by Cheryl Piccio – ABS-CBN News
HOUSTON, TX — Nearly 15,000 people attended the Houston Filipino Street Festival, which was organized and hosted by the Filipino Young Professionals of Houston, also known as FYP. 50% of the festival proceeds will be donated to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston.
“The community here is Texas sized!” said festival program co-chair Jenny Normand. “The cuisine, the street food, the talent, it’s about coming together as one.”
Houston has Texas’ largest Filipino community. Filipinos are the fastest growing non-Hispanic demographic in Houston, according to a report from the Migration Policy Institute.
The 4th Annual Festival focused on exposing the broader public to Filipino culture, and promoting unity among all ethnic communities.
“We are very supportive of the next generation and the Filipino Young Professionals are our hope for projects in the Philippines,” said Carol Tulud, Texas for Gawad Kalinga. “We believe they can make a difference in the Filipino community here in the United States.”
Throughout the day, the festival showcased some of the biggest and brightest talents in Houston’s Filipino community.
90’s era Billboard top 40 artist Jocelyn Enriquez was a featured performer at the event.
“The minute I got a call to come to Houston to be part of this wonderful event, knowing that 50% of the proceeds will go to Hurricane Harvey victims, I could not resist,” she said.
Houston’s Filipino American National Historical Society also shared the day, featuring a Filipino American Film Festival, and demonstrations of Ancient Filipino writing and tribal tattooing. The combined events drew attendees from diverse backgrounds.
“It brings all the diversity here in the city of Houston, you have Chinese American, Filipino American, Indian American, that came here, you can see everybody,” said Abby Hamdan.
“It was really fun here, we get to learn about Filipino culture and had all the street food. It was really good,” said Julian Sinson.