(above) Fedfilq President, Honey La Rosa Binny giving the Opening remarks (below) The crowd of guests watching the show and buying food from the numerous food stall. (above) Fedfilq President, Honey La Rosa Binny giving the Opening remarks (below) The crowd of guests watching the show and buying food from the numerous food stall.

Brisbane Barrio Fiesta 2015 attracted a big crowd by Agnes M. Whiten OAM

The Federation of Filipino Communities in Queensland (Fedfilq) which is now in its second year organised the Brisbane Barrio Fiesta to celebrate the 117th Independence of the Philippines from Spain on Sunday, June 7 at the Rocklea Show Grounds, Goburra Street, Rocklea. Brisbane, Queensland. The theme of this year’s fiesta was “Celebrating the Legacy of the Philippines National Heroes”. The highlight was a competition called “Faces of the Century” where participants portrayed an historical event.
The day began with the traditional Mass followed by the parade of participants, those portraying Lapulapu, Magellan, Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, women in Maria Clara dresses and many folk dancers. The formal Opening Ceremony included speeches from Senator Claire Moore and Brisbane City Councillor Kim Max, Councillor for the Karawatha Ward. She represented the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Councillor Graham Quirk. The folk dances featured were Binasuan, T’Boli dance and Tinikling. The release of balloons in colours of the Filipino flag signified the opening.
The Barrio Fiesta is a way of sharing Filipino culture with the wider community and showcasing it to the younger generation. The cultural and variety show provided the platform for members of the community to display their talents. Another feature was the “Palarong Pinoy” where games such as sipa, patintero, tug of war and guests were encouraged to join in. The numerous food stalls selling Filipino favourite dishes and merienda kakanin added to the festive atmosphere. The younger ones continued the celebrations by moving to the music lounge where more community members sang to their hearts content.
Honey La Rosa Binny, Fedfilq President said, “we are attracting more younger members of the community to join us and we have to continue providing this opportunity for them to show their talents and learn the culture of Filipinos”.
The winner of the Faces of the Century was the University of Queensland student group who portrayed the Cry of Balintawak and the winner of the best costume was the person portraying Andres Bonifacio.
The major sponsors for the Barrio Fiesta were the Brisbane City Council and SMDC, a property development company in the Philippines.
Attendance this year was over 6,000 which was more than the previous year.

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