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Community to Host Cultural Festival Honoring Maui’s “Mother of Filipino Folk Dance”

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Binhi of the Filipino Ani Community Center in Kahului invites the public to celebrate its 53rd annual Barrio Party next weekend.

The event takes place on Friday, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The event will be dedicated to Aggie Cabebe, the Barrio Fiesta’s first president and the “mother of Filipino folk dancing on Maui”, who passed away in December 2020. Food, entertainment and pageantry will showcase the diversity of the Filipino culture with Maui County residents.

“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.

“Today, the need to share Filipino culture with all Maui residents remains true as the Filipino community continues to grow by leaps and bounds.”

“We are very pleased to continue preserving our Filipino culture by hosting the Barrio Fiesta each year,” Nora Cabanilla-Takushi, this year’s president said in the statement.

“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 being with old and new friends.”

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