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 Japan.

“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 Philippine Festival.

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)

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