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04/08/2009: Philippines Receives Top Honors in Asian Festival in Virginia; Awarded Best-Over All Exhibit

04 AUGUST 2009 RESTON, VIRGINIA – The Philippines received top honors in the annual Asian Festival here and was awarded “Best Over-All” exhibit in the Festival’s Destination Asia.

This is the second year in a row the Philippines received an award from the organizers.

The Philippines earned high marks from the judges for its integrated showcase of culture, history and heritage through creative, colorful, informative and innovative displays.

The Philippines Exhibit drew inspiration from the diversity of the country and had for its theme: Destination Philippines: Diverse, Different, Delightful.

Docents dressed in the Philippine National and regional attire greeted visitors and provided historic and cultural information on the Philippines, giving visitors a virtual tour of the country.

A flat screen television provided audio visual support for the docents’ tour of the Exhibit.

Among the highlight sections of the Exhibit were the musical traditions and costumes from the Southern Philippines, including the kulintang, woven products from the Northern Philippines and carvings from Paete, the Philippines’ wood carving capital.

Also featured were religious items, costumes from the Philippines, miniature settings and displays of modes of transportation, including the jeepney, the tricycle and the Philippines’ flag carrier.  Panels of notable Filipino-Americans showed the contributions of the Filipino-American community to mainstream American society.

A collection of fruit carvings by Filipino carvers Eric Baisas, Angelito Baban, Marcelo Dalagan was displayed at the center of the Exhibit.  The fruit carvings showed interpretations of various Philippine sceneries.  The fruit carvers likewise conducted a demonstration of their fruit carving abilities to the Exhibit’s visitors.

Folk dances such as tinikling and sayaw sa bangko were performed in front of the Exhibit by the Bicol Association of Metro Washington, DC; Angklung bamboo music was also performed.  After the performances, visitors were asked to participate, an interactive feature which the judges of the competition duly noted.

Colorful Philippine costumes were also paraded in front of the Exhibit, giving visitors an overview of the diversity of Philippine attire.

Meanwhile, at the main stage of the festival, Sayaw sa Bangko was performed with representatives of the Filipino-American Community showing their support on stage.

Filipino-American singer and musical theater actress Stephanie Reese performed three songs and dedicated a kundiman to President Corazon C. Aquino who recently passed away.

Philippine Ambassador Willy Gaa lauded the participation of the Filipino-American community for their support and continued partnership with the Embassy of the Philippines.

“This demonstrates the strong bayanihan spirit that remains alive here in the Greater DC area.  We hope that with this show of support, more people will get to know more about the Philippines and our rich culture and heritage,” said Ambassador Gaa.

The Philippine Exhibit is a partnership between the Embassy of the Philippines and the Philippine American Foundation for Charities, Inc. with the support of its member organizations, Paete Carvers Association, BAMWE, Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity, Tau Gamma Sigma Sorority, Barangay ng Sining Pilipino, Tanghalang Pilipino Angklung Ensemble, UP Alumni Association of DC/MD/VA, College of the Holy Spirit Alumnae Association, World Bank Group-IMF Filipino Association (WBIFA) and Philippine American Metropolitan Washington Engineers (PAMWE), NaFFAA and Travel Outlet. END.

Philippines Receives Top Prize in Virginia Asian Festival


02 AUGUST 2009 RESTON, VIRGINIA – The Philippines received top honors in the annual Asian Festival here and was awarded the Best Over-All Exhibit.  The Philippines earned high marks from the judges for its integrated showcase of culture, history and heritage through creative, colorful, informative and innovative displays.  Shown in the photo is a tableau of Filipino attire participated in by representatives of the Bicol Association of Metro Washington DC (BAMWDC), one of many presented during the two-day festival’s Destination Asia exhibit.  Thailand received the “Most Colorful” award, Republic of Korea received the “Most Innovative” award and Tibet received the “Most Informative” award.  Runners up awards were given to Cambodia and Laos.  This is the second year in a row that the Philippines received a major award in the Festival.  The Philippine Exhibit is a partnership between the Embassy of the Philippines and the Philippine American Foundation for Charities, Inc. with the support of its member organizations, Paete Carvers Association, Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity, Tau Gamma Sigma Sorority, Barangay ng Sining Pilipino, Tanghalang Pilipino Angklung Ensemble, UP Alumni Association of DC/MD/VA, College of the Holy Spirit Alumnae Association, World Bank Group-IMF Filipino Association (WBIFA) and Philippine American Metropolitan Washington Engineers (PAMWE), NaFFAA and Travel Outlet.  Photo courtesy of Bing Branigin. END.

Filipino Angklung Music Draws Crowds in Virginia Asian Festival


02 AUGUST 2009 RESTON, VIRGINIA – Audience members try out the angklung bamboo instrument following a demonstration in front of the Philippine Exhibit at the Asian Festival here.  The Angklung demonstration was one of several interactive presentations that showed the rich musical tradition of the Philippines in the Festival’s Destination Asia. The Philippine Exhibit won the Best Over-All Exhibit award from the Festival, earning high marks from the judges for its integrated showcase of culture, history and heritage through creative, colorful, informative and innovative displays.  The Philippine Exhibit is a partnership between the Embassy of the Philippines and the Philippine American Foundation for Charities, Inc. with the support of its member organizations, Paete Carvers Association, Bicol Association of Metropolitan Washington DC (BAMWDC), Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity, Tau Gamma Sigma Sorority, Barangay ng Sining Pilipino, Tanghalang Pilipino Angklung Ensemble, UP Alumni Association of DC/MD/VA, College of the Holy Spirit Alumnae Association, World Bank Group-IMF Filipino Association (WBIFA) and Philippine American Metropolitan Washington Engineers (PAMWE), NaFFAA and Travel Outlet. Photo courtesy of Bing Branigin. END.

“Tinikling” a Crowd Drawer in Virginia Asian Festival

02 AUGUST 2009 RESTON, VIRGINIA - Dancers from the Bicol Association of Metropolitan Washington DC (BAMWDC) perform the tinikling in front of the Philippine Exhibit to the delight of visitors. The tinikling was one of several folk dances demonstrated as part of the interactive activities at the Philippines Exhibit in the Asian Festival here. Also shown in the photo are volunteers wearing traditional Filipino attire. The presentation of traditional Filipino attire was organized by Ms. Becky Pagsibigan. The Philippine Exhibit is a partnership between the Embassy of the Philippines and the Philippine American Foundation for Charities, Inc. with the support of its member organizations, BAMWDC, Paete Carvers Association, Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity, Tau Gamma Sigma Sorority, Barangay ng Sining Pilipino, Tanghalang Pilipino Angklung Ensemble, UP Alumni Association of DC/MD/VA, College of the Holy Spirit Alumnae Association, World Bank Group-IMF Filipino Association (WBIFA) and Philippine American Metropolitan Washington Engineers (PAMWE), NaFFAA and Travel Outlet. Photo courtesy of Adjo Gonzalez. END.

Sayaw sa Bangko” Wows Audience in Virginia Asian Festival


02 AUGUST 2009 RESTON, VIRGINIA - Kristin Horneffer and Doug Cheek are cheered on for their energetic rendition of the Filipino folk dance “Sayaw sa Bangko” at the main stage of the Asian Festival here. Horneffer and Cheek are among the volunteer dancers from the Bicol Association of Metropolitan Washington DC (BAMWDC) performing for the Philippine Exhibit in this year’s festival. The Sayaw sa Bangko was one of several folk dances demonstrated as part of the interactive activities at the Philippines Exhibit. The Philippine Exhibit is a partnership between the Embassy of the Philippines and the Philippine American Foundation for Charities, Inc. with the support of its member organizations, BAMWDC, Paete Carvers Association, Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity, Tau Gamma Sigma Sorority, Barangay ng Sining Pilipino, Tanghalang Pilipino Angklung Ensemble, UP Alumni Association of DC/MD/VA, College of the Holy Spirit Alumnae Association, World Bank Group-IMF Filipino Association (WBIFA) and Philippine American Metropolitan Washington Engineers (PAMWE), NaFFAA and Travel Outlet. Photo courtesy of Adjo Gonzalez. END.

Fil-Am Singing Sensation Performs in Virginia Asian Festival; Dedicates Kundiman to the Memory of Former President Corazon Aquino


02 AUGUST 2009 RESTON, VIRGINIA – Filipino American singing sensation Stephanie Reese performs at the Asian Festival Main Stage here.  Reese’s repertoire included a kundiman which she dedicated to the memory of former President Corazon Aquino, an original composition and a rendition of Nessun Dorma.  Reese starred in Miss Saigon in Germany, played Esmeralda in Disney's World premiere of "The hunchback of Notre dame" in Berlin, Germany and also played the Princess Tuptim in "The King and I" in London at the west end's Palladium theater. Reese’s performance was among the highlights of the Philippines’ participation in the Asian Festival in Reston. The Philippine Exhibit won the Best Over-All Exhibit award from the Festival, earning high marks from the judges for its integrated showcase of culture, history and heritage through creative, colorful, informative and innovative displays.  The Philippine Exhibit is a partnership between the Embassy of the Philippines and the Philippine American Foundation for Charities, Inc. with the support of its member organizations, Bicol Association of Metropolitan Washington DC (BAMWDC), Paete Carvers Association, Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity, Tau Gamma Sigma Sorority, Barangay ng Sining Pilipino, Tanghalang Pilipino Angklung Ensemble, UP Alumni Association of DC/MD/VA, College of the Holy Spirit Alumnae Association, World Bank Group-IMF Filipino Association (WBIFA) and Philippine American Metropolitan Washington Engineers (PAMWE), NaFFAA and Travel Outlet. Photo courtesy of Bing Branigin. END.

Paete Wood Carvings Featured in Virginia Asian Festival


02 AUGUST 2009 RESTON, VIRGINIA – Wood carvings from Paete depicting traditional Philippine scenes are displayed prominently at the Philippine Exhibit during the Asian Festival here.   Paete, known as the wood carving capital of the Philippines, was among the featured sites in the Philippine Exhibit which won the Best Over-All Exhibit award from the Festival.  The Philippines earned high marks from the judges for its integrated showcase of culture, history and heritage through creative, colorful, informative and innovative displays.  The Philippine Exhibit is a partnership between the Embassy of the Philippines and the Philippine American Foundation for Charities, Inc. with the support of its member organizations, Paete Carvers Association, Bicol Association of Metropolitan Washington DC (BAMWDC), Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity, Tau Gamma Sigma Sorority, Barangay ng Sining Pilipino, Tanghalang Pilipino Angklung Ensemble, UP Alumni Association of DC/MD/VA, College of the Holy Spirit Alumnae Association, World Bank Group-IMF Filipino Association (WBIFA) and Philippine American Metropolitan Washington Engineers (PAMWE), NaFFAA and Travel Outlet. Photo courtesy of Bing Branigin. END.

Paete Artistry Highlighted at Virginia Asian Festival


02 AUGUST 2009 RESTON, VIRGINIA – Erik Baisas (left), originally from Paete, Rizal, demonstrates his fruit carving talent to visitors of the Philippine Exhibit at the Reston Asian Festival’s Destination Asia.  Baisas and two others carved traditional Philippine scenes on fruits.  Paete, known as the wood carving capital of the Philippines, was among the featured sites in the Philippine Exhibit which won the Best Over-All Exhibit award from the Festival.  The Philippines earned high marks from the judges for its integrated showcase of culture, history and heritage through creative, colorful, informative and innovative displays.  The Philippine Exhibit is a partnership between the Embassy of the Philippines and the Philippine American Foundation for Charities, Inc. with the support of its member organizations, Paete Carvers Association, Bicol Association of Metropolitan Washington DC (BAMWDC), Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity, Tau Gamma Sigma Sorority, Barangay ng Sining Pilipino, Tanghalang Pilipino Angklung Ensemble, UP Alumni Association of DC/MD/VA, College of the Holy Spirit Alumnae Association, World Bank Group-IMF Filipino Association (WBIFA) and Philippine American Metropolitan Washington Engineers (PAMWE), NaFFAA and Travel Outlet. Photo courtesy of Bing Branigin. END.

Philippines Exhibit Awarded Best Over-All in Virginia Asian Festival


02 AUGUST 2009 RESTON, VIRGINIA - The Philippines received the “Best Over-All” Exhibit Award for its participation in the Asian Festival here. Holding the award is Ador Carreon, President of the Philippine-American Foundation for Charities, Inc. Joining Carreon in celebrating are (from left to right) Presy Guevara, Ernie Cordero, Vice Consul and Third Secretary Robert Borje and Nelson Reyes. Guevarra, the Creative and Artistic Director of the Exhibit, took charge of the booth conceptualization with the theme: Destination Philippines: Different, Diverse, Delightful. Cordero took charge of the execution of the Philippines arc that greeted visitors. The Philippine Exhibit is a partnership between the Embassy of the Philippines and the Philippine American Foundation for Charities, Inc. with the support of its member organizations, Bicol Association of Metropolitan Washington DC (BAMWDC), Paete Carvers Association, Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity, Tau Gamma Sigma Sorority, Barangay ng Sining Pilipino, Tanghalang Pilipino Angklung Ensemble, UP Alumni Association of DC/MD/VA, College of the Holy Spirit Alumnae Association, World Bank Group-IMF Filipino Association (WBIFA) and Philippine American Metropolitan Washington Engineers (PAMWE), NaFFAA and Travel Outlet. Photo courtesy of Bing Branigin. END.


02 AUGUST 2009 RESTON, VIRGINIA - The Philippines received the “Best Over-All” Exhibit Award for its participation in the Asian Festival here. Proudly holding the trophy and the Philippine flag is Ador Carreon, President of the Philippine-American Foundation for Charities, Inc. (PAFC) and Third Secretary and Vice Consul Robert Borje of the Embassy of the Philippines. Joining Carreon and Borje during in celebrating after the announcement was made are (from left to right) Dulce and Presy Guevara, Nelson Reyes, Nanette Carreon and Ernie Cordero. Presy Guevarra, the Creative and Artistic Director of the Exhibit, took charge of the booth conceptualization with the theme: Destination Philippines: Different, Diverse, Delightful. Cordero took charge of the execution of the Philippines arc that greeted visitors. The Philippine Exhibit is a partnership between the Embassy of the Philippines and the PAFC with the support of its member organizations, Bicol Association of Metropolitan Washington DC (BAMWDC), Paete Carvers Association, Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity, Tau Gamma Sigma Sorority, Barangay ng Sining Pilipino, Tanghalang Pilipino Angklung Ensemble, UP Alumni Association of DC/MD/VA, College of the Holy Spirit Alumnae Association, World Bank Group-IMF Filipino Association (WBIFA) and Philippine American Metropolitan Washington Engineers (PAMWE), NaFFAA and Travel Outlet. Photo courtesy of Nelson Reyes. END.