LA festival celebrates Filipino culture and arts at FPAC

By Balitang America, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Oct. 6, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The Filipino community returned in grand fashion to celebrate the annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture over the weekend.

The annual celebration pays tribute to Filipino’s Los Angeles roots. Nearly a hundred years ago when Filipinos began migrating to Los Angeles, many settled in LA’s Bunker Hill neighborhood surrounding present day City Hall, before spreading through Southern California.

“I feel like I’ve come full circle because we’re back,” said Norma Austin, co-founder of FPAC. “We’re back in City Hall and at the same time, it’s exciting. I see the younger generation and this is the reason why to begin with this tradition.”

The annual celebration, now in its 23rd year, drew thousands to LA’s City Hall footsteps, giving Angeleno’s the chance to enjoy Filipino culture, food, money remittance services, educational programs, and entertainment in the heart of the city.

“It’s more like an urban type festival,” said Joe Bernardo. “The good part about it, I think, it attracts a broader audience and brings more people here.”

“It’s fun because of the Filipino community,” said Joanna Lindo, from San Diego.

“It’s very important for us to look back at history,” said John Firamonio.

The festivities were capped off by Mr. Super Selfie himself, and one of LA’s newest residents, Gab Valenciano, along with Geneva Cruz and TFC Sikat winner Darry Ogalino for the TFC Kapamilya Hour.

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