Bringing People Together at One Night in the Philippines


Fundraiser raises $25,000 in support of the New Canadians Centre


Getting involved with the Filipino community is something Edward Rama has wanted to do for a long time.

“I’ve often thought about how I could volunteer my time to do something that would support the Filipino community, and perhaps bring me closer to them,” says Rama.


Edward Rama, Restaurant Manager, One Fine Food

Originally from the Philippines, Rama is the restaurant manager at One Fine Food located at 800 Erskine Avenue in Peterborough. Recently he shared his skills and expertise to help prepare and coordinate food for over 200 guests of the New Canadians Centre’s annual celebration, One Night in the Philippines. The event held on March 2 at Aria in downtown Peterborough raised more than $25,000 to help support the delivery of programs and services for more than 700 newcomers a year.


“When Ed Kloosterman and Val Anderson, two long-time customers of the restaurant, shared they were looking for people to help with the fundraiser, I jumped at the chance,” says Rama.



Bringing people together to celebrate performance, dance, food and culture is at the heart of the NCC’s annual event.

“I was thrilled to see so many people from the Filipino community coming together to have such a great night. It was wonderful to be able to help with the food; it’s an aspect of Filipino culture where we place a great deal of importance. Sharing your experiences, your heritage and the love you have for your home country with the community at large was so meaningful for me. I’m so happy I had the chance to get involved.” – Edward Rama


Edward Kloosterman and Valerie Anderson


Volunteering their time to help make the celebration a memorable event was an opportunity for Ed Kloosterman and Val Anderson to support the kind of community they wish to continue to live in.

“We welcome human diversity and culture. And of course the food at One Night in the Philippines was fantastic, the music was lively and the dance floor was full – all night long. It was an evening full of laughter and joy!” – Val Anderson.



Chair of the celebration committee, Carmela Valles says when she first arrived as an international student at Trent University in 1990, she was one of two students from the Philippines.

“Everyone will tell you that Peterborough now is very different from Peterborough then. What has not changed is everyone’s need to feel welcome and that they belong here. When you can share your culture and have others celebrate with you, you feel welcome. You feel like you belong.” – Carmela Valles


Featuring the Northumberland Multicultural Dance Troupe headed by Thelma Dillon, the event celebrated traditional forms of Filipino dance combined with the contemporary sound of the dynamic five-piece band EZRock from Toronto.




The New Canadians Centre is grateful for the commitment of our sponsors:

Media Sponsor: WOLF 101.5 FM / Global Peterborough / 100.5 FRESH RADIO

Entertainment Sponsor: Nexicom

Gold Sponsor: The Co-operators, Freedom 55 Financial

Signature Drink Sponsor: LLF Lawyers

Silver Sponsors: McCloskey International, Part-time CFO Services, Mercedes-Benz Peterborough

Bronze Sponsors: Kawartha Credit Union, D.M. Wills Associates

Design Sponsor: Jackson Creek Press

Live Auction: Les Brittan


Thank You to our generous auction sponsors:

Gary Lawless, WestJet, Poonam Chawla, Sondra Egan, Publican House Brewery, Black’s Distillery, Ashburnham Ale House, Bill & Betty Morris, Elmhirst Resort, ZimArt Rice Lake Gallery, Mike Watt of Providence, Sandra & Richard Burri, and Carlson Wagonlit Travel.


Sincere thanks to our volunteers:

Carmela & Ramon Valles, Edward Kloosterman & Valerie Anderson and their daughter Claire, Edward Rama, Thelma Dillon, Michael Itong, Andrew Tan, Kenner Collegiate Culinary Program, Trent University Food Services, St. James United Church, Canadian Linen & Uniform Services, Abishek Udawat, Malaika Collette, Nadarra Collette, Joan Horseman, Emma Staples, Aicha Cherif, Bintou Cherif, Aisha Saggaf, Dana Pormento, and Coleen Power.