Canada is where many overseas Filipino workers are staying right now, and they have all the reason to feel at home. It is a country known to have fair weather and good-natured people. But in case they need to connect to their fellow Filipinos, all they have to do is start sending load from Canada to the Philippines and they will be able to text their families and friends as much as they want.
With the help of such occurrences as the emergence of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Western Canada and the Philippines; contracts signed in Atlantic Canada; consistent hiring of workers in Central Canada; and increased activity in Northern Canada, Filipinos have become the largest Southeast Asian group in the country. Its government has adjusted the immigration laws and made them into more liberal ones, therefore welcoming more and more foreign laborers. In fact from 2001-2006, an average of 20,500 Filipino immigrants alone arrived in the country every year. Currently, around 500,000 Filipinos are there already, most of whom live in urbanized areas like the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) or Vancouver.
Aside from having their basic needs taken care of by the Canadian government, Filipinos in Canada also get to experience the occasions and celebrations that they miss in the Philippines. In June, there’s the Pistahan sa Toronto, Philippine Festival, Philippine Heritage Celebration, Kalayaan Picnic and of course the Philippine Independence Day on June 12. During special days like these, sending load from Canada to the Philippines is a must because you would definitely want to tell your friends in the Philippines even the smallest details of each happening. And there are definitely more of them all throughout the year. In July, there’s the Mabuhay Philippines Toronto Summer Festival, Pista sa Nayon and Pateros Town Fiesta. In August, you can take part in Filipinos Making Waves, Filipino Day at Wonderland, Philippine Summer Festival and Kultura Filipino Arts Festival. There’s also the Filipiniana Festival in September and Simbang Gabi Christmas Dawn Masses in December.
Now that load can be sent from Canada to the Philippines, Filipinos in the True North can experience Canadian hospitality and share it with their friends and family all at once. Most Filipinos can make a home out of any place in the world. But we all know that nothing feels like the place where you were born or where all your loved ones are. It will always be your real home where your heart will feel warmest.