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Heritage Festival opens at 12 noon today; Filipino Pavilion all set for guests

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Photo courtesy of Jun Angeles.

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Journal publisher and Copaa president Jun Angeles is all smiles in yesterday’s final set up of the Filipino Pavilion and stage where singers and dancers will peform.(Photo by Lito Velasco)

The Congress of Philippine Associations in Alberta (Copaa) and the Edmonton Heritage Festival Association have forged a partnership to set up the Filipino Pavilion for the first time this year.

Copaa president Jun Angeles, publisher of the Alberta Filipino Journal, and the rest of the officers are manning the Pinoy Pavilion for the next three days starting today, 12 noon until 9 p.m., at the Hawrelak Park.

“Everything is ready for our guests,” announced Angeles, who have been working for several weeks with volunteers to ensure the success of the three-day event.

The Heritage Festival features around 70 Pavilions, representing 100 different countries, where food can be purchased, using the tickets they bought at the entrance, and dances and other performances, native to their land of origin are to be shown.

Well-known Palabok House is the official food store at the Filipino Pavilion and a golf cart, with volunteers Mark Destacamento and Lito Velasco assigned as drivers, is also on standby for senior citizens to be fetched from the entrance to the pavilion.

“We are inviting everyone to visit our Philippine Pavilion, enjoy our Filipino food, dance and other performances,” said Copaa spokesman Velasco, an editor of the Alberta Filipino Journal.(p.e.n.)

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