CBC Calgary is celebrating the Filipino community with a new Pop-up Bureau dedicated to meeting our neighbours across the city and telling their stories.
Over the next few months, CBC Calgary reporters will meet with members of the Filipino community and immerse themselves in the culture of one of the city's fastest growing ethno-cultural groups.
This is an opportunity to reflect stories within our community that represent our diverse city. The series will explore people, culture and perspectives within the Filipino community for an experience that can reflect the cultural mosaic that defines Calgary.
Have a story the Filipino Pop-up Bureau should focus on? Click here to pitch your story.
We hear from some of the first Filipinos to immigrate to Alberta. 5:07
The Homestretch7:33Paglalayag documentary highlights Filipino history in Alberta
Paglalayag is the Tagalog word for voyage or journey. It's also the title of a new documentary screening for free this weekend about Filipino migrants in Alberta. The film chronicles the lives of nurses, teachers, caregivers and temporary foreign workers from the 1960s to today. It's the culmination of years of interviews and research collected by Ida Beltran-Lucila. She's the president of the Philippine Arts Council in Edmonton and joins us on the line to talk about the documentary. 7:33
WATCH | Meet Maria Galura, a Filipina Balloon artist
Maria Galura is bringing joy to our city while connecting with her roots. Her latest work can be seen at the Chinook Blast festival happening in downtown Calgary. 2:34
Calgary Eyeopener7:06Balloon designer
We meet a Calgary engineer who is making larger than life balloon sculptures. 7:06
Jaqs Gallos Aquines, the founder of Bahaghari and the organizer of the Lactose-free Q-T-BIPOC Platonic Nog Online Speed Meeting event, talks about connecting members of the 2SLGBTQ+ Filipino community. 8:07
WATCH | Zodiak makeup series brings millions of views to Calgary artist trending on TikTok
CBC's Paul Karchut talks to Bryan Francisco about the overwhelming response to his series that brings Zodiac signs to life through makeup and a ton of creativity. 3:35
WATCH | Christmas hampers bring Filipino comforts of home to newcomers
This year, the cultural group called Fiesta Filipino decided to bring the comforts of home to some Filipino families who now call Calgary home. 2:11
WATCH | Celebrating 'Simbang Gabi' a bit differently this year
Take a listen to some of the sounds of an annual tradition that had to change with the pandemic. 1:58
WATCH | Behind the mic at Calgary's Filipino radio stations
Meet some of the voices broadcasting over Calgary's radio waves with a focus on the city's large Filipino population, and why some hope to see changes to bring in a younger audience. 1:13
WATCH | How this Calgary basketball player helps others chase the dream he lived
Kelvin dela Peña left Calgary as a teen to become a professional basketball player in the Philippines. While his time in the big leagues was cut short when he suffered a catastrophic back injury, it inspired him to create a program for kids of all ages: Rise Up Basketball. 4:02
WATCH | How Nimbly market was inspired by home-based Filipino convenience stores
There's a new app in town, and it connects Calgarians with home-based grocery stores that have some special imports from the Philippines. 1:55
WATCH | Parols for the Philippines: These Calgarians hope the light of the lanterns will brighten the lives of families half a world away
Will Tigley is a professional communicator specializing in storytelling, community building and content development. He enjoys connecting with people and building lasting relationships as well as sharing engaging, hidden community stories. Born and raised in Calgary, he is an active member within the Filipino community volunteering for Fiesta Filipino and Mabuhay Calgary News and has been a guest on the Calgary Eyeopener. In his spare time, you can find him eating his way through Calgary’s food scene, exploring the city’s outdoor fitness activities, or discovering a new graphic novel. If you have a story suggestion about the Filipino community in Calgary or Alberta, you can reach Will at email@example.com or @wtigley on Twitter.