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Philippine Fiesta 2016

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One of the largest annual events for the Filipino community in Melbourne returns this weekend at Melbourne Showgrounds.

The Philippine Fiesta has been running since its inception in 1982, organised by the Philippine Fiesta of Victoria Incorporated (PFVI), a not-for-profit organisation.

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A favourite at the fiesta


Returning for its 34th year, the fiesta celebrates Filipino culture through food stalls, performances, competitions, fashion shows, games and mass (the Filipino community is largely catholic).

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It's all about the meat at the Philippine Fiesta!


You'll find some BBQ smells permeating the hall as Filipinos are notorious for their deliciously marinated BBQ meat.

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Lots of meat to eat!


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Sweet, sweet gulaman


Top it off with some sweet jelly drink called Gulaman or a mixed ice/jelly/bean dessert called Halo-Halo and you're on your way to immersing yourself into the Filipino culture.

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Halo-Halo in the making


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A big refreshing halo-halo!


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Lots of sweets


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Sugarcane drink in the making


Don't be stunned when you see some wrestling happening - Filipinos love watching it! Have you ever heard of the famous Manny Pacquiao (Pacman)? He is a hero to Filipinos when it comes to boxing, in past years, we even saw replays of old Pacquiao matches being played on screens.

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Wrestling is common entertainment at the fiesta


Filipinos also love performing, from singing to breakdancing, so there will be plenty of competitions and they'll have a few performers from the Philippines making an appearance.

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Young talent during the singing performances


This includes Leah Patricio, James Wright and Miss Tres - a transgender group from Asia's Got Talent.

Here's a snippet of their performance here:


For those looking for something to take home, there will also be stalls with cultural items and handicrafts.

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Handicrafts on display


If you've never experienced Filipino culture before, this is the perfect place to visit and embrace something new.

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Cultural costumes


Meanwhile, for the Filipino community of Melbourne, this is a long-standing event that you must drop by if you're craving for all that Filipino food!

See the Philippine Fiesta of Victoria Incorporated's invitation to the event below for more information:

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Why? Embrace the Filipino culture through food stalls and performances
When: 10am-7pm, December 3rd and 4th
Where: Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Road, Ascot Vale
Cost: General admission: $15; Concession $10 and family $30
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Sounds like a fun event and a chance to learn about Filipino culture, amazing!
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