Oceanside CA— The Filipino Cultural Celebration coming up in Oceanside on Saturday, June 6, will be presented by the Filipino-American Cultural Organization (FACO), in partnership with the Oceanside Public Library, Friends of the Oceanside Public Library and Tri-City Medical Center. These festivities will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for their 14th year at the Oceanside Civic Center, Plaza and Library, located at 330 North Coast Highway in downtown Oceanside, California. Event admission is FREE and is open to the public.
This year’s theme is “The Philippines: The Jewel of Southeast Asia”, celebrating the country’s culture, costumes, cuisine and its citizens. Vendor booths will showcase authentic Philippine handicrafts and offer native art, Filipino cuisine, and a variety of products and services.
Visitors will also experience a Filipino cultural fashion show, modeling colorful regional costumes from around the islands; a cultural play, featuring Philippine folk dances. Special guest performers will include Global Pinoy Singing Idol 2014 winner Alessja Morales, and Star Quest champion, Leon Guico, as well as a variety of local Filipino American (Fil-Am) talents to perform during the Pinoy’s Got Talent segment.
Other event highlights will include the 2015 Mrs. Fil-Am, Mrs. Fil-Am Senior, Little Miss Fil-Am, and Miss Pre-teen Fil-Am pageants. The Library and volunteers will offer crafts and activities for children throughout the event, as well as Filipino displays inside the Library. This event is held each year on the Saturday closest to June 12, Philippine Independence Day.
Now in existence for over 30 years, FACO is a 501c(3) non-profit organization whose platform includes youth education, disaster relief, and preservation and promotion of cultural heritage, as well as providing scholarships to Filipinos both in the USA and in the Philippines. In 2013, FACO was a partner in the Adopt-A-School project to rebuild and update classrooms at the University of the Philippines Integrated School. Currently, FACO is in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity Philippines to build a learning center in Tacloban for victims of typhoons Haiyan and Hagupit. Net proceeds raised from this Celebration will go to FACO, to continue all these missions.
Please visit: www.filamcultural.com for more information about the event, to learn more about FACO, or to simply donate or volunteer; visit www.oceansidepubliclibrary.org to get directions to the Civic Center Plaza and Library site, or to link to any other Library or City of Oceanside information; and visit www.oplfriends.org to learn how to support Library programs and community partnerships. To speak with someone about the Filipino Cultural Celebration, call FACO Event Committee co-chairs at 760-877-9216 or 760-583-1064, or Library Administration at 760-435-5560.