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After a two year hiatus, the Celebration of Philippine Culture festival is back in person!

Are you ready for a day full of dancing and singing, children’s activities, exhibits displaying traditional Filipino culture, and, of course tons of delicious Filipino food?

Happening next weekend on Saturday, June 11th and 12th in Victoria’s own Centenntial square, the Phillipine Bayanihan Community Centre is bringing back the Mabuhay festival for its fifth year–and best of all, it’s entirely free to attend!

“This year’s Mabuhay! Celebrating Philippine Culture is special in many ways. Firstly, the event is now a two-day event which is a commemoration of the declaration of June as the Philippine Heritage Month in Canada as well as the Philippine Independence Day celebrated every 12th of June in the Philippines,” a spokesperson for the event said.

“Secondly, 2021 marked the 20th anniversary of the Bayanihan Community Centre, a milestone that is worthy of recognition but which was not properly celebrated due to the pandemic. This year would be its 21st anniversary, and celebrations, albeit delayed, are in order.”

This year’s Mabuhay event is anchored on the theme ‘Rising from the Pandemic: A Celebration of Unity, Cooperation, and Resilience.’

Attendees will get to appreciate the smell of good food, colourful banderitas, the distinct clothing and ornaments, and the contagious laughter of the Filipinx community.

Throughout the day, attendees can buy Filipino food and the multicultural bazaar will also showcase non-food vendors. There will be art, crafts, and other items for sale.

The two-day event will be filled with a variety of food, games, and entertainment.

Mabuhay! – Celebrating Philippine Culture

  • When:
    • Saturday, June 11th, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Sunday, June 12th, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where: Centennial Square, downtown Victoria
  • Admission: Free

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