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Thank you! Maraming Salamat Po! - Pinoy Fiesta 2011 a History Making Event

August 13, 2011

It was a great day for the Filipino-Canadian community last August 6, 2011. The first anniversary celebration of Pinoy Fiesta: Unang Hirit sa Tag-init was a history making and a very special event. To commemorate this event Mayor Gregor Robertson proclaimed "Filipino Fiesta Day" in the city of Vancouver.

Everytime I think of it,  I'm kind of overcome with emotion towards people, who went out of their way to tell us how much they appreciate our efforts and how much the Pinoy Fiesta means to them. Everyone was happy and proud. The showcase by various organizations of our beautiful Pinoy culture put a smile on everybody's faces. It was a very moving experience. Grabe sobra sobrang dami ang tao - WOW The Olympic Village was full packed the whole day. PINOY POWER AND PINOY PRIDE IN ACTION.

I have been overwhelmed in the past months with an immense amount of support and encouragement. I have been blessed by very loving and supportive family and friends. They went out of their way to help in ensuring the success of Pinoy Fiesta 2011. Words are not enough to express my feelings of gratitude but I have to say "THANK YOU" anyway. 

My first big thank you goes to my family for their love and support especially to my mom, sisters Ruth and Beth. They always believe in me in all the venture that I gt into. They're my rock and inspiration.

During these past months, I have had the privilege of working with the very talented and hardworking people - my Hirit family and friends. I would like to express  my deepest gratitude to all of you. 

To Janice Lozano, Ryan Ferrer, Roq Juatco, Lu Lauron, Ate Marcy and Kuya Romy Torres, Liza Lopez, Paul Lumandas, Paolo Capili, Jayson De La Cruz, Miriam Reyes, Josie De La Torre, Riva Oquendo, Larry and Theresa Baguisa, Narima De La Cruz, Lala Reyes,Rich Abarquez, Papabear,  Bert Morelos for the unwavering support. We shared fun times in organizing the event. All of these I will keep in my heart. Thank you guys for your hardwork, commitment, patience and understanding. 

To our Hirit volunteers, securities, parade marshalls and program hosts who worked so tirelessly. Special thank you to Dr. Macasiray/Baranggay Fraser group, Laila Ureta, John Gomez and Mommy Josie De la Torre and friends for looking after the food of our VIPs and volunteers. To Tita Lita Tapia for helping us comply with the Vancouver Coastal Health requirements. Sobra sobra ang pinakita nyong suporta and I couldn't ask for more. You guys are so amazing. Thank you!

To Steve Marshall for the great sound and entertainment.  

To Kapamilya artists and special guests: Derek Ramsay, Jed Madela, Nikki Valdez and Miss World Canada Riza Santos. Our popular local artists Joey Albert, Luisa Marshall, Salve Dayao, Janice Lozano, dynaMIX Band and other performers  you're so talented. Everyone had a blast watching your fantastic performances.

To our event presenters Times Telecom, Mr. Allan Yong  for sponsoring the Pinoy Fiesta two years in a row. Times is very supportive of Pinoy events. Talagang may pusong Pinoy. Pinoy Buzz  Entertainment, Janice Lozano and Roque Juatco for bringing Derek Ramsay. ABS CBN/TFC Canada for giving us Jed Madela and Nikki Valdez. You made our kababayans happy. Philippine Airlines, UMAC, Little Ongpin and Philippine Asian Chronicle. Our exhibitors and media partners thank you so much for your continued support. Sana hindi kayo magsawang sumuporta sa amin. 

And to all Pinoy organizations, groups and individuals who came out and proudly took part in showcasing our beautiful Pinoy culture here in Canada, maraming maraming salamat po. With the amazing, colourful and beautiful floats, costumes and cultural presentation you made us all proud to be Pinoy! 

I feel that I have been more than blessed with all your support. For the community events that Hirit Team organized, you're always there giving your full support. You have all touched our lives and it was a very humbling experience for me and for the Hirit family. We will always treasure these moments.


Proud Pinoy,

Jojo Quimpo
Chairman, Pinoy Fiesta Vancouver


Pinoy Fiesta 2011: Unang Hirit sa Tag-Init is Set to Take Vancouver City by Storm

July 2, 2011

All is set for the 1st anniversary of the historic Filipino Cultural Street Dance and Parade dubbed as Pinoy Fiesta 2011: Unang Hirit sa Tag-Init on August 6, 2011, 9:00am - 8:00pm at the Olympic Village on False Creek in Vancouver City.

The organizers of this popular summer festival have put together colorful diverse range of activities to celebrate the beautiful Filipino culture.

This year’s festival will feature two colorful events: the Paradang Pinoy (Filipino Parade) from Pacific Boulevard (near BC Place & Rogers Arena) to Olympic Village on False Creek in Vancouver, and the Fiesta Extravaganza at the Olympic Village Plaza from 9:00am - 8:00pm..

Paradang Pinoy - the parade will have a cultural theme featuring cultures of the various regions in the Philippines such as the Ati-atihan Festival (Province of Aklan), Dinagyang Festival (Iloilo City), Maskara (Bacolod City), Sinulog Festival (Cebu City), Moriones Festival (Marinduque City), Penagbenga Festival (Baguio City), Igorot Culture etc. These Philippine festivals will showcase culturally inspired floats with participants wearing ethnic and colorful costumes while street marching and dancing to the beat of the drums and pinoy music.

Various Filipino communities and associations will follow the Parade to showcase their own regional costumes. It will also include business, professional and civic groups. Thousands are expected to participate in the parade, either as marchers or as spectators lining the street of Vancouver.

The Fiesta Extravaganza at the Olympic Village Plaza showcases various aspects of Filipino culture - it has food booths, trade fairs, exhibitions and a day-long entertainment program featuring ABS CBN famous artists from Philippines alongside with popular local bands and artists.

Its business and sponsor booths allow local entrepreneurs to showcase their products and services to the thousands of people who will attend the festival. And an awesome array of live entertainment will surely rock the Olympic Village.

The Pinoy Fiesta celebration has gained tremendous compliments and commendation both from the Filipino community and the city government, with Vancouver City Mayor Gregor Robertson officially proclaimed “Filipino Fiesta Day in the City of Vancouver to commemorate the huge success of last year’s celebration and also in recognition of the Filipino-Canadians contribution to the multicultural fabric of the City.

With few more weeks to go, there’s so much buzz and excitement in the community. Talking about enthusiasm, Mr. Jojo Quimpo, the founder and organizing chairman of Pinoy Fiesta, said that there is greater response from various groups and associations than was being anticipated. Filipino communities all over the Province of British Columbia, Toronto, Calgary, Seattle, Washington and California will join the festival. The number of entries in the street dance and parade doubled from last year. Mr. Quimpo was thrilled by the response and the build-up for the upcoming event. He explained that:

“The Pinoy Fiesta is a dream come true for the Filipino-Canadian community. We have provided the opportunity and the avenue for the Filipinos to proudly showcase and share the beautiful Filipino culture to other ethnic groups." By the look of things the word has already spread like wildfire in the community. Indeed, this will be the biggest and the most anticipated Filipino event. Something that the Filipino community can be proud of. The Pinoy Fiesta 2011 will surely take the City of Vancouver by storm on August 6th.

For all the information about what’s happening visit the Pinoy Fiesta website at or email to



August 23, 2010

August 14, 2010 was a historic day for the Filipino community. The Filipino-Canadians in British Columbia celebrated the first ever Filipino cultural street parade in the City of Vancouver dubbed as Pinoy Fiesta 2010: Unang Hirit sa Tag-Init.

After so many years of waiting, for the very first time the Filipino community took the center stage in the street of Vancouver to celebrate our cultural heritage and community pride. Thousands joined the parade with colourful and amazing cultural attire and floats. And thousands more lined up on streets to witness  the first Filipino Cultural Street Parade. The biggest and the grandest Filipino event so far. Indeed, it is the Filipinos time to shine!

Filipinos from across British Columbia rose to the occasion by giving their selfless support - a true "Bayanihan" spirit in action. It has been  a great pleasure working with various community leaders, individuals, media, business sponsors and volunteers. I want to express my sincere thanks for the incredible work that you have all done and we would like to invite you to the Pinoy Fiesta Appreciation Day on August 29 at Splashdown Waterpark from 10:00am - 6:00pm. This is our small way of saying THANK YOU! MARAMING SALAMAT SA INYONG SUPORTA!

But we have to remember that the Pinoy Fiesta is a lot more than a fun filled event. It is also the tie that binds Filipinos together. The hope is for the Pinoy Fiesta to become an annual mainstream event that will create a unified look and vision for the Filipino-Canadian community. We will move forward with assurance and great confidence that the Filipino community will remain united for the common good. See you next year to the Pinoy Fiesta 2011. Sana tuloy tuloy na ang ating pagkaka-isa. Let us all  be proud to be Pinoy!



Mayor Gregor Robertson Proclaims August 14th, 2010 as Filipino Fiesta Day in the City of Vancouver

August 4, 2010


Filipino Culture to Take Centerstage in the Streets of Vancouver

July 2, 2010

Filipinos in British Columbia will showcase for the very first time different cultures and traditions of the Philippines in the streets of Vancouver dubbed as “Pinoy Fiesta 2010: Unang Hirit sa Tag-init.”

With the support of Mayor Gregor Robertson and city councilors, the City Hall has given the green light for a Filipino street parade to be held on August 14 from Multicultural Helping House Society, 4802 Fraser Street (cor. 32nd Avenue) to St. Patrick Church Ground, 2881 Main Street at 10:00 am.

Various Filipino associations are now preparing their costumes and cultural presentations which will be shown during the celebration. With the outpouring support of the Filipino-Canadian community this will be the most anticipated Filipino community event this summer.

The Pinoy Fiesta will start with a street parade featuring the famous regional festivals in the Philippines followed by a fiesta extravaganza which will feature food, trade exhibits and a day-long live entertainment by popular local Filipino bands and artists.

Among the festivals to be highlighted during the street parade are the Ati-atihan Festival of Kalibo; Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo; Sinulog Festival of Cebu; Panagbengga (Flower Festival) of Baguio, and the MassKara Festival of Bacolod.

The Pinoy Fiesta is a dream come true for the Filipino Community. It is our intention to proudly showcase Filipino culture and to share it publicly for free to everyone in the city regardless of ethnic origin. This is our own way of promoting multiculturalism in Canada and also to create a unified look and vision for the Filipino-Canadian community.

The hope is for the Pinoy Fiesta to become an annual Vancouver mainstream event with the same profile as the Chinatown’s Lunar New Year parade and the Indo-Canadian community’s Vaisakhi street festival.

 With everyone’s support and cooperation the Filipino community can achieve great things.



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