A Coalition of Progressive Electors candidate for city council has added his voice to calls for a section of Vancouver to be officially designated as Pinoytown.
RJ Aquino argues that "official recognition of the Filipino community is an important step in creating a Vancouver for everyone".
"The Filipino community represents an integral part of Vancouver, and that should be both recognized and celebrated," Aquino said in a news release today (October 8). "The Filipino population is the third largest ethnic minority in Vancouver, and the fastest growing minority in Canada."
On Facebook, more than 1,000 people have joined a new group called Petition to Create Pinoytown in Vancouver BC.
The group, which seeks to have the name applied to the part of Fraser Street between Kingsway and East 33rd Avenue—home to many Filipino businesses and organizations—was founded by Journey tribute artist Jojo Quimpo.
Its description states: "If we can get every Filipino-Canadians to support this Petition to designate Pinoytown in Vancouver, that would be great. We can then ask the city council to introduce a motion for this purpose. Who knows, we'll have the creation of Pinoytown or Little Manila in Vancouver soon."
On the group's wall, Aquino pledged his support for the cause.
"I think this is a great idea and when I get elected to Vancouver City Hall, I'll make it a reality!" Aquino wrote.
On October 6, Vancouver council approved a motion to have the city consult with the Vietnamese community and local residents on the designation of Little Saigon.