The Markham Federation of Filipino Canadians is a non-profit organization committed to the promotion and preservation of the Filipino culture and heritage through dialogue, educational, social and cultural activities.

MFFC celebrates Philippine Independence Day, kicks off summer programme sticky icon

By Victoria A. Torres

Despite the clouds and cool temperatures, the Markham Civic Centre was warm with colours and an overwhelming sense of Philippine national pride as the Markham Federation of Filipino Canadians (MFFC) celebrated Philippine Independence Day on Sunday, June 4, 2017. The singing of O Canada by the Youth Performing Arts Group (YPAG) and Lupang Hinirang by the Seniors’ Choir was accompanied by the raising of the flags. Though Mayor Frank Scarpitti was unavailable due to an appointment in Ottawa, speeches from officials such as Member of Parliament Michael Chan, Markham Councilor Alex Chiu, and many others graced the crowd.

Following the flag-raising ceremony and speeches, the celebration moved to the MFFC Centre at 1151 Denison Street in Markham for an afternoon of food and music. The Youth Performing Arts Group and the Seniors’ Choir were among the performers for the afternoon, along with many other group and individual songs and dances, ranging from traditional Filipino songs to current Top 40 hits.

MFFC Volunteers receive 2017 Ontario Volunteer Service Award sticky icon

By Victoria A. Torres

Nine members of the Markham Federation of Filipino Canadians were among the recipients of the 2017 Volunteer Service Awards, presented on May 11th, 2017 at the Crystal Fountain in Markham. Youth Awards for 2 years of service were given to Joelle Mansueto, Julianna Garvida, and Chloe Musca, and Adult Awards for 10 years of service were awarded to Gloria Mariano, Florence Paras, Luz Lim, Jeannie Todas, Elsa Hung, and Vince Masongsong.

The Ontario Volunteer Service Awards, presented by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and the Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat, recognize volunteers for providing committed and dedicated service to an organization. Every year, Ontario’s youth - 24 years old and younger - are awarded for two or more years of continuous service, while adults are awarded for five to 65 years of continuous service, as nominated by their organization.

Advisory on Registration of Filipino Citizens For Philippine National Elections. sticky icon

Dear Friends,

Warm greetings from Philippine Consulate General in Toronto.  
Attached for your information and guidance is the Advisory on Registration of Filipino Citizens For Philippine National Elections.  You may wish to disseminate the Advisory to your members and to other interested individuals in your community.
Maraming Salamat po.
Consulate General of the Philippines

MFFC Celebrating Our 118th Philippine Independence Day sticky icon

Through the generous funding of the City of Markham's "Celebrate Markham" grant program, the Markham Federation of Filipino Canadians held their 118th Philippine Independence Day celebration with a flag raising ceremony, greetings from dignitaries from different levels of government, picnic and entertainment provided by the MFFC Performing Arts Youth Group and the MFFC Seniors.

The raising of the Philippine Flag which will be displayed at the Civic Centre grounds for one whole week, as in past years. Present were Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Michael Chan, Markham Councillor Alex Chiu, Philippine Consul General Rosalita Prospero, York Region Catholic School Board Vice-Chairperson Marlene Mogado, MFFC Co-chairperson Yolly Ladinez and other dignitaries.

Congratulations to the New Board Members Elected in 2016! sticky icon

The following were elected as board members at the Annual General Meeting held on March 10th 2016 at the MFFC Centre:

For a term of 3 years:

  • James Abanado
  • Art Canseco
  • Marian Cusi
  • Joe Ragual
  • Ester Toribio

For a term of 2 years:

  • Yoly Ladines
  • Ramon Ombao

Gawad Kalinga Canada Typhoon Haiyan Fundraising Update sticky icon

Markham Federation of Filipino Canadians and the Alex Chiu Golf Tournament donated $70,000, that helped built the Markham GK Village which you will see in this video. "We opted to go for a Markham Village as a tangible and lasting symbol of the generosity of the people of Markham, beginning with our Mayor Frank Scarpitti, and our City Council, and the countless friends and supporters of our Filipino community", said Councillor Alex Chiu.

"It's our way of helping the victims of typhoon Haiyan in that part of the homeland to pick up their lives again, a legacy I hope that will connect Markham to Palo, Leyte for generations to come", he added. 

Thanks to all the donors. 


MFFC celebrates 26 years! sticky icon

The Markham Federation of Filipino Canadians (MFFC) celebrated 26 years with a masquerade ball.  Their party was held on October 26th and the event was marked by fabulous costumes, wonderful food, a great turnout of guests and amazing performances by the MFFC Seniors and Youth.  The evening was emceed by James Abanador and Karen Tan with welcoming address given by President Yoly Ladines.  Special performances were also given by Trinity, the Rize and Karen.  After the performances, the guests danced the night away!  Thank you to all the members who made this party very successful and fun!  For more photos, click here.

MFFC Celebrates 25 years! sticky icon

The Markham Federation of Filipino Canadians celebrated 25 years in fashion at the Crystal Fountain Banquet Hall.  The evening was filled with awards, photo-ops, music, food, performances and lots of dancing and door prizes!  Emcees Karen Tan and Aaron James Abanador led the program with opening remarks from the gala chair, Lolita Bruneau and prayers by Father Albuen followed by entertainment.  The MFFC Seniors donned their Hawaiian outfits and danced beautifully followed by the MFFC Youth Performing Arts Group who performed a Beatles medley.&n

MFFC YPAG Summer Performances all around Toronto! sticky icon

All over Toronto, the enthusiasm was electric!  The overall tone of the crowd was excitement – the venue, food, smells, event, performances.  You can sense that everyone is anticipating what’s to come as they all venture into different stalls, see different things, smell the wonderful food around them and the big stage right in the middle of the street at the intersection of Kennedy Road and Steeles Avenue. 

Presentation on Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B and HIV sticky icon

MARCH 4, 2014

Shown in the picture above are the participants in the presentation on Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B and HIV in High-Risk Immigrant Ethnic Communities with focus on the Filipino Community. This event was only one of  the workshops which was held at the Markham Federation of Filipino Canadians headquarters in Markham Ontario. This project of the Canadian Ethnocultural Council is in partnership with the Canadian Liver Foundation of Canada and funded by the Public Health Department of Canada. Presentation was facilitated by Lydia Bustamante, RN and member of MFFC. Sucy Eapen, coordinator and backbone of the CEC project provided ample support and assistance. The president of CEC, Lou Sekulovski was a special guest.