People attending the Vancouver Island Cordillera Association’s (VICA) Grand Cañao at the Canadian Legion Building in Langford, Victoria, British Columbia on July 27, 2019 sat at tables, not around a crackling fire as tradition would dictate.
“What is that lovely smell?” was a comment heard over and over at the Centennial Square in Victoria, British Columbia, on June 15. Even before the official start at 10 a.m. of Mabuhay, the Filipino Canadian community of Victoria’s yearly observance of Philippine Independence Day, unusual smells, sights and sounds filled the air, enticing people to stay and watch and eat, smile and even dance.
On March 31, 2019, the Dave Dunnet Community Theater of Oak Bay High School in Victoria, B.C. was filled with the sound of gongs, bamboo poles striking against each other, the thudding of numerous feet jumping and dancing and the alternatively joyful and plaintive sounds of singing. The sounds were coming from an hour-and-a –half long cultural presentation that the Victoria Filipino Canadian Association (VFCA) was holding to mark 50 years since its founding in February 1969.