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Welcome! Mabuhay!

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:
 

Victoria Filipino Canadian Association (VFCA)

Victoria Filipino-Canadian Caregivers' Association (VFCCA)

Victoria Filipino-Canadian Seniors Association (VFCSA)

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!

News

Watch a Murder Mystery and Trick-or-Treat on Cook Street on Halloween

On October 25, the Cook St Village Activity Centre will be hosting a Murder Mystery. Then on Halloween, stop by any village business displaying a cat in a pumpkin on for a treat!

Filipino-style barbecue pork skewers for Times Colonist's Eric Akis

Volunteers Lorina Miklenic, Norma Duy, Lita Enriquez, Leonor Santos and Connie Custodio cook a delicious meal for Times Colonist's Erik Akis.

VFCA's "Our Story" Performance Featured On CanadianFilipino.net

On March 31, 2019, the Dave Dunnet Community Theater of Oak Bay High School in Victoria, B.C. was filled with the sound of gongs, bamboo poles striking against each other, the thudding of numerous feet jumping and dancing and the alternatively joyful and plaintive sounds of singing....

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Our Mission

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

Children's Folk Dance Classes

Folk Dance Classes for Children this 2019 Calendar Year will commence on Feb. 10 at the Bayanihan Community Centre.

 

Schedule as follows:

 

Children under 10 yrs. old: 4:30 - 5:30PM
Under 18 yrs old: 5:30 -  6:30PM

 

For more information, please contact Daisy Breuer at gcbreuer@shaw.ca   

 

Production for VFCA's 50th Anniversary

A musical dance production is being brewed in preparation for the 50th-anniversary of VFCA in February next year. We are inviting musically and artistically inclined people to be part of this production.

 

If interested, get in touch with Jean Graciela "Jinggay" Penola for rehearsal schedules at:

jgpenola (at) gmail (dot) com

 

Directory of Filipinos - Count yourself In!

Be part of this one-time event by being in the photo directory. The photos can be of an individual, the nuclear family or an extended family. Your photo for the directory will be taken by a professional photographer free of charge. You will also receive a free 10 x 8 copy of your photo and a free copy of the directory. 

 

Learn more

Bayanihan Community Centre - A Success Story

The Bayanihan Community Centre's success story was featured in Positively Filipino by first time contributor and our very own, Ben Pires. Positively Filipino is the premier digital native magazine celebrating the story of Filipinos in the diaspora of nearly 13 million expatriates. 

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Centre Regulars...check out our calendar for schedules

Youth Camp

Every year, VFCA hosts the Youth Summer Camp. Send your children to learn arts and crafts, gain a friend and have fun this summer in  a safe learning environment. Send your inquiries via the contact form.

Sunday Open House

Most Sundays throughout the year, the Centre holds its Open House where Filipino Cuisine is served at very affordable prices. These lunches are sponsored and prepared alternately by the associations, sometimes guest sponsors and individuals. Check out our events calendar for schedules.

 

Community Dinner

The Centre opens its doors to serve our community with free hot meals. Check the calendar for  schedules.

Click here to read a write up from one of the volunteers.

Sampaguita Dancers

If you love dancing come and join our Sampaguita Dancers group that is open for all ages. From kids, youth to adults.  You will learn different Filipino folk dances and get a chance to perform at the invitations and sometimes cultural competitions around the community.

Send your inquiries using the contact form.

 

Line Dancing

Every Thursday beginning at 7 pm to 9 pm, come and learn line dancing or simply hang out. 

Everyone welcome.

Fee: $2

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