By Janeca C Gross
The University of the Philippines Alumni in Victoria (UPAV) is hosting a community family event on Sunday 3 September at the Performance Theatre Library at the Dock at 1pm-4pm. This event is a continuation from last year’s Kwentong Pinoy storytelling short film contest and event held at the same venue. This year’s theme is ‘Balikatan para sa Kalikasan’ (Shoulder to shoulder with nature).
UPAV has collaborated with The Filipino Choir of St Francis Church Inc (The Kiko Choir) and former Smokey Mountain singing group member, Chedi Vergara, to bring you once-in-a-generation rendition of the award-winning song ‘Paraiso’ (Paradise). Paraiso won the 1992 Tokyo Pop Music Festival. This song epitomises a generation Filipino youth in the early 90’s when Smokey Mountain singing group popularised songs advocating for environmental and socio-cultural activism.
The program includes Kiko Choir kids singing and family activity about climate action. Speakers from Merri-bek City Council, Mara Baviera will speak about climate resilience and Zero-tag sustainability packaging founder, Joseph Yap will speak about his company’s initiatives to reduce waste.
Filipino Australians make up the fifth largest migrant community in Australia, making us accountable for how we take care of our environment and impart knowledge and expertise for the next generation to look after.
Kwentong Pinoy is supported by the Philippine Consulate General Melbourne and sponsors and MLV Group. Catering will be provided by Tambayan Restaurant.
To attend, please RSVP at https://www.trybooking.com/CKHWM. Follow the prompts to participate in The Kiko Choir Kids and/or learn more about Chedi Vergara’s music school.