The first time I tried Filipino food was at one of my close friends engagement party, who happened to be Filipino. As they were catering the party, they of course provided lots of traditional Filipino dishes to offer their guests. I was totally hooked. To be honest, I have no idea what the dishes are called, or what's in most of them, but for a number of years, I have been craving these dishes and looks like my prayers could possibly be answered with the Filipino Lantern and Cultural Festival that is coming to Sydney, Parramatta on the 20th November 2010 in celebration of the Filipino Christmas known as 'Pasko' - Sa atin lahat ito!
The Filipino Lantern and Cultural Festival is commuted to bring together the Filipino-Australian community in celebrating Christmas and showcasing Philippine cultural traditions. The Filipino celebration of Christmas is truly unique. The rich and lively blend of culture and tradition is meant to be shared so come take a closer look and see the sights, all the sounds, the aroma and flavours of the Filipino Christmas. Supported by the Parramatta City Council, this is the festival's first year and is a non for profit event with passionate volunteers dedicating their time to share the rich Filipino cultural heritage with the Australian community.
Filipino 'Pasko' conjours up Simbang Gabi, churros, bibingka, putobumbong, queso de bola, parols, a lechon, noche buena, a nativity scene or “belen”, caroling, and of course, the golden glow of candles and the warmth of being around all my family and friends.
Filipinos have the longest Christmas holidays in the world starting the day after Halloween. For all the Filo's reading this and are feeling homesick at this time of year, the Filipino Lantern and Cultural Festival will be your chance to recreate the special glow of the Philippine Christmas celebrations right in the heart of Parramatta.