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Welcome to Pagdiriwang 2019: “Sining Pilipino”

Welcome to the 33rd annual Pagdiriwang Philippine art and culture festival at the Seattle Center, June 1 and 2, 2019. This year’s theme is “Sining Pilipino” or Filipino Art.

We were a bit stumped thinking about what catchy phrase to use for this year’s theme. You see, every year we craft a theme that represents and highlights Philippine arts and culture, the islands and the Filipino people. How can one, after all, slice and dice in 5 words or less the phrases that would elegantly describe in a concise manner the beauty of the islands and the Filipino people’s rich and diverse culture, which is actually a collection of cultures that developed with a unique Filipino character? 

Believe me we have, through the years, expressed the same ideas about the richness and diversity of Filipino heritage in many ways without using the same phrase twice. We like to think that our themes were a natural come-on for tourism, which is probably why we were supported by the Department of Tourism, especially under the leadership of the immediate past Philippine Tourism Attaché. Seattle Center’s Festál’s themes through the years have also informed ours.  This year, however, our creative juices seem to have dried up until we came up with one that nicely covers the whole gamut of our culture – “Sining Pilipino”.

This year’s theme encompasses several aspects of art - visual, performance, culinary, martial, language – both traditional and modern. With these in mind, we put together something for everyone to appreciate: paintings and installation art, artifacts, photographs, theatre, poetry, attires, hand-tapped tattoo, Filipino martial arts, traditional games, children’s hands-on activities, songs, dances, bands, historical exhibit, culinary art exhibit, cooking demonstrations, a festival of short films, drill team, blood drive, community information and, of course, hot and cold food booths. You name it, we have it together in one festival in world-class venues at Seattle Center, in the shadow of the Space Needle.

Commemorating the 121st anniversary of Philippine independence, Pagdiriwang 2019 is produced by the Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington in partnership with the City of Seattle and Filipino organizations. It is an understatement to say that we feel humbled yet proud of the selfless dedication of our volunteers, a perfect example of the Filipino’s sense of bayanihan or community cooperation. 

Enjoy our offerings this year and, as always, they are free to the public.

Mabuhay!

 

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