2021 Awards Timeline

Nomination Period

March 22, 2021 to May 30, 2021

Announcement of Nominees

June 14, 2021

Virtual Live Awards Night

September 11, 2021

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.