The best of Pinoy
culture, food shine in festival in Japan
MANILA, Oct. 2 (PIA) – The best of Filipino culture, hospitality, food
and entertainment were highlighted in the recent Philippine Festival held at
the Yoyogi Park in Tokyo, Japan.
Representative Manny “Pacman” Paquiao was the special guest during the event
organized by the Philippine Embassy and the Filipino community leaders in
“The Filipinos are so amiable and their smiles are a trademark of our
tourism industry,” Pacquiao said.
Pacquiao, who was accompanied by wife Jinkee, Vice Governor of Saranggani,
encouraged the Filipinos to raise the prestige and honor of the country
saying “No matter where you go, you bring with you not just your family name
but your country’s pride.”
Over 200,000 Filipinos and Japanese enjoyed the two-day fiesta in a sunny
and cool weather at the beginning of the five-day Silver Week holiday in
Japan that welcomes the arrival of the autumn season.
Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel Lopez thanked Representative Pacquiao
for responding to the invitation of the Filipinos in Japan to attend the
Ambassador Lopez also said the annual Philippine Festival contributes to the
tourism promotion program of the country as he noted that “the Philippines
has become a tourism hot spot in recent years” as shown by the opening of
many new hotels in the country and the increase in the number of Japanese
tourists to the Philippines.
The weekend festival featured a parade, a street dancing competition,
performances of bands playing Filipino and Japanese songs, and guest
appearances by Manila-based celebrities Jolina Magdangal, Marvin Agustin and
OPM singer Rey Valera.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), one of the main
attractions was the Dinagyang festival dance preformed by a group of 30
award-winning dancers and drummers from Iloilo City, Philippines.
Likewise, booths representing the culture and heritage of the Philippines’
diverse regions participated in the event.
The annual Philippine Festival is a project of the Filipino community and
the Philippine Embassy in Japan under the leadership of the Philippine
Festival Organizing Committee.
Meanwhile, the Embassy also conducted overseas voters registration which
listed over 300 Filipino voters for the 2016 national election. (DFA/RJB/JEG/PIA-NCR)