On April 10, 1989, a group of like-minded Markham residents met and planned to organize activities that brought together the growing number of Filipino Canadians in Markham. The objectives of the group then, included reaching out to the residents of Markham of Filipino ancestry, getting to know one another, extending a helping hand and, together contributing to the vitality of our town. Hence, the Markham Federation of Filipino Canadians came into being.
The initial year was marked by the very 1st social event, which over the years has transformed itself into what has now become an annual, always well-attended, MFFC dinner dances. It was also during the first year, through persuasive petitioning by the MFFC, that the Town of Markham started declaring “Philippine Week” in June, to commemorate the proclamation of Philippine independence. This yearly event, commencing with the raising of the Philippine flag in front of the Town Hall, has become a much anticipated activity for the Filipino-Canadian community ever since.
As early as its 2nd year, the association’s emerging social consciousness started to show. The unfortunate earthquake disaster in the Philippines afforded a 1st time opportunity for the organization to test its collective will towards a common objective. The organization shipped 34 cubic feet of clothing and medicine, and donated $2,000 from raised funds, and out of its own infantile operating reserves. Community leadership, a characteristic that will be demonstrated through many years, was also born this year as the MFFC recognized, and presented awards of appreciation for outstanding community service to, nine Filipino-Canadians in Markham and Metro Toronto.