July 16, 2017

To be remembered

by Daisydee Bautista  (Published in Pilipino Express July 16-31)


James Andrew Aviso and ANAK
Scholarship recipient Karla Atanacio
Daisydee Bautista and Lakeisha Rae Moreno
at the Elmwood High School convocation















As many Canadians mark 2017 as a milestone since the first Dominion Day, I became curious as to how this anniversary became the most popularly celebrated as a nation. In 1867, the Dominion of Canada consisted of 4 provinces. Unlike today’s 10 provinces and 3 territories, which came to be 18 years ago when Nunavut joined Confederation in 1999. So 150 is not celebrating Canada’s borders.

Indigenous peoples have lived on Canada’s claim of land for thousands of years and treaties with the British date back approximately 300 years. Followed by the centuries and various waves of immigration from Europe, to the global communities and multiculturalism we know today. So 150 is not celebrating Canada’s people.

150 is not acknowledging colonization (although I guess that wouldn’t be celebrated). 150 is not even celebrating independence though, since Canadian sovereignty didn’t happen until the Constitution Act of 1982.

Looking at Canada’s timeline only left me with more questions. What makes some points in history more important than others? Is popular history just dates and names? Is importance only placed on a celebration of firsts? Does importance in history only apply to those few? Does history have to be so select and exclusive? Well… I hope not.

June 1, 2017

PAGPAPANATILI 2017

Oral History Youth Forum & Gala Dinner Photos
On May 26, 2017 Aksyon Ng Ating Kabataan (ANAK) Inc. welcomed the community to join in an evening celebration of the PAGPAPANATILI Oral History Youth Forum. The following are greetings provided by ANAK Director, Johsa Manzanilla.
Good evening everyone – parents, supporters, community members, ANAK members, and students.  On behalf of Aksyon Ng Ating Kabataan, I am pleased to welcome all of you to tonight’s evening gala for our 10th annual youth forum, Pagpapanatili.

My name is Johsa Manzanilla and I am the Director of Aksyon Ng Ating Kabataan – or ANAK, which is the name that most of you are familiar with.  Our full name, which translates from Tagalog into English as “the action of our youth” or “Filipino youth in action” captures what we as an organization hope to be, what we as young people of Filipino descent hope to do – to participate, to be active, and to be engaged in our community.  We want to make our community a better, more supported place for ourselves and others like us.  We want to build bridges and we want to inspire youth to live up to their full potential.

May 8, 2017

REGISTER NOW! PAGPAPANATILI Oral History Youth Forum & Gala 2017


Register now for ANAK's PAGPAPANATILI Oral History Youth Forum & Gala 2017 on Friday May 26, 2017 at the Manitoba Museum (190 Rupert Avenue).

ANAK is proud to partner with the Manitoba Museum in its Bringing Our Stories Forward campaign. Filipino-Canadian youth, age 15 to 20, from across Winnipeg will have an opportunity to be part of the museum's important evolution. Through youth-lead dialog and discussion on the importance of our cultural identity and history as Filipino-Canadians in Manitoba, participants will take on this year's theme: PAGPAPANATILI (to preserve; to protect). A special oral history workshop lead by Kathryn Boschmann, Assistant Curator (Immigration) at the Manitoba Museum, will provide students with the skills needed for the day long workshops.

The one-day forum concludes with a Gala Dinner at Pampanga Restaurant (349 Henry Avenue), an evening celebration with community supporters, parents, and guests featuring participant presentations and performances.

Lunch and dinner will be provided to participants. Through the support of our valued sponsors, registration is completely free of charge!

Space is limited! Complete the registration form ( Download ) by May 19. To inquire contact 204-293-4100 or info@anak.ca.

Support PAGPAPANATILI! Ad sponsorship opportunity available ( Download ). To inquire contact 204-293-4100 or info@anak.ca.

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