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
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