The Festival of Colours
Members of the Filipiniana Friends Group of Bathurst travelled to Blacktown City to take part in the fiesta,
along with other members of the Philippine Community Council of NSW. To find parts of the city’s
principal streets: Main Street, Campbell Street and Flushcombe Road closed to traffic, which was very
confusing for a country girl like me. However, we all joined residents, their friends and visitors from
neighbouring councils and shires, to enjoy the offerings of the Streets Alive and Parade Day.
The pavements and the squares bounded by the closed roads were occupied with pedestrian
stalls, gourmet food stalls, trades and crafts stalls, and six performance stages. We assembled
at 10am and joined people from many lands in marching from Main Street through Blacktown’s Central
Business area, with everyone excited by the sounds, movements and display of colours of participating
service and multicultural organisations.
The Filipiniana Friends banner paraded by Mila, Rose and Nenita at the Blacktown Festival.
We join the Philippine Community Council of NSW a Filipino Peak body and its Affiliates.
Also in the parade were: Australia Philippines Association of Illawarra who came all the way
from Wollongong headed by Darrell, the Illawarra Women’s Group represented by Mercy,
the Philippine Cordilleran’s headed by Evelyn and Nelly geared with colourful Cordilleran’s
outfit with the Gong, the Ilocano Association represented by Emily and Espie, Campbelltown
represented by Pikes, the Mindanao Multicultural Communities represented by Angie, the
Carolinians represented by Max, Order of the Knights of Rizal represented by Cesar, the
Atone represented by Alric, who also coordinated the event with Blacktown City Council,
the Filipino Consumer represented by Emma de Vera and the FAME headed by Rod Dingle.
After the parade, we were invited to lunch provided by Emma at her office in the centre of the
City of Blacktown. Thank you PCC-NSW it was heaps of fun.