Philippine 
Heritage Month

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Fundraising for Ukraine

We stand for peace and compassion. Let's choose love by helping us to raise funds for the. Ukrainian Refugees.

The current situation in Ukraine is heartbreaking. They lost their homes, livelihood, schools and many buildings and infrastructures. They are fleeing  the country because of safety and uncertainty especially for women and children.

With you support. and donations will assists the Ukraine families with their basic necessities and other expenses, 

All the. proceeds. from fundraising will be donated to Ukraine Humanitarian Relief via Victoria Ukrainian Cultural. Community.. Please keep Ukraine in your. prayers. To order please follow the link:

https://form.jotform.com/thevfca/food-take-out-order-form

Or Call. :  250-704-8311

Email:  thevfca@gmail.com

 Fundraising for Survivors of Typhoon Rai (Odette) in the Philippines.

Typhoon Rai was the strongest storm to make landfall in the Philippines in 2021, affecting 11 regions and 38 provinces, leaving at least 405 dead, 65 missing and 1,261 injured, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in the Philippines.

 

Lives were lost, livelihood disrupted, many were injured and still counting as debris clearing is in progress. The pandemic has greatly reduced the local help that could have been extended to the victims of Typhoon Rai. We are knocking on your kind hearts to help and support us with our fundraising to give to the survivors through the Canadian Red Cross. We are counting on you.  Your help is badly needed.

By supporting our Food Take Out, you can order to online below:

Food Pick up Jan 22 - order by Jan 21

Food Pick up Jan 23 - order by Jan 22

Maraming Salamat Po!

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VFCA 2021 Youth Workshop

Come and Join us for new Christmas  Youth Workshop "Pasko sa Isla" (Christmas in the Island)

The exciting workshops will be on December 4th and December 11,  from 1pm to 4pm.

The children will learn preparing and cooking popular children dessert, some arts and crafts making paper parol and pop up(Nativity)., Participants will enjoy learning Tagalog language in simple song.

Clarissa Mijares will be facilitating the workshop, Issa has been teaching the children performance arts in the Philippines for 20 years.

The seats are limited to 20 youth per workshop and Covid 19 restrictions will be in place.

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VFCA Annual General Meeting

The public is welcome to join and participate in our meeting. 

Where: Philippine Bayanihan Community Centre

              1709 Blanshard St, Victoria ,BC

When: Sunday, December 5, 2021

Time: 11am - 1pm

Seats will be limited, please RSVP to:

thevfca@gmail.com OR bayanihancc@shaw.ca

If you want to be part of the VFCA and make a difference to your community, any ideas to share? any feedback? Give us a shout!

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The Sampaguita Dance Troupe performed virtually and won the Ethnic Dance Category in the 2021 Greater Victoria Performing Arts Virtual Festival, Certificate of Excellence in Choreography Stage Presentation for Panagalay and Certificate of Excellence in Story of Dance for Sarung Banggi. Two pre-recorded dances, Sarung Banggi and Pangalay, both choreographed by Jean Penola.

 

Sarung Banggi, a love song from the Bicol region, is translated as “one night” in English and tells the story of a young man wandering at night and hearing a bird whistling, which he compares to the voice of the woman he loves. The beautiful love song, composed by the musician Potenciano Gregorio, evolved into a courtship folk dance showing how men woo their women. 
 

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the number of participants in this year's festival entry of Sarung Banggi was reduced and the male dancers were excluded to ensure proper physical distancing. The dance was performed by Alisha Chambers, Restita Chambers, Agnes Myhre, Andrea Johnson, and Jean Penola.

 

The Pangalay is a dance form that originated from the Sulu Archipelago of the Philippines. The dance has its links to Asian traditional dance cultures like Cambodian, Javanese, Indian, Thai, and Burmese.

 

The Pangalay of Sulu mainly involves hand and leg movements that imitate the movements of the sea. It is considered to be the Philippines’ closest form to classical dancing and grounds itself on the principle “stillness in motion; motion in stillness”. The Pangalay dance was performed by Geoffrey and Jean Penola.

The Bayanihan Cultural and Housing Society (BCHS) purchased the property that is now the Bayanihan Community Centre on April 30, 2001. For the next seven months more then fifty volunteers renovated the building, complete with a commercial kitchen.

 

The grand opening of the first and only Philippine community centre in Canada was on November 3-4 with 100 guests, including Philippines’ Vancouver Consul General Zenaida Tarcorda-Rabago, witnessing the cutting of the ribbon at 9:30 a.m. on November 3.

 

The 20th anniversary of BCHS celebration will  be held next year 2022, we are looking forward to see you all.

An inspiring article written by Mr Ben Pires, published on 2018 to celebrate the accomplishment of all dedicated and hardworking volunteers. Bayanihan which means " working together" towards common goal as a community.

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