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Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival
June 4-5, 2016
Armory Main Floor, Mural Amphitheatre


Pagdiriwang  is Filipino for “celebration.”  The festival (June 4-5) celebrates important aspects of Philippine culture, arts and history.  The 2015 theme is “Mindanao.”

The Philippines is composed of more than 7,100 islands, a commercial hub during the pre-Spanish period trade with Chinese, Indian, and other seafarers making port calls.  The islands were locally governed in small villages called balangay.  Following 333 years of Spanish colonial rule, 50 years of American occupation after the Spanish-American War, allies in World War 2, Korea and Vietnam, Filipinos are a culturally diverse people.  They speak numerous languages aside from Tagalog.

A diverse culture resulted from influences brought by trade, war, public education, present-day globalization and technology, as well as the country’s strategic location as gateway to mainland Asia.  

Filipino cultural diversity will be celebrated through food, historical exhibits, visual and performing arts, music and dances of the various indigenous groups of the Philippines, with emphasis on Mindanao.  Other highlights:  children’s hands-on activities, Filipino martial arts, literary-musical contests, blood drive, youth performances and exhibits; bands, the FYA Drill team, short-film festival, food booths, Philippine products and information. 

Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival is produced by the Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington (FCHSW) in partnership with Seattle Center and community organizations.

Photo Credit: Buddy Dumlao 
Thank you to our sponsor:
Wells Fargo Bank 

Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington
Seattle, WA


About Seattle Center Festál
Seattle Center Festál 2016 presents world festivals on weekends throughout the year highlighting the distinct cultures and common threads of ethnic communities in our region through traditional and contemporary art, music, foods, youth activities, workshops and more. This collection of 23 cultural events is produced with the generous support of KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, Coca-Cola, T-Mobile, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wells Fargo and RealNetworks. Additional support is provided by the City of Seattle and Seattle Center Foundation. 

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