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CBC Calgary is celebrating the Filipino community with a new pop-up office dedicated to meeting our neighbors across the city and telling their stories.

The CBC Calgary Pop-up Bureau series meets our Filipino neighbors to share their stories.

Will Tigley · · CBC communication · · Posted: Dec 14, 2020 1:57 PM MT | Last updated: March 30thCBC Calgary collects stories from the Filipino community and celebrates our city’s unique culture. (CBC)

CBC Calgary is celebrating the Filipino community with a new pop-up office dedicated to meeting our neighbors across the city and telling their stories.

Over the next several months, CBC Calgary reporters will meet with members of the Filipino community and immerse themselves in the culture of one of the city’s fastest growing ethno-cultural groups.

This is an opportunity to reflect in our community stories that represent our diverse city. The series will examine people, culture and perspectives within the Filipino community for an experience that can reflect the cultural mosaic that defines Calgary.

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Special stories:

Gerd (left) and Elaine Schmidt (right) babysit Dominic Judilla when he was a child so that his mother, Dixie Marie, could return to her temporary work as a foreigner with the Dairy Queen in Claresholm, Alta. (Submitted by Dixe Marie Judilla) Ivo Santos (New Saint) and Jasmine Monton (Audder) make up half of the Calgary music collective Zero Future Club. (Chika Osike / Jasmine Monton) “If couples are not happy with each other, all they have to do is break up,” says Francia Bodoso, a social worker in Calgary. (Shutterstock / HTWE)

Calgary Eyeopener9:45Unconventional panel – Internet access with Vangie Caoile

If our internet and cell phone bills go to heaven after Rogers’ acquisition of Shaw, should the government step in to compete? The unconventional panel debates. 9:45 The tinikling dance (right) is named after the tikling bird. (Shutterstock / Rodel Lozano Photography) Noel Amante joins discussion on millennials who will turn 40 in 2021 (Submitted) Vanessa Wedge is a Calgary cosplayer and a member of the city’s Filipino community. (Walt Disney Animation Studios / Submitted by Vanessa Wedge) Calgarian Aurora Dacanay moved to Alberta in 1965 to work as a teacher in Taber. (Submitted by Aurora Dacanay)

Calgary Eyeopener5:07Filipino pioneers

We hear from some of the first Filipinos to immigrate to Alberta. 5:07

The home track7:33The documentary about the trip sheds light on Filipino history in Alberta

Paglalayag is the Tagalog word for journey or journey. It’s also the title of a new free documentary about Filipino migrants in Alberta this weekend. The film tells the lives of nurses, teachers, carers and foreign temporary workers from the 1960s to the present day. It is the culmination of years of interviews and research collected by Ida Beltran-Lucila. She is the President of the Philippine Arts Council in Edmonton and is talking to us about the documentary. 7:33

  • CLOCK | Meet Maria Galura, a Filipino balloon artist

Maria Galura brings joy to our city while connecting with its roots. Her latest work can be seen at the Chinook Blast Festival in downtown Calgary. 2:34

Calgary Eyeopener7:06Balloon designer

We meet a Calgary engineer who makes larger-than-life balloon sculptures. 7:06 Grocery boxes of Filipino favorites like Pancit Canton instant noodles. (Brian Morales / Nimbly Market) Roxanne Singlot, Heather Resendes and Angelica Torres represent a new generation of Filipino youth in Calgary with a new perspective on their community. (Submitted by Singlot / Resendes / Torres) Malaya Marcelino, MLA for Winnipeg Notre Dame, Mable Elmore, MLA for Vancouver-Kensington and Jocelyn Curteanu, Councilor for Whitehorse, represent the growing number of Filipino politicians across Canada. (gov.mb.ca, leg.bc.ca, whitehorse.ca) Ernie Alama is a professor at St. Mary’s University in the Faculty of Education (Submitted by Ernie Alama).

Calgary Eyeopener5:06Meet Jessalyn Wanlim, a Calgary Filipino actress who starred in the CBC series Workin ‘Moms

Workin ‘Moms season five premiere tonight. We’ll get in touch with a Calgary actor who is returning to the show. 5:06Calgary Filipina actress Jessalyn Wanlim continues her role on season 5 of the Workin ‘Moms television series. (CBC) Bea Gan, Giselle Dino and Julie Alati-it discuss the pressures of growing up in a Filipino family. (Submitted by Bea Gan, Giselle Dino and Alex Ramadan)

  • CLOCK | How an almost forgotten Filipino style of writing was brought back from the sidelines

Baybayin is making a comeback and is getting “cool” again with the help of young Filipinos exploring their identities through tattoos and shirts. 4:02 Darwin Doloque, 35, died after contracting COVID-19 from working at the Olymel pork factory in Red Deer, Alta. (GoFundMe, CBC) Harlijk Mirasol, Riza Santos and Elisha Ventura discuss how the Calgary pageant scene is thriving. (Submitted by Harlijk Mirasol, Riza Santos and Elisha Ventura) JB Anilao cooks Filipino Adobo for her family in her home in the northeast. She says cooking helps with homesickness. (Submitted by JB Anilao) The art form is featured in many films and Alberta has grandmasters who keep the national martial arts of the Philippines alive. (Paul Karchut (CBC)) Filipino 12th grade student Dominic Del Rosario joins the conversation about the cancellation of graduation ceremonies in 2021. (The Associated Press)

The home track8:01Calgary students are preparing for a strange graduation

For the second year in a row, Calgary school authorities have canceled graduation ceremonies and parties due to COVID-19. We talk to two students about what that means for them. 8:01 Joy Tajanlangit (left) owns a business in Calgary that helps the Filipino community return remittances to the Philippines, a practice that hasn’t declined much in Canada since the pandemic broke out. We also explain what happens to GameStop and the stock market. And take a look at how Canada’s job market is not recovering equally for everyone. (Submitted by Joy Tajanlangit, The Associated Press)

The home track7:34COVID-19 Fun-Demic

Calgary writer Romeo Honorio has written a new interactive book called “COVID-19 Fun-demic” that looks at the brighter side of the pandemic. He comes to us to talk about the project. 7:34 Cesar Cala has a passion for civic engagement and community empowerment. (Submitted by Cesar Cala) Winston Gaqui, Rinna Lamano, and Rosman Valencia were recognized by their local community as essential working class heroes. (Submitted by Winston Gaqui, Rinna Lamano, Rosman Valencia) These are some of the Zodiac-inspired looks that Calgarian Bryan Francisco created using handcrafted plastic headers, clay, airbrush, and gold-spotted paint and posted on his Instagram feed, bryan.mua. (Bryan Mua Instagram) Musician Carl Flores, former guitarist for the band Lovecore in the Philippines. (Eric Epie) Vangie Caoile, chairwoman of Fiesta Filipino, Alberta’s largest Filipino organization. (Lozano toboggan) Edz Cultura is the guitarist for the Calgary-based band Deep South Project, as well as a number of other Filipino rock and reggae bands. (Keyt Montevirgen) Edwin Chavez is one of the cultural mediators who helps connect those in need with help in their own language. (Julie Debeljak / CBC)

The home track8:07Filipino speed meeting

Jaqs Gallos Aquines, the founder of Bahaghari and organizer of the lactose-free QT-BIPOC Platonic Nog online speed meeting, talks about connecting members of the 2SLGBTQ + Filipino community. 8:07 Joe Corral worked at Bethany Riverview in Calgary, a care center supporting people with complex dementia. (Joe Corral / Facebook) A growing presence and the addition of new generations have made some changes to the Simbang Gabi celebrations at St. Anthony’s, Vargas says, mixed with Christmas carols. (Mike Symington / CBC) Mike Juarez says that the Noche Buena Christmas Hampers are supposed to bring the spirit of joy from the motherland of the Philippines. (CBC) Mary Kate Aquino, a student at Mount Royal University, sings as a soloist during a Simbang Gambi service at St. Anthony’s. (Mike Symington / CBC)

Video stories:

  • CLOCK | The Zodiak makeup series brings millions of views to the TikTok hip Calgary artists

CBC’s Paul Karchut talks to Bryan Francisco about the overwhelming response to his series, which brings zodiac signs to life through makeup and loads of creativity. 3:35

  • CLOCK | Christmas baskets bring Filipino comfort from home to newcomers

That year, the Fiesta Filipino cultural group decided to offer the comforts of a home to some of the Filipino families who now call Calgary home. 2:11

  • CLOCK | Celebrate ‘Simbang Gabi’ a little differently this year

Listen to some sounds of an annual tradition that had to change with the pandemic. 1:58

  • CLOCK | Behind the microphone on Calgary’s Filipino radio stations

Learn about some of the voices broadcast over Calgary’s radio waves, with an emphasis on the city’s large Filipino population and why some hope to see changes to appeal to younger audiences. 1:13

  • CLOCK | How this Calgary basketball player is helping others pursue the dream he was living

Kelvin dela Peña left Calgary as a teenager to become a professional basketball player in the Philippines. While his time in the major leagues was cut short when he suffered a catastrophic back injury, it inspired him to develop a program for children of all ages: Rise Up Basketball. 4:02

  • CLOCK | How the Nimbly Market was inspired by Filipino convenience stores

There’s a new app in town connecting Calgarians with grocery stores that have some specialty imports from the Philippines. 1:55

  • CLOCK | Slogans for the Philippines: These Calgarians hope that the light from the lanterns will illuminate the lives of families in half a world


Will Tigley is a professional communicator who specializes in storytelling, community building, and content development. He loves connecting with people, building lasting relationships, and sharing exciting, hidden community stories. Born and raised in Calgary, he is an active member of the Filipino community volunteering for Fiesta Filipino and Mabuhay Calgary News, and has been a guest with the Calgary Eyeopener. In his spare time, he eats his way through Calgary’s food scene, exploring the city’s outdoor fitness activities, or discovering a new graphic novel. If you have a story suggestion about the Calgary or Alberta Filipino community, you can reach Will at will.tigley@cbc.ca or @wtigley on Twitter.

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