Mayor Wayne Stetski reads the city's proclamation as FCAEK president Lourdes Roxas-Butalid listens.
Cranbrook’s Filipino community and city officials came together today (June 12) at city hall to celebrate the Philippine Republic’s 114th Independence Day.
A flag raising ceremony, the Philippine national anthem, an
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address by Vancouver-Kensington MLA Mable Elmore (a Canadian Filipino), a proclamation from Mayor Wayne Stetski recognizing Pinoy independence from Spain and America, the swearing in of the executive board for the Filipino-Canadian Association of the East Kootenay (FCAEK) and
MLA Mable Elmore
Filipino cuisine highlighted the colourful mid-day festivities.
Mayor Stetski noted his pleasure at helping the local Filipino community celebrate their Independence Day and said he is happy Cranbrook has such a vibrant Pinoy community.
FCAEK president Lourdes Roxas-Butalid provided a brief
A crowd gathers for the anthem and flag raising outside Cranbrook City Hall.
overview of Filipino independence, initially stirred to action by national hero (Dr.) José Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda.
“On June 12, 1898, the Philippine Republic was established by the Revolutionary Government under General Emilio Aguinaldo, which marked the Filipino peoples’ declaration and exercise of their right to self-determination, liberty and independence,” Roxas-Butalid began. “On Tuesday, June 12, 1962, Philippine president Diosdado Macapagal declared this day as a special public holiday throughout the
Philippines under Presidential Proclamation No. 28 in commemoration of the Independence of the Philippines.
“Half a century later, the Mayor of Cranbrook, Wayne Stetski, by and with the consent of Cranbrook City Council on April 23, 2012, is proclaiming June 12, 2012 to Philippine
Independence Day in Cranbrook,” said Roxas-Butalid, who made the request for the proclamation.
With help from Elmore, a first-term NDP MLA who is currently opposition critic for Multiculturalism, Child Care and Early Learning, the FCAEK was established.
Roxas-Butalid said the purpose of the newly established association is to unite all
Filipinos in the East Kootenay “as well as nurturing and cultivating the cultural heritage of the Filipino people, its history, customs and traditions. We also make ourselves available for those Filipinos who are in need, especially those who are new in the area. In addition, the association serves as a liaison between the Philippine government through the Philippine Consulate in Vancouver, and the Filipinos in the East Kootenay.”
Jose A.P. Ampeso, Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver, passed on his “warmest greetings and congratulations to the Filipino community of Cranbrook on the occasion of the 114th anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence.
“I also thank the city officials of Cranbrook for giving recognition to our country and the Filipino community on this occasion,” he stated.
Elmore noted that Cranbrook is only the second community in B.C., after New Westminster, to recognize Philippine Independence in such a fashion.
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