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Barrio Fiesta Keeps Traditions Alive

May 27, 2010
Cornelio ā€œCJā€ Ancheta

Regarded as the U.S.’s longest-running Filipino festival, the Barrio Fiesta brings alive the various traditions, cultures, rites, rituals and languages of the people of the Philippines, who, in 1906 came to Hawai‘i to work in the plantations.

The Barrio Fiesta is regarded as a bridge to the Filipinos’ rich and complex heritage. Replete with the power of nostalgia, that summoning of the virtues of the past and the teaching capacity of recognized experience, the event serves as living museum of dynamic and living ideas of life and community.

Coordinated by Binhi at Ani, the festival celebrates the diversity of the people of the Philippines, as well as the need to remember the homeland and its promise.

“Apart from being a tradition, the Barrio Fiesta is a time for us to reconnect with our friends and enjoy each other’s company and to have fun through entertainment, games, programs and, of course, to have a taste of the different Filipino dishes prepared by each participating organization,” said Flor Garcia, co-chair for this year’s event.

In the evening, there will be ethnic and cultural presentations that include “bukanegan,” folk dances, “daniw,” and a presentation of the Miss Barrio Fiesta contestants.

Also “pabitin” and other indigenous games will be held on Saturday.

Barrio Fiesta wear contest will be held, as well as presentation of the 2010 Binhi at Ani scholarship awards. A major highlight in the evening is the coronation of the 2010 Miss Barrio Fiesta queen.

Barrio Fiesta will conclude with appropriate ceremonies to honor Filipino veterans. The ceremonies, to be held on Sunday morning, will include a memorial service.

For information on the Barrio Fiesta, contact Co-chairs Flor Garcia (281-2304) and Ryan Sagayaga (250-2841).



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