Various Festivities Mark PH Independence Day 2019 in Toronto
The Philippine Consulate General in Toronto celebrates the 121st Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence in Toronto with various activities.
This year’s celebration is marked by other milestones, the first Canada-wide celebration of the month of June as Filipino heritage month, the declaration of 12 June and the month of June as Filipino Heritage Day and Filipino Heritage month in Toronto and in all schools under the Toronto Catholic District School Board, and the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Philippines-Canada diplomatic relations.
The Philippine Consulate General, led by Deputy Consul General Bernadette Therese C. Fernandez (fourth from right), participated in the flag-raising rites and unveiling of the monument of Dr. Jose Rizal at the Luneta Gardens at the Box Grove Community Park in Markham, Ontario on 09 June 2019. They were joined by Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti (fifth from left), other local elected officials and the sculptor of the bronze statue Mogi Mogado. (Bin Kon Loo of Filipiniana News photo)
The monument is a brain-child of former Markham Ward 8 Councillor Alex Chiu. The life-size bronze statue of Dr. Jose Rizal stands across the road where Rizal Avenue in Markham begins. In this photo are Mayor Scarpitti (third from left), former Councillor Chiu (third from left) and Deputy Consul General Fernandez (second from right) are joined by children of Filipino descent in posing for a souvenir photo to mark the occasion. (Bin Kon Loo of Filipiniana News photo)
Toronto Mayor John Tory (pictured above) and other Canadian officials join the Filipino community in Toronto in celebrating the 121st Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence as the Philippine flag was proudly hoisted at Toronto City Hall and Provincial Parliament of Ontario on 12 June 2019 and from June 9 to 13 in the following key cities in the Greater Toronto Area and nearby areas: Vaughan, Brampton, Markham, Barrie and Hamilton. (Bin Kon Loo of Filipiniana News photo)
Councillor Jim Karygiannis (second from right) of Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt and Councillor Josh Matlow (rightmost) of Ward 12-St. Paul pose for a photo with the Consulate General officers. (Bin Kon Loo of Filipiniana News photo)
City, led by Mayor Patrick Brown and Councillor Rowena Santos who sponsored the naming of one of the parks in Brampton after Dr. Rizal, unveil the marker for the construction of the park in Brampton named after the Filipino national hero. (Toronto PCG photo)
Philippine Ambassador to Canada Petronila P. Garcia (fourth from right), Deputy Consul General to Toronto. Fernandez (third from right) and Toronto PCG’s Cultural Officer Cecilia Santos (second from right) pose for a photo with Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown (middle) and Councillor Rowena Santos (beside Mayor Brown) and some members of the Filipino-Canadian community. (Toronto PCG photo)