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Council Chambers, Toronto City Hall, 2nd Floor, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto

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WHY ANDRES BONIFACIO FESTIVAL

This year 2019 marked the Canadian Parliament’s recognition of June as Filipino Heritage month. On this timely occasion, the Filipino Canadian Writers and Journalists Network (FC-WJNet) took on the task of doing research, study and discussion, writing and coming out with the poster The Struggle for Philippine Independence that will be launched on November 17.

Significantly it is also in the month of November, particularly on the 30th, that Andres Bonifacio’s birth date falls. Andres Bonifacio -- the lowly bodegero (warehouse keeper) self-educated in the liberal ideas from Europe and the French Revolution, from the works of Jose Rizal and Victor Hugo – was also a poet, writer and stage performer. An activist and revolutionary, he led the founding of the Katipunan (Association of the Highest and Most Respected Sons and Daughters of the People) that spread throughout the archipelago, a movement that waged armed struggle for independence from the Spanish colonizers. The Philippine Revolution of 1896 won for the Filipino people freedom and independence from Spanish colonial rule. It earned for them the distinction of being the first people in Asia to rise up in arms against a colonial power.

Still the struggle for Philippine independence continues to this day. The U.S. came as the new colonizer at the turn of the century and until now maintains its dominant role in Philippine economy, politics and culture. Another foreign power, China, has begun to gain economic foothold in the country. The conditions obtaining in the country during Andres Bonifacio’s time – poverty and landlessness, low wages, state violence now starkly clear in extrajudicial killings and violation of the people’s basic rights and freedoms, and suppression of legitimate dissent – persist today.

The ANDRES BONIFACIO FESTIVAL – which features an art exhibit and a book fair by Filipino Canadian authors, a presentation by an award-winning journalist, poetry and readings excerpted from essays and short stories, songs and a skit-- is at once a celebration of the Filipino people’s historical and continuing struggle for genuine national freedom, independence and democracy as it is a celebration of the life and contribution to this struggle by the leader of the 1896 Philippine Revolution and working-class hero

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