Filipino Canadians are Asian Canadians who trace their ancestry to the Philippines or Filipino people. Filipino-Canadians are also a subgroup of the Overseas Filipinos.
Canada only had a small population of Filipinos until the late 20th century. To date, there are currently around 400,000 Filipino Canadians in Canada, most of them living in urbanized areas. This number is growing yearly due to Canada's more liberal immigration laws to compensate for their low population growth. Filipino-Canadians are the third largest Asian-Canadian group in the nation after the Indian and Chinese communities. They are also the largest Southeast asian group in the country. Between the years of 2001 and 2006 the Filipino community in Canada grew from 308,575 to 410,695 or a growth of about 33%, compared to the rest of Canada which only grew by about 5%. On average, Canada received about 20,500 Filipino immigrants every year between 2001 to 2006.
The neighbouring United States, has a Filipino American community that is seven times larger, or 2,807,731 in 2005, even with its more rigid and strict immigration policies. Canada receives an average of 20,500 Filipino nationals annually, making them the third-largest immigrant group in the second largest landmassed nation of the world. They are also the third largest Asian Canadian subgroup. Assuming this annual growth, the population is expected to hit 500,000 by 2010.
The first Filipinos migrated to Canada in 1931. In 1950, 10 Filipinos were recorded in Manitoba. These first generation Filipino-Canadians were mainly women who worked as nurses, teachers and in the health sector. These first Filipinos came from the United States to renew their visas after they had expired in hopes of returning to the United States. Most of these women returned to the United States but some decided to stay in Canada. From 1946 to 1964, the total of Filipinos in Canada was 770. During the 1960s, Canada recruited more professionals, mostly from the United States with some coming directly from the Philippines. Most of these nurses, technicians, office workers and doctors arrived in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In the late 1960s, more Filipinos came to Winnipeg to work in the garment industry. During the 1970s, most Filipinos came directly from the Philippines to Winnipeg to work in clerical, sales and manufacturing fields. In the late 1970s, more Filipinos came to join their relatives who worked in Canada under the family reunification program. More and more Filipinos decided to settle in Ontario, particularly in Toronto, where jobs were prospering. During the 1980s, Canada saw an influx of Filipino contract workers, many who found work as live-in caregivers. Many of these contact workers, later became landed immigrants under the Live-In Caregiver Program. During the 1990s, more Filipinos came as families and independents instead of being sponsored by family or being recruited as contract workers. From 1990 onwards, there has been a steady flow of Filipinos entering Canada, with about 10 to 20 thousand coming in every year.
The Greater Toronto Area ("GTA") is home to the largest Filipino community in Canada with about 1 out of 2 Filipinos in Canada calling the GTA home. The Filpino community in the GTA grew from 133,680 in 2001 to 181,330 in 2006 representing a growth of 35% in 5 years. On average, the GTA receives 9,500 Filipinos immigrants every year. Filipinos living in the GTA number around 200,000 making them the fourth largest visible minority behind the Chinese, Indian and Black communities. Tagalog is the 7th most spoken language in the city of Toronto. There are smaller Filipino populations in other municipalities such as Mississauga, Brampton, Markham, Vaughan, Pickering, Ajax, Richmond Hill and Oakville. There is also some significant Filipino populations along Steeles Avenue East.
There are many religious, town and sport associations in the Greater Toronto Area. The Filipino Centre Toronto ("FCT") provides health, educational, social and commercial services to the community. It also assists newcomers to the City of Toronto by providing immigration and settlement services. Another organization established for the community is the Philippine Independence Day Council ("PIDC") whose members represent various other associations in Ontario. PIDC organizes numerous events for the Filipino community including the annual Mabuhay Philippines! Toronto Summer Festival.
Most Filipinos in the GTA are concentrated in the municipalities immediately outside of Toronto
or in Toronto
, North York
and East York
continue to be popular settling places for Filipinos while the municipalities of Mississauga
, Richmond Hill
are becoming increasingly popular among Filipinos.
City of Toronto
Several newspaper outlets, radio programs, and television programs in Toronto operate to serve the Filipino community, and to broadcast news and information from around the GTA and from the Philippines. These media outlets are all members of the Philippine Press Club of Ontario.
- Atin Ito
- Filipino Bulletin
- Filipino Life Magazine
- Likha Newsmagazine
- Little Manila Confidential
- Mabuhay Canada! Philippines News Gazette
- Manila Media Monitor
- OK Philippines!
- One Philippines
- Peryodiko Radikal
- Pinoy Global News
- Planet Philippines
- Philippine Courier
- Philippine Times
- The Philippine Reporter
- Boses Pinas
- Monday to Friday 10-11pm on CHHA 1610 AM
- Monday - Mabuhay Spectrum
- Tuesday - Grace For You (10 - 10:30 pm) Count It All Joy (10:30 - 11 pm)
- Wednesday - Trip!
- Thursday - Todo Banda
- Friday - Kommunity Korner (10 - 10:30 pm) Talk It Through (10:30 - 11 pm)
- Pearl of the Orient
- Saturdays 6:30-7:00 pm on CHIN 100.7 FM
- Talakayan Radio
- Saturdays 10-11 am on CHKT 1430 AM
- Tinig Himig Pinoy
- Mondays 10-11 pm on CIAO 530 AM
- Radio Migrante
- Tuesdays 4-5 pm on CHRY 105.5 FM
- Taglish Radio
- Sundays 5-6 pm on CFMU 93.3 FM (Hamilton)
- Front Page Philippines
- Filipino Eh!
- Minerva Records TV
Many Filipinos in Toronto also subscribe to TFC (The Filipino Channel), GMA Pinoy TV (through Bell & Rogers) and/or Filipino TV (through Rogers & Telus).
Vancouver is home to the second largest Filipino community in Canada with nearly 85,000 Filipinos residing there. Filipinos in Vancouver make up the third largest Asian Canadian and visible minority group behind the Chinese and East Indians. Most of British Columbia's 94,000 Filipinos reside in the Greater Vancouver Area where the jobs are concentrated. About 1 out of 5 Filipinos in Canada call Metro Vancouver home. They contribute to the city's economy greatly like many of the Asian-Canadians. Vancouver is also home to the only branches of Goldilocks Bakeshop in Canada with 2 as of 2008.
Winnipeg is home to nearly 37,000 Filipinos making them the third largest Filipino community in Canada. The Filipino community in Winnipeg is the largest visible minority group in Winnipeg ahead of the Chinese-Canadians and Indo-Canadians. Winnipeg is home to the oldest Filipino community in Canada with Filipino immigration to Winnipeg beginning before 1950. Winnipeg was home to the largest Filipino community before the 1980s. About 1 out of 10 Filipinos in Canada call Winnipeg home. There is also Filipino community centre called The Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba (PCCM) providing social and service to the Filipino community and also holds events such as Folklorama. There are a lot of Filipino politicians that live in Winnipeg. There are also Filipino newspapers such as The Pilipino Express News Magazine, The Filipino Journal, Ang Peryodiko and much more. There is also a radio station CKJS 810 which broadcasts Filipino related news, music, lifestyle and much more.
Calgary is home to over 25,000 Filipinos making them the fourth largest Filipino community in Canada. Filipinos started coming in droves in Calgary in the early '80s and '90s. They mostly came as professionals and employees of the service industry. Many of them have also established their own family businesses and are contributing greatly to the city's vibrant economy.
The fifth largest Filipino community in Canada, Montreal is home to nearly 25,000 Filipinos. Filipinos in Montreal are concentrated in the Cote-des-Neiges
area and around Decarie Expressway
, both areas have many Filipino establishments and professional offices. The Filipino Association of Montreal and Suburbs
is an advocacy group for Filipino Canadians active in and around the city of Montreal
. It is the oldest such association in Quebec
. Many of Filipino Canadians in Montreal (or the entire Quebec province) are fluent in French
According to the 2006 National Census, 21,150 Filipinos live and work in the Edmonton Capital Region
. Various Filipino associations celebrate the culture and take part in large metropolitan
events such as the Edmonton Heritage Festival
. In 2002, the Filipino community presented its home nation as the "Featured Country" during Capital Ex
(formerly Klondike Days). Edmonton
is also the home of the Philippine Cultural Society, the Philippine Choral Society, and the Kakalagan Dance Society.
Radio station CKER-FM also broadcasts community programming to Filipinos in Edmonton.
The National Capital Region made up of the cities of Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec is home to the sixth largest Filipino community in Canada with nearly 10,000 Filipinos residing in Canada's capital. Ottawa is also the home of the Philippine Embassy and ambassador to Canada.
Southwestern Ontario is home to almost 10,000 Filipinos. Most of them live in the cities of Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener, London and Windsor. Southwestern Ontario is home to a successful and thriving Filipino community.
The city of Hamilton situated on the western shore of Lake Ontario is home to over 5,000 Filipinos. Hamilton is home to the first Filipino community centre and school in Canada both opening in the early 80s and late 70s, respectively.
The Niagara region on the south shore of Lake Ontario is home to nearly 3,000 Filipinos. They form a tight knit community concentrated in the cities of St. Catharines and Niagara Falls. Niagara-on-the-lake is home to a very successful community and the only town to have had a Filipino mayor in Canada, Arturo Viola.
The northern territories of Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut have a Filipino community of about 975 despite an extremely cold climate. Filipinos in the Northwest Territories make the largest visible minority group there with 690 Filipinos residing there. Filipinos in Yukon Territory are second to the Chinese with 210 Filipinos living there. Nunavut has a growing Filipino population of 75. The Filipino community has grown steadily from 735 in 2001 to 975 in 2006. The territories received about 50 Filipinos on average a year from 2001 to 2006.
Most Filipinos who immigrate to Canada settle in the large urban areas where there are more jobs and a more vibrant community life. These areas include: Metro Vancouver, Greater Calgary, Edmonton Capital Region, City of Winnipeg, the Greater Toronto Area and Greater Montreal.
As of the 2006 Canadian Census
- Ontario - 203,215
- British Columbia - 94,250
- Alberta - 54,305
- Manitoba - 39,205
- Quebec - 25,680
- Saskatchewan - 4,160
- Nova Scotia - 770
- Northwest Territories - 745
- New Brunswick - 620
- Newfoundland and Labrador - 340
- Yukon Territory - 255
- Nunavut - 80
- Prince Edward Island - 25
The majority of Filipino-Canadians are women who make up about 56% of the population.
- Male - 175,640
- Female - 235,055
Major Community Events in Canada
|| Region |
|| Pistahan sa Toronto
|| Toronto, ON |
|| Philippine Festival
|| Vancouver, BC |
|| Philippine Heritage Celebration
|| Winnipeg, MB |
|| Kalayaan Picnic
|| Mississauga, ON |
| June 12
|| Philippine Independence Day
|| Nationwide, Canada |
|| Mabuhay Philippines! Toronto Summer Festival
|| Toronto, ON |
|| Pista sa Nayon
|| Montreal, PQ |
|| PCUAA Summmerfest
|| Toronto, ON |
|| Pateros Town Fiesta
|| Edmonton, AB, Toronto, ON, Vancouver, BC and Winnipeg, MB |
|| Filipinos Making Waves
|| Toronto, ON |
|| Filipino Day at Wonderland
|| Vaughan, ON |
|| Philippine Summer Festival
|| Vancouver, BC |
|| Kultura Filipino Arts Festival
|| Toronto, ON |
|| Filipiniana Festival
|| Winnipeg, MB |
| December 16 to 24
|| Simbang Gabi Christmas Dawn Masses
|| Nationwide, Canada |
| December 25
|| Pasko Christmas Feast
|| Nationwide, Canada |
| Jose Rizal Day
|| Nationwide, Canada |
Notable Filipino Canadians
- Rey Pagtakhan - First Filipino-Canadian Member of Parliament (1988-2004), First Filipino-Canadian Cabinet Minister (2001-2004)
- Cris Aglugub - Manitoba former NDP MLA, the Maples 1999
- Conrad Santos - First Filipino Canadian elected in Canada in 1981 (to the Manitoba Legislature), and First Filipino Canadian to run for the leadership of A political party (Manitoba NDP, 1989)
- Mike Pagtakhan - Winnipeg City Councillor, Point-Douglas Ward (2002-present)
- Flor Marcelino - first Filipino woman elected MLA in Manitoba
- Arturo Viola - former mayor, and now city councillor of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
- Estel Dato - co-founder and Artistic and Cultural Director of Kayumanggi Folk Ensemble and member of the Board of Directors Filipino-Canadian Association of Saskatoon (FilCAS).
- Reverend Carmelo Gosioco - co-founder of the Filipino Catholic Mission of Montreal, canonized and granted by the late Paul Cardinal Gregoire.
- Reverend Francisco Alvarez - chairman of the Filipino Catholic Mission of Montreal, pastor of the church of St. Thomas the Apostle.
- Ruby Sarmiento Amog - Board of Directors, Fundraising & Special Projects, Hamilton Filipino Community Centre, Chair, Miss Philippines Hamilton Pageant, Vice President, YWCA Non-Profit Housing Corporation, Hamilton
- Dr. Victoria Santiago - Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Filipino Centre, Toronto
- Rosalinda Cerrudo-Javier - President and CEO, Filipino Centre, Toronto; President, Quezon Provincial Association of Canada
- Dr. Mario Andres - Founding President, Filipino Canadian Medical Association; Director, Filipino Centre, Toronto
- Wendy Arena - one of the founders of Toronto-based Folklorico Filipino Canada dance company (1974); member of the Board of Directors of Filipino Centre, Toronto
- Dr. Amelio Yadao - President, Filipino Canadian Association of Durham (Oshawa)
- Bernie Carreon - President, Filipino Canadian Seniors of Toronto; Director, Filipino Centre, Toronto
- Erlinda Insigne - President, Filipino Canadian Association of Vaughan; active member of BIBAK Toronto.
- Dr. Maselle Virey, President, Filipino Canadian Medical Association; Director, Filipino Centre, Toronto
- Estrellita Aguinaldo - co-founder and President, Mississauga-based Fiesta Filipina Dance Troupe; member of the Board of Directors, Philippine Independence Day Council
- Luz Del Rosario - member, Halton-Peel Grant Review Committee; former President, Culture Philippines of Ontario; 2006 Mississauga Citizen of the Year; current Mississauga Public Trustee
- Resty Del Rosario - chairperson of "Spirit of Kalayaan"; President of Culture Philippines of Ontario
- Tobias Enverga Jr. - Founder and President of the Lucena City Association of Ontario; current President of the Philippine Independence Day Council
- Dr. Roland Guzman - former Honorary Philippine Consul General in Manitoba
- Edda Pangilinan - current Honorary Philippine Consul of Manitoba
- Alicia Natividad - first Filipino woman admitted to the Ontario Bar; founder, Canada Philippines Business Council
- Rafael Nebres - President, Philippine Chamber of Commerce-Toronto; President, Asian-Canadian Entrepreneurs and Professionals; President, PhilCan Athletic Club; Executive Vice President, Philippine Independence Day Council; Director, Bicol Canada Inc.; Vice President, Canada Philippines Business Council
- Ching Quejas - President, Mississauga's Kalayaan Community Centre
- Jose Saavedra Jr. - former president, Association of Filipino-Canadian Accountants; former president, Philippine Independence Day Council; former president, Canadian Multicultural Council of Asians in Ontario; President, Leyteno Association of Ontario; member, Advisory Council to Toronto Police Chief William Blair; Council Member, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario
- Lito Taruc - President, Philippine Association of Manitoba
- Victor Nombrado - Current Artistic Director, Winnipeg-based Kayumanggi Philippine Performing Arts
- Dr. Denise M. Viardo Koh - Chairperson, Manitoba Ethnocultural Advisory and Advocacy Council; Board Member & Corresponding Secretary, Philippine-Canadian Centre of Manitoba; Health/Medical Columnist ("Ask Dr. Denise", The Filipino Journal; "House Call with Dr. Denise", Urban NDN)
- Folklorico Filipino Canada, Toronto based philippine dance company since 1974.
- Joey Albert - singer, recording artist
- Ray Ann Fuentes - recording artist, performer, now Pastor
- Ramon Torralba - songwriter, former member of Hotdog Band, musical director "Filipino Eh" TV Show
- Grace Chan - Vancouver-based Mezzo Soprano and accomplished Opera singer
- Manny Bade - Toronto-based singer and performer
- Josie De Leon - Toronto-based singer/songstress
- Lilac Cana - Toronto-based classical singer, writer, producer
- Mikey Bustos - Canadian Idol finalist, singer from Toronto
- Martha Joy Lim - Canadian Idol finalist, singer of mixed Filipino ancestry from Toronto
- Mara Parr - Toronto-based composer, musical director, voice coach, choir director, arranger
- Jose Herman "Boots" Aracena - Montreal-based pianist, FCMM Music Director, choir coordinator
- Mark Santiaguel - "Global's Popstars: The One" finalist, singer
- Cola Guevara - Filipino rapper, male fashion model
- Eleanor Calbes - world-renowned opera singer; director of Mississauga City Centre Opera
- Emm Gryner - Toronto-based singer/songwriter of mixed Filipino ancestry
- Rannie Ilag - Winnipeg-based songwriter
- D-Skat - singer, rapper, producer
- Ma-Anne Dionisio - theatre actress, Kim, Canadian Premiere production of Miss Saigon; Eponine, US National Tour of Les Miserables
- Elena Juatco - Canadian Idol finalist, roving reporter Canadian Idol (Season 4)
- Earl Pereira - Wide Mouth Mason bassist
- Chyrell Samson - Toronto-based singer/songwriter
- Rodney Ronquillo - Toronto-based singer/songwriter/composer/arranger/record producer
- Carmela Antonio - Toronto-based singer/songwriter/performer
- Darius Ciria - Toronto-based singer
- Casey and Jennifer Mecija - musicians (Ohbijou)
- BigDeal Productions - Winnipeg-based Filipino rap group
- Dos Armados - Toronto-based Filipino rap group
- Elise Estrada - Miss Vancouver 2004, recording artist, Pinoy Pop Superstar finalist
- Red Manila - Philippine-born hip-hop producer
- Alas - Winnipeg-based rock band consisting of Ardie Sarao and Arnold Tongol
- Ritche Perez - St. John's musician, artist and erotic dancer.
- New Elementz - Montreal-based Filipino rap group
- Judy Ann Santos - actress
- Ina Raymundo - actress, model
- Nancy Castiglione - spokesmodel for Bobson clothing line, TV personality, actress
- Lexa Doig - actress on Stargate SG-1 and Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda
- Philip Guerrero aka PJ Phil - host of YTV's The Zone in the mid-1990s
- Hazel Lorraine - actress, model
- Jane McLean - actress
- Cassie Steele - actress on Degrassi: The Next Generation
- Edward Timbol - actor
- Leilene Ondrade - actress, model, finalist on Flavor of Love (Season 1)
- Alex Steele - actress
- Patricia Bermudez-Hizon - sports commentator, product endorser and TV host
- Joy Olimpo - TV personality, model, columnist, co-host of YTV's "Girlz TV" and SUN TV's "Street Eats"
- Daphne Osena - TV personality
- Jose Ariel Rivera - actor, singer, TV personality
- Russel Llantino (D Pryde) youtube rapper, comedian. Half Spanish and Half Filipino
- Nina Lee Aquino - director, dramaturge, playwright, artistic director (fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company)
- Kristoff Abrenica - scholar for ABS-CBN's first season of Pinoy Dream Academy
- Riza Raquel Santos - beauty queen and soldier, Miss Canada at the Miss Earth 2006 pageant, second place winner of Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 2
- Romeo Candido - Toronto-based independent film producer, musician and director
- Miguelito Macario Andaluz - actor, filmmaker credits include Less Than Kind,Everest '82,Summer Love - The Documentary,21 Jump Street
- Ron Josol - stand-up comedian from Toronto
- Anthony Polvorosa-one of Winnipeg’s best-known fashion stylists, dubbed as “Winnipeg’s Style Guru”.Graduated from George Brown College in Toronto, where he was named “Designer of the Year” in 1998 and one of the seven best graduating designers by the Toronto Design Council. Anthony was then scooped up by MEGA Magazine in Asia. He has worked with recognized names and styled individuals for print media, live entertainment, and for awards shows such as the Junos and the Grammys. Anthony put up his own image-consulting firm PROVICI which now has its own line of make-up. He has also directed fashion shows, conducted seminars, and given keynote addresses and hosts segments on Shaw TV throughout Western Canada.
- Gervacio Santos - Film Editor, FAMAS Award Hall of Famer
- Jesse Catibog - Toronto-based b-boy; Top 20 So You Think You Can Dance (Canada)
- Ace Alvarez - producer, "Front Page Philippines" OMNI TV Toronto; Managing Editor, "Manila Media Monitor"
- Gie Alvarez - host, "Front Page Philippines" OMNI TV Toronto; Associate Editor, "Manila Media Monitor"
- Pauline Chan - 11:30pm news anchor, CTV Toronto
- Ruben Cusipag - publisher, "Balita" (Toronto); recipient, "Most Outstanding Filipino-Canadian" award
- Maricel Dicion - traffic reporter, 680 News Toronto
- Marianne Dimain - news reporter and anchor, CP24 News Toronto
- Jennifer Ellson - host and writer, "Mabuhay Pilipinas" CHTV Montreal; journalist, "The Gazette" (Montreal); "Forbes Asia" (Singapore); "Russian Newsweek" (Moscow); "The Sun" (Toronto); "Philippine Daily Inquirer" (Manila); "Most Outstanding Young Filipino-Canadian" awardee
- Zenaida Ferry-Kharoubi - publisher and editor, "Filipino Star"; owner, Gilmore College (Montreal)
- Hermie Garcia - publisher and editor, "The Philippine Reporter" (Toronto)
- Melissa Grelo - news reporter and anchor, CP24 News Toronto
- Emmie Joaquin - publisher and editor, "Pilipino Express" (Winnipeg); former program producer, CKJS 810 AM, "Good Morning Philippines", "Manila Sound" and "Tunog Pinoy Pang-Sabado"
- Michele Majul - columnist, Career Connexion, "Pilipino Express" (Winnipeg); Host, "Tunog Pinoy Pang-Sabado" 1999 - 2006 CKJS 810 AM; also co-hosted on occasion, Manila Sound and Good Morning Philippines 1999 - 2005 CKJS 810 AM; currently on-air every last Saturday of the month, PSN Community Connect 9 - 10 pm Central CKJS 810 AM
- Nicole Lampa - news reporter, videographer CTV Southwestern Ontario
- Eddie Lee - publisher and editor, "Atin Ito" (Toronto)
- Bin Kon Loo - publisher and editor, Filipiniana News (Toronto)
- Richard Madan - business/money specialist, reporter CP24 News Toronto
- Hazel Mae - former Rogers Sportsnet anchor
- Fred Magallanes - publisher and editor, "Filipino Forum" (Montreal)
- Flor Marcelino - publisher and editor, "Philippine Times" (Winnipeg)
- Rosalinda Natividad-Cantiveros - Editor-in-Chief, "Filipino Journal" (Winnipeg)
- Sharon Navarro - former anchor, CP24 News Toronto and CTV Toronto
- Matet Nebres - reporter, CTV Toronto
- Kris Reyes - news reporter, anchor; CP24 News Toronto
- Michael Serapio - associate producer, Canada AM, Sunday Edition, The Giller Awards
- Marivel Taruc - Anchor CBC News Morning
- Joe Sulit, Lito Taruc, Chester Pangan, Lucille Nolasco, Ayen Dandan-Zamora, Michele Majul, Maurel Zamora and Donna Natividad-Arenas - program producers, hosts, for Filipino programs aired over CKJS 810 AM).
- Nicole Reyes - co-host, NBA XL on [[Rogers Sportsnet
- Rob Dela Cruz- co-anchor, Philippine Sundae (1997-1999)
- Marck Salamatin - former host, "The Best of Filipino Music" (2002 to 2004) on CKJS 810 AM; current co-host of "PSN Community Connect" (with Ayen Dandan-Zamora, Michele Majul, and Maui Zamora) on CKJS 810 AM; current columnist, "Progressive Retrospective" for the Pilipino Express News Magazine.
- Cheryll San Juan - publisher and managing editor, "Filipino Life Magazine" (Toronto)
- Kim Villafuerte, Jason Bagni, Jazzmine Buslon and Bernice Buktaw - hosts of "TRIP", a Filipino youth-oriented talk/music show aired over CHHA 1610 AM Voces Latinas Toronto
- Misa Campo - model
- C. E. Gatchalian - playwright, poet, fictionist
- Primrose Madayag Knazan - playwright, published author, native of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- Vivian del Mundo-Da Rocha - writer/critic bookparent.com(children's books); brownheritage.com; former Malacanan Press Office Asst. Editor; mixed ancestry (Portuguese-Chinese and Spanish-Filipino)
- Dr. Romulo Magsino - Former Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba. Now a Dean Emeritus.
- Dr. Roberto S. Clemente - Prominent researcher in the field of Agricultural Engineering.
- Virginia Guiang - Long-time community volunteer, inducted to the Order of Manitoba in 2004, current Executive Director - Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba
- Nelia Laroza - First Canadian nurse to die from SARS on June 29, 2003 - North York General Hospital
- Melanio Catre Sr. - founder and former President of National Congress of Filipino Canadian Associations; former Board of Directors, Ontario Place; former Board of Directors, Canadian National Exhibition; former Member Toronto Police Commission - Race Relations; Executive Director-College of Physiotherapists of Ontario; former Chairman of the Board, Community Alliance for Social Justice (CASJ); former Director, West Scarborough Legal Aid Clinic; former Director-Branson General Hospital; former Columnist-writer, Atin Ito Publications, Mabuhay Gazette; former President-founder, Sampaguita Filipino Village of Mississauga; Organizer, Philippine Flag Raising Ceremonies in Toronto for 27 consecutive years.
- Mia Panlilio - daughter of molecular biologist, Mayi Arcellana-Panlilio, Ph.D and granddaughter of Francisco Arcellana
- Liam Arcellana-Hertzsprung - son of clinical psychologist, Emerenciana Arcellana-Hertzsprung, Ph.D and grandson of Francisco Arcellana
- Erin Arcellana-Hertzsprung - daughter of clinical psychologist, Emerenciana Arcellana-Hertzsprung, Ph.D and granddaughter of Francisco Arcellana