The Department of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the Department of Tourism and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has been undertaking a series of online events highlighting and showcasing Philippine festivals, culture and traditions.
Through this online initiative, people around the world will be able to catch a glimpse of the Filipino culture and celebrate despite the challenges of the new normal brought about by the pandemic.
For the month of March, it is featuring Visita Iglesia, which is a traditional Lenten practice where people tour different churches. At the comfort and safety of their homes, the viewers will experience this religious custom.
A selected group of kababayans from various places on the globe will participate on an online live event on March 27, Saturday at 4pm PH time [7pm Sydney time].
There is a big group of participants from Sydney comprised of members of Filipino-Australian Community Association in Eastern Sydney (FACAES) led by Rox Movalin, Filipino International Student Council led by David Joshua Delos Reyes, members of Filipino Australian Multicultural Community Association (FAMCA), Ian Gabriel Castillo (student at Kingsford International Institute), Albie Prias of National Alliance of Respectable & Reliable Associations (NARRA) and Filipino Lesbian & Gay Community (FLAGCOM), Jean Catherine Chua-Guzman, Serna Ladia and yours truly for Radio Tagumpay and The Australian Filipina.
In January, members of the Lakas Filipina led by Elsa Collao and Radio Tagumpay represented by Violi Calvert, participated in the online activities celebrating of AtiAtihan and Dinagyang Festivals.
The Pinagbenga Festival from Baguio City, Philippines was livestreamed in February.
We hope you can watch the livestream of Visita Iglesia, on Facebook.com/DFAPHL and
youtube.com/DFAPHL. The video of all the other livestreamed festivals are also available on these pages.