Updated: Aug 31, 2021
DURHAM FILfest is one of the many recipients of the Quincentennial Award 2021 given by the Philippine Consulate General of Toronto, Hon. Orontes V. Castro to various individuals and organizations who actively participated in the commemoration of 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines. DURHAM FILfest, on its part, will celebrate a mass at St. Therese Parish in Courtice this September 4, 2021 to commemorate the historic event 500 years ago in the Philippines.
The mass celebration will be officiated by Rev. Asisclo Podelino of St. Mary's Church of Grafton, Ontario. Father Podelino is a native of Bohol, Philippines and has been supporting our community endeavors such as our Simbang Gabi at St. Therese Courtice since 2014. Simbang Gabi folded away in 2020 with the pandemic. This Quincentennial Commemoration mass is in partnership with; the Philippine Consul General of Toronto, the Philippine-Canadian Charitable Foundation, the Carmelite Missionary Sisters of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, the Daughters of St. Mary of Leuca, the Brotherhood of Christian Brothers and Professionals. It is also supported by select sponsors, such as; WFG- Agnes P Miranda (Senior Executive Vice Chairman), AJAX CREMATORIUM & VISITATION CENTRE INC. with its Filipino Community Advisor, Alex Piga, LIFEPLAN INVESTMENTS with Financial Advisor, Hermiliza Vistal, BOATHOUSE located in Port Perry, MN PHYSIOTHERAPY, DRIVESHOP AUTO, Estacion Filipino Foods and community members. We also invited individuals for the Offertory.
During the awarding ceremony which was held after the mass officiated by His Excellency Cardinal Thomas Collins at St. Michael's Cathedral in Toronto, community leaders came to receive their awards. It was a beautful sight, especially with Cardinal Collins speaking about the 500 Years of Christianity for Filipinos.
The Quincentennial Award 2021 accorded by the Consul-General of Toronto, Hon. Orontes V. Castro proved one thing; Unity and Collaboration works in our community. It takes one to put everyone to tasks to make this historic celebration a meaningful one. It was a gathering of indidviduals and their organizations to reciprocate the call to actions and to remember that for 500 years we grow our faith and nurture it wherever we are in the world.
We thank the Philippine Consul General of Toronto for this wonderful undertaking and for recognizing the importance of collaboration and engagement in our community. Please see selected selfies at St. Michael's Cathedral, 27 August 2021.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE QUINCENTENNIAL AWARD 2021 RECIPIENTS!!!