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Annual Oceanside festival to celebrate Philippine culture

The Annual Filipino Cultural Celebration Oceanside Civic Center Plaza.
The 20th Annual Filipino Cultural Celebration is coming next month to the Oceanside Civic Center Plaza.
(Photo by Steve Marcotte)

Annual Filipino Cultural Celebration features music, performances and food from the Philippines

The Filipino Cultural Celebration is slated for June 4 outside the Civic Center in downtown Oceanside with music, performances and food from the Philippines.

The 21st annual event features folk dancing and music, a fashion show of colorful costumes of the islands, ethnic cuisine and performances by local Filipino-American community members.

There will be vendor booths in the Civic Center Plaza selling Philippine crafts and native art along with other Philippine goods and services. Children’s craft-making activities will be held in the Oceanside Civic Center Library. Highlights include several competitions, including the Mrs. Fil-Am, Mrs. Fil-Am Senior, Little Miss Fil-Am, and Miss Pre-teen Fil-Am pageants coronation.

The event is held each year near Philippine Independence Day on June 12, and is put on by the Filipino-American Cultural Organization together with the Oceanside Public Library, Friends of the Oceanside Public Library and the Oceanside Cultural District.

This year’s theme is the Filipino-American Cultural Organization’s Journey and Legacy of Resilience. The FACO Cultural Dance Group will perform dances from Luzon, Mindanao and the Visayan Islands. Scholarships will be awarded to Filipino-American high school seniors in North San Diego County and in the Philippines.

The nonprofit Filipino-American Cultural Organization based in Oceanside was established more than 45 years ago. The nonprofit supports youth education; disaster relief; preservation and preservation of cultural heritage. The group provides scholarships to Filipinos in the U.S. and the Philippines and supports students in the DAU SPED Center in the Philippines. The nonprofit was a partner in the adopt-a-school project in 2013 to rebuild classrooms at the University of the Philippines Integrated School.

The nonprofit makes donations to the House of the Philippines in San Diego’s Balboa Park and the Oceanside Public Library and offers free Tagalog classes and cultural dance lessons to its members; and formation of its own choir group. As part of the Youth Cultural Development Program, the nonprofit helps youths become responsible citizens and community leaders, as well as to teach them Philippine culture through dancing and other activities.

In addition, FACO has established a Senior Program and a Hospitality Program and provides food distribution and other support for seniors.

Net proceeds raised at the event go to the Filipino-American Cultural Organization.

The festival is from noon to 6 p.m. June 4 in the Oceanside Civic Center Plaza, 330 N. Coast Highway. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://filamcultural.org.


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