OTTAWA, ONTARIO — To commemorate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Canada, the Philippine embassy in Ottawa launched Postcards Across the Pacific.
Philippine Ambassador to Canada, Petronilla Garcia, highlighted the strong ties between Canadians and Filipinos.
“Two culturally diverse countries with a long history of shared values, cooperation and people to people exchanges.”
Almost one million people of Filipino descent, are working in different sectors across Canada.
Canada’s parliament just passed a motion last fall, to recognize June as Filipino heritage month, nationwide.
Many guests were impressed about the artwork, that varied in styles from abstract to photo realism to contemporary.
The exhibit also gives voice to some of the issues faced by different generations of Filipino-Canadians, like immigration, access to jobs, and education. Artist Christienne Cuevas says she’s glad to contribute to the discussion.
“I feel like we have so much to offer and it’s so little recognized at this point. We’re starting to become more and more prominent. We see a lot of Filipino artists winning awards, having shows, and really representing, not just Canada, but “worldwide. It’s a really interesting time to be Filipino-Canadian and just Filipino in general.”
Postcards Across the Pacific officially opens the year-long celebration of the seventieth anniversary of Philippine-Canadian relations, and in celebrating the deepening of people to people friendships between the two countries.