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Filipino History, Culture and Contemporary Life Featured at Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival

Seattle Center Festál: Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, June 5 and 1:00 p.m. to 3:10 p.m., Sunday, June 6 at observes Philippine independence from colonial rule and the strength of Filipino identity and imagination through song, dance, music, the spoken word, martial arts and a virtual art exhibit. 

Festival producers have put together an enlightening and entertaining mix of online sessions that speak to the place, influence and achievements of The Philippines and the Filipino community in our region, as the following two-day lineup shows: 

Saturday, June 5

1 p.m.          Welcome by Juan Pablo A. Paredes, President, Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington and guest speaker, Robert Nellams, Director, Seattle Center 

1:15 p.m.     The Legends Series featuring the greatest hits by award-winning contemporary Filipino violinist John Lesaca  

1:35 p.m.     Something Keeps Holding Me performed by Filipino musical artist Timmy Pavino 

1:45 p.m.     The Grace of Southern Philippines, Filipinas Performing Arts of Washington State 

2:00 p.m.     Koleksiyon: Artifacts and Fabrics from the Philippines, John Paredes 

2:20 p.m.     The Richness of Filipino Cuisine, cooking demonstration by Silvain Alarilla of Snor’s Kitchen 

2:35 p.m.     Agham, Pabula at Kultura, a literary reading 

3:00 p.m.     Travel Back in Time, a photo travelogue by Leia Maminta Smith 

3:10 p.m.     Our Seniors, by International Drop-In Center (IDIC) 

3:20 p.m.     An Introduction to the Kulintang Music of Ancient Dulawan presented by Titania Buchholdt 

3:35 p.m.     Uncle Rico’s Encore: Mostly True Stories of Filipino Seattle, zoom webinar highlighting an upcoming book by Peter Bacho 

4:20 p.m.     Grandier Bella, virtual art exhibit 

Sunday, June 6

1:00 p.m.     Musika at Iba Pa (various artists) 

1:20 p.m.     Ancient Filipino Writings, presented by Kristian Kabuay 

1:35 p.m.     The Filipino Community Village, by the Filipino Community of Seattle 

1:50 p.m.     Folkloric Dances,the Filipino Community of Seattle Kalahi Dance Company 

2:00 p.m.     Preview: DIWA Filipino Film Virtual Showcase, Adrian Alarilla 

2:10 p.m.     Singkil,performed by the SAYAW Filipino Folk Dance Troupe of the Filipino American Student Association at University of Washington 

2:20 p.m.     Filipino Table Art,presented by Violet Noriega 

2:30 p.m.     Ancient Tattoos of the Philippines: Kalinga Region, Lane Wilcken 

2:45 p.m.     Serenade, by acclaimed Filipino singer-guitarist Herome Bolisay 

View the program details click here

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Seattle Center Festál highlights the culturally rich communities who help shape the character and course of our region. The series, presented virtually in 2021 provides a forum for cultural groups to come together and share their stories with the greater community. The series began in 1997 to offer a central place for festivals to invite the public to join in their unique cultural expression.   Seattle Center presents Seattle Center Festál: Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival in partnership with the Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington. Streaming is free of charge. For more information, visit or call 206-684-7200.

About Seattle Center Festál:  

Seattle Center Festál, Where the World Gathers, presents 24 ethnic cultural festivals on weekends throughout the year, virtually in 2021, to connect people in ways that build understanding, dispel stereotypes and generate pride among the generations who participate in these shared experiences. Seattle Center Festál is produced with the generous support of KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, Coca-Cola, T-Mobile, 4Culture, the City of Seattle and Seattle Center Foundation.