Celebrating Philippine Culture

April 17th, 2024 · No Comments

 by Benjie de Ubago

In celebration of the 78th Anniversary of Philippine Australian Relations, Filipino community organisations have bonded together to stage a cultural exhibition at Liverpool City Library throughout the months of May and June, with the official opening on 4 May 2024.

The exhibition is spearheaded by Handog Pinoy in collaboration with Aguman Capampangan, Banag-Banag, Filipino Community Cooperative, the Visayan Association and UST Alumni Association. The exhibit is curated by Michelle Ramas and Benjie de Ubago.

The opening of the cultural exhibit will be attended by the Philippine Ambassador Ma. Hellen De La Vega, Philippine Consul General to Sydney Charmaine Rowena Aviquivil , Mayor Ned Mannoun of Liverpool  Council , Ms. Chandra Kaliyandaya MP, along with Filipino community leaders.

This eclectic exhibition reflects the Philippines’ rich cultural heritage, entwined with history, customs and traditions.  It will showcase the brilliant craftsmanship of Filipino artisans, from intricately woven textiles, to vibrant tribal costumes, to captivating artworks that showcase the interplay between tradition and modernity, and imbued with the age-long Filipino values and religious overtones.

“This unique collection is a testament of the Filipino’s talent and creativity” said a spokesperson for the group.    “It will be good for the younger generation to connect to their roots.”

In addition, a collection of books written by Filipino-Australian authors will be donated to the library for Filipinos and other nationalities to enjoy.

“It is our aim to lift the profile of Filipinos in Australia,” said the spokesperson.  “We are now over 400,000 Filipinos in Australia, the  fifth largest migrant community. We’d like to show what we’ve shared and contributed to our multicultural community. “

The exhibition will also be staged in Blacktown’s Max Webber  Library for the month of June in celebration of the 126th Anniversary of Philippine Independence.  Both Liverpool and Blacktown libraries are open till late seven days a week.

The exhibition is supported by Ms. Alma Argayoso, Trade Representative of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry in Australia, Ms. Liz Angeles of Megaworld International, Barong at Bestida and Aban Eco. The organisers  also gratefully acknowledge everyone who contributed to this exhibit.

Experience the best of Filipino culture – the best of us!


17 April 2024




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