Cordillera Day in Vancouver

April 24th – Cordillera Day – is a celebration commemorating the brave struggles of indigenous peoples in the Philippines to protect their ancestral land and preserve their way of life. With music, dance and community chanting, people pay tribute to Cordillera martyrs who have fought for self determination in their own homeland.

Today, Cordillera Day is celebrated in different parts of the world including Hongkong, Belgium, Macau, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan and Canada. Organized by Cordillera migrants and attended by international solidarity partners and advocates, it is a reminder that the fight for social justice, genuine development and peace is far from over.

We need to be vigilant… and stay together.

Happy Cordi Day!

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Time to Change the World

RJ Aquino

A friend of mine just turned 30 and he says, “It’s time to change the world!”

RJ Aquino is a Filipino who has been living in Vancouver for over 12 years now. He noticed that there is something terribly lacking in Vancouver’s local politics – a Filipino voice! He decided to step up and is now running for nomination in the Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) to be a candidate for City Councilor in the next municipal elections.

RJ brings youthful energy and optimism to his campaign. He is running on issues like affordability, diversity and youth engagement. A beautiful city like Vancouver needs to be more affordable for all. City Hall should represent the diversity of its population. And there must be a way to engage young people into more active participation of City programs and initiatives.

RJ is up for that challenge. Come out and support RJ at his campaign launch this Sunday (April 10th) at the Capri Hall (3925 Fraser St. Vancouver), at 5:30pm.

Let’s help RJ “change the world.”