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Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival will take place on June 1-2: 11am-7pm at the Armory Food & Event Hall. The festival is part of the Seattle Center Festál series. It is free and open to the public.

Seattle Center Festál is a year-round series of 24 free cultural festivals, produced in partnership with community organizations. In 2022, Festál celebrated 25 years of stories and traditions, ushering in a new era of hybrid programming. Learn more about Festál and subscribe to the newsletter for updates.

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EVENT SCHEDULE - June 1, Saturday

Armory Stage

Time Event
11:00am Grand Opening Ceremony
  • US National Anthem, Noel Bote
  • Philippine National Anthem, Veronica Bella
  • Welcome Remarks, JP Paredes, FCHSW President
  • SAYAW Filipino Folk Dance Troupe, Singkil
  • Guest Speaker, Rose Ann Lopez, Director of Facilities, Planning & Operations, Seattle Center
  • SAYAW Filipino Folk Dance Troupe, Tahing Baila
  • Video Performances of The Quarentados, Philippine Airlines, and Philippine Department of Tourism
  • Closing Remarks, JP Paredes
  • Emcees: JP Paredes and Teza Mendoza
12:00pm Filipino Folk Songs and Inspired Originals by Aireene Espiritu of The Sampaguitas
12:30pm Rural and Spanish Dances, Featuring the SAYAW Filipino Folk Dance Troupe. Patrick Pineda, dance instructor, and Liezel Moraleja-Hackett, dance instructor and choreographer
1:00pm Barrio Bliss: A Dance Tribute to Rural Filipino Life by the FCS Kalahi Dance Ensemble. Bennyroyce Royon, Art & Culture Director, Filipino Community of Seattle; Juliet Cheatle, dance instructor and choreographer
1:30pm The Maiden Flight of Philippine Airlines in Seattle, by
Marissa P. Dimaano, Asst. Vice President, Passenger Sales Philippines of Philippine Airlines
2:00pm Philippine Regional Dances of the Countryside, Featuring the Filipiniana Multicultural Dance Troupe (FMDT), with Cecilia Filio, choreographer
2:30pm Recognition Awards Presentation, by JP Paredes and Rufino S. Ignacio
3:00pm Rigor & Frank
3:30pm Vibrant Rhythms: Colors of Mindanao by Filipinas Performing Arts of Washington State and the FCS Kalahi Dance Ensemble
4:00pm Fashion Extravaganza of Miss Philippines Washington State by Colors N Bloom
4:45pm Musika at Iba Pa, Featuring TNT Band and Kabagiz

West Armory Balcony

Time Event
11:00am - 7:00pm Informational and Selling Booths

Armory Court

Time Event
11:00am - 7:00pm Culinary Arts Exhibit, Pampalamig, Featuring Violet Noriega, author and culinary art specialist.
11:00am - 7:00pm Historical Exhibit, by Dorothy L. Cordova, Ph.D., co-founder and Director of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS).
11:00am - 7:00pm Philippine Airlines, with Marissa P. Dimaano, Asst. Vice President, Passenger Sales Philippines of Philippine Airlines
11:00am - 7:00pm Informational and Merchandise Booths

Armory Loft 4

Time Event
11:00am DIWA Films Showcase by Adrian Alarilla
1:00pm Ang Iyong Boses (Your Own Voices), Featuring Joel Barroquiel Tan, Gerie Ventura, Devin Cabanilla, Ebo Barton, Oscar Peñaranda, with Robert Francis Flor, playwright
2:30pm DIWA Films Showcase by Adrian Alarilla

Armory Loft 2

Time Event
11:00am - 7:00pm Photography Exhibit. Featuring Bong Serrano, artist and writer, with Leia Maminta Smith, Ph.D., coordinator.

Armory Loft Lobby

Time Event
11:00am - 7:00pm Solo Art Exhibit. Featuring Francis Arnaiz, visual artist, poet, philanthropist, and PBA legend

Armory Loft 3

Time Event
11:00am - 7:00pm Artifacts Exhibit. Featuring Burton Holt, artist and artifacts collector.

Mural Roadway

Time Event
11:00am - 7:00pm Food Trucks Featuring Uncle Mike’s Filipino Comfort Food, El Koreano, and MoMocha
11:00am - 7:00pm Food Booths Featuring LBee’s Filipino Deli and Eggroll Hut
11:00am - 7:00pm Garments, wares, and goods by Native Creations and Indian Arts


EVENT SCHEDULE - June 2, Sunday

Armory Stage

Time Event
11:00am Cordillera and Southern Island Dances, featuring the FACES Dance Group, with Pilar Nable, dance director and choreographer, and the Filipiniana Dance Company with Roger del Rosario, dance instructor and choreographer
12:00pm The Maiden Flight of Philippine Airlines in Seattle, by
Marissa P. Dimaano, Asst. Vice President, Passenger Sales Philippines of Philippine Airlines
12:30pm Maria Clara-inspired Dances and Muslim Dances, featuring the SAYAW Filipino Folk Dance Troupe. Patrick Pineda, dance instructor, and Liezel Moraleja Hackett, dance instructor and choreographer
1:00pm whoisraylene & The MNVRS
1:30pm Teza & Rigor
2:00pm Cordillera-inspired Tribal Dances, featuring BIBAK Pacific Northwest
2:30pm Our Folk Songs and Serenades, featuring the Fil-Am Society Choir, directed by Carmen “Mimi” Pelayre.
3:00pm Fil-Am Fusion Fashion Show
4:00pm Filipino-inspired Line Dancing, featuring the IDIC Dance Group.
5:00pm Musika at Iba Pa, featuring the Elvis Tribute Band and the 3 of Us

West Armory Balcony

Time Event
11:00am - 7:00pm Informational and Selling Booths

Armory Court

Time Event
11:00am - 7:00pm Culinary Arts Exhibit, Pampalamig, Featuring Violet Noriega, author and culinary art specialist.
11:00am - 7:00pm Historical Exhibit, by Dorothy L. Cordova, Ph.D., co-founder and Director of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS).
11:00am - 7:00pm Philippine Airlines, with Marissa P. Dimaano, Asst. Vice President, Passenger Sales Philippines of Philippine Airlines
11:00am - 7:00pm Informational and Merchandise Booths

Armory Loft 4

Time Event
11:00am - 7:00pm DIWA Films Showcase by Adrian Alarilla

Armory Loft 2

Time Event
11:00am - 7:00pm Photography Exhibit. Featuring Bong Serrano, artist and writer, with Leia Maminta Smith, Ph.D., coordinator.

Armory Loft Lobby

Time Event
11:00am - 7:00pm Solo Art Exhibit. Featuring Francis Arnaiz, visual artist, poet, philanthropist, and PBA legend

Armory Loft 3

Time Event
11:00am - 7:00pm Artifacts Exhibit. Featuring Burton Holt, artist and artifacts collector.

Mural Roadway

Time Event
11:00am - 7:00pm Food Trucks Featuring Uncle Mike’s Filipino Comfort Food, El Koreano, and MoMocha
11:00am - 7:00pm Food Booths Featuring LBee’s Filipino Deli and Eggroll Hut
11:00am - 7:00pm Garments, wares, and goods by Native Creations and Indian Arts

VENDOR & COMMUNITY BOOTHS

  • Adobo Tees

  • Black Pinay and BORA

  • Colors N Bloom

  • Culinary Art Display

  • DOVI

  • E Beauty Bar

  • Fair Vote Washington

  • FANHS

  • FilAm Church

  • Filipino Community of Seattle (FCS)

  • Ji Design (Sunday only)

  • JME Paints

  • KIDWAI

  • Mallari

  • Maryanne Boutique

  • Pagdiriwang Information Booth

  • PHILCES

  • SALAL Credit Union

  • SHHMiggles (Saturday only)

  • Tita Bun (Saturday only)

  • Tomgutz

  • Urban Belle (Sunday only)

Photo Gallery

OVERVIEW

Seattle Center Festál presents Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival in partnership with the Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington (FCHSW). The festival celebrates Philippine culture, arts, and history through food, exhibits, performing arts, fashion show, martial arts, and more.

HISTORY

The Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington (FCHSW) is a non-profit organization staffed entirely by volunteers. It is committed to nurturing and proudly expressing the finest and all that is beautiful and enduring in the Filipino culture. Its primary objective is to perpetuate, educate and share Filipino culture and heritage with the people of Washington through music, dance, arts, history, literature, and crafts.

The FCHSW logo is a stylized symbolic rendering of the Sarimanok, one of the greatest mythical symbols in Philippine folk culture. In the southern Philippines, only royalty can use the Sarimanok in their banners or family emblems. The Sarimanok symbolizes prestige, wealth and honor.

In 1987, FCHSW presented its first festival at the Seattle Center. It was a showcase of Filipino culture timed to coincide with the celebration of Philippine Independence.

In 1997, Pagdiriwang became one of five ethnic festivals to join Festál, a series of events celebrating the city's various cultures.

In 1998, the festival and worldwide Filipinos celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence.

In 2011, the festival reached a milestone of 25 years.

Since its first festival in 1987, Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival has continuously been held at the Seattle Center.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The Philippines, comprising more than 7,100 islands, was a commercial and cosmopolitan hub during pre-colonial times through trade with Asian and Pacific Islander peoples, and had local village governments in place called Balangay.
  • Some significant events in its history are the 333 years of Spanish colonial rule, the 50 years of American occupation and introduction of public education, and 4 major wars - the Filipino-American War, World War 2, Korean War, and Vietnam War.
  • Geographically located as a gateway to the East and mainland Asia, the Philippines adapted to globalization and technology through outsourcing and shipping sectors. With about 460,000 seamen worldwide, Filipinos man the world’s ships more than any other nationality, making the Philippines the main supplier of seamen since 1987.
  • Filipinos speak more than 182 languages, erroneously described as dialects, that are linguistically unique, with four languages officially classified as extinct: Dicamay Agta, Katabaga, Tayabas Ayta and Villaviciosa Agta. The official languages are Filipino, which is Tagalog-based, and English. The Philippine Constitution and laws are in English. There are also major regional languages that include Aklanon, Central Bikol, Cebuano, Chavacano, Hiligaynon, Ibanag, Ilocano, Ivatan, Kapampangan, Kinaray-a, Maguindanao, Maranao, Iranun, Pangasinan, Sambal, Surigaonon, Tagalog, Tausug, Waray, Yakan. There is an indigenous system of writing or scripts called Baybayin.
  • Filipino martial arts are a unique form of practical stick fighting called ‘arnis’. Its most famous practitioner was Bruce Lee.
  • By population, the Philippines is the largest Roman Catholic country in the world and for centuries, prior to the establishment of the country of East Timor, the only Catholic country in Southeast Asia.
  • One creative Filipino invention is the first lunar buggy.
  • One toy with Filipino roots is the yoyo. Pedro Flores started the Yo-yo Manufacturing Company in Santa Barbara in the late 1920’s before selling the company and trademark to Donald Duncan who marketed it as the Duncan line.
Learn more about Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington (FCHSW).
Visit Pagdiriwang Website

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