The Filipino-American Community of Colorado (FACC) brought a taste of the Philippines to Edgewater on June 11. Over a thousand people enjoyed a sunny Saturday at the FACC Cultural Center, where the 16th edition of the Philippine Festival was held. Cultural performances came courtesy of the FACC’s own Performance Group, as well as local performers such as the Philippine-American Society of Colorado and Catur Eka Santi. In addition, various local bands supplied the soundtrack, performing Filipino hits in addition to modern standards. As entertainers provided the sights and sounds, festival goers perused the craft booths and shops, as well as noshed on Filipino favorites such as pansit, lumpia, and halo-halo.

This year’s festival theme is “Celebrate Cebu”, spotlighting the culture of the central region of the Philippines. In keeping with the theme, the festival added some regional and ethnic touches; the FACC Performance Group added tribal dances such as the Subli, and a Sinulog-style processional and parade celebrating the feast of the Santo Nino wound through the festival area.