for 24th Philippine Fiesta of Victoria 2006
The theme for Philippine Fiesta 2005 is Buklod. The word "Buklod"
means bonding, union, concord and alliance. This theme is in
line with the previous fiesta themes with definite Filipino
flavors like "Balik-Kultura (Back to the Culture) and "Abot-Kamay"
(Reaching Out). This is the follow up and follow-through of
the past themes. A chain of themes, the main objective of which
is to have a culturally-oriented, well-coordinated and meaningful
theme 'Buklod' aims to articulate a call for all Filipino migrants
and Filipino community organizations in Victoria to unite and
bond together in order to celebrate a substantial and successful
theme, like the previous ones, will hopefully give a deeper
meaning and significance to the annual Philippine Fiesta - the
essentiality of common bonding and harmony to effect a common
Philippine Fiesta is not only savoring Filipino foods nor reunion
with family, relatives and friends. It is an event which foregrounds
the spirit of Filipino positive values of 'Pakikisama' (cooperation)
and 'Bayanihan' (unconditional assistance and support to one's
fellowmen and community) and most of all, showcasing the Filipino
native arts, culture and traditions.
Fiesta is a call for every Filipino and every organization in
Victoria to come together and work as one ethnic community,
thus in return, enriching the cultural milieu of multicultural
Fiesta's icon for 2005 is a bundle of newly harvested 'uhay'
firmly tied together to signify the unity of the Filipino community
in Australia, that there is a palpable and undeniable strength
in unity. The theme aptly goes with the time-tested adage, 'united
we stand, divided we fall' - a relevant and timely words of
wisdom addressed to all Filipino Australians and Filipino community
groups in Victoria.