A Philippine Celebration

A PANTOMIME PERFORMANCE

 

Every 12th day of June each year, Filipino-Kiwis in New Zealand commemorate the day the Philippines became the first Republic in Southeast Asia. On that summer day in 1898, it gained independence after enduring 377-years of Spanish colonial rule.

 

The month of June 2012 marks the 113th Year Anniversary of Philippine Independence. It will be a special occasion that also celebrates the 150th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal – the Philippines’ National Hero.

 

A day-long programme held at Indian Community Centre at 46 Kemp St., Kilbirnie, Wellington starts at 11:00am with a Catholic Mass. It will then be immediately followed by a “salo-salowhere event visitors can sample a variety of delicious Philippine food dishes and other regional delicacies. Salo-salo is a Filipino expression that celebrates “togetherness” in just about anything. Most of the time, the term refers to sharing a meal usually in a fiesta environment.

 

With bellies hopefully full, a 2-hour cultural presentation then kicks off at 1.30PM. It will showcase some performances that include a pantomime theatre performance organised by Filipino Artists in New Zealand, Inc. which relates some of the history behind Philippine Independence.

 

Pantomime is a musical-comedy theatrical production that harks back to a time in the mid-16th century when a ‘comedy of professional artists’ travelling from province to province in Italy and then France improvised and told stories which told lessons to the crowd,

 

There will also be another show highlighting Dr. Jose Rizal’s life and achievements. Other entertainment follows with music performed by Filipino-Kiwi bands. To cap off the celebrations, a disco dance follows from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. A full day of fun and entertainment is guaranteed!

 

SUPPORTING THE ARTS

The event performances on this special day in June this year are supported by Creative Communities NZ, which is a partnership between Wellington City Coun-cil and Creative New Zealand. Every year Creative New Zealand provides funding to councils to support local arts activities through grants released twice a year to support and encourage local communities to create and present diverse opportunities for ac-cessing and participating in arts activities in Wellington city.

 

Creative New Zealand is the national arts development agency developing, investing in and advocating for the arts. Its vision is to help develop strong and dynamic New Zealand arts which are valued in Aotearoa and internationally. As it works towards this vision it is encouraged by the knowledge that New Zealanders are strong supporters of the arts.

 

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There will also be an ‘On-the-spot Essay Writing Contest’ and ‘Poster Making Contest’, which will be held on Sunday, 15 May, from 2.30pm to 3.30pm at St. Patrick’s Church, Mt. Victoria. There are different categories (for adults, youth and children), so please check the details from the Philippine Embassy website: www.philembassy.org.nz. Forms can also be downloaded from this website, You can submit your forms ASAP or you can submit them before the contest proper at the venue. Generous prizes await the winners, which will be awarded during the cultural celebration on 12th of June.

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