An Evening at the Fair
By Virgilio I. Gonzales email: Vgonzalesr@aol.com
The Girl Scouts of Brookfield held a fundraiser featuring a Philippine Fair Day at the West Whisconier Middle School on March 12, 3004.
Families and friends of the Girl Scouts enjoyed a festive evening of Filipino folk dances, fashion show, games, handicrafts and cuisine under the auspices of the Filipino-American Association of Western Connecticut (FAAWC).
The Hiyas ng Silangan dancers performed a number of
folk dances, including the popular bamboo dance the Tinikling. After the
performance the audience was invited to try their feet and skill on the bamboo poles.
A Taste of the Philippines booth served Filipino dishes such as pancit (rice noodles), chicken and pork adobo (marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and pepper), empanadita (little breads with ground meat, etc. inside), and bibingka (rice cake).
It was a cultural as well as a culinary experience for some 150 people who attended the fundraiser.
Brookfields Lynn Escedy broached the idea of
a Philippine fair to the FAAWC, and the Filipino association responded
whole-heartedly. Its president Chie Jardeleza, dance director Chona Trinidad and her
assistant Lani Gonzales assembled and trained the members who participated in the project.