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Philippine Christmas Festival in Sydney’s Tumbalong Park

christmas3The Philippine “pasko” Festival for 2019 will be held on 9th and 10th November 2019.

We can just remember the announcement for the first Philippine Pasko three years ago, on what to expect in the festival, thus:

The Philippine Christmas or “Pasko” Festival expected to showcase the best of Filipino culture and  goodwill in celebrating the most joyful event in Christian annual calendar will be held at the Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia on 12-13 November 2016 from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.  Entrance to the Festival is free.

The festival is part of the activities in Sydney marking the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Philippines and Australia this year, said Philippine Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis.

The festival is organised by the Filipino community umbrella organisation Philippine Community Council of New South Wales (PCC-NSW), in cooperation with the Philippine Consulate General and the Offices of the Philippine Department of Tourism and the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry in Sydney, said Mr Jun Relunia, Event Manager for the Philippine Christmas Festival.

The event is supported by the Philippine Tourism Promotion Board and Multicultural NSW, and the following corporate sponsors: MoneyGram, La Mesa Restaurant, Philippine Airlines, Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), InvoCare, Cebu Pacific, SMART Fpundation and WestPac.

Mr Relunia said  working commitees and volunteers for the event expect to transform Tumbalong Park into a Philippine village  during Christmastime, with a difference.

It will be the first time for the Filipino community to host such a community-wide supported event.  Previous events such as the one  Malaysian community attracted about 30,000 visitors to Tumbalong Park which recently been upgraded.

With more than 30 stalls, the festival will bring to Sydney the flavours, sound and festive atmosphere typical of a Filipino Christmas celebration.

Philippine-made products, Philippine tourism destinations, Filipino cuisine, and cultural performances will be featured alongside exciting activities such as a lantern-making contest and a talent quest.

Around 100 volunteers including the youth in the Filipino community, have come together to showcase the hospitality, smiles and fun-loving spirit Filipinos are known for at the festival.

Philippine Christmas Festival Production Manager Mr Albert Prias said the festival will be opened on 12 November 2016 with a formal ceremony starting at 11:30 am until 12:30 p.m. Invited guests to the Opening  Ceremony include officials from the NSW state government, city mayors and the representatives from Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and other institutions and organisations.