SPIDS 7th Annual Celebration


The seventh annual celebration commemorating the 117th Philippine Independence Day will be held at the beautiful Peace Arch Park at 138 Peace Park Drive, Surrey on Saturday, June 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This year’s theme will be “Salu-salo sa Surrey” and will again showcase the colourful and beautiful Santa Cruzan procession or the Parade of Queens and Flowers.   The traditional Santa Cruzan will feature a line-up of 26 lovely queens which will be top billed by IJM Miss Canada 2014, Lineth Hizon as this year’s Reyna Elena (Queen Helena).  Philippine teen actor, Tres Gonzales, will be escorting the Reyna Imperatriz (The Empress).

The show will be under the musical direction of Maestro Al Mendoza of BC Akafellas, and will be hosted by PapaBear, Star Bernardo, Glisha Dela Cruz, and Tres Gonzales.  The entertainment will be presented by a group of talented local artists in the Filipino-Canadian community top billed by former Philippines singers Ms. Linda Magno and Goldie.

Everyone is invited to set up their own little picnic haven at the park with their friends. There will also be games and prizes including demonstrations of traditional Filipino games like sipa, sungka, piko, tumbang preso, and luksong tinik.

The event is organized by the Surrey Philippine Independence Day Society (SPIDS) headed by its President & Founding Director, Narima Dela Cruz and its 11-member Board of Directors: Aurea Lucas, Maria Aleli Poe, Jerry Legaspi, Joel Dela Cruz, Al & Connie Mendoza, Marissa Perez, Marissa Magcawas, Gloria Bacani, Ale Sevillo and Yollie Tanciangco.  Other SPIDS officers include Lowell Jordan, Karlene & Jojo Rimando, Nela Tan, Nisha Lalwani, Margie Fagela, Yvette De Leon, Linda Afrondoza, Rema Diaz, and Winnie Chan.  SPIDS advisers-members are Nhemy Cepeda, Rose Duna, and Cita Schijven.

The event is open to the public. SPIDS is requesting those who will be attending to bring non-perishable goods as donation on the event day itself for the Surrey Food Bank Society. For more information and for sponsorship please contact SPIDS at surreyfilcan@gmail.com or at www.facebook.com/SPIDSGroup.


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