Summer is lots of fun and full of festivities happening in the City. July 29 – August 5 is the celebration of First People’s Festival in Montreal. A celebration of many excellent talents and creativeness, shared to bring joy to the people in the province and visiting tourists.
Multicultural communities joined this event every year and Filipino community, as one of the Indigenous group of people here in the City participated in the festival by showcasing some tribal dance and music. The newly created group, Filipino Indigenous People Organization of Quebec (FIPOQ)representing Philippines was invited to join the event – 5th Edition of Défilé de l’Amitié Nuestroamericana 2015.This activities showcase to the public some of the various culture and traditions of different countries to promote peace, unity and solidarity among the people living in the Province. Saturday program started with a parade of colorful costumes from different tribal and ethnic group. The unique , colorful and authentic tribal costumes and Street dancing caught the attention of many photographers and TV reporters. The smiles and laughter shared by performers and viewers dancing to the beat of music familiar to their ears. rekindles and connect them to their roots where they came.
The show was indeed a success despite of pouring rain distraction. The weather disruption never stop the audience to leave the stage , each and everyone find ways to cover themselves just to witness each countries presentation. FIFOQ was the 27th presenter out of 32 various culture and arts presentation from different countries round the globe residing in Montreal. The overwhelming response from the audience after seeing and watching the tribal dance, hearing the music played using the bamboo and the music of Original Pilipino Music composed and sung by famous musician Mr. Joel Ayala entitled “Ania na” was great feeling of joy and inspiration to these amateur performers ‘ exerted collaborative effort. Canadian Pinoy Radio -Montreal took some videos of the performances. Just connect to the link (
Thanks to the leadership of Ms. Agnes Calgo and Jason Palolan Patrimonio with amazing teamwork and cooperation within the group. Filipinos versatility and creativity were shown to the people of Montreal. It was an entertainment with advocacy of the present controversial issues faced by not only Philippines but by other indigenous people living in other part of the planet. Whose living conditions most likely the source of their livelihood was exploited and ruined that not only economically yet physically affected their lives. The response and reaction of the people reveals enough to convince that many empathized with the cry of people who are witness and victims of the many environmental exploitation and destruction which could be felt by everyone now a days. Those unpredictable weather, typhoons , floods and extreme dry climate . Great hope for the healing of our Mother Earth. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! Mabuhay! Luzon, Visayas at Mindanao.
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