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The new face of HFCC building south-west wall created by Chris Perez a Filipino Canadian muralist. This giant mural will usher the 124th declaration of Phil. Independence and the celebration of Phil. Heritage Month in Canada this coming June 10,11 & 12, 2012.
Everyone is welcome to join and participate on a first come first served basis be as vendor, performer or just an enthusiast to see and feel the Phil. Culture. Celebration itineraries are as follows:

Friday – June 10, Gala Night at Michelangelo Banquet Hall where attendees showcase their best barong for men and best Terno for ladies.
Highlight of this evening is the parade of colours of the 9 supporting organizations of HFCC followed by cultural dances.

June 11- Saturday, our property at 1275 King St. E. will be open to the public. Various kind of entertainment will be on stage inside and outside the building.
Parking lot will be filled with exhibitors. Line dancing and karaoke singing are part of the agenda.

June 12, Sunday – the Phil. Independence Catholic Mass will be celebrated by Father Arpee followed by inside the property parade led by our own marching band, the Pilipino Hamilton Heritage Band, participated by all Filipino organizations, clubs and other various Filipino Religious Groups in the city. Tail end of the parade is the flag raising followed by cultural programs.

Main event of this event is the semi-final singing contest to find one of the would be opening performers to Marcelito Pomoy concert on July 31st, in Niagara Falls Convention Centre.


Whats Happening

GALA NIGHT Michelangelo Banquet Centre 7 p.m.

June 10 Friday

Parade of Colors, Pomp and Ceremony, Dinner and Dance $65.00 pp For tickets call: 905.545.1435 or email to

Midnight snacks served

June 11 Saturday Featuring Exhibitors of various businesses from 10a.m. to 5:00p.m. or till closing.

10:00 a.m.- 10:45 a.m. Zumba Dance Exercise

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Tsunami of Filipino Singing Stars Mainly Virtual
Featuring new exciting, rising Filipino singing sensations

12:00 p.m.    AMESTAR PRODUCTION PRESENTS “Battle of the Voices”

Semi Final Singing Contest in conjunction with Pomoy event July 31, 2022.


2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Line Dancing

3:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Drawing of Raffle Winner

4:00 p.m. Karaoke Fun Sing Event till closing time. $2.00 donation per song.

June 12 Sunday  Featuring Exhibitors of various Businesses from 10a.m. to 5:00p.m. or closing.

10:00 a.m.- 10:45a.m. Martial Arts Ballet Demo

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m Tsunami of Filipino Singing Stars Part 2Digital Presentation

2:00 p.m. Catholic Mass celebrated by:Fr. Arpee Nicolas Urquico

Short social after Mass ends at 3:30 p.m.

3:30 p.m. Parade on HFCC grounds starts immediately after thesocial. Short program

follows with speeches by guest speaker, CEO & President of HFCCand closing remarks by VP HFCC.

Performances by Folk Dancers including Igorot Folk Dance, songs by Filipino Choir and guest singers.

4:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Announcement of Draw Winner- guaranteed prize of$125.00 plus portion of monies collected.

5:00 p.m. till closing Karaoke Fun Sing Event. 



What is Sendwave?

The Sendwave mobile remittance app allows Filipinos overseas or OFWs to send money back home to their families without paying any fees. You can send from your phone to GCash, major bank accounts in the Philippines, and to our partnered cash pickup locations. You can find the app in the App store or Google play store. Recipients receive the money you remitted quickly and securely with GCash and cash pickup transfers arriving rapidly and bank transfers arriving in a 1-5 hours.

Sendwave started in 2014 as a mission led company by two engineers from Brown University. They wanted to make sending money across the seas as simple and affordable as sending a text. Recently, we’ve grown to become a leading provider of remittances to Africa and Asia with over 400k active users. In addition, Sendwave is licensed across the United States and backed by many world-renowned investors. We were recently acquired by WorldRemit and we also appeared on the Y-Combinator List of Top Startups, along with Airbnb and DropBox. Our research showed that there was a need in the Filipino community for this no fee, easy to use remittance service, and we wanted to be able to provide it.

How do we use Sendwave?

All you have to do is download the app from their app store or Google Play store. It’s the yellow one with the penguin. Sign up and select PHILIPPINES with the Filipino flag. When prompted, they have to enter the promo code “HFCC” If they forget, they can enter it on the upper right hand side of the app by clicking the person icon and finding the enter promo code field. When they do that, $25 is sent by Sendwave to their recipient as an added bonus.

From there, click into the recipient name field, click on add new recipient, select your payout method, and enter the required information for your recipient. Save their information. Then enter the amount you want to send, click send, and then confirm your transaction!

How does my recipient receive the money? Your recipient can receive the money in their GCash account, a popular mobile wallet in the Philippines, or through bank accounts, or cash pickup locations. Your recipient should receive a text notification about the cash pickup or Gcash transfer. They can check their bank app to verify the funds for bank accounts.

COVID-19 Vaccine Alert

News Flash

Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2021 10:07 AM
Subject: Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic Information -October 23, 2021
I am emailing you on behalf of Refuge: Hamilton Centre for Newcomer Health, who alongside other community organizations, are running a pop-up Covid Vaccine Clinic. We are currently running the clinic at different places in the city of Hamilton

We want to reach out to you to let you know that this clinic is available for clients who still need a Covid Vaccine, either first or second dose.

The clinic is open to everyone 12+ in Hamilton.
This Saturday October 23, 2021, we will be at the
 Hamilton Public Library (Barton Branch 571 Barton St. E.) 
from 12pm – 3:00pm
We are currently administering Pfizer.
If you or any of your clients need assistance, please contact us with your request. We are also able to help with transportation if that is an issue for the clients and a reason as to why they would not be able to come get vaccinated.

Please let us know if you have any other questions. We would be more than happy to help.

Thank you,



Community-Based Partners:

Refuge Newcomer Health, Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion,

Disability Justice Network, Hamilton Urban Core,

Compass CHC, Centre de Sante

Filipino Instructors Wanted

Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board is seeking Filipino Instructors

From: "Anilowski, Mary" To: "HFCC@Cogeco.Net" Cc:  Bcc:  Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 22:24:53 +0000 Subject: Filipino Instructor
Hello,    I am the Coordinator of the International Languages Elementary program for the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board. I am looking for instructors who would be interested in teaching the Filipino language to children ages 4 to 13. 
  This would take place once a week for 2.5 hours. If you have someone who may be interested please give that person my email and I will provide further information regarding the pay, the site, and the documents needed.
  Mary Anilowski    “They should be impressed by the power of our example,  not the example of our power” Bill Clinton  

Ten Dollar Haircuts

The event will be held at the HFCC ground Floor on Sept.8. First 5 people to register and book on the next 2 Wednesdays will get this special price. If you miss out on this exceptional deal we have arranged the next best deal which is 15% off on your first haircut at the salon.

Their prices are extremely competitive with other hair salons out there. Please book directly with them. This might sellout fast as it is on a first come, first serve basis. 

To find out more about the Salon visit them at:

Important update Aug. 18, 2021: All haircuts now to be done at Sampaguita Hair Salon. However for the $10.00 interested parties must register at HFCC during the next 2 Resource Centre Wednesdays(August 18 & 25  subject to availability). For those that miss out on the opportunity, Sampaguita Hair Salon is offering 15% OFF on all services including haircuts for the month of September and October. For the 15% off special you can contact Sampaguita Hair Salon directly. Here is their website address:


Phil Consular Services HAMILTON BOUND

Breaking News! HFCC and Phil. Toronto General Orantes Castro just finalized an agreement for an outreach consular services July10. 2021. Full services such as passport extension/renewal, dual citizenship processing, tax issues, legal documentation etc..could be dealt with. HFCC ia an ideal place as it lies at the centre of Southern Ontario and is easily accessible to neighbouring town and cities with ample parking.



Update for June 22, 2021

Appointment is needed for this event. All appoinments are booked thru Toronto Consular Office. According to the consular office they are able handle 10 appointments per hour. COVID-19 health protocols are still in place subject to change depending on the Provincial guidelines. At this particular point, mask wearing and social distancing are still in effect. For further inquiries contact us via or Text: 905-536-0101. Here is the website link to the Philippine Consular Office:

The address in Toronto is:

7th Floor, 160 Eglinton Ave. East
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4P 3B5
Tel.:    (416) 922.7181
Fax.:   (416) 922.2638

News Flash! Further Update
June 24, 2021

Statement by Bonner Villabroza CEO & President HFCC, “Today, I just confirmed with Consul Gen Orantes Castro that the Hamilton Outreach program will be for July 10th and Aug. 14th. I guess Hfcc out-raced the consular office in making the announcement. Consul Gen confirmed with me that they will make the formal announcement in their website with all details. All visits to Hamilton Outreach must be pre-arranged with the Toronto Consular Office. My apology to those who called the consular office in Toronto for not getting any answer from them – – that’s is because the front office has not been advised by the proper authority yet. Now… It is confirmed and final.”

POSTPONEMENT Message June 26

Just when we thought we finally pushed thru the restrictions the province’s announcement will put a damper on the two events we have been planning. Out of an abundance of caution and for your health and safety as our first priority, we regrettably have to postpone both the distribution of cheques for the Ayuda Project scheduled for June 30 and the Hamilton Consular Services that is scheduled for July 10 at HFCC Building. Read Bonner Villabroza’s e-mail to Toronto Consul General Mr. Orantes Castro below. 

To: Phil. Toronto Consul General Orantes Castro.

Ontario and Hamilton just released their covid-19 health protocol to take effect June 30, 2021. It’s 20 people gathering outdoors and still 5 indoors. Based on these guidelines we have to postpone this Outreach Service scheduled for July the 10th. Should you have a special permit to continue, this program is cancelled for now till further notice.

We, the Hamilton Filipino Community Centre, feel bad for the postpontment of this most awaited important service for our compatriots in this area.

Truly yours,

Bonner Villabroza

Hfcc – President & CEO