The Philippine Fiesta Victoria 2013
Tulungan- The essence of the 31st Philippine Fiesta Celebration
By Manuel Asuncion
The Philippine Fiesta of Victoria management committee (PFVI) has joyfully announced that the
annual Philippine Fiesta will be held on 23-24 November at Melbourne Exhibition Show Grounds.
As Ross Manuel, the PFVI Chairperson, victoriously declared to the Filipino-Australian community:
' Tuloy po ang ating Fiesta!!!'
This year's Fiesta theme is: Tulungan- Sa Isip, sa Puso at sa Gawa (Helping One Another: In your mind,
in your heart and your action). The theme enunciates the spirit of helping one another not in only in
the mind nor in the heart but most of all in action, underscoring the unconditional assistance in time
of danger or crisis that people or the community need.
The spirit of Tulungan is evident during the yearly Philippine Fiesta celebration. A number of
individuals and community organizations assist in the preparation of this event, be it the putting up
colourful buntings around the venue, hanging beautiful lanterns on the stage, arranging the photos
on the panels for the cultural exhibits or giving refreshments to the tired workers. A truly Filipino
traditions which we Filipinos brought to this country.
The 2-day celebration of the Philippine Fiesta itself demonstrates the true spirit of Tulungan wherein
the Filipino-Australian community members and associations extend their assistance by their
presence and joining the Fiesta program and its cultural activities.
The multi-faceted talents of Filipino-Australian performers, the Palarong Filipino, the Santacruzan,
the arrays of sumptuous Filipino food, the joyous parade of Filipino community organizations and
the attendance of thousands of people attest the heartfelt Tulungan in action making the two dayfestivity a success.
Philippine Fiesta of Victoria avidly extends it Tulungan in time of calamities. The PFVI gives its
generous support to our Kababayans in the Philippines who are poor victims of natural disasters as
well as in Australia, our second homeland during its share of floods and bushfires.
The Philippine Fiesta of Victoria Inc. Management Committee is busy preparing these days for the
big event this coming 23-24 November. Everyone is invited to give a helping hand and be involved to
keep the spirit of Tulungan for this biggest and colourful cultural Filipino-Australian community
celebration in Victoria.
The Philippine Fiesta Victoria 2012
Bukas-Bisig – Open arms or welcome!
By Manuel Asuncion
The 30th anniversary theme of the
Philippine Fiesta of Victoria highlights the value of Filipino
hospitality – Bukas –Bisig (Open arms or welcome!).
We Filipinos are well known for our big
smile and heartfelt embrace in welcoming people to our home
and community .
Our family and communal festivities
attest to this positive custom and tradition.
With open arms, we Filipinos
welcome everyone (friends, acquaintances and even strangers)
to our family celebrations and yearly fiestas sharing with
them our sumptuous food, enervating drinks and hearty
We love to hold parties. Be it a birthday
celebration, wedding anniversary, baptismal or house
warming, for we view them as an opportunity for family reunion
and sharing of our joy with relatives and friends - any excuse
just to celebrate and be together.
That’s why our Filipino verb system has
an array of participational affixes such as Maki,
Makipag and Makipang which means to ‘share’;
‘Join;’ ‘ be with’; ‘to go along with’ - like the words
Makisama (Cooperate); ‘Makikain’” (eat with); ‘Makisalo’
(Share with); Makipag-usap (Converse with); Makisakay
(Ride with) and others.
Everybody is welcome to our celebration.
We don’t mind if you bring along a friend or two, because
for Filipinos, it’s imperative to prepare extra food for
unexpected visitors. “Baka may dumating pang iba! “
(Others might come!) is the common household expression.
Observing this felicitous tradition, the
Philippine Fiesta of Victoria welcomes everyone to its annual
celebration. All are invited to share with us the joy and the
spirit of friendship and Filipino hospitality.
Bukas-Bisig po namin kayong tinatanggap
sa ika tatlumpung anibersaryo ng Philippine Fiesta ng
The Philippine Fiesta Victoria 2011
AMBAGAN – mutual and
By Manuel Asuncion
Philippine Fiesta’s theme pays tribute to the Filipino
value of AMBAGAN, which means mutual and communal
Filipinos are well known for their
generosity to their fellow “kababayan” whether in kind or
This is evident in most family events or
People readily dig deep into their pockets whenever there are
people in need of monetary support -
like for example,
in building a small chapel; construction of a community
school; money to be spent for the cultural activities such as
fiestas or Santacruzan or aid given to the poor
victims of natural calamities.
When somebody dies in the community,
Filipinos are expected to give ’abuloy’ or contribution
bereaved in helping for the traditional
‘lamay’ or wake and burial expenses. In can be
in a form of money carefully sealed in an envelope accompanied
by a sympathy card or
a bunch of flowers.
a small barrio, whenever there’s a wedding, barrio folks give
whatever they can
afford to the newlyweds -
perhaps a cartful of fresh fruits and vegetables;
a basketful of poultry or a bilao of fish as a
kindly gesture of their modest contributions or ‘ambag’
to the wedding’s
‘handaan’ or preparations.
‘Pagpasensiyahan niyo na ang konti
they’ll humbly whisper as they give their generous
contributions to the hosts.
It’s not only money that Filipinos open
their hearts and
souls in helping their kababayans
but in deeds as well. ‘Bayanihan’ tangibly
demonstrates the spirit of Ambagan.
Filipinos extend their helping hands to
their relatives, neighbours and friends voluntarily in moving
houses, in construction of fences, mending
of bancas and fishnets, threshing of palays
during harvest season and more.
Every year, the spirit of Ambagan
is being reconstructed during the Philippine Fiesta of
Victoria. A number of members and volunteers from different
Philippine community organizations; business enterprises and
lend their time and efforts gratis et amore
in making this annual celebration a success.
That’s why this year’s
Philippine Fiesta of Victoria
2011 focuses its theme on Ambagan in recognition
of this sterling
tradition of the Filipino people - and most of all, the
unselfish contributions of people working behind this
colourful and lively festival.
Yes, the spirit of Ambagan is alive and well in
the Filipino Community in Victoria.
The Philippine Fiesta Victoria 2010
Together we can do it better
By Manuel Asuncion
The word “Makibahagi”
.in Filipino language means share . It is made up of two magic
words . The Filipino participational verb affix “Maki “ which
means to share, participate, join or go with, someone,
like the words:
and Makisakay “to ride on” ;
and the word Bahagi
which means ‘part’ .
Combined the words together it literally means join or to be a
part of or to be a
part of something. In taking part,
you share your
enthusiasm, expertise , skills and knowledge. In free
Filipinos are well
known for generosity. This is demonstrated with our
of helping one another; of our endless
fiesta of sharing
our food and laughter with our relatives; we welcome strangers
to our fold; and we put
high value on Pakikisama (SIR) or
smooth-personal -relationship, so we make an extra effort to
be part of a group by sharing our emotions and our resources.
As members of
an ethnic community, we have to share with the
activities and endeavours of our community. In this way, we
help our community in recognizing its position and sense of
the Australian multi-cultural society .
We have the
responsibility to share our , energy and talents in building
our community to see it develop and progress,
thus helping it becomes
an asset to the mainstream society. We have to take pride to
the achievements of our community, its leaders and members who
worked hard for the recognition of our culture and tradition,
thus adding to the colourful tapestry of
diversity in Australia.
In everyday life, we
do not only share our time and money to our relatives and
friends, but also
our wits, knowledge, emotion, expertise and wisdom to maintain
the balance of harmony, understanding, love, assistance
This year’s fiesta,
PFVI underscores the significance of
“Sharing”. For we
firmly believe that it
will endeavour to encourage all
members, individuals and
the whole of the Filipino community organizations in Victoria
to observe this sterling quality of sharing in order to
achieve our goal of
planning and running the Fiesta smoothly, and most
importantly, in showcasing the Filipino cultural heritage to
the Australian multi-cultural society.
PAGPAPAUNLAD NG PHILIPPINE FIESTA !
The Philippine Fiesta of Victoria AGM and Election of
Committee members was held on 13 June 2010. Here are the complete vote
||Cheryl De Leon
Malou Collie (Candidate Nbr 9) withdrew before the
vote for personal reasons.
The Philippine Fiesta Victoria 2008
The Philippine Fiesta of
Victoria Inc. ( PFVI)
is celebrating its 26th anniversary on 29-30
November 2008. The Philippine Fiesta
is indeed the time of the year that the Filipinos all
over Victoria and our ‘kababayan‘
states of Australia convene and celebrate one of the biggest and
Ross Manuel (the present Fiesta’s chairperson), this year’s
Fiesta theme veers from the
usual Filipino cultural motif,
but instead focuses on global orientation
- the staunch support for the worldwide protection of
the Philippine Fiesta executive committee is busy planning and
working for the coming
of the two-day celebration. This active and dedicated
group sees to it that the Fiesta this year will be bigger,
busier and merrier with invited young actors gracing the
occasion with the complement of
26 years of existence, the Philippine Fiesta of Victoria has
come a long way. It started in the summer of November 1982 when
a group of
enthusiastic Filipinos, with a fervent desire to relive the
colorful festivity from home, celebrated the first Philippine
Fiesta ever at
Garden, at Knox City, Victoria, Australia.
Fiesta was spearheaded by the Federations of Filipino
Associations of Victoria (FFAV) and
the group was composed of officers and members of the
Filipino Tradesmen Association (FILTAV), Filipino Community
Welfare Service (FCWS), Filipino Association of Victoria (FAV),
University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA), Silayan
Dance Troupe (SDT) and the Filipino Friendship Society (FAF).
Due to the
success of the initial celebration, the FFAV organized another
Fiesta in 1983 at Foostcray
Park, a western suburb of Melbourne.
Thus, the fiesta became an annual event
because of the active participations of other
Filipino-Australian organizations and the attendance of the
growing Filipino-Australian populace in
Victoria. For five successive year
(1983-1988), the Philippine Fiesta organized by FFAV and FCW
were held at
In 1987, the
Philippine Fiesta of Victoria
Inc (FPVI) was formally established and was duly
incorporated through the efforts of the of the committed leaders
and members of different
community organizations in Victoria. During this
Philippine Fiesta Constitution was made and an
executive committee was formally elected.
Philippine Fiesta had been celebrated in the different suburbs
but in 1994. the Fiesta executive committee purchased a
sprawling property of 1.92 hectares in Laverton which becomes
the permanent site of the annual festivity. The place was the
Primary School and is
close to public transport which makes the Fiesta more accessible
to a number of people. The
a Philippine community centre wherein a number of
Filipino-Australian activities are held.
True to its
primary objective in promoting the Filipino arts, culture and
traditions, the Philippine Fiesta,
during its two-day celebration,
features exhibits, paintings, songs, sports and dances
that showcased the richness of our cultural heritage.
years, the annual Philippine Fiesta has grown into a bigger
proportion with people
looking forward to meet friends, taste an array of
delicious Filipino cuisines and enjoy live entertainment
provided by local Filipino-Australian talents and famous
luminaries from the Philippines. Every year, the number
of people attending the fiesta has increased. Last year’s
attendance has escalated to more than 8,000.00 individuals
The coronation of Miss and Mrs Philippine Fiesta of
Victoria Quest, which greatly assists to maintain the Fiesta,
add to the gaiety and glamour
Thanks to the committed members of the Philippine Fiesta
Victoria Inc. especially to the Filipino leaders, community
organizations, volunteers and individuals to the success of this
festive occasion and in keeping the
spirit of the Philippine Fiesta forever burning in Australia. Indeed, the Philippine
Fiesta has been the truly icon of the Filipino community in Victoria.
Philippine Fiesta Committee Officers for 2007
left: Ross Manuel, Lita Camacho, Orly Victuelles, Liz Honey,
Rene Tamoro, Ellen C. Oftial, Mario Dumrigue, Resy Lim, Manny
Asuncion, Tess Ragel, Mac Pagdanganan, Cheryl de Leon, Roy
Carbungco, Mario Magbiray
Isang Mabunying Pasasalamat
Sa ika-dalawampu’t limang anibersaryo ng Philippine Fiesta of
Victoria, malugod po naming pinasasalamatan ang mga tao, samahan
at negosyanteng tumulong at sumuporta sa ating natatanging
Lakip po ang aming taos-puso pasasalamat, bilang punong- abala
ng pasinayang ito sa mga kandidata, pamilya, at mga samahang
umakbay sa Miss and Mrs Philippine Fiesta sa mga nagdaang
panahon. Isa pong malaking tulong ang kanilang ginawa sa
pananatili ng ating pagdiriwang lalong –lalo na po sa
pagtataguyod ng ating Philippine Community Centre.
Gayun din po sa mga taong boluntaryong naghandog ng kanilang
taunang tulong sa pagsasaayos ng ating taunang selebrasyon. Ang
mga taong nagpinta, nagpukpok, nagluto naglinis, nag-asikaso sa
mga bisita, at sa iba pang di-mabilang na gawain upang ang
pasinayang ito ay maging maayos at matagumpay. Saludo po ang
Management Community sa ginawa ninyong pagtulong.
Siyempre pa, sa ating mga lokal at galing pa sa ibang estadong
panauhing nagpamalas ng kani-kanilang kakayahan sa pagasayaw,
pag-awit at sa pagtugtog. Sa ABS CBN na nagpapadala ng mga
piling artista mula sa Pilipinas na nagdulot nang di matatawarng
ningning sa pasinaya at di-matingkalang aliw sa mga taong
higit sa lahat, sa mga tao, pamilya , mga kaibigang walang
sawang nakibahagi at tumangkilik sa ating maligayayang
Philippine Fiesta of Victoria po ay isang pasinayang
nagtatanghal ng kulturang Pilipino. Tangkilikin po natin ito
sapagkat ating-atin po ito.
Mabuhay ang Philippine Fiesta of Victoria. Mabuhay po tayong
Ang Philippine Fiesta Management Committee..
AKBAYAN – The Spirit of the 25th anniversary of the Philippine
By Manny G. Asuncion
It’s hard to believe that the Philippine Fiesta of Victoria is
celebrating its 25 years! It was just like yesterday that a
small group of determined Filipinos convened together at the
Caribbean Garden to relive a colourful festivity away from home
– the Filipino fiesta!
From then on, the Philippine Fiesta becomes a much a waited
event for the Filipino-Australian Community in Victoria. The
Philippine Fiesta becomes one of the icons of our community.
the years go by, the Fiesta goes from strength-to-strength with
the sheer determination and effort of its officers, members,
individuals, families, organizations and business entrepreneurs
to keep its celebration flame burning.
succeeding years witnessed the Philippine Fiesta turned into a
big celebration and finally has its own place to call its home
in Laverton – the Philippine Community Centre. This centre does
not only become an annual venue for celebration of the
Philippine Fiesta but also becomes a hubbub for
Filipino-Australian gatherings; like meetings, forums,
workshops, rehearsals, parties and other religious activities.
Looking back, it’s heartwarming to reminisce the joy, the pain,
the triumph and the drama that people experienced working with
the Philippine Fiesta. These are the unsung heroes of the
community who worked the whole year round without any
remuneration in order to make this annual celebration a success;
and most importantly, to make the fiesta not just fun, but a
celebration of Filipino culture with its substantial themes,
entertainment, exhibitions and a cornucopia of local cuisine.
year’s theme definitely fits the aura of the Philippine Fiesta –
AKBAYAN - a Filipino euphemistic word for support and
partnership. The theme focuses on the recognition of the
unselfish assistance accorded by countless individuals,
associations and business establishments for the past years. It
is in this true spirit AKBAYAN that keeps the Philippine Fiesta
of Victoria going. .
The Philippine Fiesta Management Committees
1982 – 2003
Several months away before the Fiesta, a group of people always
convenes at the Philippine Community House in Laverton to plan
the activities for a much-awaited annual event – The Philippine
Fiesta of Victoria.
These are the people who meet every week to organize the festive
scenario, create committee, ask for council’s permit, do the
souvenir program, monitors the progress of festival and do
multifarious tasks relevant to the Fiesta.
These people are the executive officers and directors or the
Management Committee of the Philippine Fiesta of Victoria
Incorporated (PFVI) who are the perennial KAAKBAY or
hard-working partners of PFVI since its establishment in 1982.
Elected every two years, the Management Committee is the
backbone of the PFVI that plans, organizes, monitors executes
and evaluates the over-all blue prints of the events. Along with
other volunteers and member organizations, the Fiesta Management
Committee made the fiesta visible and viable to the
Filipino-Australian community and to other Australian
Within its 25 years of existence, the members of the Philippine
Fiesta Committee has undergone several changes but the spirit of
‘dedication’, ‘fortitude’. ‘industry’ and ‘sincerity’ among the
succeeding leaders remain constant to the goals and objectives
of the Fiesta – a truly KAAKBAY of this auspicious event.