When a family in the Philippines needs to relocate their home, often to avoid an impending flood or landslide, it is customary for the entire community to take part in helping them. This is called bayanihan: members of the community work together to literally carry a family’s home from one location to another. The concept of bayanihan captures the spirit of unity and what can be accomplished when everyone works together for the greater good of the community. Bayanihan is emblematic of what the Victoria Filipino Canadian Association (VFCA) has sought to do since its creation in 1969.
Below you'll find stories of sustainable living, nature, and culture and society in the Capital Region. These stories are place-based stories, linked to a location that will remind you of what's possible when individuals and groups come together to build culturally, socially, and ecologically sustainable communities. Do you have a story to tell? Stories may be historical, educational, or informative accounts linked to a location in the region. Submit a story to us for review!