Preparations for the Independence Day Celebration on 10 June 2012

04 May 2012

The Philippine Consulate General held a Filipino Community Meeting on 29 April 2012 at the Consulate premises to provide updates on the preparations for the Independence Day celebration on Sunday, 10 June 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Chater Garden and Chater Road. The Philippine Association of Hong Kong (PAHK) presented the program (see attached link for more details).

The theme of the celebration is Tayo na, Magkaisa at Magsaya. The Filipino community is invited to participate in the following ways (choose only one):

  1. Participation in the Tayo na, Kain na! Parade.

  2. Participation in Pagilasan sa Kundiman at Balagtasan; and

  3. Participation in cultural/traditional dance.



Pagilasan sa Kundiman at Balagtasan

Filipino associations can present any food delicacy from the Philippines. Kundiman
Only replicas of food can be utilized (NO REAL FOOD). There will be 3 contestants.
There will be 20-100 members per contingent. Contestants will be given 2 to 3 minutes to perform.
To avoid duplication, interested associations can submit their theme on a first-come, first-served basis at the Cultural Section by 13 May 2012. Contestants can perform solo, as a duo, or as a group (maximum of 5 members).
Parade participants should have their own choreography. Contestants should be in Filipiniana costume.
A maximum of 10 members can perform onstage for 2 minutes. Balagtasan
Each group is required to utilize 4-foot-long bamboo poles with vertical flags measuring 36 inches (L) by 12 inches (W) using the colors of the Philippine flag (blue, red, white, and yellow). There will be two teams of two members each.
  The teams will debate on the topic given, with one team on the affirmative side and the other on the negative side.
  Each team member will be given 1 minute to debate, with the team captains given 1 minute each to close their arguments.
  Contestants should be in Filipiniana costume.

For groups who wish to join the cultural/traditional folk dance part of the program, there will be an initial screening on Sunday, 20 May 2012 at the PCG premises to determine the five groups who will perform. Please wear your costumes.

Filipino associations are also encouraged to sign up for regional booths showcasing the products and destinations of the 17 different regions of the Philippines.

Groups that are not selected to perform in the Kundiman, Balagtasan, cultural/traditional dance, and regional booths are welcome to join the Parade.

For more information, please contact the Cultural Section at 2823-8534/36 or email at or (attention: Rennie or Gloria). Deadline for submission of entries is on Sunday, 13 May 2012.


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