Philippines ‘Barrio Fiesta’ 2016

London is made all the more exciting by its community of Filipinos. The 2016  annual Phillippines festival [called ‘Barrio Fiesta’ = ‘Village Festival’] was held this year [for the first time – previous years in Hounslow]   at Apps Court Park, Walton-On-Thames  over the weekend Sat/Sun 16/17 July . With the well organised free shuttle buses from Hampton Court station, travelling the last few miles there was easy. The festival makes a great insight into Filipino life and culture.

First a big welcome-

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So let’s get started with a map of this  ‘island’ nation, where 100 million live [plus another 10m abroad – see ‘diaspora’ here – and in London here. ] .

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The many promotion stands give  a feel of what’s commercially  important. such as nurse/carer  recruitment, money remittances, airlines, and property investment.

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Filipino Carers Recruitment – website here

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‘World Remit’ – big business. click here

 

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There were pop stars aplenty:

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Janella Salvador and Elmo Magalona.

 

Radio and TV were there-IMG_1671

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TFC = The Filipino Channel.  Check out their  ‘Barrio Fiesta’ website here

TFS is part of ABS-CBN (Alto Broadcasting System – Chronicle Broadcasting Network).

From Wikipedia entry  here – Quote “ABS-CBN is a Filipino commercial broadcast television network that is the flagship property of ABS-CBN Corporation, a company under the Lopez Group. The network is headquartered at the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center in Quezon City, with additional offices and production facilities in 25 major cities including Iloilo, Cebu, and Davao.

ABS-CBN is formally referred to as “The Kapamilya Network”, a Filipino word which means a member of a family, and was originally introduced in 2003 during the celebration of the 50th year anniversary of Philippine television. It is the largest television network in the country in terms of revenues, assets, and international coverage. End Quote.

 

Delicious Traditional Food

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And refreshing Halo-Halo, with all that cooling shaved ice.

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