Dancers from Cebu, Inc. dazzle passersby with their Sinulog dance and colorful costumes. (Photo by Cathy Uy)
NEW YORK – In celebration of the Filipino American History Month, the Harvard Square Philippine Alliance (HSPA), in collaboration with the Philippine Consulate General in New York, held the first Filipino American Festival on October 9, 2022 at Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The event coincided with the 43rd Annual Oktoberfest and Honk Parade.
The Consulate delegation was headed by Consul Ricarte Abejuela III, who joined HSPAA organizers in the Honk parade which lasted for almost two hours starting from Davis Square to Harvard Square. The spectators were amazed by the Filipino-American contingents from Cebu Inc, Gingoognons in the USA, and the Mutya Philippine Dance Company of Philadelphia, with their colorful costumes and graceful street dancing.
Philippine Consulate personnel with dancers from the Mutya Philippine Dance Company of Philadelphia before the start of the parade. (Photo by Jose Magaso)
The 43-year annual event, which took place on Church St. and Brattle St., has been hosted in the Square every year since 1978. Several live music stages were set up throughout the Square, featuring an array of bands from Cambridge and beyond. Filipino artists and bands, including social media sensation EZ Mil, performed on a stage located in a Church St. parking lot, alongside booths set up by local Filipino-owned businesses serving Filipino dishes.
Also participating in the FilAm Festival was Tourism Representative Francisco Lardizabal who had a booth promoting top destinations in the Philippines.
The project was conceptualized by the HSPA led by Catherine Uy and Satrick Uy following discussions with Consulate officials.
The Harvard Square Alliance estimated the number of total attendees to the whole event at 80,000 people.