REPORTING · 17th April 2010
On Saturday, March 20th, The Kitimat Multicultural Society held it’s Annual Multicultural Dinner. This year's dinner what hosted by the Filipino Club of Kitimat. The dinner opened with a moment of silence for people suffering around the world. The flags were brought in to the singing of O-Canada and the National Anthem of the Philippines.
Siccoro Gutierrez and Edwin Enpinado introduced the flags and the speakers. Mayor Joanne Monaghan was the first of the public speakers. She commented on how her mother, who moved to Kitimat, would say how with Kitimat’s multiculturalism, the world would come to see here.
She also had a letter from Jason Kenney. Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism who extended greetings and encouraged the people of Kitimat to strive to uphold multiculturalism. MLA. Robin Austin was next, bringing the regrets of MP Nathan Cullen who was unable to attend. He commented these dinners were among his favorite events, as he meets with people from all over the world and food brings everyone together.
Dante Mendoza, from the Filippino Club was next to speak about the history of the Philippines and what they are today. The dinner was served. After dinner, the evening turned to dances from all over the world. These dancers included the Italian Canadian Children Dancing the Bailinho Madeira and Malhao Malhao, Filipino Children dancing Singkil, the Chinese Canadian Children dancing a fan dance, the Filcan dancers Dancing to Nobody and and the Mexican Canadian Children dancing the Bailando Rumba. The evening concluded with the breaking of a piñata.
Zoe Gielens sings O Canada.
The Chinese Canadian Children and their Fan Dance
The Italian Canadian Children Dance Taranentella
The Breaking... Make that Grabbing of a piñata