The 31st Annual Filipino Fiesta Celebration
Last May 6, thousands attended the 31st Annual Filipino Fiesta at the Filipino Community Center (FilCom Center) in Waipahu.
Attendees enjoyed cultural performances and exhibits that showcased the diversity of the Philippines. An art, fashion and pre-loved auction were held to support the FilCom Center’s cultural and educational programs. Various Filipino businesses highlighted Filipino cuisine during the event. The games were also a hit among the keiki. By noon, the Best of Da Best Adobo Cook-Off winner was announced during the event.
Filipino doctors were present to answer questions during the curbside consultations at the Chronicle’s booth “Ask A Doctor” and other healthcare insurance providers and multiple healthcare vendors and clinics were also present at the event such as Kaiser Permanente, Waianae Comprehensive Health Center, Humana, WellCare Ohana, UHA Health Insurance, 5-Minute pharmacy, and San Diego Dentistry.
The Filipino Fiesta is a staple celebration in the Filipino community in Hawaii. For former state senator and community leader Bennette Misalucha, the event is more than just a festival.
“Yes, it gathers us all together as a community to celebrate our shared heritage,” she said. “But I think, the value it brings is that it serves as a statement that we have ‘arrived’ and we are part of the colorful and intricate tapestry that makes Hawaii special.”