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A Filipino cultural exhibition featuring art, books and fashion has opened in Blacktown, Sydney, to commemorate the 126th anniversary of Philippine independence.

“A Celebration of Philippine Culture” shows the colourful clothing of indigenous tribes, the creative imagery of artisans and migratory stories from Filipino Australians.

The free exhibition at Max Webber Library opened on Saturday as Blacktown City Council and the community commemorated the Philippines Independence Day.

A flag-raising ceremony and cultural performances demonstrated the proud traditions of the Filipino people, including a procession through the Village Green.

Community performers including the Blacktown City Community Band, Rie Manaloto from Filoz Arts Group, students from Plumpton High School and Sonata Singers performed in Bowman Hall.

Philippine Consul Sheila Marie Tario was among the dignitaries present.

Celebration of Philippine Culture exhibit opening
PHOTO: Louie Pelaez
Celebration of Philippine Culture exhibit opening
PHOTO: Louie Pelaez
Celebration of Philippine Culture exhibit opening
PHOTO: Louie Pelaez
Celebration of Philippine Culture exhibit opening
PHOTO: Louie Pelaez
Celebration of Philippine Culture exhibit opening
PHOTO: Louie Pelaez

Blacktown City Mayor Brad Bunting was honoured to be part of the occasion.

“The Philippines and Australia have developed a friendship based on shared values and interests,” he said.

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“That friendship is particularly strong in Blacktown City, home to the largest Filipino community in Australia.

Filipinos are the second largest group (more than 25,000 people) of overseas-born residents in Blacktown City.

“You can see and hear the Filipino influence throughout our city, from its restaurants to some people speaking Tagalog,” Mayor Bunting said.

“These cultural practices only strengthen the diversity of our community.”

The council’s elected representatives include two Filipino Councillors, Jess Diaz and Carol Israel.

In 2010, the Council signed a memorandum of understanding with the League of Cities of the Philippines to foster cooperation.

The Philippine flag will continue flying at the Village Green until Saturday. This is part of the Council and the Filipino community’s long-standing relationship marking the declaration of independence from Spain.

The exhibition is on display until the end of June.

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