July 6, 2010

Official opening of Manila to Manitoba Exhibit

June 18 , 2010

ANAK officially opened the From Manila to Manitoba Filipino-Canadian Oral History exhibit at the Manitoba Museum on June 18, 2010. The exhibit is the first to honour the history of the Filipino-Canadian community in Winnipeg. (See video from Tracy Koga's Backstage on Shaw TV Winnipeg)
Special guests, long-time supporters, well wishers and various media witnessed the momentous occasion. "When you take a look around this exhibit, I want you to keep in mind the things you cannot readily see. This exhibit was created by the youth of our community, your ANAK - your children, with the hope of creating a lasting understanding of who we are as Filipino Canadians. So, we can carry this message forward with a sense of pride, unity and hope that one can only gain from listening and learning from each other," said curator, Darlyne Bautista, before joining the research team for the ribbon cutting ceremony with Manitoba Museum Executive Director, Claudette LeClerc, and Minister of Heritage, Flor Marcelino.

The exhibit took over 2 years to develop, research and design with the support of designer Symmone Ochoa, Manitoba Heritage Grants Program, Canadian Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg, the Manitoba Museum. We extend our deepest gratitude to everyone for helping us realize this dream of hope and unity in the community. ANAK intends to continue its oral history research. If you are interested in being interviewed please contact ANAK at info@anak.ca .

Photo courtesy of Rey-Ar Reyes.