Filipino Street Festival draws thousands


Sights and smells of  barbeques and other Manila street food,  artistic  cultural displays and exhibits,  full day entertainment and a colorful  street parade drew thousands at this year’s  Manitoba Filipino Street Festival (MFSF).





Held  downtown at the Legislative grounds on Saturday, August 26, 2017,  the  event  has been part of the summer celebration of  culture and traditions  of the

large Filipino community in Manitoba for  six years now.


Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike  lined the road  to either watch  or  take part in the parade of  colorful  floats,  variety of  costumes  and street  performances.




Festival’s centre stage  featured popular  local  singers,  rock and acoustic  bands,  Zumba and other dance groups with special guest Philippine television  actress  and singer  Arci Munoz   of  ABS CBN Star Magic and Kapamilya Network.


Darling of the crowd.  Arci Munoz left everyone star-strucked  with her charm, beauty and  powerful vocals. Arci is member of the  Filipino rock band Philia and one of the stars of soap opera “Pasion de Amor”.







CKJS 810 AM Radio (which is a media partner of the event)  joined  the  more than fifty  organizations,  groups and  ethnic groups which represented the different regions in the Philippines in the morning parade.  More than 100 associations, food vendors and  exhibitors took part in the event.


CKJS Announcer  Lendyll Soriano (Bisaya ni Bay) and Keii happily pose for a souvernir photo before the start of the parade


CKJS Announcers Donna Natividad-Arenas (Good Morning Philippines) and Lucille Nolasco (Afternoon Pasada)  are joined by friends in this souvenir photo before the start of the parade


This year, CKJS 810 AM  did its  remote live broadcast from the  Vickar Automotive Group Booth for Waverly Mitsubishi, which is one of the big sponsors of the event.


CKJS Announcer Chester Pangan with Larry and Toba of Vickar Automotive Group during the live remote broadcast


The Manitoba Filipino Festival is more than a showcase of culture,  food and performance but a picture of  community solidarity, pride  and  spirit of  nationalism. Mabuhay ang lahing  kayumanggi sa Manitoba!


A glimpse of the colorful MFSF 2017 on photos.


(Thanks to  Henry Balanial/HB Digiphoto, Josel Catindoy/Josel Media, Nonie Manalili , JP Sumbillo, Alex Canlapan, Chito Sta Brigada, Ron Cantiveros and Lucille Nolasco for letting us use  some of their amazing photos for our CKJS website).



Members of organizing committee MFSF with chairpersons Aida Champagne and Ley Navarro leading the parade

Queen of the Festival, Dasha Quintana

Queen Bulilit Alessandra Datuin



Aklan Association of Manitoba bagged the best Cultural Dance and Best in Cultural Attire awards



Bibak emerged as top winner in both the Best Float and Best Decorated Tent categories
















Pinoy Saturday Night Host Ayen Dandan-Zamora with her TD Bank Family




Look our CKJS cruiser down the road joining the parade!


Lucille on her lovely embroidered juzi gown with nephew David, Antonette and Joyce on Mindanao attire and some friends


Donna is joined by daughter Deona and her friend Juri in their traditional rural folk dresses


Lendyll behind the wheel

CKJS News Director  Lito Taruc given the task  as one of the judges for the best talent performance along  with Joy Lazo and Judyanne Jaime


Toronto-based  theatre actress/singer Ma Anne Dionisio (former Winnipeger who played as Kim in Canadian production of   Miss Saigon)  lead  the singing of  the Philippine Natonal Anthem during the opening ceremonies.     Ma-Anne, who stars in Rainbow Stage’s Mamma Mia production also gave a powerful rendition of “Isang Lahi”.




Aida Champagne (Chairperson of the Festival ), together with the Board of Directors of MFSF and the Queens of the Festival


Festival co-chairman Ley Navarro with Board of Directors and members of the MFSF



Queen and Queen Bulilit MFSF 2017 and their runner ups


Ayen and Maui Zamora of CKJS’ Pinoy Saturday Night with some friends. The real life couple hosted the afternoon entertainment show



Lucille @ the Aklan Booth with Belle and Rhiz



Young culture lovers like David enjoyed going around the different decorated floats






Kudos to all organizers,  sponsors, participants,  supporters and hundreds of  volunteers who worked together to make this event a success.

(Credit: I would like to personally thank Mr Lito Taruc of Nayong Pilipino Pavillion for letting me and the girls of CKJS borrow our beautiful folk dresses).



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