It seemed like the summer season was way too short. As they say, "This is Manitoba".
But one can only hope for at least one more month of warm, beautiful weather which will allow us to come up with more outdoor fun activities.
After the success of the Filipino street dancing and culturama show during the Lily Festival, there have been a lot of requests for Filipino entertainment to be included in some important community events.
Neepawa Dairy Queen's "Miracle Treat Day" was one of them.
On Aug. 8, Neepawa DQ celebrated their annual charity event that donates all proceeds from every blizzard treat sold to a children's hospital in Winnipeg.
Being a food attendant at DQ was my very first job here in Canada.
Since then, I have always felt that it is a privilege for me to give back to the company that granted me an opportunity to work and learn more about Canadian culture. So I have always made it a point to assist them every year.
Katrina Mae Fortes and her dance groups immediately agreed to perform at the charity event, and a band headed by Marlon Asuncion, named "Music Locker," also agreed to take part.
Miracle Treat Day was filled with fun, laughter and music as the kids played one of the popular Filipino party games called the "pabitin" (which means "hanging").
This game is usually played in birthday parties and town fiestas. A rack of small packages of candies and toys is suspended over a crowd who attempt to grab at them as the wooden rack is lowered and raised.
Then the DQ staff encouraged the kids to join the "hit Ms. Lily Festival with a water balloon" game.
The kids actively participated as they playfully threw water balloons at Jayden Lowe as she stood at the front lawn of the restaurant.
At one point Jayden fondly retaliated as she swung a few balloons back at the kids as well. The children had so much fun at this game which involved a lot of squeals and laughter.
Filipino Kids began the program with their rendition of the "Pandanggo sa Ilaw" or "Candle Dance".
Then the Filipino Folk Dancers performed the most popular traditional dance in the Philippines, the "Tinikling" or "Bamboo Dance".
Both traditional dances were choreographed by Katrina Mae Fortes.
The Music Locker Band played English songs from various genres that the customers of Neepawa DQ thoroughly enjoyed.
It has been observed that in the last two community events where the Filipinos of Neepawa have openly participated, good quality equipment is badly needed.
In the past community activities, the association and the other groups incurred a lot of expenses.
The Filipino Association of Neepawa and Area officers decided that since the Filipinos are getting more and more active in community events, the requisition of bigger and better speakers, amplifiers and microphones is necessary.
And in preparation for next year's Lily Festival, F.A.N.A. will be coming up with fundraisers which will aid the Filipino community in their pursuit for integration.
On Aug. 25, F.A.N.A. will be holding a "Luncheon for a Cause" at the basement of St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church. The proceeds for this event will go toward the purchase of the much needed equipment.
The luncheon will start right after the church service, at 12:30 p.m. The F.A.N.A. officers and members will be serving Filipino dishes everyone will enjoy.
Tickets will be sold at $10 for adults and $5 for children from ages 5 to 12. These can be purchased in advance from any of the officers but they will also be available at the church lobby on the day of the luncheon.
We are encouraging our Filipino and Canadian neighbours and friends to come and join us in this meaningful event.