Pinays Manitoba at the 8th Multicultural Tea Fest
On October 22, the Philippines was represented for the first time at the Annual Multicultural Tea Fest since its inception eight years ago.
Pinays Manitoba took on the lead to wave the Philippine flag at the tea fest that was also participated in by many organizations proudly representing different cultures. It was held at the Assiniboia Downs from 2 pm to 5 pm.
“Let us know each other over a cup of tea” was the tagline of the event celebrating Islamic History Month Canada.
And that was exactly what Pinays Manitoba did at the Philippine kiosk. The Pinays welcomed visitors with warm Filipino hospitality. People of all ages and different cultures flocked to sample Pinoy snacks and tea. Ginger tea (salabat) was a big hit and garnered a lot of compliments from event guests and participants. There was a huge line up of guests for snacks or kakanins like turon, cassava cake, maja blanca, garlic corn nuts, chili cheddar corn nuts and sunflower biscuits. Food volunteers were led by Sally Bader and Meghan Marquez.
One of the highlights of the tea fest program was a fashion show with a wedding theme and children’s wear. The Philippines' beautiful bride model was Mimi Aiello while the groom model was Denny Nangan. BIBAK president Marife Cadag’s kids modelled the colourful mountain province attires.
There was also a corner with game tables for various countries. Pinays Manitoba set up two sets of sungka which was very well received. Guests enjoyed, learned and played the game with Pinays Manitoba’s volunteer sungka champions – Emmie Joaquin and Josie Concepcion.
To top this all, the Pinays Manitoba’s Philippine kiosk won the Best Kiosk Presentation award.
Pinays Manitoba president Winnie Navarro said, “What an honour for us! Now that we know what it’s about, we look forward to more members participating at next year’s event and other future community involvements. A big heartfelt thank you to our volunteers who worked hard to make this “win” possible for us: Joanne Viviezca, Clarita Nazario, Rey-Ar Reyes, Sally Bader, Meghan Marquez, Emmie Joaquin, Josie Concepcion, Mimi Aiello and Mano Navarro. Special thank you to Pinays winning kiosk designer volunteer Rey-Ar Reyes of Pilipino Express, to Joanne Viviezca for connecting Pinays Manitoba with the event organizers, and to Tita Clarita Nazario and Sally Bader for the cultural exhibit materials.”