Markham Federation of Filipino Canadians Celebrate Canada Day
By: Mhykel A Escano
On Sunday, July 1st, the Markham Federation of Filipino Canadians celebrated Canada Day at Milne Dam Conservation Park (8251 McCowan Rd). The well attended event was filled with children’s activities, the People’s Parade, international food and entertainment provided by people all over the GTA. This annual event is sponsored by the City of Markham and was once again emceed by Alan Bell.
The Markham Federation of Filipino Canadians’ (MFFC) Community-Based Projects for Seniors has been funded by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program
The Seniors of the Markham Federation of Filipino Canadians (MFFC) have a lot to celebrate! Their application for Community-Based Projects for Seniors has been approved in the amount of $ 20,719 and activities are now in the works starting March 1, 2018 until February 28, 2019.
Philippine Consulate Advisory: Revised Passport Application Form and Issuance of 10-Year Validity Passports, effective 1 January 2018
Happy New Year!
Click here for the Philippine Consulate General's Advisory dated 27 December 2017 on the implementation effective 1st January 2018 of the Revised Passport Application Form, as well as the issuance of regular/ordinary passports with 10-year validity for Filipino citizens 18 years old and above and 5-year validity for those below 18 years old.
MFFC members spreads Christmas cheer!
The various members of the Markham Federation of Filipino Canadians were very busy spreading the Christmas cheer to seniors all across Toronto. The Youth Performing Arts Group and the Seniors group went out in full force on separate days to entertain various members of the Markham community and had a wonderful time.
Congratulations to the New Board Members Elected in 2017!
The Markham Federation of Filipino Canadians held their general members’ meeting on Friday, December 8 at the MFFC Centre. The members welcome the newly elected officers for 2018 namely:
- Dr. Bina Comendador (3 year term)
- Ysmael Dalmacio (3 year term)
- Alicia Chiu (3 year term)
- Chit Bulos (3 year term)
- Myrna de Leon (3 year term)
- Karen Tan (2 year term)
- Gary de las Alas (2 year term)
- Jane Avila (1 year term)
- Anna Torres (1 year term)
- Emma Guerzon (1 year term)
A new set of officers will be chosen at the next board meeting.
A Fantastic showing of Taste of Broadway!
After a gruelling 18 months of planning, rehearsing, preparing and finally performing, the curtains cameup and the crowd went wild! The 4 th installment of Taste of Broadway shown on October 7 and 8 at theFlato Markham Theatre was greeted with hoots and applause. The 2 night show was a raving successand everyone cheered as the Markham Federation of Filipino Canadians Youth Performing Arts Groupsang and danced their way into everyone’s hearts!
MFFC Gets Project Funded By Ontario
An application to the Government of Ontario‘s Seniors Community Grant program was approved for the Markham Federation of Filipino Canadians (MFFC) for a maximum of $8,000. The grant for “Seniors’ Health, Fitness and Trip Project” will allow our ever growing membership of seniors to go on trips, learn brain games, Zumba and ballroom dancing.
The project objective is to explore Ontario’s historical places, promote/ maintain quality of life, self-worth, mental stimulation, physical activity, link to the outside world for seniors while providing opportunities for them to participate in the community through performances at cultural/fundraising events and at senior homes. The funding will enable up to 56 seniors from Markham and neighbouring communities to attend two trips, brain games, Zumba and ballroom lessons and perform at milestone events and senior homes.
Their first trip will be to the Hop on–Hop off Toronto trip on July 26-27, or July 28-29, or July 29-30, 2017.
MFFC celebrates Philippine Independence Day, kicks off summer programme
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
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.