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.