Kumustá, linking young Filos to their roots

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Break the Ice

A burgeoning youth group, Kumustá is slowly making its presence within the Filipino Australian community in the Southeastern part of Melbourne.

Kumustá (“How are you?”) is a newly developed program of the Australian-Filipino Community Services (AFCS). The organisation is managed by Ms. Norminda Villanueva-Forteza and is based at The Dove Wellbeing Day Centre in Power Road, Doveton, Victoria.

Pioneered by two Chisholm Institute students passionate about the youth and their culture, Juzstine Gimeno and Sarah Cruspero, Kumustá’ envisions to provide an avenue for friendship, cultural enrichment and intergenerational awareness to young Filipino in Australia from all walks of life.

An exciting string of events are to take place to promote Kumustá’s launch. Its pilot project is slated from 6 to 14 November 2015 entitled “Breaking the Ice” featuring the Angeles City Philippines Youth Rondalla Ensemble in partnership with Victorian School of Languages (Filipino Class) and the Commission on Filipino Overseas.

The weeklong activity is geared towards fostering ties and diversity through ethnic Filipino music. Some of the activities include performance at the Second Victorian Baptist Women World Day of Prayer in Syndenham and Pakenham Baptist church, peer-to-peer rondalla workshop, a benefit concert promoting safety and well-being of the elderly, women and children within the Filipino community.

To know more about the slated activities and to connect with Kumustá, you can add them up on social media at facebook.com/kumusta.au, email them at kumusta.au@hotmail.com or you can contact AFCS on 03 9701 3421.

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