2023 Awards Timeline
The Awards Purpose
The name “Golden Balangay” was chosen so that the future generations of Filipinos will recognize the invaluable contribution of their forefathers in shaping the country’s maritime tradition and in passing on the values of solidarity, harmony, determination, courage and bravery.
The word “balangay” has a sense and representation of the following:
- The first wooden watercraft excavated in Southeast Asia
- The evidence of early Filipino craftsmanship and their seamanship skills
- The early migrants that settled the Philippines were on board balangay boats
- Balangay or barangay = community
Aside from stirring up historical consciousness, the Golden Balangay Awards symbolize our priceless journey as migrants and carrying our people today to their cherished goals. It aims to promote excellence, hard work, higher education, entrepreneurship, public service, positive relationships and community involvement. It epitomizes our journey for success.
We believe that we should celebrate our people, our culture and our achievements through recognition and awards; and, honor the valuable/significant contributions of Filipino Canadians to our community and to the Canadian which we now call home.