It’s easy to think that Steinbach is still chock-full of Russian Mennonites…and sure, there are lots here…but it’s actually become quite diverse! The local Filipino population in particular is very large and well-established. SEMFA (SouthEastMan Filipino Association) is a real testament to that fact. Andrew and I were thrilled to be guests at their annual Christmas Party! Here’s a peek inside…
While I have stated above that Steinbach has become pretty diverse, I will also say that this is the first time, here at home, that I’ve been at a very large event which wasn’t dominated by white Mennos. And it was awesome. Festive. Exuberant. Fun!
One of the emcees, Ryjan, kinda knows Andrew, so he spoke with us for awhile, and told us a few things about The Philippines, which I wouldn’t have known otherwise. Like…did you know that Tagalog isn’t their national language? It’s actually Filipino!
Every little bit I learn, enhances our conversations, and leads to more questions to ask. I’m looking forward to learning more about our Filipino neighbours in 2019!