Tampa Bay, Florida: Phil Fest – April 4, 5, & 6, 2014

Tampa Bay, Florida: Phil Fest – April 4, 5, & 6, 2014


When: April 4, 5, & 6, 2014
Time: Fri 4PM-11PM, Sat 10AM to 11PM, Sun 10AM-7PM
Where: 14301 Nine Eagles Drive, Tampa, Florida, 33626

PhilFest is an annual three-day event at the Philippine Cultural Foundation’s PhilippineCultural Enrichment Complex. Replicating a typical Filipino fiesta, PhilFest showcases various facets of Filipino culture, art, music and food.

ARE YOU HOMESICK, LONGING TO TASTE ALL OF THE DELICIOUS FILIPINO FOODS, DREAMING OF WATCHING PHILIPPINE FOLK DANCES, MUSIC AND ARTS OR ARE YOU CURIOUS TO FIND OUT WHERE FILIPINOS GO IN APRIL EVERY YEAR?
They come to PhilFest in Tampa, Florida! Every year for the past 15 years, 12,000 people converge in the Philippine Cultural Foundation, Inc. (PCFI) property in Tampa to immerse themselves in CULTURE. They absorb everything they can in folk-art, music, fine arts, food, etc. Our own Philippine Performing Arts Company, directed by ex-Bayanihan dancer, Joey Omila puts on a Folk Dancing extravaganza. His dance troupe is well-recognized throughout the U.S. and has competed and won several awards nationally and internationally. In addition to our local dancers, other dance troupes as far away as Georgia also come and share our stage during this event for our guest entertainment and delight.

NOT TO BE OUTDONE IS OUR OWN ANGKLUNG!
Yes, we have our own Bamboo Orchestra. Directed, arranged and organized by our very talented music director, Nhick Pacis, the group has performed throughout the State leaving the audiences in awe and admiration! But wait——————-

WE ALSO HAVE MUSIC TO YOUR EARS
Our Philippine Choral Group will make you nostalgic and holding back tears with their beautiful renditions of several Filipino music. This is made possible by their able President and Organizer, Olive Santiano and their excellent conductress and ex-Madrigal Singers member, Connie Chanrasmi.

WHERE ARE THE COLLEGE STUDENTS?
It’s Saturday night, they are on stage! Yes, this is their night, they own the stage. They have been a hit since they started performing that the ground is always packed. If you are not here before 6:00 PM Saturday, you will have no place to stand on. Several Filipino-American student groups from several universities throughout the state have been wowing the thousands and thousands of PhilFest crowds with their dance competition in hip-hop and modernized Philippine Folk dances. You don’t want to miss this event.

LET YOUR NOSE BE THE JUDGE
As you walk through the PhilFest grounds, is your nose pulling you in every direction? Can you smell that lechon aroma wafting through the air? The fish being fried and the barbecue being cooked? And, as you move towards the stage, you are drawn by that smelly, yet with a nostalgic aroma emanating from the left side of the stage. You follow the scent and as you get closer you come to realize that the familiar smell is from the pinapaitan, caldereta and kilawen (kalding) being prepared by the Ilocanos.
You shout to yourself, “FINALLY I AM HOME!” As you continue your stroll around the grounds, it becomes clear to you that all of the regions in the Philippines are represented, cooking their own regional delicacies.

YES, BUT WHAT ABOUT BUSINESSMEN AND INVESTORS, WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO OFFER FOR THEM?

We got them covered. There will be a whole day Business Seminar on Friday, April 8, wherein notable businessmen from the Philippines and the U.S. will speak. They will cover topics such as: wealth management, entrepreneurship, best business and investment opportunities in the Philippines, and the U.S., real estate, tax liens, health care business and more.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL THAT IS NEW FOR PHILFEST
We will also be bringing famous Filipino artists (singers) to perform at the Bayanihan Arts and Events Center. For a nominal fee, you will enjoy the show fresh from the Philippines.

BUT WHY PCFI, WHO ARE THEY?
The Philippine Cultural Foundation, Inc. is a 15-year old not for profit organization in Tampa Bay, Florida. It is the model of other organizations in the U.S. because of what it has accomplished in so short a time. During its first year, it purchased a 10-acre property and continuously improved it. In just six years of existence, it completed the construction of its major goal – a 14,300 square foot “Bayanihan Arts and Events Center.” This Center has become the venue of Philippine Cultural presentations, such as dance, music and arts. It is also rented out for weddings, anniversaries, convention and other social events. For the past few years it has become a self-sustaining organization. This is a testament that Filipinos can unite and build something we can all be proud of.

BY COMING TO PHILFEST YOU CAN SHOOT SEVERAL BIRDS WITH ONE BULLET
If you are planning a family vacation, family reunion, class reunion, association meeting or seminar, why not plan to hold it at PhilFest? After all, Central Florida is a favorite vacation destination. We have pristine beaches and several amusement parks that you can visit before or after PhilFest. If you are coming in a group, we can even designate a place for you to congregate at PhilFest.

Website: http://www.pcfitampa.org


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