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Petronila Cleto

Petronila Cleto, writer, social activist (born 18 October 1945 in Nueva Ecija, Philippines; died 11 January 2018 in Toronto, ON). Petronila Cleto was also known by her nickname, Pet. She was most notable as a film critic from the Philippines. She was a poet, playwright and journalist. As a women’s rights activist, she helped found the Filipino women’s group GABRIELA.

See also Filipino Canadians.


Tobias Enverga Jr.

Tobias Enverga Jr., senator, civic leader (born 2 December 1955 in Quezon province, Philippines; died 16 November 2017 in Medellín, Colombia). He was the first Canadian of Filipino origin appointed to the Senate. He was also the first Filipino Canadian elected to public office in Toronto, having served as a TCDSB trustee in Ward 8 in 2010.


Flor Marcelino

Flor Marcelino, Filipino Canadian politician (born 5 October 1951 in Manila, Philippines). She became the first racialized woman to be elected as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba in 2007. She represented the ridings of Wellington and Logan. Marcelino also became the first racialized person to hold a cabinet position in the province from 2009 to April 2016. She acted as interim leader of the Manitoba New Democratic Party between May 2016 and September 2017.


Popular Filipino Dishes in Canada

Philippine cuisine is gaining popularity in Canada due to the growing size of Philippine communities in the country. Philippine cookery has been adapted to suit the Canadian palate and is enjoyed by people of diverse backgrounds. Its dishes are distinct, as they draw culinary influences from Spanish, Mexican, Chinese, Indian and other Southeast Asian traditions mixed with Indigenous food practices in the Philippines. Philippine dishes are often named after their cooking techniques, with their flavour profiles defined by sourness, saltiness and sweetness.


Filipino Canadians

Filipinos have been in Canada as early as the late 19th century. Migration from the Philippines to Canada significantly increased from the 1960s onward. (See Immigration to Canada.) In the 2016 Census, 837,130 people reported being of Filipino ethnic origin. Filipino Canadians are the largest group of Southeast Asian Canadians. Among Filipino Canadians, women outnumber men by 56 per cent to 44 per cent. The Philippines was the most common country of birth among people who immigrated to Canada between 2011 and 2016.