By Keith Censoro
Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, came alive with vibrant colours, delectable aromas, and the rich cultural heritage of the Philippines during the first-ever FILOS Fest organised by the Filipino League of Students (FILOS). This remarkable event showcased Filipino culture, cuisine, art, and performances, leaving a lasting impact on all who attended.
The heart of FILOS Fest was the sumptuous Filipino cuisine that delighted the taste buds of students and visitors alike. The majority of the delectable dishes were generously sponsored by Filipino restaurants in Adelaide, including 118 Kovenant, Sugarcane Juice Bar, Uncle Doc’s, Ihaw Corner, and Loreto Pinoy Store. From classic adobo to mouthwatering halo-halo, the event was a gastronomic journey through the flavors of the Philippines.
The FILOS Fest kicked off with a message of inspiration and opening remarks by Honorary Consul Carmen Garcia. Her words resonated with the audience, emphasizing the importance of cultural exchange and unity among students from diverse backgrounds. Jose Paulino of the International Students Service also gave a warm message to Filipino students studying at Flinders University, reinforcing the support and community they have.
David Hopkins, representing the Flinders University Student Association (FUSA), highlighted the significance of clubs like FILOS in enriching the university experience, encouraging students to participate in cultural events and activities.
One of the most captivating aspects of the event was the Filipino art exhibit, featuring masterpieces by students from Usap Collective and FILOS members. The exhibit showcased the talent and creativity of the Filipino community at Flinders University.
The cultural performances were a highlight of the evening, with students presenting traditional dances such as binislakan and binasuan. The music of Dear Luna, a local Filipino band, filled the air with the sweet melodies of classic Filipino songs, serenading the audience.
Clai Pasion, a talented musician, enthralled the audience with a kulintang instrument performance, followed by a mesmerizing ethnic dance from Mindanao, captivating everyone with the vibrant rhythms and movements of Filipino culture.
As the event drew to a close, attendees were treated to a spectacular fashion show featuring Filipino traditional attire. What made this display even more special was that it wasn’t just Filipino students who donned these beautiful garments; students from various nationalities also joined in, highlighting the multicultural spirit of the event.
FILOS Fest at Flinders University was an extraordinary celebration of Filipino culture, showcasing the essence of unity, diversity, and the rich heritage of the Philippines. The event not only left a lasting impression on the Filipino community but also fostered cultural exchange and understanding among all students at Flinders University. It was a true testament to the power of cultural events in bringing people together and celebrating diversity.