Sunday, May 27, 2012

Candice's Cusina @ Philippines Days Festival!

Philippines Days
Saturday June 9; Sunday June 10, 2012
Waterfront Park 200-Block West Esplanade
North Vancouver, BC
(beside the seabus terminal)

I'm so excited to announce that yours truly, is the official blogger for the 2012 Philippine Day Festival! Hosted by Metro Vancouver Philippine Arts & Culture Exposition Society (MV-PACES), this newly extended 2-day celebration will be held on June 9-10, 2012 at the Waterfront Park in North Vancouver.
Did you know: Philippine Days celebrates the day the country was declared independent on June 12 in 1898 under the revolutionary forces of General Emilio Aguinaldo. It was also the day that unfurled the national flag of the Philippines.

After visiting Philippine Day Festival for the first time in 2010, I observed not only the patriotic gathering of thousands of Filipinos but many other cultural minorities came to be part of the festivities. There was a wide array of booths featuring delicious Filipino delicacies, international delights and merchandise. The centre stage was booming with musical talent, dances, raffel prizes and presentations highlighting the Filipino heritage.

I learned that Philippine Days is considered the 2nd largest community event held at the Waterfront Park, next to Caribbean Festival, drawing over 12,000 people last year. Kuya Alvin, President of MV-PACES announced that the 2012 festival's theme will show honour and respect to our Seniors, the Aged, our Veterans and Elders.

Director Robert Tongko, the front man who has organized the celebration's program for the past seven years, will be introducing a new addition Senior Moments. Weaving in the theme, this special event feature will include the search for the Senior Idol singing champion - a fantastic opportunity to exhibit local talent!

Direk Tongko encourages all Filipino families and attendees to bring your elders, seniors, veterans of 65 years or older on Sunday, June 10 as they will be given an honoree ribbon with a reserved front-row seat to watch the stage presentations. So bring your family and friends with empty stomaches to eat, dance and enjoy one of the largest Filipino community events in Vancouver this year.

If you spot Candice (me!) in the festival, be sure to say "hi" and be featured on the Philippine Day "Camera".  Look forward to seeing you there!!


  1. Cool jacket. I think they should put an illustration of your face in the middle where the sun is.

  2. Is there an entrance fee for this?

  3. Hi Dianne, there is no entrance fee for Philippines Days. There are vendor selling food as well as free samples. Hope to see you there!

  4. Hi Dianne, the festival goes from 10am-6pm on both days.

  5. do you know if there is a schedule of events posted somewhere?