Philippine Independence Day in Vancouver

If there’s one thing Pinoys know how to do, it’s to throw a great party!

To celebrate the 113th year of Philippine Independence, Filipinos in Vancouver had not one, not two, but SIX Philippine Independence Day parties all over the Lower Mainland. SIX perfectly wonderful excuses to get together, sing and dance to traditional Filipino music, and of course, enjoy a picnic of all our favorite dishes from home.

I went to three of these parties (you’d have to be a certain politician to go to all six), and I particularly enjoyed the one in Slocan Park, Vancouver. The park was lined with community booths that shared food and treats to visitors, all for free! You can walk around the park and have a plate full of goodies at the end of one round. There was everything from lechon (roasted pig) to pansit (noodles) to puto (rice cakes) and pan de sal (bread rolls). It reminded me of our fiestas back home where people opened their doors and shared whatever they had with everyone.

We have a name for that too. It’s called Filipino hospitality. And I’m guessing that’s the secret behind all these great parties! 😉

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