‘Pistahan na!’

Dazzling folk dances at this year’s Pistahan

The Pistahan Parade and Festival, the largest celebration of Filipino Americans in the Bay Area, will feature delectable Filipino cuisine, cultural exhibits, and live performances on August 10 and 11.

The two-day event organized is expected to draw over 70,000 people, according to the organizer, the Filipino American Arts Exposition.

The celebration offers the following activities for the community.

The Martial Arts Pavilion will have exhibitions on Filipino martial arts Arnis, Escrima and Kali, in addition to Taekwondo. Families and friends of all ages are invited to experience, learn and preserve these traditions for the next generation of Filipino Americans. The Martial Arts Pavilion is located on Jessie Square on Mission Street across from Yerba Buena Gardens.

The Culinary Pavilion, sponsored by Ramar Foods International, is proud of its international celebration of Filipino cuisine. The events will include the Pistahan Adobo Cook-off, a Magnolia Purple Freeze Challenge ice cream speed eating contest, a ‘balut’ eating contest, Heavenly Ice Cream Tasting Bee, and the Kulinarya culinary competition.

Festival goers can catch the rhythm of folk dances in the Dance Pavilion. This interactive pavilion will teach traditional folk dances for an immersive cultural experience. The Dance Pavilion is located above the waterfalls inside Yerba Buena Gardens.

The winner of the New Filipino Cinema 2013 Audience Award, “Harana” will return for special screenings at the Yerba Buena Gardens. Florante Aguilar, a classically trained guitarist from San Francisco, returns to the Philippines after 12 years of absence. He rediscovers the music of ‘harana,’ the almost-forgotten tradition of Filipino serenading, where men sing under a window at night to declare their love for a woman. Led by award-winning director Benito Bautista, this riveting film contains a treasure trove of beautiful Filipino music waiting to be rediscovered. Intent on preserving vanishing customs, the film rekindles a connection with the past before it is irrevocably lost.

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