This year will be the 7th year the Manitoba Filipino Street Festival (MFSF) will take place in the city.
Happening this Spring 2018, the cultural event which is attended by thousands spectators and visitors will expand from one day to two days–June 9 and 10, 2018.
Ley Navarro, chairman of the MFSF excitedly told CKJS listeners that popular Filipino actor Richard Guttierez will be coming down to add some star power.
Themed “Samut Saring Saya” which means concoction and mix of variety of fun, visitors will be treated with loads of entertainment which will start with the colorful street cultural parade and performances.
This year’s venue will be Maples Multiplex Arena and Grounds after two years of parading in downtown Winnipeg.
Ley shares that the organizers came up with new activities this year to make it sure that the crowd will have absolute fun. “There will be “Bunong-braso”Tournament led by Councilor Mike Pagtakhan and showdown of skills in street games or “Larong Kalye” (street warriors) to be spearheaded by Kelly Legaspi.”
For music lovers, there will be folk and cultural presentation to be staged by the Maples Collegiate Theatre for students Cine-Gang and Seven Oask Filipino Employees Association.
For both days, audience will be treated to “Rakenrol” , a showdown of performance of Winnipeg Filipino community popular and rising artists.
Another highlight this year is the showing of three Filipino movies courtesy of The Filipino Channel namely “My Ex and Whys”, “Seven Sundays” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”
There is no Search for Queen this year but another part of the event that adds life and color to the celebration is the Search for the Queen Bulilit. This year, 17 girls are competing to get the title to be the young ambassador of the festival.
As always, there will also be food trucks offering various kinds of food and beverages.
For the past six years, the MFSF has been a venue for a family-friendly grand get-together and celebration of culture and traditions of the large Filipino community in Manitoba.
For this year, Ley said the Fil-Am group of St Cloud, Minnesota also expressed intention to be part of the street parade.
Joining in the parade and in the activities is FREE and is still open for those interested to join the parade.
For your inquiries, please connect to Ley or the MFSF team or check:
(FILE PHOTOS FROM LAST YEAR’s MFSF. Photo credit: Josel Catindoy and Henry Balanial)