In barong tagalog, Trudeau touts multiculturalism at Fil-Canadian fest

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'Our differences are a source of strength, not a source of weakness,' Trudeau tells the Filipino Canadian community

PINOY BARBECUE. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (2nd from right) helps in grilling barbecue at the Taste of Manila event in Toronto, Canada, August 20, 2016. Photo courtesy Trudeau's official page on Facebook

MANILA, Philippines – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emphasized the importance of Canada’s cultural diversity at a gathering of Filipino Canadians in Toronto Saturday, August 20 – wearing a barong tagalog, no less.

Trudeau joined the Taste of Manila event held in Toronto on Saturday, where he spoke about multiculturalism being a “source of strength” for Canadian society.

“We all understand that our differences are a source of strength, not a source of weakness. When we learn from our neighbors, when we get to know different cultures and different stories and different backgrounds, our communities get richer, our communities get stronger, and the future that we build for our kids gets better and better,” he told the crowd gathered.

In a series of photos posted on Trudeau’s official Facebook page, the Prime Minister is shown joining in the festivities, mingling and taking photos with the crowd.

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The barong tagalog he wore to the Toronto event was the same one he wore during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit held in Manila last November 2015.

He also tried his hand on the grill, helping prepare barbecue at one of the booths.

The Filipino Canadian community is the third largest group of Asian immigrants in Canada, according to the 2011 National Household Survey.

Ontario, where Toronto is located, is home to 204,035 Filipino Canadians, based on the 2011 survey. – Rappler.com