Pis­tang Pilipino for ev­ery­one

Rotorua Weekender - - News - Shauni James

Hard work and years of prepa­ra­tion will come to­gether as Filipino com­mu­ni­ties from around the coun­try flock to Ro­torua for a na­tional fes­ti­val.

Pis­tang Pilipino 2018 is be­ing held in Ro­torua over Labour Week­end at var­i­ous places around the city.

Event co-or­di­na­tor Cherry An­drews says Pis­tang Pilipino has been go­ing for more than 30 years and started in Auck­land.

It is a Filipino fes­ti­val of sports and cul­ture, and this will be its fourth time be­ing hosted in Ro­torua.

It is hosted by the Bay of Plenty Philip­pine Friendship So­ci­ety Inc.

The sports to be played in this year’s fes­ti­val in­clude bas­ket­ball, vol­ley­ball, ten­nis, ta­ble ten­nis, badminton, 10 pin bowl­ing, darts and bil­liards.

She says it is friendly com­pe­ti­tion which helps to unify Filipinos through­out the coun­try in all age groups.

There will also be a cul­tural and tal­ent evening, Miss Philip­pines-nz 2018 fi­nals and a food fes­ti­val.

The food fes­ti­val will have 16 stalls, a bouncy cas­tle and con­cert, in­clud­ing per­for­mances from Ro­torua Girls’ and Boys’ High School’s Raukura kapa haka group, a Pa­cific Is­land group and dance group Xe­cute from Ro­torua Girls’ High School.

It is be­ing held in front of the Ro­torua Mu­seum on Oc­to­ber 20 and 21. Cherry says about 5000 or 6000 peo­ple in New Zealand’s Filipino com­mu­nity are ex­pected to at­tend, and the Ro­torua com­mu­nity is in­vited to join them.

The event has taken at least two years of plan­ning, she says.

“We are so pleased to show all our com­pa­tri­ots and peo­ple from the Philip­pines that Ro­torua is a very im­por­tant place in Aotearoa be­cause it is the cen­tre of Ma¯ ori cul­ture.”

She says Ro­torua also has a lot of ac­tiv­i­ties to do both in­side and out­side, with plenty of ex­cit­ing

places for the Philip­pines com­mu­nity to visit.

“They are also pleased to come back, that’s our feed­back.”

Cherry says peo­ple al­ways have fond mem­o­ries of the fes­ti­val held in Ro­torua, and says the Ro­torua com­mu­nity has ac­com­mo­dat­ing and friendly peo­ple.

The event is also a chance for Filipino so­ci­eties to have an AGM, she says.

All day­time ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the week­end have free en­try.

Evening events have tick­ets avail­able from Tick­et­mas­ter.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion on the week­end’s pro­gramme go to pis­tang­fil­ipino.org.nz

Photo / Shauni James

(From left) Mem­bers of the Ro­torua Filipino com­mu­nity Ron­ald Espel­larga, Tr­ish Pike, Cherry An­drews, Risalie Vil­lasan and Vin­cent Vil­lasan en­cour­age peo­ple to come along to Pis­tang Pilipino.

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