Celebrating the rich tapestry of Filipino heritage


Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew warmly welcomed the choir composed of young students attending the Filipino Bilingual Program at Meadows West, teacher Loreta Genota and Vice-Principal Paul Ong to the inaugural Filipino Heritage Month Kick Off at the Legislative Building, June 1, 2024. The children sang the Tagalog version of O Canada. Photo courtesy of Donna Natividad-Arenas of 92.7 FM CKJS. Photo by Rey-ar Reyes.

Filipino Heritage Month is celebrated every June in Canada to commemorate Philippine Independence Day on June 12 and to recognize the contributions of Filipino Canadians. In Manitoba, this celebration is marked by various programs that highlight the rich culture, traditions, and significant contributions of the Filipino community to the province’s growth.

Kundiman, Harana, y Zarzuela in Manitoba

by Ronald Mervin Sison


In celebration of Filipino Heritage Month, on June 6, 2024, for the first time in its history, the hallowed halls of the Manitoba Legislative Building echoed with the sounds of timeless kundiman, harana and zarzuela songs sung in the classical tradition. The intimate performance featured three classical singers – Mexican soprano Paulina Gonzalez, soprano Jasmine Wallace, and tenor Ronald Mervin Sison; maestro Jett Russel Panganiban on piano, and emerging young singer Summer Flora Santos.