Celebrating Filipino heritage in Quesnel

Children perform the Itik-Itik, a Philippines folk dance form that was created by imitating the movements of a duck, such as wading, flying, taking short steps and splashing water on their backs. Lindsay Chung photo
Men perform the Maglalatik during the Filipino Heritage Month Celebration June 15 at St. Ann’s Parish Hall. The Maglalatik is a mock-war dance that demonstrates a fight between the Moros (Muslims) and the Christians over the prized latik, or coconut meat, during the Spanish rule. This dance is also shown to pay tribute to the town’s patron saint, San Isidro Labrador. Lindsay Chung photo
Women perform the Salakot dance. The salakot is a wide-brimmed hat, which is a common symbol for Filipino identity, and in this dance, it is used to enhance the dance movements. Lindsay Chung photo
Singers and musicians perform during the Filipino Heritage Month Celebration June 15 at St. Ann’s Parish Hall. Lindsay Chung photo
Men perform the Maglalatik during the Filipino Heritage Month Celebration June 15 at St. Ann’s Parish Hall. The Maglalatik is a mock-war dance that demonstrates a fight between the Moros (Muslims) and the Christians over the prized latik, or coconut meat, during the Spanish rule. This dance is also shown to pay tribute to the town’s patron saint, San Isidro Labrador. Lindsay Chung photo
Dancers perform the Tinikling during the Filipino Canadian Community of Quesnel’s Filipino Heritage Month Celebration June 15 at St. Ann’s Parish Hall. Tinikling is the national folk dance of the Philippines and it involves two people hitting bamboo poles on the ground and against each other in co-ordination with one or more dancers, who step over and in between the poles in a dance. It originated in Leyte among the Visayan islands in central Philippines as an imitation of the tikling bird. Lindsay Chung photo

The Filipino Canadian Community of Quesnel shared Filipino dance, music and food with the community last weekend, as they hosted a Filipino Heritage Month Celebration June 15 at St. Ann’s Parish Hall. The evening featured a buffet with traditional Filipino foods, cultural dancing, a display of traditional clothing, an auction and keynote speeches by MP Todd Doherty and MLA Coralee Oakes. The event celebrated the 121st anniversary of independence in the Philippines and celebrated this June being the first Filipino Heritage Month celebrated in Canada.

“Your story is our story, and we are so grateful for the contributions you have brought not only to our community of Quesnel, but to our region of the Cariboo and to our country of Canada,” Doherty told the group.

Oakes also brought a message of gratitude.

“Thank you to the Filipino community for your laughter, your love, your music and everything you bring to our community,” she said.



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