The 20th Annual Filipino Fiesta Has A Lot To Celebrate!

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About 342,000 Filipinos live across the island chain, and the 2010 census showed they are now the second largest racial group in Hawai'i.   The highest concentration of Filipinos is on Lana'i where they are 64% of the population.  On O’ahu, the highest concentrations are in Kalihi, Wahiawa, and Waipahu, where the Filipino Community Center seeks to serve this diverse population.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with Filcom’s new president and COO, Rose Churma, about her constituency.

The 20th annual Filipino Fiesta begins at 9am tomorrow, Saturday, with a parade from Fort DeRussy to Kapi’olani Park.  The parade will feature 51 units with floats and marching bands. Celebrity performers from Hawai’i and the Philippines are part of the entertainment and festivities from 10 to 5pm at Kapi’olani Park. 

http://www.filcom.org/events/Fiesta12/fiesta2012.html

Below, a more detailed note from some of the organizers:

We are excited to inform you that the 20th Annual Filipino Fiesta, the premier event in the Filipino Community in Hawaii, will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2012. The theme is: "Pagdiriwang at Pasasalamat" (Celebration and Thanks), and we would like you to be a part... of this largest Filipino cultural event!

The 20th Annual Filipino Fiesta will continue to feature two colorful events: the Parade in early morning from Fort DeRussy to Kapiolani Park, followed by the Fiesta from mid-morning to late afternoon at the Kapiolani Park.

The Parade will have a cultural theme and will have floats depicting the cultures of the various regions in the Philippines. It will include street dancers, marching bands, and cultural, community, professional, civic, and student marching groups. As in the past, thousands participate in this
parade, either as marchers or as spectators lining the streets of Waikiki.

In the past years, the Fiesta at Kapiolani Park has attracted tens of thousands of the local and tourist populations. The Fiesta showcases various aspects of Filipino culture - it has a regional cultural village, a Keiki village, food booths, and a day-long entertainment program featuring local and Philippine-based artists. Its business and sponsor booths allow local entrepreneurs to showcase their products to the thousands of people who attend the festival.

Featuring GMA Pinoy TV's Richard Gutierrez and Jay R!

Appearance by local celebrities Lani Misalucha and Jordan Segundo!

Other performances by: Chris Jay, Paul Cortes, The Young Once, FilCom Banda Kawayan, Pas De Deux, Bandalan Doce Pares, Tekniqlingz Crew, etc.

For more information please call the Filipino Community Center at (808) 680-0451 or email filcom@filcom.org

We hope you can join in on the festivities and fun!

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