the Filipino word for “celebration.” The festival (June 7-8, 2014)
celebrates important aspects of Philippine culture, arts and history with the
The Philippines is composed of more than 7,100
islands. It was already a commercial hub
where China, India, and other seafarers from other countries and pacific
islands made port calls during the pre-Spanish period in the 1500’s. The islands were then governed locally in
small villages called balangay.
It was colonized by Spain for 333 years, followed by 50 years of American
occupation after the Spanish-American War. The people speak different languages aside
A diverse culture resulted from influences brought
by trade, as well as by Spanish colonization and American occupation.
Other factors were public education introduced by the USA, present-day
globalization and technology, as well as the country’s strategic location as
gateway to mainland Asia.
The diversity of Filipino culture will be celebrated
through food, historical exhibits, visual and performing arts, music and dances
of the various indigenous groups of the Philippines. Also offered are children’s hands-on
activities, Filipino martial arts demonstrations, literary-musical contests, health
fair, youth performances and exhibits, music bands, film clips, workshops,
booths selling or showcasing food, Philippine products and information.
Philippine Festival is produced by the Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington
(FCHSW) in partnership with the Seattle Center and Filipino community groups.
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