In a country that encourages people to retain their original cultural identity, the Club Filipino of Okanagan-Shuswap thrives in preserving Filipino traditions in Canada.
“The club helps newcomers to easily assimilate to the Canadian way of life by providing fellowship through activities like its monthly birthday celebrations, occasional potlucks through participation in activities that highlight diversity, and by keeping the Filipino spirit of communal unity (known as bayanihan) very much alive, particularly during times of crises in the Philippines,” said Bernie Ramis, with the club. “The club has also opened its doors to immigrants from different countries.”
On Saturday, the club celebrates with its annual Fiesta Filipino, a showcase of exotic Filipino food, songs and dances. The fun takes place at the Vernon Recreation Centre starting at 5 p.m. For tickets, please call Jim at 250-545-8814 or Maylene at 250-549-9591.