Banksia Grove: Filipino diaspora celebrates Philippines’ Independence Day

Guests and members at the event.
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts participating in a traditional Filipino dance.
Guests and members at the event. Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts participating in a traditional Filipino dance.

THERE was music and dancing as 300 people celebrated the Philippines’ Independence Day earlier this month.

The Filipino Association in Banksia Grove, which formed in March, hosted the event at Currambine Community Centre on June 4.

Filipino-born locals celebrated the occasion with traditional dances, songs and foods, which ended in a lively dance party.

Guests included Banksia Grove Residents’ Association members and City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts

Organiser Loreto Espiritu said the group formed after finding there was a large Filipino community in Banksia Grove and now had 200 members.

“It’s all about community involvement,” he said.

“As a group we are building up more members.

“I decided to start small in Banksia Grove and my aim is to expand further.”

He said it was the first Filipino community event held north of the river and was pleased with its success.

The association is planning to run youth sports activities during July and August in Wanneroo and Banksia Grove.

People from surrounding suburbs can also join the association; for details, call 0409 954 133.

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