Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

A Taste of Filipino Culture

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

A Taste of Filipino Culture

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Byline: Jenny Lightfoot Jenny.Lightfoot@capnews.com.au

PRESIDENT Joey Mora and members of the Central Queensland Filipino-Australian Association Inc (CQFAA) will join Filipinos around the world in the annual celebration of Philippines Independence Day this weekend.

He said the Philippines was colonised by Spain more than 200 years ago.

"Christianity was the greatest contribution during the Spanish era and Filipino tradition, dances, food and dialect were also influenced by the Spaniards,'' he said.

On June 12, 1898 the sovereignty and independence of the Philippines was proclaimed from the colonial rule of Spain.

Mr Mora said to mark the 116th year of independence the Central Queensland Filipino-Australian Association Inc would hold a cultural program and dinner at the Frenchville Sports Club this Sunday.

He said the Filipinos would showcase their talents in singing and dancing with different regions of the Philippines presented.

"Some of the cultural dances are itik-itik, a dance originated in the province of Surigao in Mindanao," Mr Mora said. …

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