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Independence Day festivities to be 4-Sunday event anew

28 April 2019

Mindanao groups present the dances of the lumads and their colorful costume (above) in last year's festivities.

This year’s celebration of Philippine Independence will again be held on four Sundays of June with several activities lined up by the Filipino community in Hong Kong in coordination with the Consulate.

Consul Robert Quintin, head of the PCG’s cultural section, said the activities will be ushered in by the Kapangyawan Friendship Festival on Jun 2, the first Sunday of the month.

“It will still be a four-Sunday event. We will have the Kapangyawan Festival, we will have another event focusing on health and Filipino games, and another one on culture and food,” Quintin said.

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He said that just like last year, some Filcom groups have already been contacted for their roles in the celebrations.

“We have tapped the Global Alliance, the Philippine Alliance and the Flag (Federation of Luzon Active Groups) this time. And so we are trying to involve as many as we can. These are the umbrellas that have acquired quite considerable (following). Of course, PAHK will also be there,” Quintin said.                                                                                                                                         
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He said the celebrations will be very much the same as last year.

In a meeting earlier with the Filcom leaders, Quintin said the first Sunday of the celebrations will begin with an inter-faith service, to be followed by the traditional thanksgiving mass attended by Consulate officials and Filcom members.

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A cultural parade will then follow, with the special participation by the Hong Kong Police marching band. Various cultural groups representing different regions and provinces of the Philippines are expected to join the parade.

Quintin discussed briefly the four-Sunday celebrations.

“Yung Kapangyawan Friendship Festival, hindi mawawala iyan…. Pagkatapos ng cultural parade ay ang celebration of Philippine festivals,” the consul said.

The other Sundays will be devoted to health with yoga, dances, cultural dances, native games and exhibition of Filipino foods on Chater Road.

The highlight of the festivities is the Independence Day Ball, Quintin said. 

On June 12, Independence Day, Filcom members will be invited to a breakfast at the PCG public area.

There will be a flag ceremony and reading of the messages of the President, Vice President, Foreign Secretary and Labor Secretary. – Vir B. Lumicao
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