HFCC’s special tribute to a Filipino pioneer who is considered the “father of early Filipinos that settled in Hamilton in late 1960’s”. Natalio Sadsad or Nat was one of the filipino pioneers that settled in Hamilton and the first filipino that got hired by Stelco, the largest steel company of Canada at the time. He and his wife Linda started the first Filipino store in Hamilton. In Nat’s vision of a unified young filipino community he organized the very first community meeting of all filipinos that passed by their store. The meeting was held at the Hamilton Communiy Centre in Catharine street attended by handful of new filipino immigrants. That was the birth of Pilipino Canadian Association of Hamilton 1n 1974. Nat served as officer of the organization from 1974 to 1981. He was a dedicated hard working officer who organized the first Phil. Independence Gala Night and the very first community summer picnic. Then in 1990 when the community centre project came into fruition he served the Bingo committee to raise the necessary funds till the property was bought in 1993. At the same time that he was serving HFCC, he concurrently serving the newly formed Philippine Basketball Association of Hamilton. He was a player and officer at the same time. Nat exemplify a person of a true volunteer that did not have to be prompted or reminded what to do. Pareng Nat, your legacy is etched forever in our community, thank you for steering us to the direction we are in now.
Special tribute to a special local Filipino leader who served the HFCC Board in 1993 to 1995. Marino de Jesus or just Mar passed away 2 days before Christmas of 2022. I took notice of his style of leadership during his short stint with the HFCC Board. Mar was a rule stalwart. He had done everything under the book. He was always punctual and expected everyone to follow his lead. He even expected everyone to have the same degree of allegiance to the organization he served. I thought I had better highlight his special quality that I had encountered among Filipino leaders in my more than 50 years community leadership. His complete obituary could be found on The Hamilton Spectator published Dec. 24, 2022.
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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.
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 email@example.com
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
12:00 p.m. AMESTAR PRODUCTION PRESENTS “Battle of the Voices”
Semi Final Singing Contest in conjunction with Pomoy event July 31, 2022.
FREE TO THE PUBLIC.
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.