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Looking Forward to the 2013 Philippine Fiesta Kultura (Oct 7)

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PH entertainer Heart Evangelista and some Fiesta kids two years ago
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The Filipino favourite festival food lechon

It’s Fiesta time.

Sydney’s Philippine community  plus a growing number of  interstate  and overseas visitors look  forward to this year’s  Grand Philippine Fiesta Kultura the  biggest and longest  running  event for Filipinos throughout Australia which will be held  this year on 7 October NSW Labour Day weekend at Fairfield Showground, corner Prairiewood and Smithfield roads, Fairfield

The event’s convenor the Philippine Australian Sports and Culture, Inc or PASC  is celebrating the  25th year of the  Fiesta with the  theme ”Nurturing Our Bayanihan Spirit” in recognition of the community spirit of unity among all active and seasonal participants throughout the years.  Bayanihan came from the root word bayan which means the people or the public.

On its day of celebration, the Grand Philippine Fiesta Kultura involves more than 2,000 stakeholders including volunteers,  small businesses, community leaders, entertainers and sports personalities, government and corporate representatives locally and from abroad  cooperating and working together to provide the public not only a one day “parliament of fun” but one uplifting cultural experience

Bayanihan  News  itself had covered  every year since 1998  events surrounding the Fiesta Kultura and had been aware of its  word of mouth history before 1998  including its beginnings  as  a simple convocation of migrant Filipinos highlighting a one-day local basketball competition.

It is believed some 30,000  visit the Fiesta every year on its traditional appointed  day on   NSW Labor Day public holiday  in October from 9:00 am  until  8:00 pm which is the conclusion of  the Fiesta’s  traditional Miss Philippine Australian Beauty Pageant.

Last year’s beauty pageant winners Miss Philippine Australia Joanna Cubelo and Charity Queen Jaclyn Alexander will  witness and crown the incoming winner out of a record 15  beauty pageant contestants vying for the title this year.  For more info on this, please see the Miss Philippine Australia Facebook site.

PASC, Inc. President Mr Manny Castillo said: ”This year an added feature is the Azkalroos Football Pathway Forumthat which will give an opportunity to trial the Philippine Azkals National Team and also the United Football League the Philippines’ own professional  league in Manila. The forum is run by Mr Aly Borromeo, Philippine national  co-captain. Mr Leigh Gunn, former Azkal player; and Mr Michael Moran, consultant of the Philippine  Football Federation and former Azkal player.”

Other fun activities of the day are the Filipino International Food Festival, Global Australia Trade& Tourism Expo, the International  and Local Filipino Talent Show, the Fil-Oz Art Exhibition  and Fiesta Photo Competition and the Annual Pinoy Rides Show and Shine. Australian and Philippine dignitaries had been invited.

Fiesta ticket admission price at the gate is $20.00 and prepaid tickets which are sold at various Filipino Asian shops before the event costs $15.00.

Mr Manny Castillo’s welcome words to the readers is : “Don’t miss the fun. Join the crowd  and show your bayanihan spirit”