Since the 1960s when Filipinos started arriving in Canada in large numbers, they had managed to become seamlessly integrated in Canadian mainstream society. In fact, in 2012 when Canada Census revealed that Tagalog (the Philippine national language) was the fastest growing non-official language in Canada, it was news to most Canadians.
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Facts about the Traditional Filipino Family
- Equalitarian between husband and wife
- Authoritarian – whether patriarchal or matriarchal, adults rule
- Extended – includes all relatives of the father and mother
Most Filipino entrepreneurs in Canada did not immigrate specifically to engage in business. In the 2006 survey in connection with our study of Filipinos in Canada, only 2.7 percent of 514 respondents had business experience before arriving in Canada. Many of the early Filipino businessmen then started out as “accidental entrepreneurs”.
Among Filipinos in Canada today, there are two distinct groups that will eventually become the face of Canadian Filipinos of the future: Filipinos who arrived young in Canada with their immigrant parents and grew up here (1.5 generation), and those who were born and raised in Canada to Filipino parents (second generation).
Filipinos so love Christmas that it has now become customary throughout the land to start celebrating it in September when the rainy season has ended and there’s a bit of chill in the air.
The first wave of Filipino immigrants, young professionals who arrived in the 1960s and 1970s, are now reaching retirement age. They were at the prime of their lives when they came, full of hope for a new life in a new country.