Pistahan Virtual Parade and Festival Celebrates Culture and Community Building Amid Pandemic

Hosted by the Filipino American Arts Exposition (FAAE), the 18th Annual Pistahan Virtual Parade and Festival celebrate the rich Filipino history, culture and art this past August 14 and 15.

The virtual event was livestreamed on Facebook, Youtube and Kumu (Philippine social media platform) and garnered thousands of viewers worldwide. This year’s theme was “Renew, Recover, and Rise Together.”

The celebration had star-studded celebrity guests such as singer and actress Lea Salonga, boxer Manny Pacquiao, comedian Rex Navarrete, Filipino singer Russell Reyes, author Danabelle Gutierrez, Jeppy Paraisa aka Tita Che.

Along with entertaining performances in cultural dance, art, music and cuisine, the virtual Pistahan also discussed issues relevant to Filipino and Filipino American communities. FAAE’s PistaHands Challenge received support from community members and politicians such as California Attorney General Rob Bonta.

“The Filipino community is rooted in resilience. We are motivated by our pride in our rich cultural traditions and history,” said FAAE President Al Perez. “When we uplift one another and work together, we can do great things.”

To catch up the Pistahan fun on August 14 and 15, visit pistahan.net for the round-up videos. For the full streams, visit Pistahan Parade & Festival on Youtube.

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