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.

MARAMING MARAMING SALAMAT PO. MABUHAY ANG LAHING PINOY!

Proud Pinoy,

Jojo Quimpo
Chairman, Pinoy Fiesta Vancouver