Sharing the love of hockey during a vacation in the Philippines

Vacation in the Philippines
Nicholas Burns (right) with a buddy in Butuan City, Philippines. Via @JessicaBurns

John Cudmore from recently shared a nice story about a Filipino Canadian family who went to the Philippines for a quick vacation. A Newmarket, ON student thought it would be a great idea to introduce hockey to the locals during his vacation in the Philippines.


Nicholas Burns, a 13 year old student from Newmarket, ON, accompanied his Mum and brothers to her hometown of Butuan City in the province of Agusan del Norte in the Philippines.

Butuan City is about 1,200kms southwest of Manila.

Burns is a student at St. Elizabeth Seton CHS in Newmarket, and goaltender with the Newmarket Minor Hockey Association.

“It was just an idea that hit me when I was playing hockey. I told my mom and she thought it was cool,” Burns told


Burns brought with them mini sticks and some hockey jerseys which he had paid for from money earned from his paper route.

Burns’ mum, Jessica, encouraged her son to share his love for hockey.

“Nicolas just wanted to bring hockey stuff. He wanted to introduce kids to hockey. They all wanted Raptors’ stuff, of course,” Burn’s mum told


The Toronto Raptors made headlines around the world when they became the NBA champions last year.

Basketball is really big in the Philippines. Hockey, not so much.

Burns managed to gather a group for a game at a local school.

“We taught them how to play and they thought that was cool. They were happy and joyful. I didn’t know what they would think,” Burns told


According to the 2016 Census, there are 851,410 Filipinos living in Canada.

Most Filipinos in Canada live in the larger cities, but there are Filipinos in every province and territory in the country.

Canada’s immigration policies are big on family reunification, with the Filipino community growing rapidly thanks to programs like the now-defunct Live In Caregiver Program, which saw tens of thousands of OFWs reunite their families in Canada.

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