Media Release: “PROUDLY PHILIPPINES FOOD & TRAVEL FAIR” RETURNS TO VANCOUVER
In-Person Food, Tourism & Business Vendors at Robson Square
Vancouver, B.C. – The Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Vancouver, supported by the Philippine Department of Tourism-San Francisco (PDOT), will host the annual “Proudly Philippines Food and Travel Fair” at Robson Square on Saturday, June 11, 2022 from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM PT. This one-day event will host over 40 local businesses to celebrate and showcase the local Filipino cuisine, culture and community.
“While we were happy to have organized online versions of ‘Proudly Philippines’ during the pandemic, it is much better experienced physically and in person. So, we are truly looking forward to having the public join us at the event this Saturday,” says Consul General Maria Andrelita Austria of the Philippine Consulate General.
“Proudly Philippines” was launched in 2019 to commemorate Philippine Independence Day and Filipino Heritage Month and has since become one of the Consulate’s major events for the two occasions.
In an effort to showcase the country as a cuisine and travel destination to Canadians and second-generation Filipino-Canadians, the food and travel fair will feature a total of 42 businesses in Vancouver including food, tourism, and non-food vendors. There will also be cultural performances throughout the day to provide an authentic Philippine experience for guests.
Consul General Austria states, “Through ‘Proudly Philippines’, we want to create a complete Philippine experience that will hopefully inspire everyone to come back for more.” From traditional recipes to performances, guests will get a first-hand experience of Filipino culture. Food is an integral part of the country’s diverse culture with each region having their own unique and traditional recipes. In addition, cultural and musical performances are not only a source of entertainment and showcasing talent for Filipinos, but also a way to connect with their ancestry and history.
While you can experience Filipino culture locally, the PDOT and PCG hope that this food and travel fair will inspire more Canadians and Filipino-Canadians to visit the Philippines. The public is encouraged to spend the day at “Proudly Philippines Food and Travel Fair” to celebrate the 124th anniversary of Philippine Independence and Filipino Heritage Month in Canada. This annual event is an opportunity for Filipinos and Filipino-Canadians to gather and celebrate the history and traditions of the Philippines.
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About the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver:
The Philippine Consulate in Vancouver was established in May 1956 as the very first Philippine foreign service post in Canada. The Consulate in Vancouver was the Philippines’ lone diplomatic and consular office covering the whole of Canada until 1971 and was upgraded to a Consulate General in August 1962. The Consulate General has jurisdiction over British Columbia, Yukon and Northwest Territories.
About the Philippine Department of Tourism:
Established in 1973, the Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) is the executive office responsible for the regulation and promotion of the Philippine tourism industry.
The PDOT’s mission is to encourage, promote, and develop tourism as a major socio-economic activity to generate foreign currency and local employment, ultimately spreading the benefits of tourism to both the private and public sectors.
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