Message from Consul General Maria Andrelita S. Austria
While the Philippine Consulate General has been constrained to temporarily suspend on-site consular operations to support the measures being undertaken to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, please rest assured that we remain ready to respond to your urgent needs. Please let us know too, should you know of someone who may require assistance – a temporary foreign worker, a student, a tourist or any Filipino national for that matter.
Should you know of anyone who may need emergency assistance in the coming weeks, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by phone, email, or through our general email address : firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have an Assistance to Nationals hotline, which is telephone number (604) 653-5858.
In the face of these challenges, we are confident that in the spirit of genuine bayanihan, we can all come together to help each other, particularly the most vulnerable members of our community.
In closing, may I share a quote from Pope Francis on this beautiful Easter morning,
Like a new flame this Good News springs up in the night: the night of a world already faced with epochal challenges and now oppressed by a pandemic severely testing our whole human family. In this night, the Church’s voice rings out: “Christ, my hope, has arisen!”
Lito, our daughters and I join the rest of the men and women of the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver in the fervent hope that God will continue to protect our community and see us through this crisis.
Warmest Easter greetings to our community in Victoria and may God bless you always!
Maria Andrelita S. Austria
Philippine Consulate General
Vancouver, B.C., Canada
The Philippine Bayanihan Community Centre is a gathering place for Filipino Canadians living in or visiting Victoria, British Columbia, as well as their families and friends.
Owned and operated by the Bayanihan Cultural and Housing Society (BCHS), it is also supported by:
Read about how the Victoria Filipino Canadian Association has been playing an active role in the community; plus upcoming events you can join and celebrate with us!
The Centre exists to:
Provide a welcoming, sustaining and engaging community where everyone is welcome
Promote Filipino cultural and social values and traditions
Provide access to resources and support to those in need
Promote good citizenship
Our Vision and Goals
The Centre aims to:
Celebrate Filipino culture and traditions and share these with all members of the community, whether of Filipino or non-Filipino ancestry
Welcome newcomers from the Philippines to Canada and particularly, Victoria
Promote the spirit of Bayanihan or spirit of communal unity, among all Filipino-Canadians living in or visiting Victoria
Provide socialization and support to senior citizens
Be a centre for information and support to Filipino overseas workers
Practice and promote charity, particularly to persons in need
Cultivate knowledge and awareness of Filipino culture and traditions among the younger generations
Highlight and celebrate the achievements of Filipino-Canadians in Victoria
The Bayanihan Cultural and Housing Society is grateful to the City of Victoria for granting it permissive tax exemption under Section 220 of the Community Charter.
We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.
What's Happening in my Community
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