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12 August 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Filipino-American Community got a taste of home through delicious food, entertainment, and Philippine hospitality at the Filipino Festival in Richmond, the seat of government of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Families and friends gathered at Richmond to participate in a celebration of Filipino culture from 8 to 9 August at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Richmond. Guests were treated to dishes such as empanada, lumpia, turon, lechon, and chicken adobo. Traditional dances were performed, and guests were given a chance to try out tinikling.

Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. congratulated the Filipino community in Richmond for the Filipino Festival which not only reconnected the Filipino diaspora to their roots but also allowed Americans to experience Philippine culture.

“It is important that we continue to hold these cultural activities, especially for the second and third generation of Filipinos, so we can instill in them our unique identity and so they can appreciate our diverse culture,” said Ambassador Cuisia.

“For many of the younger generations of Filipino-Americans who have not yet been to the Philippines, our culture will be their undeniable link to our country. It lets us all experience the best of the Philippine islands without leaving Virginia,” he added.

The festival was also a celebration of Filipino-American culture and the achievements of the Filipino community in the United States.

The Ambassador cited contributions of the Filipino American community to the development of the United States and the role of the Embassy in making these known. Among these contributions are the recently-concluded Filipino American Youth Leadership Program (FYLPro) and the Ambassadors, Consul Generals, and Tourism Directors’ Tour (ACGTDT).

Richmond, Virginia is also home to Filipino-American Rep. Bobby Scott, co-chair of the US-Philippines Friendship Caucus in the House of Representatives. Congressman Scott has consistently worked with the Embassy in raising the profile of the Philippines in the US.

Now on its 9th year, the Filipino Festival in Richmond Virginia is an annual weekend event that brings together members of the Filipino-American Community to celebrate Filipino and Filipino-American culture.

This year’s festival was led by its chair, Rosario Igharas, with the support and cooperation of the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Community under the leadership of Pastor Jim Begley, and Dr. Cielo Sincioco. ###

11 August 2014

Reconnecting to our roots. Philippine Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. congratulated the organizers of the 9th Filipino Festival in Richmond, Virginia, an event he describes as a way for the Filipino diaspora to reconnect to their roots and for the American community to experience Philippine culture. (Photo by Eric Macalma)

11 August 2014

FilAm Fest. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr. and wife Ma. Victoria Cuisia Richmond Fil-AM Leaders (L-R) Mr. Rudy Bolipata, Mayette Wilder, Dr. Maria Cielo Sinsioco, Eleanor Macalma, Amante "JJ" Macalma, Sue Berinato, and Rosario Igharas at the 9th Filipino Festival in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Eric Macalma).