampalok will always be a delicious feature of our most beloved entrees, the unique variety of desserts from the Philippines will give anyone with a fondness for sweets, a run for their money.

Although dessert is typically eaten at the end of a meal, Filipinos are given the opportunity to have a little sugar-fix throughout the day, during meryenda as well. From the sweet-savoury, charcoal smoked nuances of bibingka, to the playful, childhood-memory inducing halo-halo, there is a treat for everyone’s sweet tooth. One dessert that is as traditional as it is approachable, is the pinoy doughnut; pilipit or shakoy. These treats are sold by street vendors everywhere, and resemble a twisted rope - if said rope came from a magical land, and all the rope was made of deep fried dough, and rolled in sugar. Even a hard to please eater would be drawn in to our culture by sampling this treat.