In celebration of the 2019 Filipino Heritage Month. The Philippine Advancement through Arts and Culture (PATAC) chose to focus and highlight the inspiring stories of people of Filipino Heritage.

LARAWAN.
Celebrate. Inspire. Unite.

A photo exhibit celebrating people of Filipino heritage.

PATAC was involved in initiating the movement to declare June as a Filipino Heritage Month. As part of the month-long celebration, we have selected stories from our community, across generations, to inspire our young generations, motivate them to improve their lives and make a positive contribution in Canada. 

The Filipino Canadian community is now ranked among the largest immigrant populations in Canada;  approximately 830,000 with Filipino Heritage reside throughout the country and over 300,000 are in the Greater Toronto Area alone.

Majority of the Filipinos in the province of Ontario population are workers in different sectors, including those in precarious working conditions. Its biggest challenge for its people is invisibility. Despite the large population, the community needs representation at all level of government, in media, in labour and various sectors. Larawan highlights the contributions of the people with Filipino heritage and increase their visibility.

LARAWAN, which means portrait, is a photo exhibit that honours individuals of Filipino Heritage whose work and story inspires our community and to highlight their positive contributions   to our new home, Toronto. The Filipino Canadian community is now ranked among the largest immigrant populations in Canada; approximately 830,000 with Filipino Heritage reside throughout the country and over 300,000 are in the Greater Toronto
Area alone. Majority of the Filipinos in the province of Ontario population are workers in different entities, including workers in precarious working conditions. These are the domestic workers, janitorial, industrial, food, farm, agricultural, schools, colleges and universities, & hospitals, not to mention those with temporary foreign workers’ status. We hope these portraits provide good role models for our young people to emulate and en-
courage them to be leaders in their chosen fields.