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Mabuhay Philippines Festival

One of the largest celebrations of Philippines' heritage and culture in Canada. Enjoy colourful parades, traditional and contemporary entertainment, world-renowned fashion and authentic culinary delights.

Co-produced with the Philippine Independence Day Council

Curatorial Statement

The Mabuhay Philippines Festival is a unique event that involves various Filipino-Canadian groups that represent different regions, educational institutions and cultural aspects of the Philippines. It provides a platform for Filipinos to showcase their individual and collective talents in order to inform and raise awareness of the culture in the mainstream society. It is the only forum with which all aspects of Philippine heritage are explored and all artistic media are featured.

The festival theme for 2013 is "Ang Pinagmulan" or "Our Roots." The Philippines, being an archipelago of over 7,100 islands, is known for its diverse traditions and great respect for its history. This year's festival highlights the evolution of art, music, dance, fashion and culinary arts and how it continues to influence Filipinos today.

Experience first hand and learn about the different regions of the Philippines; each with its own distinct dialect, costumes, folklore, traditions and cuisine. The three-day festival will transport you to Asia's "Pearl of the Orient' to discover the Philippines without having to leave Harbourfront Centre.

Philippine Independence Day Council



William J.S. Boyle

Chief Executive Officer

Melanie Fernandez

Director, Community and Educational Programmes

Rodrigo Fritz

Project Coordinator

Diana Webley

Project Coordinator

Elizabeth Lubowitz

Head of Administration

Georgia Barrington

Administrative Coordinator

Alexandria Lepinski

Administrative Assistant, Events

Ayesha Chatterjee

Administrative Assistant

Andrea Strachan

Event Production Manager

Kim Trollope

Technical Director

Shanlee Jackson

Production Coordinator

Genevieve Peng

Volunteer Coordinator

Dorothy Szczurek

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

Suzanne Wyman

Vendor Coordinator

Margaret Saliba

Vendor Assistant


Norma Carpio


Michael Aprieto

Executive Vice President/Sponsorship/Production

Karen Pascual-Binaday

Artistic Director/Production/Media Relations/Web Design and Social Media

Ben Corpuz

Press Relations Officer/Volunteer Coordinator

Tom Tan

Sponsorship, Marketing and Promotions

Gene Elamparo

Administrator/Parade Coordinator

Aurora Elefano

Administrator/Parade Coordinator

Ailene Gomez

Executive Secretary/Community Liaison

Aimee Maravilla

Assstant Executive Secretary/Community Liaison

Chyrell Samson

Secretary Community Liaison

Ted Dayno


Nene Ticson

Assistant Treasurer

Paulina Corpuz

Web Design/Social Media/Volunteer Coordinator

Verth Bugtong

Community Liaison

Minda Neri

Vendor Coordinator

Evelyn Pagkalinawan

Vendor Coordinator

A programme of the complexity and size of the 2013 festival season is only possible with the cooperation, contributions and hard work of every department and all members of the entire Harbourfront Centre staff and volunteer teams. We extend our thanks to them all.
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