Sinulog festival and dance highlights the Washington Wizards’ Filipino Heritage Night

by Monica Galozo, ABS-CBN News

WASHINGTON DC — The world-famous Sinulog festival of the Philippines was the highlight of the halftime show during a recent NBA game between the Washington Wizards and Denver Nuggets.

In celebration of Filipino Heritage Night, about 150 performers — young and old — also proudly danced the tinikling, while some showed their Arnis stick fighting skills before a crowd of 20,000 at Capital One Arena in Washington DC.

This Filipino Heritage Night was made possible through the efforts of the Filipino American Basketball Association of Metro DC, or FABA.

“Filipino Heritage Night is being organized to promote our heritage and culture in front of a large NBA crowd and at the same time give kids, young adults and not so young adults to experience playing at the court where the NBA players play,” said its president, Ken Mendoza.

Since 2012, FABA of Metro DC has collaborated with Fil-Am organizations from all over the Washington DC area, Maryland, Virginia and as far as New York and New Jersey to promote Filipino heritage — which community leaders said could be proudly shared to other cultures.

“One of our advocacies is to increase Filipino visibility in the American mainstream, spread Filipino Goodwill and build the good image of the Philippines.”

Over a thousand Filipino Americans came to this Filipino Heritage Night, the most attended so far since the Washington Wizards started hosting it in 2012.  Its organizers are hoping that more people would come out and witness Pinoy Pride at the NBA.

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