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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: February 19thCBC 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 explore 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:

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 with the CBC series Workin ‘Moms

Workin ‘Moms season five premiered 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 writing style was brought back from the sidelines

Baybayin is making a comeback and getting “cool” again with the help of young Filipinos exploring their identities with tattoos and shirts. 4:02 Darwin Doloque, 35, died after contracting COVID-19 from his work 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 there are grandmasters in Alberta 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 over 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 send remittances back to the Philippines. This practice hasn’t decreased 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 headpieces, 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, 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, which is mixed in with Christmas carols. (Mike Symington / CBC) Mike Juarez says the Noche Buena Christmas Hampers are meant 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 | Zodiak’s makeup series brings millions of views on Calgary artists who are into TikTok

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 to newcomers

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

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

Listen to some of the 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

Calgary Filipino Community Events in January:

Calgary Filipino Community Events in December:

About the author

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 comic. If you have a story suggestion about the Filipino community in Calgary or Alberta, you can reach Will at will.tigley@cbc.ca or @wtigley on Twitter.

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