MAUI, Hawaii — Binhi at the Ani Filipino Community Center’s 53rd Annual Barrio Fiesta will be dedicated to the memory of Agrifina “Aggie” Terredanio Cabebe, the first Barrio Fiesta President and the “Mother of Filipino Folk Dance in Maui.” Cabebe passed away on December 14, 2020.
Food, entertainment and pageantry will showcase the diversity of Filipino culture with Maui County residents on Friday, May 27 from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
After seeing a Filipino folk dance performance by Aurelia Viernes on Maui, Aggie Cabebe began traveling to Honolulu to learn dances from her. Thus began Cabebe’s legendary journey of sharing his love with countless dancers, which continued for decades. This also led to her involvement with the Miss Filipina Pageants. Her disciplined style earned her the nickname “La Générale”.
“The original purpose of the Barrio Fiesta was to share Filipino culture with the rest of Maui County and also instill a sense of pride in local Filipinos in the rich culture of their homeland,” said Melen Agcolicol, president of Binhi. to Ani, in a press release.
“The Barrio Fiesta is the longest running Filipino party in the United States and we’re proud to have it here on Maui. There’s definitely something for everyone. And it’s a great way to continue sharing our culture with all of Maui and to be with friends old and new,” Nora Cabanilla-Takushi, this year’s president, said in the statement.
Visit binhiatani.org for more information.