by Quay Evano, ABS-CBN News
CALGARY, CANADA — This year’s Fiesta Filipino event in Calgary is considered to be the biggest and most attended in its three-year history.
The festival has grown from a one-day to a three-day event with Alberta premier Rachel Notley attending for the first time.
Around 35,000 visitors from all over the province attended, and hundreds of performers and volunteers took part in the event.
“It’s so nice to see my culture and learn more about it and see all the people because in Canada you know, it’s not all Filipinos, it’s all different races and everything,” said Justin Antal. “So, just being in the festival and seeing my people and speaking the language, it is such a great experience.”
“It helps by actually exposing our Filipino culture to the world and to Calgary as a city, and it is a great way for us to meet other people and other customers as well, as well as advertising our businesses,” said Vina Galang, Kita-kits Rendezvous.
On the second day, the festival was made brighter with the Philippine tapestry fashion show by fashion design icon Rene Salud, and a performance by kapamilya heartthrob Sam Milby.
“Filipinos just ah, everywhere you go, sometimes when you perform there, parang nasa Pilipinas na,” said Milby. “And it’s just amazing how connected and tight fit and just I mean, the Filipinos are just all about one, nag-iisang family tayo.”
The organizers say that they are proud to have created a festival that proudly showcases the best of the Philippines, and has been warmly received by Canadians and other nationalities since its inception.