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article image'Pinoy Fiesta' in Toronto - a Huge Feast Like No Other Special

By Romeo Marquez     Jun 26, 2011 in Lifestyle
Toronto - For one whole day on Saturday, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre looked, smelled and felt like the Philippines as thousands came in a joyous community celebration.
The biggest Filipino event with the biggest Philippine flag also turned out to have the biggest attendance in Toronto.
On Saturday, June 25, throngs of people from as far as Niagara and Montreal joined in the whole-day festivities at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, one of several activities related to the commemoration of 113 years of Philippine independence.
Special guests planed in from the Philippines - Senators Franklin Drilon and Edgardo Angara and two congressmen and their spouses - accompanied by a diplomatic entourage from Chicago and Ottawa.
Organizers seemed to have found the perfect mix that guaranteed the largest attendance by Filipino businesses, community associations, civic groups, advocacy organizations, among many others.
This tribal dance  native to the northern highlands of the Philippines  is among the many cultural p...
This tribal dance, native to the northern highlands of the Philippines, is among the many cultural presentations at the Pinoy Fiesta & Trade Show.
One workshop on business and tourism co-organized by the Philippine Consulate General, the Philippine Canadian Foundation and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce Toronto, registered a full house.
Main sponsors PCF and PCCT have pledged to share a part of the proceeds with charitable organizations in the Philippines like ANCOP and Kapuso Foundation.
Dubbed Pinoy Fiesta & Trade Show, the event went on non-stop for 10 hours with cultural presentations, semi-religious procession, wholesome entertainment, a bit of politics and fellowship in an atmosphere of friendly competition among business entities.
"There's a total of 120 exhibitors, 10 of them supplying us with food for breakfast, lunch and dinner so we can meet the whole day," says Rafael Nebres, co-organizer and past president of PCCT.
The Philippine network GMA brought its own stable of talents.
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