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Selected as a Host Celebration Site by the Ministry of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women, Kalinangan features a series of workshops and exhibits that would provide first-hand experience on Philippine dance, music, visual arts, martial arts, history, language, crafts, among others. Kalinangan, in its many variance of use, is the Tagalog word for culture, way of life, or cultivation of learning. 

Culture Days is a pan-Canadian movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. The annual Culture Days weekend will take place on September 27-29, 2019, and will feature thousands of free, hands-on, interactive activities to discover the world of culture, artists and other creative people in the communities.

This year's Kalinangan will be held on September 27, Friday at Lynnwood School for the school community, and on September 28, Saturday at Mill Woods Seniors and MultiCultural Centre. To register for the September 28 Kalinangan, go to the Eventbrite page.


All sessions are open to the public, for all ages, free of charge.

September 27, 2019, Friday

Lynnwood School

1:00-4:30 pm





September 28, 2019, Saturday

Mill Woods Seniors and Multicultural Centre

2610 Hewes Way NW, Edmonton, AB T6L 6W6

Opening Ceremonies

1:00-1:10 p.m.


Workshop: Creating a Filipino Parol (Christmas Lantern)

1:15 - 2:00 

By the University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Edmonton (UPAAE)

“Parol” is an iconic  and beloved symbol of Christmas in the Philippines. As a festive ornament, it is as important to Filipinos as the Christmas tree is to Western cultures. Parol comes from the Spanish word “farol” which means lantern. In the Philippines, it is usually hung by the window to be enjoyed by passersby.  People hang their parols to signify the start of Christmas season. The ornament is traditionally made of a five-point wooden frame covered with colorful paper or cellophane, lights and other decorations. Today, it comes in a wide array of designs, ranging from simple to spectacular. It can be simple or elaborate. Since parols are usually bought already made by artisans, not many Filipinos know how to make their own parol. Filipinos in Edmonton will definitely be thrilled to learn the basics of parol making from easily accessible materials. From here, they can be as creative and as imaginative as they can be when creating their own parols at home. 

Maximum Number of Participants: 20. Sign up before the workshop, first come first served.

Workshop: Learning the Philippine Language through Song and Movement 


by Koro Filipino and Jojo Lucila

One of the best ways to learn language is through song and movement where other senses are engaged through rhythm, and kinesthetic patterns. This will consist of a short performance by Koro Filipino and the opportunity to learn a Filipino song.


Workshop: Filipino Martial Arts


by the Philippine Warrior Arts Society in Edmonton

Learn authentic and original Filipino martial arts systems. To be lead by the Philippine Warrior Arts Society in Edmonton, they promote and seek the truth in combative efficiency and ensure that the Filipino martial arts actually follow the principles of combat applicability that they are known for. They are dedicated to helping all Filipino-origin combatives styles, and are committed to ensuring high standards of quality and professional instruction.

Workshop: Philippine Folk Dance


by Jojo Lucila, The Lucila Project

A workshop on folk/ethnic dances of the Philippines, i.e. the Cordillera mountainous regions, the Spanish-influenced dances, the Muslim and tribal dances of the south, and the rural dances. Participants will have a chance to learn a specified folk dance.

Exhibit: Historya - Brief Glimpses into Philippine History and Culture


by University of the Philippines Alumni Association Edmonton

A curated photo exhibit that tells the story of the country from the creation of the archipelago, traditions of its Indigenous peoples, the arrival of colonizers and independence in the 20th century. Guests walk along a timeline consisting of eight (8) frames of captioned photographs. The exhibit can be self-guided or taken with a volunteer guide who can provide more information 


By the end of the timeline, guests will have: understood how a peoples’ culture is shaped by geography and history; realized one’s national history has a bearing on everyday life, affecting values, customs, choices and relationships; celebrated one’s roots so as to be inspired to lead a meaningful and productive life.


Exhibit: Kwento't Litrato (Stories and Photographs)


by Migrante Alberta

The Kwento’t Litrato exhibit was co-created by 19 dedicated community members who share their perspective and expertise through photography. Participants engaged in workshops on community, photography, and story telling over the course of several months. Kwento’t Litrato (Stories and Photographs) challenges, exposes and shares stories from the Filipino migrant community in Alberta.


Kwento’t Litrato is a photography exhibit that gives you the opportunity to consider the nuances of migration, to challenge pre-conceived stories, to celebrate Filipino culture, to engage with your neighbours, and to explore diverse experiences of migration in Alberta from community members with direct lived experience.

Table Vendors:

Akia Crafts Ltd. * Fely Agader Design * Human Nature Canada 

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We invite sponsors/supporters/volunteers to be a part of the pilot year of Kalinangan. By supporting the event, you become instrumental in bringing Philippine art and culture, and Filipino artists, to the forefront of Edmonton's multi-cultural society. Associate your name with Philippine arts and culture, and support our local artists.

Thank you for your interest. We will send you further information soon.

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