PIDC officers and board members with MPP Han Dong (center). Karen Pascual-Binaday, the president, inset photo. | PIDC Photo
PIDC Mabuhay Philippines Festival performers at a cultural event celebrating Philippine Independence Day. | PIDC Photo
TORONTO, Canada – At a general membership meeting held in December, the Philippine Independence Day Council (PIDC) elected Karen Pascual-Binaday as its new president. Binaday will serve for two years, 2018/19. She was previously the executive vice president.
Elected with Binaday were: Ben Corpuz, executive vice president; Tom Tan, external vice president; Gene Elamparo, internal vice president; Rory Elefano, special project vice president; Randy Bucao, executive secretary; Aimee Maravilla, assistant secretary; Nene Ticzon, treasurer; Ted Dayno, assistant treasurer; Al Tupe, Auditor; Mike Aprieto and Jeff Mesina, press relations officers; Clyde Pacis and Melinda Manlapaz, Business Managers; Vereth Bugtong and Paulina Corpuz, community liaisons.
Elected directors were: Helen Lao, Nanding Ticzon, Vilma Tahsin, Suzy Llanera, Imie Belanger.
A 5-person Committee on Election has been created to supervise the conduct of the election. Only regular members in good for at least a period of 30 days prior to the election were allowed to nominate and vote for a candidate as provided for in its bylaws.
A regular member is defined in its Constitution and By-laws as an individual who is either or was “willing and consenting President(s) of all Filipino-Canadian Associations in Ontario or his/her official designate; (b) original consenting charter members; (c) chairperson of a PIDC Working Committee; (d) participated or contributed to a PIDC event or program; and, (e) participated as a member of any PIDC Working Committee.”
Member of Parliament (MP) for York Centre Michael Levitt and Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) Han Dong were also present and sworn-in the incoming Board and Officers.
Levitt, who was born in Scotland, represents the riding of York Centre in the House of Commons of Canada. He came with his family to Canada when he was 14. He was elected in the 2015 federal election.
Dong, who was born in Shanghai, China, represents the riding of Trinity—Spadina. He lives in the Parkdale Area of Toronto. He moved to Toronto with his family when he was 13.
Following the elections, PIDC also announced its Council of Leaders: Chyrell Samson, Roland Ibarra, Rose Cruz, Myrna Palmer, Marlene Lucas, Ralph Paguirigan, Anita Diaz, Agnes Miranda, Ofelia Santiago, Aris Elefano, Ric Norona and Roger Tarca.
PIDC is a non-profit umbrella organization of over a hundred Filipino-Canadian provincial, regional, professional, cultural and social organizations. Its main purpose is to organize and direct the Philippine Independence Day celebration with numerous activities throughout the year that brings together the fourth largest minority group in Canada.
The organization endeavors to foster unity within the Filipino-Canadian community by showcasing Philippine heritage and culture to mainstream society. In addition, PIDC actively participates in events that bring together other ethnic backgrounds to develop mutual awareness and appreciation for people from all parts of the world.
It began as a committee whose chairperson was elected annually by representatives of various Filipino-Canadian associations. To ensure a smooth transition and provide continuity in its activities, PIDC was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1997. Today, PIDC has established a reputation for organizing top-notch, professional events that promote the talents and accomplishments of Filipinos throughout the world.
PIDC is also a member of the Canadian Multicultural Council of Asians in Ontario (CMC), Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) and Imagine Canada.
It holds annual regular that include the Philippine Independence Day Flag Raising at Queen’s Park; Salu-Salo sa Earl Bates Community Potluck Picnic with the Mabuhay Volleyball Tournament; PIDC Pageants; Mabuhay Cup Invitational Basketball Tournament; Mabuhay Gold Tournament; and, Mabuhay Philippines Festival.
Nathan Shan, a Tamil Canadian member of the Toronto City Council was able to secure passage of his motion for the observance of Filipino Heritage Month in June in Toronto. He has since written to the provincial and federal government to do the same.
At its Philippine Tapestry Gala night in Toronto held last year as part of its Mabuhay Philippines Festival, the Philippines Department of Tourism, Wanda Tulfo-Teo was one of its prominent guests. She urged Filipinos in Canada to promote travel to the Philippines while assuring Canadians that the country also makes a good investment and retirement destination. Earlier, she also spoke at PIDC’s Mabuhay Philippines Festival celebrating Philippine Independence Day.
Its latest project is the search for PIDC Little, Teen and Miss Philippines 2018 which was concluded on Sunday, January 21, 2018.