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Events : MAC CELEBRATES 15TH ANNIVERSARY, NERISSA D'MELLO CROWNED MAY QUEEN
on 2016/6/3 11:06:30 (689 reads)


By: Manohar Pais
Pictures by Ivan Lobo, Suneetha D'Souza and Merwin Moras

Awesome!!! is the commonly used phrase in Canada for anything that is Grand or breath-taking. This was heard a number of times when guests walked out of the Payal Banquet Hall at the end of the program on Sunday May 22nd 2016.

Mangalorean Association of Canada, popularly known as MAC presented its 15th Anniversary Special with pomp and style to an elegant crowd of over 400 people mainly comprising youth and married couples from the Greater Toronto Area.

At the outset, Ace Master of Ceremonies, the one and only Ivan D'Lima kicked off the program giving an overview of the events lined up with his repartee and jokes. He conducted the entire program ably in his unique style and flair. Within minutes the Band that has made waves in recent past, Bigfoot, created magic by playing nostalgic oldies. It took no time for the couples to occupy the dance floor and enjoy the soothing music rendered so smoothly by these experts, of Goan descent.

The line dancing session once again attracted both young and old with almost 80 percent of the crowd taking over the entire dance floor at once. The medley, carefully compiled by MAC's Dancing Troupe, kept every enthusiast in full spirit as he/she moved in line and turned around in perfect harmony.

The highlight of the event was the May Queen Contest. It was a pleasant sight to watch the beautiful young ladies walking on stage fully poised, and speaking to the audience with confidence and conviction. The response from every individual participant kept the crowd spellbound and resulted in huge applause. This was another example of the high standards and quality that MAC has displayed over the years in conducting programs and organising events. Among all the ravishing and gorgeous ladies, Nerissa D'Mello was declared May Queen, while Crystal Lobo and Lynn D'Souza were declared First Runner-up and Second Runner-up respectively. The other two participants, twin D'souza sisters Leonara and Leandra also received consolation prizes and acknowledgements. It was indeed an honour to have the May Queen crowned by ?Akhina Mooken Miss India Canada 2011?.

This was followed by the Jive Competition with Twelve couples participating. While the couples displayed high standard and excellent variations in their own unique style, Daryl and Melanie remained unbeaten for the second year in succession, winning first prize in the competition.

Fr. Henry Alva, a Mangalorean who has been recently appointed as the Provincial of Capuchins in Central Canada, explained how highly he values his own community and how much the community means to him. This was followed by invoking God's Blessings before Dinner. The yummy buffet spread that was prepared by the master chefs of the Banquet Hall received positive feedback from the guests. In essence, it created positive vibes in the atmosphere and remained through the rest of the program.

In his speech, Maxim D'mello current President of MAC thanked all Sponsors, Benefactors and volunteers for their relentless support. He briefly explained the various philanthropic and charitable activities undertaken by MAC in the last fifteen years. To celebrate the fifteen glorious years of service to the community Maxim D'mello, cut the cake together with past Presidents Melwyn Menezes and Ronald Fernandes. In a symbolic way this was to uphold MAC's motto ?together we make a difference?.

The second half was simply spellbinding with Bigfoot playing classic numbers one after the other. In spite of all other activities the dance enthusiasts were treated to three and a half hours of pure music for dancing and enjoyment. There were lots of prizes and goodies to be won during the show. All of the remaining amount collected at the Raffle draw was donated through Red Cross to the recent tragic event at Fort McMurray. In addition, MAC also declared a substantial contribution to the cause.

Hyundai Rexdale was the Main Sponsor and Frank Serrao of Dixie Toyota and Olivia Moras of Century 21 Real Estate Brokers, were the Co-sponsors of the event.

The entire program was conceived and co-ordinated by Manohar Pais, the Cultural Secretary.

MAC expresses its genuine gratitude to the guests who attended the Family Social despite commitments and busy schedules. MAC recognizes and appreciates the collaboration, support and assistance of the evenings' well-wishers and sponsors. MAC acknowledges and applauds the support, commitment and dedication of all its members and volunteers who worked hard to organize an event of this magnitude.

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Events : MAC Family Picnic 2016 on June 25th - Flyer
on 2016/6/1 13:40:00 (754 reads)

MAC Family Picnic 2016

Events : MAC SOCIAL 2016 on May 22nd - Flyer
on 2016/2/29 16:10:00 (1124 reads)
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Events : MAC Celebrates Monthi Fest 2015 on September 13th
on 2015/9/22 18:30:27 (1733 reads)
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By Gerry D'Mello
Pictures by Ivan Lobo and Vijay Pereira

Monthi Fest or the Nativity of our Lady elicits a magical effect on the psyche of the Konkani Catholics around the globe. It evokes a flood of fond nostalgic memories in their minds of sugarcane, sticky candy, borrowing flowers from the neighborhood, delicious meals from freshly harvested vegetables and so on. Through the years, many lovely customs and folk traditions have evolved around this feast such as the blessing of the new corn, showering of flowers to Infant Mary, consuming the grains of the new harvest in a cup of milk or sweet 'Vorn', and eating a variety of vegetarian dishes at the festive meal. This heartwarming harvest feast celebrates and culminates the hard work of the Konkan farmers with the birthday of dear Mother Mary.

The Mangalorean Association of Canada (MAC) which comprises of the Konkani Catholic community of Greater Toronto celebrated the "Monthi Fest" on Sunday, 13th September 2015 with devotion and splendor at St Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Mississauga. Parents and children assembled in the evening at Pope John Paul II hall to honor the Infant Mary. The program commenced with a welcome note by Gerry D'Mello who assumed the leadership for the processional arrangements. A solemn procession of tiny tots and little children carrying plates of flowers entered the hall and they eagerly placed flowers in honor of Mother Mary to the great tune of "sokkod sangatha mellyam" and "Moriyek Hogolsiyan".
Lancy John Rodrigues, the Spiritual Coordinator of MAC led the novena prayers. Fr Edwin D'Souza, the spiritual director of MAC conducted the ceremony of blessing the "Bambino" (the statue of Infant Mary), new sheaves of grain, Muddhom Candles and the Rosaries. The community gathered there were thrilled to see this display of enthusiasm and devotion not only from the adults but from the children as well.

The High Mass in Konkani was concelebrated at St Maximilian Kolbe church by Rev. Fr Edwin D'Souza, Fr Rudolph Pinto and Deacon Sarfaraz Pinto. The church reverberated with the voices of the faithful and the magnificence and significance of the feast was evident in the huge crowd gathered. The altar decorations, the altar servers and the festive ambience of the church were really soul-elevating and added to the solemnity of the event. The walls of the church resonated with the mellifluous singing of the Konkani choir conducted by Merlyn Rodrigues. The homily delivered by Fr Rudolph Pinto on true peace was very enlightening and thought provoking. Overall, the whole atmosphere was so devotional and captivating that the congregation felt that they were attending a Eucharistic celebration back home in their native towns and villages. During the Holy Mass Fr Edwin presented "Muddhom Candles" to the sponsors who generously supported the event.

After the Mass there was the distribution of the blessed new-corn and rosaries to all the families of the Eucharistic celebration. The children received chocolate treats in lieu of the traditional sugarcane.

The cultural program commenced at Pope John Paul II hall with a hearty welcome that was extended to an overwhelmingly full hall by the emcee, Manohar Pais. With his charming and inimitable style, Manohar built a rapport with the audience. He invited Nicole D'Mello and Jolene Lewis the budding young emcees to the dais to conduct the rest of the cultural events. Maxim D'Mello, the dynamic President of MAC, welcomed the audience to the celebration of the Monthi Fest and the cultural program. He thanked the clergy, sponsors, volunteers and guests for their selfless sacrifices, time and energy. Seneca Rego, a budding Bharatanatyam artiste in Canada, gave an awe-inspiring dance performance to the tune of a Konkani hymn.

The highlight of the program was a Konkani skit "Sonthosache Misther" (The Joyful Mysteries) written and directed by renowned Konkani artiste Manohar Pais and enacted by the actors par-excellence Ronald D'Souza, Loveena D'Souza, Precilla D'Cunha, Seneca Rego, Ronald Monteiro, Wilson D'Souza, Maxim D'Mello, Cyril Pinto & Gerry D'Mello. Each actor is to be commended for their unique accomplishment as the skit was a resounding success and appreciated by all. Mangalorean Star Ken Monteiro played the sequence music. Sonia Monteiro's melodious singing was like the icing on the cake!

The creative stage setting done by Janet D'Souza, Louella Cardoza & Rony D'Souza was highly commendable.

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Events : MAC VolleyBall Team 2015
on 2015/9/22 0:49:04 (563 reads)
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MAC volleyball team fought hard winning 5 games out of 7 securing place in Semi finals. Our team has shown stellar performance in the semi but lost 23-24 in front of fabulous crowd at Clarkson Community Centre in yesterday's game.

Volley Ball 2015

Volley Ball 2015

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