" Ako Ay Pilipino" led by Chyrell Samson after the Philippine flag raising ceremony.
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It's not too late to vote, please support PIDC'S immediate past President in being named to the top 25 RBC Canadian Immigrant Award.

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Philippine Independence Day Council Toronto, PIDC

Friends, please VOTE NOW FOR PIDC's Immediate Past President, Norma Carpio
For RBC's Top Canadian Immigrant. We'd appreciate your support.

Norma Carpio
President and CEO, Imperial World Inc.
City: Oakville, Ontario
Country of Origin: Philippines

Norma Carpio arrived in Canada in 1967 and is the owner and operator of Imperial Travel and Tours Inc. She grew the business into one of the most respected and reputable travel agencies that serves the Filipino-Canadian community. She also initiated efforts to have the Philippines be the feature country at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in 1998 and in the same year, was appointed to be the Toronto Chapter president of the Philippine Centennial Movement by former Philippine President Fidel Ramos.

She has been very active in the Filipino-Canadian community in Ontario, having held various positions in numerous organizations, including founding president of Club Filipino Oakville, director of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce, president of the Philippine Independence Day Council (PIDC), and more.

Carpio is truly an outstanding immigrant and exemplary community leader, with great examples of generosity, including having initiated several fundraising events to assist the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) that brought untold devastation in southern provinces of the Philippines in 2013.

Under Carpio’s leadership, PIDC was able to raise $150,000 of generous contributions from T&T, the Chinese community, the Korean community, other Asian-Canadian communities and individuals for Gawad Kalinga (Give Care) an international charity organization and the ABS-CBN, a Philippine-based broadcast network.

A recipient of many awards, Carpio, in 2017, received the Canada-Wide first Golden Balangay award “Senior Achievement” and the Canadian Fashion Week (CFW) community Excellence Award in 2016, as well.

After serving six years as president, she was recently designated chairman emeritus of the PIDC and chair of PIDC-Mabuhay Philippines Festival – 2018, the largest celebration of Philippine heritage and culture in Canada.

The word retirement is not in her vocabulary as she is always looking forward to continuing her passion and dedication of considerably contributing her best toward the social transformation and development of the Filipino-Canadian community.

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