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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Aug 19, 2023



Asia’s Limitless Star Julie Anne San Jose and Kapuso Total Heartthrob Rayver Cruz are all set to banner the highly anticipated Taste of Manila and Pista ng Bayan Vancouver 2023 in Vancouver, Canada.

These vibrant festivals, organized by the Society of Philippine Artist, Recreation, and Community (SPARC) and the United Filipino Canadian Associations of British Columbia (UFCABC), in partnership with GMA Network’s flagship international channel GMA Pinoy TV, promise an unforgettable experience for the Global Pinoys.

Taste of Manila, recognized as “the largest Filipino festival outside of the Philippines,” will commemorate its momentous 10th anniversary this year, from August 19 to 20 on the streets of Toronto, Ontario, along Wilson Road, and Bathurst Street.

Sparkle stars Julie Anne San Jose and Rayver Cruz will attend the colorful and bustling celebration of Filipino culture on August 19. 

During the two-day event, Global Pinoys will be able to immerse themselves in a feast of flavors, indulge in delectable Filipino cuisine, and experience the vibrant entertainment, cultural performances, and activities for all ages that Taste of Manila has become renowned for.

Following that is the Pista ng Bayan Vancouver on August 26 and 27 at Robson Square in Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. Julie Anne will again be present to celebrate with the Global Pinoys. 

Organized by the UFCABC, the Pista ng Bayan Vancouver aims to promote and preserve Filipino culture, heritage, and traditions within the Filipino-Canadian community. 

The festival will feature vibrant performances, traditional dances, art displays, and an array of tantalizing Filipino delicacies.

Both Taste of Manila and Pista ng Bayan Vancouver invite Canadians and Global Pinoys from around the world to experience the diverse flavors, traditions, and performances of Filipinos.

 These events provide an opportunity to embrace the Filipino-Canadian community, foster cultural understanding, and create lasting memories.

"GMA Pinoy TV is thrilled to be part of Taste of Manila and Pista ng Bayan Vancouver this year. And we are bringing no less than Julie Anne San Jose and Rayver Cruz to celebrate with our kababayan in Canada.

"It is always an honor for us to celebrate the rich Filipino heritage and culinary traditions with our Global Pinoys,” says GMA First Vice President and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia.

SPARC Executive Director Sani Baluyot also expresses his delight in the support of GMA Pinoy TV, “Taste of Manila is grateful for the collaboration with GMA Pinoy TV. 

This will be an exciting week full of activities for the Filipino community in Canada, especially with Julie and Rayver on board. With this partnership, we will make sure that our 10th-anniversary celebration is a successful one.”

Don’t miss the extraordinary celebration of Filipino culture with Taste of Manila on August 19 and 20 and Pista ng Bayan Vancouver on August 26 and 27.