21 May 2011

113th celebration of Philippine Independence and 150th Anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal

Dear friends,

Every year, the Filipinos commemorate its gaining of independence from its colonizers on 12 June 1898.  This year, it will be special because aside from the celebration of the 113th Year Anniversary of our Philippine Independence, we will also celebrate 150th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal, our National Hero.

The programme will start at 11:00am with a Catholic Mass, then a “salo-salo” where you could sample the delicious Philippine foods/regional delicacies. Cultural show starts at 1.30 until 3.30, an exciting 2 hrs of excellent performances, including a theatre performance on the history of Philippine Independence (supported by Creative Communities NZ), and a show highlighting Dr. Jose Rizal’s life and achievements. Entertainment from our Filipino bands and disco will follow suit, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.

What: 113th celebration of Philippine Independence and 150th Anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal
When: 12 June 2011, 11:00-5:30pm
Where: Indian Community Centre, 46 Kemp St., Kilbirnie, Wellington

There will also be an ‘On-the-spot Essay Writing Contest’ and ‘Poster Making Contest’, which will be held this 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 the 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.

We promise a very enjoyable and learning experience for you and your family.  So mark your calendar: June 12, 11:00-5:00pm, Indian Hall, Kilbirnie. You’ll enjoy the food, the cultural show, the bands and the disco! It will be a full day of fun and entertainment…guaranteed!

On behalf of the Organising Committee,


Matilde Tayawa-Figuracion

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