Jasmine Trias, performing at Mabuhay Festival

Community News & Features Jul 1, 2005 at 3:51 pm

The Philippine Independence Day Council (PIDC) in cooperation with Roger’s Wireless presents a bevy of activities for the summer.

On July 16 and 23, college and university students are invited to compete in the Mabuhay Metro Pop Singing Competition at Hacienda Restaurant on Bathurst and Bloor. PIDC is searching for a representative of the Filipino community to compete in the 2006 Lunar Near Year Festival at Exhibition Place. The winner for the competition will also receive a cash prize, voice training for a year, a VIP pass to Hacienda good for one year, a recording contract with Radio Insect Recording Label and more. For information, check the PIDC website or www.hacienda-lounge.com or call (416) 536-0346.

Eighteen Filipino-Canadian athletic associations from across the Greater Toronto Area are preparing to compete in the annual Mabuhay Cup Basketball Tournament scheduled on July 23 and 24 and the University of Toronto Athletic Department Building. Tickets are only $8 each and entitles the bearer to a discount for the Mabuhay Philippines Festival. For more information, contact Ramon Fermin at (905) 731-1296.

The Philippines will be featured in an event called “Sunnyside Sundays” held at Sunnyside Park on Lakeshore Blvd. on Sunday, August 14th. On the same day, Mabuhay Parade will start at 2:00 p.m. along Lakeshore Blvd. and end at the Sunnyside Park stage. If you are interested in joining the parade, please contact Jun Enverga at (416) 284-2810.

The most anticipated event of the summer is the Mabuhay Philippines Toronto Summer Festival! This year, it is scheduled on Saturday, August 20th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Hall A. Tickets are $10 each, children under 10 are free. The Philippine Chamber of Commerce Toronto will hold their annual trade show at the event bringing over 100 vendors. There will also be raffle draws throughout the day with prizes ranging from dinners for two, free trips, free door-to-door service, karaoke equipment and a trip to the Philippines. Patrons who purchase their tickets early will also be entitled to additional prizes during early bird raffles staring July 16th. Be there for the finals of the Mabuhay Metro Pop Singing Competition. See martial arts demonstrations, seminars, film showings of award winning Filipino movies, and a Santacruzan parade. Other singers, dancers and entertainers are scheduled to provide non-stop entertainment. Don’t miss performances by Mikey Bustos, Czeska Sion, ACS Star Performers, Fiesta Filipina Dance Troupe, Culture Philippines of Ontario, Karl “KO” Esguerra and more to be announced at a later date.

The highlight of the night will be the special performance of American Idol finalist JASMINE TRIAS who will be having her official Canadian cd release at the festival.

For more information, please check the www.pidctoronto.com.