The City of Albuquerque and the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico (FAFNM) presented the Celebration of the International Day focusing on the Philippines on Sept. 22, 2021 at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park for two hours. The event was emceed by Vicky Adaoag, a board member of FAFNM with invocation by Rev. Fr. Joel Bugas. The presentation showcased Filipino talents in singing, dancing, kulintang music and fashion show with around 50 participants. Choreographers were: Maricar Castro, Chearie Alipat and Darwin Virtusio. Booths included Food from Basil Home Cooking and other food donors, DHI-FEMA, NM Immigrant Law Center, NM Asian Family Center, Filipino Student Organization of UNM, Fil-Am Nursing Assoc. of NM and Art Pieces of Jocelle Bautista. Covid Vaccination Team was also present. Thanks to Larry Miller Toyota for their support. The Event Committee included: FAFNM President Myrna Samson (Chair), Vicky Adaoag (Program), Cora Romillo (Dance Coordinator), Ariel Bondoc (Set/Program Design), & Gloria Kauz (Consultant). Thank you to the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services, performers, volunteers, donors, supporters, booth participants, FAFNM BOD and members. We hope to see everybody at the Christmas Party on Dec. 2. Please check EVENTS page in November for details.
Thanks to Ana Bhandari of UNM who created a short video for this event. Click to watch: Fiesta Filipino
The following photos were from the FAFNM volunteer photographers and Jasmine Quiambao. Thank you all. (Click on individual photo to enlarge image.)