PH Consul General Joins Filipinos in Calgary in Celebration of 121st Anniversary of PH Independence
Consul General to Calgary Gilberto Asuque gives a speech during the celebration of the 121st Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence in Edmonton on 08 June 2019. (Calgary PCG photo)
EDMONTON 19 June 2019 – Consul General to Calgary Gilberto Asuque joins the Filipino community in Edmonton at a gala dinner organized by the Congress of the Philippine Association of Alberta (COPAA) in celebration of the 121st Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence on 08 June 2019.
Consul General Asuque stressed the significance of the celebration under the theme ”Kalayaan 2019: Pagbabagong Ipinaglaban, Alay sa Masaganang Kinabukasan” especially in the light of the economic, social and cultural programs of the Philippines that address the needs and challenges of the Filipinos including overseas Filipinos.
He also emphasized that the COPAA-organized Independence Day celebration coincides with the observance of Philippine Heritage Month in Alberta and all over Canada every June of each year.
The Provincial Government of Alberta declared June of each year as Philippine Heritage Month to recognize the significant contributions of Filipino-Canadians to the social, economic, cultural and historical richness of the Province. The Proclamation added that “the Province of Alberta values diversity and Filipino-Canadians in Alberta represent a vibrant and dynamic component of our cultural mosaic.”
Consul General Asuque encouraged the Filipino community and COPAA to bring to the next level of significance their annual celebration of Philippine Independence Day and Philippine Heritage Month in Alberta by focusing the valuable contributions of the Filipinos to the economic, cultural and social fabric of the Province.
He congratulated Mr. Jose “Jun” Angeles, COPAA president, and the members and volunteers of COPAA, for the successful celebration the 121st Philippine Independence Day and the Philippine Heritage Month
The event was also attended by Member of Parliament (MP) of Edmonton Millwoods and Federal Minister of Natural Resources Amarjeet Sohi, MP of Edmonton West Kelly McCauley, Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of Edmonton Southwest and Minister of Alberta Municipal Affairs Kaycee Madu, MLA of Sherwood Park Jordan Walker. END
Consul General Asuque (fourth from left) together with the MPs and MLAs of Alberta at the COPAA event joined by Father Jhack Diaz (1st left) and COPAA President Jose “Jun” Angeles,. (Calgary PCG photo)