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25/07/2011: Philippine Village draws crowd at the 8th Asian Festival

Entrance arch to the Philippine Village at the 8th Annual Asian Festival held on 23-24 July 2011 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

25 July 2011, Washington, DC – The Philippines was one of the four feature countries at the 8th Annual Asian Festival held on 23-24 July 2011 at the George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. The three other countries were China, India and Thailand.

Minister Ariel R. Peñaranda delivers his remarks during the opening ceremonies of the 8th Annual Asian Festival on 23 July 2011 at George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia.

A Philippine Village was organized by the Philippine American Foundation for Charities (PAFC) in partnership with the Embassy of the Philippines and supported by the various Filipino-American organizations and volunteers.

Personnel of the Embassy of the Philippines and their families man the Embassy information booth at the 8th Annual Asian Festival.

Left photo – Embassy personnel give information on diving sites in the Philippines.

Right photo – Filipino-Americans sign letters seeking the support of US legislators for the Save Our Industries Act.

The Embassy of the Philippines information booth promoted the Pinoy Homecoming program of the Philippine Department of Tourism and the Puerto Princesa Underground River nomination in the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Many Filipino-Americans and even Americans signed up for the campaign for the passage of the Save Our Industries Act in the US Congress. The proposed bill aims to strengthen the textile and garments trade between the Philippines and the US and contribute in job generation in both countries. The registration for the Overseas Absentee Voting which will start in October this year was also promoted.

Major sponsor Land Bank of the Philippines

GMA Pinoy TV


ABS CBN The Filipino Channel

Mama Sita food products


Ayala Land International

The Philippine Village featured more than thirty food and business vendors including Land Bank of the Philippines, Ayala Land International, GMA Pinoy TV, The Filipino Channel, and Mama Sita.

Left photo – Young Filipino-Americans learn how to play traditional Filipino instrument angklung.

Right photo – Mr. Eric Baisas from the Philippines’ wood carving capital Paete demonstrates the delicate art of wood carving.

At the interactive tent, guests learned how to play Filipino instrument, angklung, watch wood carving by Paete carvers and demonstration of Filipino martial arts, arnis. Traditional and modern performances were also presented at the Philippine Stage.

Favorite Filipino dishes lechon, lumpia, pancit, and adobo were found in the village and Filipino dessert halo-halo was enjoyed by many people who tried to beat the heat wave that marked this weekend.

Filipino-American Raf Toledo leads his band, The Speaks, at the main stage of the 8th Annual Asian Festival.

On the main stage of the festival, Filipino bands The Speaks, popular for their chart-topping single “High” and Ivy Rose, all-female band that has opened for rock bands Weezer and Ben Folds gave a stunning performance to all their fans.

Premiere Filipino-American comedian Rex Navarrete brought the house down during his performance at the GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall on 23 July. Rex Navarrete has been performing his brand of comedy in the last twenty years in the US and in the Philippines. Last May, he was a guest in Lopez Tonight, a late night show of actor George Lopez.

The Philippine Village was packed with people despite the weekend’s excruciating heat. Through the festival, the community in metropolitan Washington, DC experienced the rich and diverse culture of the Philippines. -- END