Filipino Awareness Week

One of the things that gets bandied about during discussions about Filipino identity is the fact that we have little to zero visibility outside of our own communities. At the root of this, the recurring theme of cultural shame rears its ugly head. Complacency seems to be the norm. Then again, maybe I’m just old. On the other hand, I love and am inspired by our youth who have the energy and passion to be spurred to action instead of just talky discourse. In an effort to combat our invisibility, and celebrate our background, the Filipino Students’ Association of Toronto (FSAT) has declared the week of February 25th – 29th as “Filipino Awareness Week” (FAW).

Filipino Awareness Week Poster

Notable events being held are Wednesday’s $5 Filipino lunch (mmmmm, two ulam and rice! that’s a steal), Thursday’s Panel Discussion, and Friday’s Talent Night at the Koffler Institute. So I highly encourage all KPC supporters to go check out their website and join in the festivities.

In the spirit of this week, what else can YOU do from February 25th – 29th that celebrates what it means to be Filipino?

  • write a poem about your favourite filipino food
  • spend time with your lola and document your family oral histories
  • learn a new tagalog word every day that week and use it in sentences daily
  • watch a tagalog movie (with subtitles, I’m not asking the impossible)
  • hang out at the KPC?

Anyone got any ideas? Comment away!


~ by reesebaguio on February 1, 2008.

3 Responses to “Filipino Awareness Week”

  1. I think its a great idea to have a Filipino Awareness Week!

    In the US, October is Filipino American History Month (because that’s when the first Filipinos in North America supposedly landed on California soil, thereby making themselves the first fobs).

    My question is, how come we haven’t followed FSAT’s lead and also celebrate this week too?

    Can’t it be Filipino Awareness week for everyone?

    Maybe we should have something at KPC that week.

  2. Len, great idea. We should celebrate concurrently. I do believe we’ll have some outreach folks attending the FSAT events on KPC’s behalf.

    Does anyone have any information on Filipino history in Canada?

  3. Thank you guys for posting the event. Filipino awareness week is a huge event at university of toronto which promotes awareness of the filipino student’s presence in the student body. It has been a huge success the last couple of years and continues to grow as fsat members/ execs team up to provide a Neutral environment to explore filipino identity, culture and the community here in Toronto.

    Hope to see you there at the events!

    For more info visit
    Ian Nillas

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