North York, Toronto
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wows crowd
By Ted Alcuitas
In a move that is a clear signal that Filipinos are being noticed as a potent political force, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dropped by the popular street festival, now on its third year, even donning an apron to flip Pinoy BBqs.
“Differences are a source of strength, not weakness,” he told the hundreds of people who gathered at the main stage, repeating his mantra that diversity will be a hallmark of his party.
The Liberals toppled the long governing Conservatives who campaigned on the issue of ‘fear’ – fear of others who wear different clothing or speak a different accent or most of all, a different skin colour.
Trudeau’s appearance at the event which also saw Toronto Mayor John Tory is a first for a Canadian Prime Minister.
Taste of Manila is organized by the Philippine Cultural Community Centre.
Other Filipino communities across Canada held their own street festivals to celebrate the end of summer.
Vancouver had its 7th Pinoy Fiesta last Sunday, August 14 at Memorial South Park.
In Winnipeg, Manitoba Filipinos had their third annual Manitoba Street Festival at the Legislature grounds on Saturday, August 20.