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


Presenting the 30th Annual Pagdiriwang (Filipino for celebration) festival (June 4-5) celebrating Philippine culture, arts, and history.  The 2016 theme, “Mysts of the Cordilleras,” highlights the Cordillera Region, mountain ranges that run along the northern region of the Philippines.  Composed of the provinces of Benguet, Ifugao, Bontoc, Apayao, Abra, and Kalinga, the Cordilleras provide the material that makes the rich valleys below productive.  More importantly, the region provides an insight into the rich cultural heritage of the Philippines through its indigenous tribal practices, art, and history.  The Cordillera Region has also figured prominently as part of the Philippines’ colonial and World War II periods.  Great people, great legacy.
The Philippines, comprising more than 7,100 islands, was a commercial and cosmopolitan hub during pre-colonial times through trade with both Asian and Pacific island peoples and had local village governments in place called Balangay.  It underwent 333 years of Spanish colonial rule, 50 years of American occupation, the Filipino-American War, World War 2, and the Korean and Vietnam wars.
The unique Philippine experience made Filipinos a culturally diverse people with numerous languages aside from Tagalog.  The country’s rich cultural heritage resulted from all the events mentioned above, from the USA-introduced public education system, and present-day globalization and technology.  It occupies a highly strategic location as the gateway to mainland Asia.
Filipino cultural diversity will be celebrated through food, historical exhibits, artifacts exhibit, visual and performing arts, music and dances of the Philippine indigenous groups, with emphasis on the tribes of the Cordillera region. Highlights include, Kalinga tattoo artistry, the world-famous Kalinga tribe Banga (pot) dance, hand-weaving techniques, short-film festival, artifacts exhibit, visual art exhibit, photography exhibit, historical exhibits, ethnic fashion show, Children’s hands-on activities, Filipino martial arts, youth performances, bands, the FYA Drill team, food booths, indigenous fabrics and wares, books, and other Philippine products and information. 
The 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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