Filipino American Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania

To Present Philippine Heritage Celebration on October 13

Members of the Filipino American Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania, some of whom reside in western New York and eastern Ohio, would like to invite you to their Philippine Heritage Celebration on October 13, 2013, at 2 p.m., at the Yehl Ballroom of Gannon University.

The Republic of the Philippines has 7,100 islands, and because of its geography and topography, it has 76 dialects. Natives from the three regions of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao speak some of the major dialects of Tagalog, Bikol, Ilocano, Cebuano, and Ilongo. Other major dialects spoken only in certain provinces are Pangasinan, Hiligaynon, and Boholano. In order to understand each other, Tagalog is taught in all schools and is considered as the national language. English is used as the official language in government, education, business, and industry.

Each region has its distinct customs and traditions as represented by their respective musical styles, folk songs, folk dances, and even social graces.

You will be entertained by folk dancers in their native regional costumes. You will learn some Philippine history, including the Spanish influence on the people’s religion, family structure and communication. And, of course, American technological influence on the country is indicated through the educational portion of the program.

Philippine Consul to the United States Felipe F. Carino III from the Philippine Consulate General Office in New York City will be the guest speaker.

For more information, please contact:
Salvador A. Parco, PhD
814-825-9231 or 459-4581, ext. 538
saparco@velocity.net or sparco@gecac.org

 

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