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07/05/2019: FILIPINO FIESTA MARKS 27 YEARS OF CELEBRATING FILIPINO CULTURE IN HAWAII

Press Release -  30  - 2019

(7 May 2017, Honolulu, Hawaii) As part of the National Heritage Month celebration, the Philippine Consulate General participated in the much-anticipated 27th Filipino Fiesta, which was held on 4 May 2019 at the Kaka’ako Gateway Park, Honolulu, Hawaii.

The 27th Annual Filipino Fiesta celebrates the traditional Philippine Flores de Mayo festival — or Flowers of May — and is Hawaii’s largest showcase of Filipino culture. In 2019, the event had the theme “Pinasaya. It’s more fun!”

Around 10,000 Hawaii residents and tourists attended the Filipino Fiesta, which featured 50 booths promoting Philippine food, culture, businesses and community organizations. On stage, traditional Filipino dances and live musical performances provided entertainment the whole day, while a Sunduan parade with ladies and gentlemen wearing colorful traditional Philippine attire was held at the park grounds.

The Philippine Consulate General set up a booth where consular forms and tourism and trade materials were handed out to interested individuals by Consulate personnel. It also provided information on overseas voting for the 2019 Philippine National Elections and promoted the Filipino Food Week, which will take place on 9-15 June 2019. Visitors, particularly the young Filipino-Americans, gamely participated in the “Pinoy Henyo Wheel” game by singing, dancing and playing different Filipino songs, dances and games. Alumni of the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) and members of the Filipino Young Professionals Network of Hawaii assisted in doing the “Pinoy Henyo Wheel”. (END)

Filipino Community members performing at the 27th Filipino Fiesta (Photo Credit: DelZena Venzon 2019)

 

Consul General Joselito A. Jimeno (middle) with the Philippine Consulate staff and Filipino Community volunteers at the Consulate booth

 

The Sunduan was a highlight of the Filipino Fiesta

 

Young Filipino-Americans participated in the Consulate’s “Pinoy Henyo Wheel” game

 

(Left photo) Consul General Jimeno with Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Deputy Consul General Angelica C. Escalona and Mr. Romeo Garcia  (Right photo) US Congressman Ed Case (2nd to the left) with Vice Consul Andrea Christian Q. Caymo and FLYPRO Alumni Elizabeth Frilles and Charlynne Mae McGinnis

 

Consul General Jimeno at the cultural booths of the Filipino Community

 

(Left photo) Consul General Jimeno (2nd to the left) with the Philippine Consulate staff, Ms. Oahu Filipina 2018 and Filipino Community members  (Right photo) Consul General Jimeno with Mr. Edmund Aczon, Chair, Filipino Community Center Board of Directors