Amid the Rains, PH Consul General in Toronto Joins First Vaughan Fiesta Extravaganza

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Consul General Rosalita S. Prospero delivers her inspirational message during the first Fiesta Extravaganza in Vaughan, Onitario, Canada. (Toronto PCG photo)

TORONTO 02 July 2018 – Despite the inclement weather, the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto, Canada participated in the first Vaughan Fiesta Extravaganza held at the Dufferin Clark Park on 23-24 June 2018.

Vaughan, Ontario is a city about an hour’s drive north of Toronto. With a population of 306,233, Vaughan was the fastest-growing municipality in Canada between 1996 and 2006.  It achieved a population growth rate of 80.2 percent according to Statistics Canada, having nearly doubled in population since 1991. About 12,000 Filipinos live in the city.

In her remarks, Consul General Rosalita S. Prospero praised the indomitable spirit of the Filipinos, citing further that despite the rain, Filipinos were not deterred to attend the festival. 

The Consul General informed the audience that in 2010, the Filipino Community is celebrating several milestones, namely the 120th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine independence, the declaration of the month of June as Filipino Heritage Month by the City of Toronto, and a similar proclamation of the Toronto Catholic District School Board declaring the month of June as Filipino Heritage Month in all 202 Catholic elementary and secondary under its wing.

Elected provincial and city officials also attended the festival to greet the Filipino Community in Vaughan on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of Philippine independence. END

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Members of the United Aklanon Association dance to the tune of Ati-Atihan music. (Toronto PCG photo)

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Personnel of the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto pose for a souvenir photo at the Philippine Consulate General’s booth. (Toronto PCG photo)