Queens Park Member Statement: Filipino Canadian Association of Vaughan


Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the 25th Anniversary of the Twinning of the city of Vaughan with sister City of Baguio, Philippines, hosted by the Filipino Canadian Association of Vaughan, also known as FCAV in my riding of Thornhill.  

This event was an important milestone, for the Filipino community and FCAV, who have been promoting the objectives of the Friendship Agreement between Vaughan and Baguio City. Strengthening the cultural, social, educational, and economic opportunities between the two cities since 1997.  

Baguio City, known as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines” is a major hub for education, with their being eight universities and colleges 

To honour the Twinning Celebration, a Philippine delegation arrived in Vaughan, lead by the Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan, Councillor Fred Babagen and officially accompanied by Orontes Castro, Consul General of the Republic of the Philippines in Toronto. 

The Representatives for FCAV and Baguio City also attended at Niagara University, also located in our riding, to sign a letter of intent to increase higher education cooperation in commemoration of the 25th Anniversary 

Erlinda Insigne, who is the President of FCAV has been a resident of Thornhill for 35 years and is someone who has been instrumental in keeping this relationship strong between the two cities.  

I am proud to have such a diverse riding with individuals, such as Erlinda, along with the Honourable Orontes Castro, constantly looking to help others thrive, and we look forward to honouring Erlinda next year when she celebrates 30 years of Presidency  

Speaker on this last day of sitting at the legislature before the  

Holiday break I wish to extend a very warm hearted happy holidays, merry Christmas, happy Chanukah to all  

or Maligayang Pasko-at Manigong Bagong Ta-on