ABOUT
FLAVOURS PH

Filipino Centre Toronto Pistahan – Flavours of the Philippines festival shall be a grand showcase of Philippine Culinary delights, from the northern-most tip of Luzon to the Southern corners of Mindanao. However, more than just being a venue for food-tasting, Flavours of the Philippines will be a celebration of Filipino warmth, hospitality, and sense of community. The festival shall take the tone of a barangay fiesta done on a larger scale, complete with marching bands, Filipino indigenous games, a giant sari-sari (variety) store concerts, contests, and of course, food and more food.

Trifecta on the move is a gathering of dream-seekers, change-makers and visionaries to collaborate, mentor and bridge resources by empowering each other’s greatest potentials to live and serve fully. We are all driven to rise above status quo, share ideas and talents to thrive and achieve success with people who seek out the best in each other-– entrepreneurs, experts, artists, leaders, innovators, visionaries and more.  We hope to reshape a culture shifting towards unity and collaboration. Connect. Empower. Rise Above.

Dr. Guillermo de Villa, Jr. was always proud of his Filipino heritage. He saw our community here in Toronto and felt that there was a need for Filipinos to preserve their identity and individuality while at the same time making their presence felt in their new country. He wanted Filipino youth to recognize their roots, and be proud of their own culture.

He dared to dream to establish a community centre, wherein Filipinos can congregate, meet, socialize, help newcomers, and educate the youth. It would be a place to meet the kababayans, allow the elders of the community to meet without worrying about being sent away as they had been in the coffee shops and restaurants of the city. It would be a place for new immigrants to seek help, to orient them to community agencies and to provide assistance in finding job placements and contacts. It would be a place where displaced members of the Filipino community could find solace, emotional support and guidance. A library would be established to allow Filipinos and non-Filipinos to read about the Philippines, and learn about its cultures and traditions.

Many years passed before that dream was realized but a group of dedicated Filipinos, made the dream came true. The Filipino Centre came to fruition with the help of the Philippines Consulate and the dedications of like-minded Filipinos. This Centre is now the meeting place for many Filipinos. A Filipiniana library has been established. There is a free medical clinic for our kababayans. There is a homework club for students ensuring that the Filipino youth are encouraged to continue their schooling, as education is the best legacy for our youth. Outstanding students are recognized by the Awards for Academic Excellence. A Filipino class has been established and caters not only to children of Filipinos but also to other nationals who have either intermarried with Filipinos or are interested in learning the language. The musical talent that the Filipinos are famous for is showcased by the Filipino Singing Idol Contest, and Dancing classes are offered at the Centre. There is an active program for the Seniors of the community.

Much has been accomplished in the last few years. These achievements, however, came at a price of time, money and criticism from some members of the community. It should be remembered that the organization was run by volunteers, and the members learned along the way. These volunteers not only spent their own money but also selflessly gave their personal time and talents to refurbish the property at 597 Parliament Street, making the place a showcase we can all be proud of. All of these accomplishments are there for anyone in the community to see. They have been achieved through the hard work and unselfish dedication of the officers and members of the community Centre. The success and continued viability of the Centre is dependent on the quality of integrity of its members and officers and their ability to work together as a team with one common goal: to ensure that the Centre truly serves the Filipino community as a whole.

May the dream live on… Mabuhay ang Filipino Mabuhay ang FCT!

ACTIVITIES

One

PISTAHAN ARCH

The welcome arch shall be made of bamboo, bilao (shallow woven basket) and nipa, the design being that usually seen in rural areas. In the absence of said materials, available materials as may be acquired from Toronto hardware stores shall be designed to simulate bamboo poles.

Two

iTRAVEL PINAS

A 10-meter entryway just after the Welcome Arch designed to show Philippine scenery via facades of popular Filipino landmarks and tourist destinations. A rondalla group will be playing Filipino folk tunes as a way of greeting guests. Ushers dressed in Filipiniana and barong tagalog welcome guests and enjoin them to have fun, join activities and eat.

Three

PISTAHAN FOOD PAVILLION

A Filipino food bonanza that will have 6 main areas:
1. PISTAHAN sa LUZON
2. PISTAHAN sa VISAYAS
3. PISTAHAN sa MINDANAO
4. HALO-HALO LANE
5. STREET FOODS LANE
6. LECHON LANE

Four

PISTAHAN SUPERMARKET

This is where all things Filipino may be sold. Food items to be sold include Filipino kitchen staples such as soy sauces, vinegar and fish sauce , packaged food imported from the Philippines (Chippy, Clover, Cornik, etc), walis tambo, handicrafts and many more. Stalls will be made available for rent to merchandisers.

Five

FIL-CAN ENTREPRENEUR PAVILLION

A Business-to-Business (B2B) and Business-to-Consumers (B2C) hub

Six

KabayanHUB presents TRIFECTA on the move

Trifecta on the move is a gathering of dream-seekers, change-makers and visionaries to collaborate, mentor and bridge resources by empowering each other’s greatest potentials to live and serve fully. We are all driven to rise above status quo, share ideas and talents to thrive and achieve success with people who seek out the best in each other-– entrepreneurs, experts, artists, leaders, innovators, visionaries and more.  We hope to reshape a culture shifting towards unity and collaboration. Connect. Empower. Rise Above.

Seven

KAMALIG featuring SIPAT

An open-space curated photo, artwork, illustration, news archive and murals gallery featuring SIPAT is a tagalog/Filipino word which means act of sighting or aiming. Thus, the word was used as the name of the group that was founded by Hernan Ayalin in August 2011. The group is open to any Filipinos (based in Canada) from hobbyist, novice, professional/videographer. Activities such as photowalks, photoshoots and workshops serve as an avenue for the sipateros to share their knowledge with one another. Not only did it help in learning techniques/skills but also develop camaraderie and friendship among the members.

HIGHTLIGHTS

Wonder Chef Canada 2019

This culinary showdown is a competition project of the in FlavoursPH with a mission to brand Philippine cuisine, recognize culinary skills of Filipino-Canadian amateur cooks and food enthusiasts, and bring greater awareness and appreciation of Filipino cuisine among the global community at large.

Competition Dates:
TBD

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Culture Shifters

Trifecta on the move is a gathering of dream-seekers, change-makers and visionaries to collaborate, mentor and bridge resources by empowering each other’s greatest potentials to live and serve fully. We are all driven to rise above status quo, share ideas and talents to thrive and achieve success with people who seek out the best in each other-– entrepreneurs, experts, artists, leaders, innovators, visionaries and more.  We hope to reshape a culture shifting towards unity and collaboration. Connect. Empower. Rise Above.

Kamayan "FEAST"

A Kamayan Feast, which has origins in the Philippine military, is a type of banquet in which the food is laid out (usually on banana leaves) down the center of long tables for everyone to take from.

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BATA2BATAPRENUER

Bata2Bataprenuer Lane offers the community a chance to witness ingenious creations by young Filipino-Canadian entrepreneurs and support the children in their path to success! 

Kamalig

Kamalig Featuring SIPAT (SIPAT is a tagalog/Filipino word which means act of sighting or aiming). An open-space curated photo, artwork, illustration, news archive and murals gallery.

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PRESENTED BY

SOCIAL FEED
TARA NA
@flavoursph

BE THERE OR BE HUNGRY!

Experience Filipno food like never before on Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23 for the 2nd annual Pistahan - Flavours of the Phillippines. It's going to feature some of the tastiest food creations made by our Fil-Can talented chefs and vendors.

Interested in becoming a vendor? Head over to http://flavoursph.com/vendors/ for more information!

Note: This is a FREE ADMISSION, CASH ONLY event. A donation of $2 is suggested to support Makapuno Project

SALO SALO
@flavoursph

Mark your calendars, #FlavoursPH2018 will be happening on THIS JUNE 22-23! Be there or be HUNGRY!

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OUR MAJOR SPONSORS

We are so grateful that so many companies see value in this awesome community and events like ours that hope to expand and promote that community to a wider audience.

COMMUNITY SPONSORS

FlavoursPH donors have made an important contribution toward change–change in how we build community as Filipinos in Canada

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THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, JUNE 22-23 2019 - 11.00 AM CDT

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