Have a very “Maligayang Pasko” at Tumbalong Park

Philippine Pasko Festival

Have a very “Maligayang Pasko” at Tumbalong Park

With just over a month to go until Christmas, The Philippines Community Council of New South Wales (PCCNSW) and the Philippine Christmas Festival committee are preparing to celebrate one of the biggest holidays of the year in the Harbour City.

For the third year, the Philippine Pasko Festival will take over the popular Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour for a two-day, free entry Christmas festival on November 10-11, 2018.

PCCNSW President Serna Ladia said the event is a showcase of the various cultures that have influenced the Philippines over the centuries passed.

“We were under Spanish influence for 333 years, so that is blended within our celebrations,” she said.

We also have a Chinese, Japanese, and American influence, so, it’s really a multicultural showcase for traditions and cultures.

The Philippines is known for celebrating the world’s longest holiday season, with Filipinos marking September 1 as the countdown to Christmas, and their celebrations will usually end in the third or fourth week of January.

The South-East Asian nation is one of two predominantly Christian countries in Asia, the other being East Timor, with the religion becoming widely known in 1500s when missionaries travelled from countries such as Spain and Portugal.

Read about an Aussie-Filipino Christmas in July event HERE

In 2017, the Philippine Pasko Festival saw around 15,000 people walk through the Tumbalong Park event, and PCCNSW President Serna Ladia said the organising committee hopes to see the same success in 2018.

“Our objective is to make the Filipino community visible and to make the Philippines visible as well, in terms of attracting more people to the Philippines,” she explained.

The mixture of this culture makes Australia a very vibrant community, so with us holding festivals such as this, it will be a very bright and fresh atmosphere for Sydney and for Australia.

“This is great for the country because it makes it a happy environment and a happy place to live.”

Philippine Pasko Festival:
When: Saturday and Sunday, 10 – 11 November 2018
Time: 10am – 9pm (both days)
Where: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour
Website: http://www.paskophilippines.com/

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Anisha Mistry

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