The Canadian Filipino Net is proud to launch its renewed website with a fresh look, easier to navigate, and more user-friendly digital platform.
This website redesign project was made possible with the support of Canadian Heritage through the grant awarded to the Maple-Bamboo Network Society (MBNS), owner and publisher of the Canadian Filipino Net.
The grant was awarded through the Business Innovation component of the Canada Periodical Fund program, which provides financial support to eligible small and mid-sized printed magazines and digital periodical publishers.
“Canadian Heritage is proud to promote our rich linguistic and cultural diversity, as well as our country’s arts and heritage sectors. I would like to thank you for helping share our stories and continuing to build a strong and inclusive Canada,” said Drew Olsen, Deputy Director-General of Canadian Heritage, in an email.
Keeping the design consistent with the former look and feel, the Canadian Filipino Net moved to a more reader-centric layout. With the reader’s experience in mind, Canadian Filipino Net remained focused on improving navigation, enhancing search functionality, and mobile-friendly design.
“Five years since the first edition of the Canadian Filipino Net, we are excited with the upgrade because it allows us to improve our readers’ experience while accessing the robust information of the Canadian Filipino community on a digital platform,” said Eleanor Laquian, Co-President, and CEO of MBNS.
The website redesign was a success [in part] by the support of the Government of Canada and Canadian Filipino Net’s staff and volunteers. Moreover, the project demonstrates the Canadian Filipino Net’s commitment to continue offering content focused on the community’s stories and interests that aligns with the Maple-Bamboo Network Society’s vision for growth and expansion.
With CFNet’s expanding activities, the editorial team is opening volunteer opportunities for Filipinos all over Canada wanting to gain hands-on experience in digital content creation. The digital publication is looking for passionate Canadian Filipino writers, social media ambassadors, graphic designers, and photographers.
“Volunteering is a great chance to gain professional experience in Canada and broaden your career horizons. Sharing your knowledge and your stories about being a Canadian and a Filipino is a brilliant way to connect with the Filipino community,” added Laquian.
The Canadian Filipino Net was first published in July 2016 and has been publishing new stories twice a month. The volunteer-run online magazine is owned and managed by MBNS with volunteer contributors and correspondents throughout Canada.